July 2017 in Review

Last month, when I said I couldn’t believe it was already July, I meant it. But I just whizzed through July into August at supersonic speed! Seriously, I blinked and missed it! That being said, there were so many great memories from this July that I’m excited to share with you. Here’s hoping that I can slow down a bit for August because before I know it I’ll be back at college!


Life & Everything Else:

I teased this in last month’s wrap up, but now you get to hear all about it: I went to see Ed Sheeran, and I fell more in love. 100% the HIGHLIGHT of my July, and most likely my summer. It was so incredible!! HE is so INCREDIBLE!!! I’m still suffering major concert withdrawals (seriously, I have to watch at least one concert video a day — I just can’t help myself!). He sang 17 songs (19 if you include the two that he mashed-up) and was on for around 2 hours — just him, his guitar, and a loop pedal — and encouraged us to sing but not to worry if we didn’t know the lyrics (“Don’t worry, sing anything!”). He also was happy to let us know that he had a day off the following day, so he was well-prepared to lose his voice, and wanted to help us lose ours too! He didn’t stop smiling and neither did I! Also, I was thrilled when he started playing “Barcelona,” which I’d been doubting he’d play since it’s not normally on his set list. He told us that our tour stop was the first time he’d played in on US soil!

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Review: Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick


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Published May 31, 2016, by Little, Brown BFYR.

YA > Contemporary, Realistic Fiction

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Didn’t you ever just simply want to…stop?

Star athlete and straight-A student Nanette O’Hare has played the role of dutiful daughter for as long as she can remember. But one day, a beloved teacher gives her his worn copy of The Bubblegum Reaper—a mysterious, out-of-print cult classic—and the rebel within Nanette awakens.

As the new and outspoken Nanette attempts to insert her true self into the world with wild abandon, she befriends the reclusive author and falls in love with a young, troubled poet. Forced to make some hard choices that bring devastating consequences, Nanette learns the hard way that rebellion can sometimes come at a high price.

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Review: The Telling by Alexandra Sirowy


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Published August 2, 2016 by Simon & Schuster BFYR.

YA > Mystery, Thriller

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Lana used to know what was real.

That was before, when her life was small and quiet.

Her golden stepbrother, Ben, was alive.

She could only dream about bonfiring with the populars.

Their wooded island home was idyllic, she could tell the truth from lies, and Ben’s childhood stories were firmly in her imagination.

Then came after.

After has Lana boldly kissing her crush, jumping into the water from too high up, living with nerve and mischief.

But after also has horrors, deaths that only make sense in fairy tales, and terrors from a past Lana thought long forgotten: Love, blood, and murder.


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Review: Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood

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27015393Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood

Published May 3, 2017, by Sourcebooks Fire.

YA > Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Romance

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The summer before Ivy’s senior year is going to be golden; all bonfires, barbeques, and spending time with her best friends. For once, she will just get to be. No summer classes, none of Granddad’s intense expectations to live up to the family name. For generations, the Milbourn women have lead extraordinary lives—and died young and tragically. Granddad calls it a legacy, but Ivy considers it a curse. Why else would her mother have run off and abandoned her as a child?

But when her mother unexpectedly returns home with two young daughters in tow, all of the stories Ivy wove to protect her heart start to unravel. The very people she once trusted now speak in lies. And all of Ivy’s ambition and determination cannot defend her against the secrets of the Milbourn past….

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#YAStandsFor | I Read YA Week Recap

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Yesterday, I Read YA Week came to a close. This year’s theme was #YAStandsFor, celebrating all of the great things that YA has come to be a symbol of for its readers.

If you missed out on the fun, I encourage you to share the YA love! Post your own reasons why you love YA, and share what you think #YAStandsFor on your social media accounts! Check out I Read YA’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see their exclusive videos and posts for the week!

Since I posted almost all of my daily challenges on Instagram or Twitter, I thought I’d recap them here on the blog for you to see as well!


Day 1: Kickoff & What I believe YA stands for

Day 2: A book that helped me find my voice

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