Reading Goals for July & Current Challenge Updates

Where the hell did June go?! I mean seriously. It’s just gone (okay technically we have 3 days left.. but still).


On the plus side, I did sort of complete this month’s reading goals. Sort of being that I had one DNF after 3 solid and failed attempts. Sorry, Fawkes, it’s not you, it’s me (or maybe it is you). I completed 14 books total. Not too bad, eh?

Proposed TBR for July

Continuing to tackle more ARCs this month.

the forest queenThe Forest Queen
By Betsy Cornwell
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


When sixteen-year-old Sylvie’s brother takes over management of their family’s vast estates, Sylvie feels powerless to stop his abuse of the local commoners. Her dearest friend asks her to run away to the woods with him, and soon a host of other villagers join them. Together, they form their own community and fight to right the wrongs perpetrated by the king and his noblemen.

the wild deadThe Wild Dead (The Coast Road #2)
By Carrie Vaughn
Publisher: Mariner Books


A century after environmental and economic collapse, the people of the Coast Road have rebuilt their own sort of civilization, striving not to make the mistakes their ancestors did. They strictly ration and manage resources, including the ability to have children. Enid of Haven is an investigator, who with her new partner, Teeg, is called on to mediate a dispute over an old building in a far-flung settlement at the edge of Coast Road territory. The investigators’ decision seems straightforward — and then the body of a young woman turns up in the nearby marshland. Almost more shocking than that, she’s not from the Coast Road, but from one of the outsider camps belonging to the nomads and wild folk who live outside the Coast Road communities. Now one of them is dead, and Enid wants to find out who killed her, even as Teeg argues that the murder isn’t their problem. In a dystopian future of isolated communities, can our moral sense survive the worst hard times?

nyxia unleashedNyxia Unleashed (The Nyxia Triad #2)
By Scott Reintgen
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers


Emmett Atwater thought Babel’s game sounded easy. Get points. Get paid. Go home. But it didn’t take long for him to learn that Babel’s competition was full of broken promises, none darker or more damaging than the last one.

Now Emmett and the rest of the Genesis survivors must rally and forge their own path through a new world. Their mission from Babel is simple: extract nyxia, the most valuable material in the universe, and play nice with the indigenous Adamite population.

But Emmett and the others quickly realize they are caught between two powerful forces—Babel and the Adamites—with clashing desires. Will the Genesis team make it out alive before it’s too late?

2018 Popsugar Reading Challenge Updates

The short version goes something like this:


Slightly longer version:

Total Completed: 31
In Progress: 1
Remaining (If I go for Advanced): 18

Again, I made next to little progress this past month and expect to really pick back up on this challenge come this Fall after I clear out some review copies.

Book of the Month

rubyfruit_jungleRead my full review here.

Thanks to my current activity restrictions, I think June was one of my best reading months so far. What have you read lately? Have you read any of the above books?

Happy Reading,


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62 thoughts on “Reading Goals for July & Current Challenge Updates

  1. My reading has been slow lately. Benjamin Moore messed up my paint so I wasn’t able to paint last night therefore I had a convenient excuse to read instead! I’m in the middle of Reincarnation Blues. I’m enjoying it so far. I finished a short novel called Hell.

    I didn’t really try the popsugar challenge but I try to see how I’d do. Pretty dismal lol

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      1. I need green they gave me blue. Guy wanted to talk about his coworker missing something but at least she gave me the correct color ;). I dislike doing a second coat of paint.

        This Hell is Japanese story. It’s surreal, not one I’d recommend unless they’re into Japanese works because it’s without much of a plot.

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  2. Crap, you are right, June is done! I better start thinking of the Monthly Roundup and do something about the midyear stats.
    Good thing it is pouring buckets outside so I don’t have to go to work…

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    1. Station Eleven was actually in the middle for me. I have not decided if I will review it as everyone else seemed to love it. High heat is always a killer 🙁 It makes me miserable. Not too much of an issue here. My success has been attributed to being on these restrictions. I cannot do much else 🤣🖤

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      1. Oh! I thought you had liked it! I guess we didn’t really talk about it after you started it. My mistake! Sorry it wasn’t your cup of tea! Definitely review it if you feel like it needs one. Don’t let everyone else’s rave reviews stop you!

        We’re in the midst of another minor hear wave. 😦 Just a couple of days, but I’m really not looking forward to 100+ tomorrow. It’s super humid thanks to some regional flooding and rain.

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  3. 14 books?!?! that’s FANTASTIC!!! 💓 and they all sound & look like amazing titles, I have An American Marriage from a previous BOTM, will definitely have to check out your review. My heart skipped beats upon seeing Nyxia Unleashed on your proposed TBR for July *eeeeK*🤗 so many good books! Happy reading! 💓

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      1. I see where you’re coming from. I didn’t like it much either after completing it but ended up loving it after I wrote my review. That happens sometimes with me. I like a book more in retrospect.

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        1. I am also guilty of that with a few books 😉 Although maybe not that once since it has been a few weeks and my reflection time has proven it to be less than memorable. I am still trying to peg what it was that I wanted from it and did not get. I certainly did not dislike.


  4. 14 books? That is fantastic!! June has probably been my best reading month for a long while but I’m nowhere near your number yet hahaaa

    Yay for Rubyfruit Jungle being book of the month! 😀

    I thought about doing the Popsugar challenge or Book Riot’s Read Harder challenge this year but … just … didn’t. Haha How are you finding it? Do you specifically buy books to fit the challenges or are you finding books on your TBR that can match the categories?

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    1. I think the 14 books can definitely be attributed to my bedrest 😉 It is an abnormally high number for me. And I cannot thank you enough for Rubyfruit Jungle! It will always hold a special place among my books now.

      I am find that most of my current TBR can be worked into the challenge. The ones I need to pick up, I tend to get through the library though (unless it is one I really want to own anyways). It has been fun. Book Riot’s was also one I looked it. It seemed pretty eclectic as well which is what my goal was!

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  5. Oh! I came across The Forest Queen on netgalley and was initially intrigued by it… but decided not to request- time constraints and what not.. so I sure am hoping this will be an enjoyable read and I look forward to your thoughts 😉

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  6. Sorry to hear you’re confined to bed… hope all will work out in the end. 😎 14 books is still impressive, a side benefit to being off your feet! You have some awesome books on your July TBR list. Nyxia Unleashed Is on my July list also. Interested in seeing what happens! ♥️

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    1. I am not sure I will review Station Eleven honestly. I enjoyed it, but did not love it the way others seem to have. It felt a bit flat at times for me. It was incredibly atmospheric but the story seemed longer than necessary. Stellar writing though! These books are all thanks to bedrest haha 😉🤣

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  7. You GO GIRL! What an impressive list. I wish I had the time, love and energy to read so much in a month. * eye roll at myself *
    Right now I´m working off the books I bought on vacay. Started with Belle by Cameron Dokey. It´s a 201 page / one bathtub session read. Not bad so far 🙂 ❤

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