JULY 2020 | Wrap-Up

July was a busy month, but somehow I managed to still get quite a bit of reading done. Here’s what I was up to in July:

In July, I read a total of 10 books:

  1. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  2. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  3. This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett
  4. Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport
  5. Daisy Miller by Henry James
  6. Summer Crossing by Truman Capote
  7. Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston
  8. Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion
  9. The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
  10. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

I read so many fantastic books in July, but I think I have to give a special shout out to the fact that I finally finished reading The Count of Monte Cristo. It took me nearly two months to read this tome, but it was well worth the time and effort. This novel ended up being one of the most engaging, suspenseful, witty classics I have ever read. Would highly recommend!

Life has been a bit tumultuous lately, although that probably does not come as much of a surprise. There’s so much uncertainty in so many different aspects of life now, and yet also some comforting constants to lean back on.

From July 20th-26th I participated in the Reading Rush, for which I shared my TBR list in this post. I thought it would be fun to share some stats from my week here, since I didn’t end up making a formal wrap up post about it. Over the course of the Reading Rush I read 5 books and 1062 pages, which I’m really pleased with. While I didn’t get around to reading everything on my TBR, I’m still surprised that I managed to read so much. I hope you all had a great Reading Rush week if you participated!

Some of my favorite posts from other bloggers this month:

On this blog:

I ended up taking a bit of a break from blogging this month because of everything going on, but I’m excited to get back into it now that August has arrived!


How was your month of July? What was the best book you read? Did you do anything really fun or exciting? How are you doing generally with all that is going on? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

20 Replies to “JULY 2020 | Wrap-Up”

  1. Happy to see that you had a good month (at least in reading terms)! I never considered reading The Count but you might have sparked at least my curiosity haha
    How did you find Digital Minimalism? I have heard about it many times but I have never been interested enough to read it.
    Hope you have a great August!

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    1. Digital Minimalism was good! I didn’t agree with every point made in it, and it definitely was strange to read during a pandemic where so much of our communication is online now. But overall it gave me a lot to think about!

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  2. Congrats on finishing The Count! Maybe someday I’ll tackle it. 😉 You had a great reading month. I did, too, thanks to The Reading Rush. I love that it forced me to pick up some of those books that have been on my shelves for years. Happy Reading in August! ❤

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  3. Times are hard and it’s important to take care of yourself – sometimes that means stepping back a bit from blogging. I’m glad you read some amazing books! I know I have already said this but Play It As It Lays is EVERYTHING.

    Hmm.. I think my favourite read from July was probably I Am Not Your Baby Mother by Candice Brathwaite. It’s a memoir all about motherhood as a Black British woman and made for such a challenging and refreshing read.

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  4. Ahh I’m glad you had a great reading month, 10 books is fantastic! I’m happy you ended up enjoying The Count of Monte Cristo, I am terrified of this book (and so many other big books😂), they’re such a commitment 😂
    I hope you’ll have a beautiful August! 🙂

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