Friday, July 31, 2015

July Wrap-Up

July has been a really interesting month.  The beginning of the month was extremely productive writing-wise.  I was participating in the July session of Camp NaNoWriMo, and I ended up finally finishing the first draft of my WIP and got started on revisions.  Unfortunately, I saw how behind I was on everything else and had to set that aside.  So I didn't end up meeting my word count goal.  But I still count it as a win, since I've been working on this project since 2011 and I finished the first draft!  I also just finished my first round of revisions (it only took me three weeks) the other day.  So things are really moving along.

Other things that happened this month:
I signed up for the three-month trial of audible.  I know, I know.  I was seriously on the fence about this because I'm not really into audiobooks.  But I'm so behind on my reading challenge.  And it seemed like listening to audiobooks at work would be a nice change of pace.  I don't plan on keeping the service after the three months.  It's kind of expensive.

I also finally got a library card.  I was completely opposed to this for reasons seen here.  But there is no point in not having one when I pay property taxes.

One last thing that happened was I started a new discussion thing every Sunday.  Let me know if that's going okay, if you have ideas for discussion posts, etc.

So here's a recap of all my posts:
Awake by Natasha Preston
Benjamin McTish and the Door Through the Grandfather Tree by June M. Pace
Lunar Rampage by Samantha Cross
The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson
I, Corinthius by Shae Christi & The Hidden Prince by Jodi Meadows
Helen the Transartist by Anita Stairs-Oberlick
Court of Fives by Kate Elliot
Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen

Book Series
Point of View Part 1

Here's what I read this month (click the link to go to the GR page)
Phoenix Overture by Jodi Meadows
Lunar Rampage by Samantha Cross
Every Day by David Levithan
The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson
Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
I, Corinthius by Shae Christi
Helen the Transartist by Anita Stairs-Oberlick
Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen
Benjamin McTish and the Wizards of Coranim
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

This was a slow reading month.  Hopefully that will pick up in August.

So finally, here was my haul

For review from the publisher
Thank you so much to Heather Doss at HarperCollins for sending me this! I'm really excited to read it.
For review from author
Rarity from the Hollow

Amazon Haul

Ebooks & Audiobooks

Books for Trade

I found this at the dollar store!

Okay yea, I already own a paperback of this book.  And I ordered a signed paperback from BookitCon.  BUT IT'S A HARDCOVER. AND IT WAS A DOLLAR!

And finally... my Bookoutlet Haul

Okay suffice it to say that they really need to stop sending me coupons...


  1. Very nice haul. I, too, have been on the fence with audible. I'll listen to an audiobook here and there, but never enough to really have a reason to have a subscription. I'm curious to see what you think when your three months are up. Also, I do enjoy your Sunday discussions and look forward to them!

    1. I'm really glad to see someone enjoys my discussion posts! It's fun writing them, but I hate coming up with topics.

      As for Audible, I'm enjoying the trial while I have it. Since I can listen to music or books all day I've already used both my free ones this month. But I checked some out from the library. I still doubt I'll renew the subscription (even tho at $14.95/mo it's not a bad deal since audiobooks are expensive). I think I can use the library mostly.