Thursday, August 10, 2017

Month in Review for July 2017

My Star Wars themed b-day cake, complete with purple lightsaber chopsticks
July was rather kind to me compared with the beginning of August- there is a wildfire four miles from my house that was burning absurdly fast for about a week, which left me trapped inside due to the smoke and downstairs due to the heat. Luckily, it is cooler now and I am able to get back upstairs and blog again- I have a nifty but bulky desktop that I write at for fear of my tablet's autocorrect.

 Total Posts: 5
  Total Critiques: 2
    Fantasy: 1
    Contemporary Fiction: 1
    Part of a Series: 1

Most Popular Posts of the Past Month:
Month in Review for June 2017
New Release Review: "Hello, Sunshine" by Laura Dave

Flashback Post (From a Previous Year):
"Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy #1)" by Ilona Andrews

Pageviews for the Month: 958
Comments: 13

Reading Challenges Updates:

My Goal: 6 Books
What I've Read So Far:
Firstborn & Defending Elysium by Brandon Sanderson (Sci-fi Short Stories, 160 pages [June])
Parable of the Sower (Earthseed #1) by Octavia E. Butler (Dystopian, 345 pages [July])
The Mirror by Marlys Millhiser (Time Travel, 303 pages [July])
Naked in Death (In Death #1) by J.D. Robb (Sci-fi Thriller/Romance [July])

Reading Stats:

Books read this Month: 7

Book Stats:
Has a Diverse Main Character: 1
Doesn't Have a Diverse MC: 6
Female Main Character: 5
Male Main Character: 0
Pair and/or Group of Female/Male Main Characters: 2
 Sci-fi: 3
 Historical Romance: 2
 Fantasy: 1
 UF/Paranormal Romance: 1
Published in 2017: 3
Published in 2000-2016: 1
Published in 1990s: 2
Published in 1970s: 1
Self-Published, Small Press, or Other: 0
Traditionally Published: 7
Series Books: 6
Standalones: 1
Ebook Version: 6
Paper Version: 1
Favorite of the Month: Wildfire (Hidden Legacy #3) by Ilona Andrews because they are my favorite authors who create my favorite characters (even a grizzly bear with the smarts of a human who is a pacifist). I liked it so much I'm rereading it right now.
Least Favorite of the Month: Rules for a Rogue (Romancing the Rules #1) by Christy Carlyle- with historical romance, I'm hard to please. I really liked the second book in this series (which I read first).
Most Interesting of the Month (or Book I Learned the Most From): Parable of the Sower (Earthseed #1) by Octavia E. Butler- it's the most interesting and frightening book I've probably read all year- not for the squeamish among us or those who avoid dark topics.
From the-pile: 0
From the-invisible-pile: 3
Recently acquired: 4
Added to the-invisible-pile: 10
Books bought: 1
Pages Read in 2017 Thus Far (according to Goodreads): 14,452 pages

5 Stars: 0
4-4.5 Stars: 3
3-3.5 Stars: 3
2-2.5 Stars: 1

Author Stats (1 = 1 book read by x author):
Male: 1
Female: 5
Male/Female Team: 1
Diverse: 1
Not-so-Diverse: 6 :(
Living: 6
Deceased: 1

Planning to Read This Month:

I am rereading Wildfire (because Ilona Andrews' books make me happy). I plan on sneaking in some sci-fi at some point, but other than that I don't have any plans.

Upcoming Posts:

Naked in Death (In Death #1) by J.D. Robb
For a while, my Blogger image archive wasn't working, so this review from July will appear in August. I really was pleasantly surprised by this one- and I didn't anticipate that.

I hope your August is amazing!


  1. I hope the fire is out now. We've had several in the nearby mountains and hills. It's that time of year, I'm afraid. I sounds like you had a good reading month in July! I really enjoy Ilona Andrews' books as well. :-) I will have to check out the Octavia Butler one. I didn't like Naked in Death the first time I read it, but upon listening to the audio years later, I enjoyed it more.

    I hope you have a great reading month this month!

    1. That fire did get under control, though it was perilously close to the city (which had had a previous fire that skirted the town before I moved there). It isn't nearly as smoky now, which is good because we're in the path of the partial eclipse. I'm glad you enjoyed Naked in Death more the second time around- I really liked it, despite some things that were included that turned my stomach.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Wendy- I hope you have a book-filled August too!
      ~Litha Nelle

  2. Wildfire sounds scary! I'm glad that it's under control now. Also happy belated birthday!! Also glad I'm not the only one that has been hitting duds with Historical Romance. They tend to be love or hate for me it feels like sometimes.

    1. I'm glad the wildfire is out too. Thanks- I had fun with my cake. I tend to be a fan of certain authors' styles in Historical Romance, but not every book by even my favorite romance authors will be my cup of coffee. It just depends.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Jamie!
      ~Litha Nelle

  3. Blogger ate my previous comment, so I will just say that your birthday cake was glorious and I hope the rest of August was kind to you. :)

    1. Thanks La La! I think I had a pretty good August now that I'm midway through September. ;)
      Thank you for stopping by and commenting!
      ~Litha Nelle


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