July Monthly Recap // new projects and a (kind of?) big change

Hello fellow ramblers! I’m here taking a momentary break from my exams and trying to save my sanity from going for a toss by sharing all the not-so uneventful stuff I did in the seventh month of this fast-as-hell year. Okay, I admit, that was a lot in one sentence and probably didn’t make sense. But honestly, nothing makes sense to me anymore.

Now, as you can see, I mentioned new projects in the title, and one of them is an Instagram account where I spread awareness on the inequalities we face everyday, may it be race, gender, religion, or sexuality. It’s a part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and will be organized throughout the month of August (maybe I’ll take it ahead afterwards too). So if you are on Instagram, it would truly mean so much to me if you could follow and support this venture! You can find the account here! First post will be up tomorrow (Sunday)!

Also, as you’ve probably already seen (or maybe not, if you’re on the Reader), I redesigned my blog! Let me know what you think! Ohh and I’m so close to 200 followers and it would mean so much to me if you followed if you haven’t already!

Well, all my nonsensical ramblings aside, I managed to read ten books this month, which I guess is good for a busy month. I’ve realised that I’m recently gravitating towards contemporaries rather than fantasies, because one, I finish them faster, and two, I just don’t have the brain power to enter a new fictional world with intricate magic systems that would take me forever to comprehend. And also contemporaries are really cute and fun to read. Anyways, all that aside, let’s get into the wrap-up!

  • Bloody Spade by Brittany M. Willows: this novel had such a rich and intricate magic system and I fell in love with the characters instantly! It was an absolute joy and I can’t wait for the sequel! [4.5/5]
  • We Are Not Free by Traci Chee: this book won the Readers’ Pick poll last month and everything I felt throughout this book was so unexpected (in a good way). I have to admit I was a little skeptical when I found out it had fourteen POVs but I actually found it so easy to follow and it completely wrecked my mind, body, and soul. [4/5]
  • Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta: yes I know this was the other book in the poll, but honestly this was so close to the winner, and I also really wanted to read it, so why not? And oh my god, I love this book so much. I’m still broken by that ending and I need the sequel like right now. The slowburn was really something else with this one. [4.25/5]
  • An Unexpected Kind of Love by Hayden Stone: I found this on Netgalley one fine day and I did enjoy this a lot. I wasn’t a fan of the insta-love but it was so cute! I love that the characters had their own inside jokes which added so much to the story! [3.75/5]
  • The Unhoneymooners by Christine Lauren: I picked this up on a whim because I found out it was getting adapted into a movie (?) and I just had to read it. Best decision of my life. The enemies-to-lovers was top-notch and the banter was SO GOOD. [4.5/5]
  • How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love With the Universe by Raquel Vasquez Gilliand: believe me when I say that I have never, and I mean never, read a book that connected with me as much as this did. This book is literally everything I need and I’m pretty sure it’s my new comfort book. I found another shove-down-the-throat book y’all. [5/5]
  • A Dragonbird in the Fern by Laura Rueckert: read this for a book tour, interviewed the lovely author, which you can find here. The book was very enjoyable and had amazing dyslexic representation! [3.5/5]
  • The Boy With Fire by Aparna Verma: I gobbled up this book. This is ‘read now’ on Netgalley so if you get the chance, please check it out. I’ve not read a lot of Indian-inspired fantasies but this one was just outstanding. Also, what the f*** was that ending?? [4.5/5]
  • XOXO by Axie Oh: okay, confession time. I’ve never watched a K-Drama. Yes, I know I’m practically committing a sin but maybe this can count as compensation? Again, wasn’t a fan of the insta-love but ahhh the cheesiness was all I really needed. [3.75/5]
  • Fools in Love by Various Authors: this is an anthology of queer love stories from across genres, and I haven’t finished it yet but I’m loving it so far!
  • Thinking of joining the vibrant world of bookstagram? Worry not because April @ Booked Till Midnight shares her insights on nine things she wishes she could have told herself when she first started!
  • Want to know which books to look forward to in August? Today’s your lucky day because Sofi @ A Book. A Thought. curated one just for you!
  • Us readers? We’re severely sleep deprived. And because it’s not going to stop anytime soon, here’s Eli @ Ace Reader‘s recommendations for books as dark as the bags under her eyes.
  • As we saw above, I completely devoured The Boy With Fire, so inevitably I have to mention Sanah @ Stories and Stardust‘s interview with the author, Aparna Verma!
  • Bookstores are our own personal paradise. So let’s dive into Phoenix @ Books With Wings’ post on people we see in these bookstores!

“It makes sense that, when the times were desperate enough, when the people were frenzied enough, at a certain point we went past praying to deities and started to build them instead.”

Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta
  • Well, I still have a week more of exams pending and honestly, I’m so done with them. Thankfully I don’t have any more till like, October so at least I get a break from the stress. School in general sucks too. I might have enrolled in too many extracurricular events and bitten off more than I can chew, but it is what it is!
  • As for one of the other ‘new projects’ mentioned in my title, I finally stated working on my WIP! I haven’t come up with a title yet, but if you have any ideas, please so let me know! It’s an Indian-inspired sapphic fantasy with a ruthless heir and a charismatic assassin working together to find out who killed the king. It’s in the very early stages, and I mean very early because I’ve literally only written 500 words. I also made aesthetics for the two main characters, which I’m hoping I can put into an enemies-to-lovers-to enemies arc.
  • In other news, I made a Twitter account! It’s been a lot better than I expected, and I love interacting with fellow readers and writers. I even got to beta read a manuscript! If you are on Twitter and haven’t come in contact with me yet, please do as I would love to talk to you! (there’s also a small possibility for a bookstagram but let’s not get our hopes up, shall we?)
  • Also, my blogger friend M @ Inking and Thinking created a discord group for book bloggers! We would love it if you could join us, it’s so much fun! You can join by clicking on the invite link here!

In case you missed it, I’ve been doing a special section in my recaps for the past two months where I put up a poll between two to three books and I leave it up to you guys to decide which one I get to read! Last month We Are Not Free by Traci Chee won the poll and this time its between two really hyped up books, The Atlas Six by Olivia Blake and Malice by Heather Walter! The winner will be revealed in my next post!

And that’s all I have for today! What are some of the books you loved this month? Do you have a TBR for August? Let me know in the comments!

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38 thoughts on “July Monthly Recap // new projects and a (kind of?) big change

  1. ahh i hope you’re doing ok rania!! so glad that you found quite a few great reads in july! we are not free was truly heartbreaking ahh and thank you SO much for telling me that the boy with fire is on read now, i immediately went to download an arc and am currently reading it! all the best with your exam and your projects, hope august treats you better! ❤

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  2. Ahhh you read so many amazing books this month! I’m so happy to hear that you liked Gearbreakers because I’ve been on the fence about picking that one up (definitely running to the bookstore to get it asap!). Same goes for XOXO! Sometimes cheesy is a bit much for me but, you know what, I’m going to be wild and go for it because it sounds so so cute! I hope you have an amazing start to your August 🙂 Just found your site and loving it! I can’t wait to see more of your posts ❤

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  3. Yay to exams almost getting over! It has been almost a year since I last had exams and I am still so glad I don’t have to write them any more 😂 And you read some great books in July! That’s awesome! Hope you have a great August 😊

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  4. 10 books is wonderful!!! & I’m so glad to see you’ve enjoyed so many of them, adding Bloody Spade to my TBR right now, sounds great. ☺️✨
    Thank you SO very much for sharing my post, it means a lot and I hope you have an amazing month. ❤️❤️❤️
    Plus: your blog design is beautiful 😍😍😍

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  5. such a great wrap up rania, and i love the design of your blog!! it looks amazing. thanks so much for linking my post, and i’m glad you enjoyed the boy with fire. i had no idea that the unhoneymooners was being made into a movie! i actually bought a copy of it a while ago, and seeing your high rating, i think i’ll try and read it this august!

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  6. the aesthetics for your WIP are BEAUTIFUL 😍 & it sounds so amazing too! also i’m always the last one to find out about book to movie adaptations lol but finding out The Unhoneymooners is getting a movie just made my day,,,it really is super cute! hope you have a lovely august <33

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  7. Great wrap up!! I’m so glad you liked GearBreakers because I’ve been so excited for it!! Good Luck on your exams as well! And congrats on your WIP! Also thanks for mentioning me and the discord!!

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  8. I am in loooove with your redesign – my eyes have been BLESSED 😍
    Yesss, The Unhoneymooners is so freaking good! I had no clue it was going to be made into a movie :O
    I’ve never watched a K-Drama so don’t feel as alone lol
    Good luck on your exams! I
    Your WIP sounds amazing and the aesthetics for the characters wow

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  9. Ahh great wrap up Rania!! All your new projects and wips sounds amazing!! in the moodboard you made of nasya, the top left pic is from pakistani vogue! so of course I have fallen in love with your wip now. A sapphic desi enemies to lovers sounds amazing! I can’t wait to see how it turns out. <33 And lol I haven't watched a kdrama either. I've been meaning to read XOXO, so I wonder if it gives kdrama vibes hehe. How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love With the Universe looks super amazing! I can't wait to read it as well!! All the best in august!

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