July | Monthly Wrap Up

July came and went so fast. Where did it go?!? I just don’t understand how it can possibly be August already! I have a son that is heading back off to college this month and I need more time with him!! Anyway, I thought I would start doing a post, monthly, to recap what the prior month entailed.  So, here it is, my monthly wrap-up for July!


red heart on a old opened book

Reading was a bit slower this month. I had hoped to catch up on my reading challenge and get back on track.  However, I only read X number of books. There were many unplanned and planned occurrences that took place this last month that prevented me from reading as much as I would have liked.  But…that’s life.  Things change, right?



20 Books of Summer 2018

This challenge that was created by 746Books.com that started June 1st and is running through September 3rd, 2018. You can read about my initial book selections here.  This challenge, #20BooksofSummer has pushed me to read more books this summer than I ever have in the past. I have found more free time to dive into these books than I thought possible.  It has been relaxing and refreshing to have that much time dedicated to something that I love to do.

According to the rules of this challenge, I was able to switch out a few of the titles with others that seemed to grab my attention a bit more. I am a very mood driven reader. So I will read Stephen King, then jump to a chick-lit book, and then throw in there some personal development.  Anything is possible, thus the changes.

Anyway, here are the books that I have completed since June 1st.
  1. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  2. Oola by Dave Braun and Troy Amdahl
  3. Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel
  4. Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
  5. The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
  6. Call Me Princess by Sara Blaedel
  7. The Killing Forest Sara Blaedel
  8. You Can Buy Happiness by Tammy Strobel
  9. The Lost Woman by Sara Blaedel
  10. When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri

As of today, I am 34 days shy of the completion date of #20BooksofSummer.  That is just under 5 weeks to finish 10 books (2 books a week). Granted, I am just about finished with book number 11, I think it is fair to say that I may just come up short on this challenge.  However, I am still going to work hard and see what I can do.


In July I participated in my first readathon, #24in48.  It was hosted over at 24in48.com. The goal was to read a total of 24 hours out of the 48 hour time period. There were hourly challenges and door prizes. Tons of interaction on social media. I had A BLAST! I look forward to joining this challenge again in January of 2019.

The Blog


July has been a month of learning, growing, and researching.  I haven’t gotten to write as much as I would like so there is plenty of room for growth next month and going forward. I had 5 posts this last month, which was on par with my goals for the month, of 1 post a week. But, gosh that doesn’t seem like enough.

Blogging still feels so new to me.  There is so much to still learn and questions to ask.  I know this is a learning process that will continue even long after I feel comfortable posting. Thus far I have jumped in with both feet and have tried learning as much as possible along the way.

Last, but not least, I want to send a BIG THANK YOU to the other bloggers and readers that have stopped by my little corner of the internet. The messages, the likes and shares here on the blog and my social media accounts have meant the world to me.

Thank You! ❤




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