August 1, 2018 | Posted by Victoria in Monthly Wrap-Up, TBR | 10 Comments


Taking a look back at what happened in the month of June.

Victoria’s Life Happenings

This was a weird month for me blogging wise, but a great month otherwise. I didn’t get many posts planned out or posted. I’m trying to get better at scheduling things further in advance, in case I get into weird slumps like this one again. If you have some tips on how to beat blogging slump, let me know down below! This month I also went on a trip to Chicago with some of my best friends, and had an AMAZING time. My favorite part (besides finally seeing my friends) was seeing THE BEAN. At the end of July I also went to my boyfriend’s white coat ceremony! I’m so proud of him and excited for him.

Books Victoria Read


Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (4 stars) – There was so much hype surrounding this book, and it actually lived up to it! I was super interested in reading thing book because the main character was described as a little odd. I loved her and her sense of humor. I was surprised at some of the content, this book was a little heavier than I thought it would be.

Instant Attraction (4 stars) – Such a nice fluffy read, and one I really enjoyed. It’s set in the winter at a resort, and it’s so much fun!

Big Little Lies (5 stars) – Another book that I feel is super hyped. I really enjoyed this book. It kept me on my toes and I didn’t know what to expect. I loved it so much, and I can’t wait to watch the tv show.

The Book of Essie (4 stars) – SO GOOD. I was not sure what to expect when I started reading this. I knew the general premise, but not much more than that. I thought this book was fantastic, and I still think about it.

The Hating Game (5 stars) – A reread. Obviously. I love this book so much, and it’s so fun to go back and reread it.

The Simplicity of Cider (4 stars) – I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book! The story is set at a family’s struggling apple orchard, and has some magical elements throughout. This was such a relaxing and enjoyable read.

Down with Love (3 stars) – The premise sounded so fun, and it was, but there were some issues I had with how controlling the male love interest was. I’ll have a review up soon with more thoughts about this novel.

Bishop (1 star) – I LOVE hockey romances, and thought I was going to love this one. The plot sounds fun and I couldn’t wait to get into it. Unfortunately I had issues with the consent in the novel, and how the male love interest treated the female.

Victoria’s Fave Book

I read so many fantastic books this month, but my favorite for July is Eleanor Elephant is Completely Fine. I loved the main character, she was kind of awkward and didn’t do well in social situations, but she was so relatable and funny. This book also tackled some dark and heavy topics. I cannot wait to see what Gail Honeyman writes next!

Victoria’s Fave Bookstagram Picture

Celebrating Harry Potter’s birthday with themed cupcakes!





As you all know, I do not do well when I try to stick to tbrs. Instead I’d rather give myself a general idea of what type of books to read for the month. In August, I plan to participate in ARC August, and read more of the ARCs I haven’t read yet. This is my first time participating in ARC August, and I’m super excited!

I have so many ARCs I’m excited to read, and this seems like the perfect time to get them all out of the way and onto the blog!

Goodbye, July!

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10 responses to “JULY WRAP UP + ARC AUGUST

  1. I’ve never been to Chicago, but I hope to see the Bean one day! It sounds like you had a wonderful trip. 🙂 I also sometimes get in a blogging funk and don’t end up posting as often as I want to. Hopefully the comment section will give us both tips, haha! You might be disappointed to see my thoughts on the Hating Game on my wrap up post. Unfortunately, it just didn’t work for me. I also wasn’t in the best mood for romance though, which might have impacted my reading experience.

    Good luck with ARC August!

    Genni @ Ready, Set, Read! recently posted: July Wrap Up!
    • Yes, I hope we get good tips for blogging slumps! Oh no, sorry you didn’t enjoy the book, but we can’t all love the same books. Good luck with your reading!

  2. Whenever I’m in a slump, I read from a genre that I know will satisfy me or I pick up and read and old fave. Like right now, I’m reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone. 🙂
    Happy August!

    Freda recently posted: July Monthly News
    • I’ve actually been in a blogging slump, not a reading slump. But thanks for the tip, I’ll remember them next time I’m in a reading slump!

  3. For me, I blog Monday-Friday and try to get as many posts as I can written and scheduled because I don’t work on blog stuff over the weekend. The weekends are for reading, doing stuff and taking a break from the blog. It’s helped me from burning out throughout the year. Hope you find your blog norm though.

    Jill Shalvis and Sally Thorne are such great contemporary romance authors. I’m bummed to see that you didn’t enjoy the Kate Meader more as I’m going to be reading that one soon. Oh well.

    I hope August treats you well, Victoria. Happy reading!

    • That sounds great! I’m so glad that works for you, I hope I find something like that that works for me soon! Yes, I loved both of their books that I read/reread this month. Hopefully you enjoy Kate Meader’s book more than I did! Happy reading!

  4. I never plan posts. I usually write one, post it, then decide I need to do something else. And that’s how I sometimes end up not posting for four days. Oh well. It’s a hobby, and I don’t want a hobby to start stressing me, but sometimes I do wish I were more organised.

    I am currently buried under a pile of ARCs and I can’t stop accepting requests that sound lovely.

  5. July was a weird blogging month for me, too– here’s to getting back on track in August! Haha. I’m so glad you had a fun time in Chicago! Such a cool city. And congrats to your boyfriend! I’ve heard great things about Eleanor Oliphant; I need to get on the waitlist for it at my library so I can finally read it. Good luck with ARC August this month! <3

    Madalyn @ Novel Ink recently posted: Monthly Novel Rewind: July 2018
    • Yes, fingers crossed we get back on track! Thanks, I’m so proud of him lol. I really enjoyed Eleanor Oliphant, I hope you can get to it soon and enjoy it! Thanks, good luck with your August reading!

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