July Wrap-Up || August TBR (2016)


July went by so quickly, you guys! It was one of the busiest months for me so far this year, mostly because my family was around and I spent most of my free time with them, leaving very little time to read books and be around the blogging community as much as I would have wanted.

But anyway! It’s been a preeeeetty great month with quite a few highlights, such as:

  • I had my birthday. It was a very uneventful affair, but overall really quite nice — we pretty much just stayed in, ordered pizza, ate cake and doughnuts, and watched Friends.
  • I got into Pokemon GO. I was kind of obsessed with it for about two weeks, and then my interest slowly dwindled as I realised there wasn’t that much to catch around my area, haha. The Melbourne CBD is a party, though. *sits in envy*
  • I went to New Zealand. You can see some of the pictures I took here… and by some, I mean four, haha.
  • I attended Jay Kristoff’s Nevernight book launch just several days ago. IT WAS PRETTY FREAKIN’ AWESOME, especially because I got to meet some other Melbourne-based book bloggers. 😀

As for the blog, here’s what we got up to this month:

Book Reviews

Book Looks

Miscellaneous Posts

Around the Blogosphere

Most Anticipated Reads

Nevernight – Jay Kristoff

Nevernight Jay KristoffDestined to destroy empires, Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.

Six years later, the child raised in shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.

But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult.

Apparently this one is a lot darker and more mature than Illuminae, which I haven’t read and probably will never get to at this point (oops).

Replica – Lauren Oliver (ARC)

Replica Lauren OliverGemma has been in and out of hospitals since she was born. ‘A sickly child’, her lonely life to date has revolved around her home, school and one best friend, Alice. But when she discovers her father’s connection to the top secret Haven research facility, currently hitting the headlines and under siege by religious fanatics, Gemma decides to leave the sanctuary she’s always known to find the institute and determine what is going on there and why her father’s name seems inextricably linked to it.

Amidst the frenzy outside the institute’s walls, Lyra – or number 24 as she is known as at Haven – and a fellow experimental subject known only as 72, manage to escape. Encountering a world they never knew existed outside the walls of their secluded upbringing , they meet Gemma and, as they try to understand Haven’s purpose together, they uncover some earth-shattering secrets that will change the lives of both girls forever…

This book is formatted in an ambitious way, and I’m not entirely sure what to expect! Lauren Oliver’s works are a hit or miss for me — I liked Before I Fall, disliked Delirium — so hopefully this will help me make up my mind about her. 😀

Holding Up The Universe – Jennifer Niven (ARC)

Jennifer Niven Holding Up The UniverseEveryone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer.

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything in new and bad-ass ways, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. . . . Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.

I hadn’t realised how much drama the summary of this book brought up until the Melbourne book bloggers Twitter group discussed it, and now I’m veeeery curious! I’m definitely going in with an open mind, so I guess we’ll see. 

How did July go for you, and what’s on your August TBR? Leave me a link to your wrap-up or let me know in the comments!

49 thoughts on “July Wrap-Up || August TBR (2016)

  1. Great wrap-up! And I don’t mean that just because I got included haha thank you for that though!
    I was also a bit disappointed by Dante and Ari, although I don’t think the hype had any effect. I wasn’t a fan of the conversations between them, they were a bit cheesy and not very realistic for two teenagers, but maybe that’s just me. I did enjoy the read overall and it was cute, but not my favorite.


    • Thanks, Esther! Haha, I think for me, everyone just kept saying how beautiful and sad and good it is, I was expecting to be hit by a wave of emotions… and then I wasn’t. I agree that they were cheesy, too – I enjoyed it too as a whole but the story felt quite contrived to me. :/

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  2. I definitely agree on What I Thought Was True. It’s been a long time since I read it so I don’t remember details, but I remember being extremely disappointed in it after really enjoying My Life Next Door. I think I only gave it one star.


    • I thought the writing style was too good for one-star! I reserve that rating for books that really, REALLY frustrate me, haha. But yeah – it was just such a disappointment, especially knowing what Fitzpatrick can do and has done with My Life Next Door and The Boy Most Likely To.

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  3. Thank you for the feat Reg 🙂 I am looking forward to your review of Nevernight, it’s a book I have under the radar but I am not very sure about, so I really want to know your thoughts on it.


