Monthly Bookish Awesomeness: July 2017

In which I recap what went down in the last four weeks here and outside the blog.

Hello waffles! How is it the last day of July already? I feel like I just danced the night away in a New Year’s Eve countdown last month.

So, I’ve seen Game of Thrones earlier and okay. I’d been pretty chill since this season premiered (we’re on the 7th now in case you’ve lost track) but, dang, the recent episode is SO good! ‘The Queen’s Justice’ is the strongest episode yet in terms of plot and character development. Although, I’m still getting used to the velocity with which everything is moving (it’s pretty alarming after having watched Arya practically spent one season traveling to Braavos). But Benioff and Weiss definitely nailed this one down by shifting the focus from the war to quieter scenes, playing at key moments with nuanced dialogues and outstanding performances. I’ve always loved Lena Headey and Diana Rigg in this show, and episodes like this is why.

Otherwise, this month-end “report” doesn’t look too . . . charming. I finished three books and wrote two reviews and zero personal content. But hey, Bookworms Unite! was a success and that is something, right?

Books I Read

Serafina and the Twisted Staff 01Serafina and the Splintered Heart 02

  • Serafina and the Twisted Staff by Robert Beatty – Compellingly readable and exceedingly satisfying, this is a delightful sequel to its predecessor. This is also probably my favorite in the trilogy.
  • Serafina and the Splintered Heart by Robert Beatty – It’s always bittersweet to say goodbye to a cast of characters you’ve followed in a series. But Beatty once again hits all the marks. This is vastly imaginative and utterly enjoyable.
  • Keep the Faith by Ana Tejano – Basically, NICOLAS TAMAYO WHERE ART THOU?
  • The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo – This is only a sampler (and in fact, the three stories here aren’t new) but, gosh, Leigh Bardugo you guys! The writing is spare, with the mark eerie cadence of fairy tales—at once sumptuous and unsettling. Plus, the illustrations are absolutely gorgeous.

Other Stuff I Posted

Book Birthdays

Serafina and the Splintered Heart 01   The Art of Starving 01   Because You Love to Hate Me 01   The Library of Fates 01

Happy book birthday to Serafina and the Splintered Heart (Disney Hyperion), The Art of Starving (HarperTeen), Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy (Bloomsbury USA Children’s), The Library of Fates (Razorbill), and Little Monsters (Delacorte Press), which all found a place in the shelves this month!

Book Radar

See What I Have Done 01   A Map for Wrecked Girls 01   Wicked Like a Wildfire 01   Warbringer 01

August means Wonder Woman: Warbringer (29th, Random House BFYR) will be out in the wild! Along with See What I Have Done (1st, Atlantic Monthly Press), Little and Lion (8th, Little, Brown and Company), A Map for Wrecked Girls (15th, Dial Books), and Wicked Like a Wildfire (15th, Katherine Tegen Books).

Gold Star

Bookworms Unite 01

#BookwormsUnitePH yo!

Bookworms Unite! happened last July 16th and it still overwhelms me to think that my friends and I have now been doing this for three years. Cheers, JM (Book Freak Revelations), Inah (The Bibliophile Confessions), Hazel (Stay Bookish), Salve (Cuckoo for Books), and Jas (Jasmine Pearl Reads)! It is infinitely heartwarming to meet fellow bookworms and I just want to thank every single one of you who came and hung out with us! This is definitely one for the books since it’s the first time we had kits, live reading, and a panel.

Head over to Book Freak Revelations for a full recap and The Bibliophile Confessions for a list of the new things we introduced this year.

Bookworms Unite 02Bookworms Unite 03Bookworms Unite 04

Around the Interwebs

How was your month bookworms? Are there specific titles you’re most looking forward to in August? What was the last book you read? Are you still watching Game of Thrones? What did you think of Episode 3? Grab a cup of coffee (or tea) and let’s talk!

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4 thoughts on “Monthly Bookish Awesomeness: July 2017

  1. I’m looking forward to both A Map of Wrecked Girls and Wicked Like a Wildfire as well 🙂 I’m so glad to hear you had tons of fun at Bookworms Unite PH, it sounds like such a great event 🙂
    Thank you so much for sharing my post, Miel! Hope you’ll have an amazing month ❤

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