    • No worries, Regi! Is it weird for you to call me Reg? Is it weird for you to address someone else with your name? I ask because it’s kind of bizarre to me – no one around me really has my name and you’re probably like the fourth person ever I encounter. OK, this is a whole new tangent and I should stop talking like right now. 😛

      I hope I’ll get to Nevernight soon! I’m trying to finish off my review copies before that, so it’ll likely be a while. But I’ve been hearing good things about it (mostly) so I have high hopes. ❤


  4. Thank-you so much for mentioning my post! And now I have a long list of posts to have a look at tonight. It sounds as if you have had a wonderful month, beautiful wrap up! 🙂


  5. Great wrap-up! I love how organized this post is, and all the great content you have always is inspiring. Keep up the great work! I can’t wait to see all that you post this month as well!


  6. Those 3 books in your anticipated reads are in my tbr as well! can’t wait to read them! Oh and belated happy birthday!


  7. OOOH ! Happy belated birthday ❤
    And also, same thing happened to me with Pokemon Go *sigh* I WANT MORE POKEMONS AROUND OKAY ? It's for the better though, because I know how quickly I can become obsessed and we don't want that haha!


    • Thanks, Fadwa!

      I knooow, I get obsessed SUPER EASILY too (but it also means I lose interest quickly). I definitely haven’t been playing it as much, but I still get that giddy feel whenever I encounter something I haven’t caught yet. 😛


  8. Happy belated Birthday!! I hope you had an epic day. 😀 😀

    You’ve definitely had an epic reading/blogging month as well and I am definitely going to be adding My Lady Jane to my tbr pile.

    Nevernight is definitely my most anticipated book in August and the Melbourne book event looked like so much fun – and the cake looked dealthy yummy. 😛


    • Thanks! It was pretty good. 🙂

      I can’t wait for you to read My Lady Jane. It’s definitely the kind of book you don’t want to take seriously because it’s so… wacky. And yeah, I’m also excited for Nevernight – I’ve heard semi-mixed things about it and I need to know what people are talking about!

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  9. Wow it looks like you had a great reading month in July. Also I’m very aware that I asked you in a previous comment if you’d attended the signing for Nevernight and you answered it in this post! But I’m glad you had a great time, I hope Nevernight ends up being an amazing read for you as well! Also happy birthday for ealier this month as well, I hope you had an amazing day even if it was an uneventful one! ❤
    I've seen a lot of Replica around so it's actually a book I'm looking forwards to as well. It certainly sounds interesting so I can't wait to see your review for it.
    Great recap! 😀


    • Yeees, the launch was super awesome! It was my first time meeting any kind of ~internet people~ (haha) and also joining a book event, and I can safely say that I’m now super excited to do more of those things.

      Thank you! I’ve actually finished Replica now and honestly quite enjoyed it – the storytelling format is pretty interesting and it surprisingly works with the story. I don’t think the characters/relationships are anything special, though. 😀

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  10. Ahh, I can’t believe I missed your birthday!! This is suuuper late, but Happy Belated Birthday, Reg! I’m glad you had a chill day ♥

    Great reviewing month, too!! I’m really glad to see you enjoyed The Winner’s Curse. I’ve really gotta read that. You also convinced me to add And I Darken to my TBR, haha.

    I’m sooo excited to read Nevernight and am super jealous that you went to the launch. I also can’t wait to see what you think of Replica!


    • Thanks, Lauren! I kept it very low-key in real life and didn’t mention it at all online, haha.

      I AM SO EXCITED for all of you guys to read And I Darken. I think most people found it not what they expected but I went in with pretty much no expectations, so I really enjoyed it. It’s more political rather than action, though. 😛

      Replica is pretty good! I’m still organising my thoughts on it but I really enjoyed reading it. Haven’t started Nevernight yet but hopefully soon…


  11. Looks like despite being very busy, you still had an incredible blogging month, Reg! 🙂 and I probably missed it, I am so sorry, but HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I hope you had a wonderful day -but if you’ve watched Friends, I don’t doubt it one second! I’m excited for Replica as well, it sounds SO original and differnet, and I love everything Lauren Oliver writes, so hopefully I will love it 🙂


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