Sunday Funday: Month in Review [July]

Posted August 4, 2014 by Cristina (Girl in the Pages) in Month In Review, Sunday Funday / 7 Comments

monthinreviewSunday Funday is generally a weekly(ish) post I started to recap my bookish and not-so-bookish thoughts. I’ve decided to expand this concept to monthly recaps during the last week of the month as well! As always, feel free to participate, just link back!


Total Books Read: 8

Goodreads 2014 Reading Challenge Progress: 34/50 books

Number of DNFs: 1 (Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson)

(Click the links to see my reviews!)

Love Letters to the Dead

Second Chance Summer

The Raven Boys

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

The Dream Thieves

Dangerous Girls

The Princess Diaries (Re-Read)

Princess in the Spotlight (Re-Read)

Favorite Book Read in July: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

It’s a hard decision because I had THREE five-star reads! But Mara Dyer had the perfect amount of paranormal creepiness and mind boggling-events to keep me hooked!

Least Favorite Book Read in July: Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

It wasn’t bad by any means, but it was a contemporary that didn’t stand out against all of the thrillers and paranormal that I read.

Book that Most Surprised Me: Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

I hadn’t heard of Haas until I joined the blogging community, and she’s terribly under-read, but this thriller literally took my breath away by the end!

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1) I have been much busier than normal because July is the most hectic time of year for my summer job. August means a lot of catching up on book reading and blogging!

2) Since I’ve graduated, this August is the first time in a long, long while I won’t be returning to school, and it’s left me with a bit of an aching and jealous feeling.

3) I’ve started an official Princess Diaries re-read since Meg Cabot announced she was releasing a new, adult fiction installment to the series in 2015. So far I’ve read The Princess Diaries and Princess in the Spotlight, and am almost finished with Princess in Love. I’ll be posting recaps of my progress and thoughts on the series ten years after its initial release after every three books or so.

4) I finally saw The Fault in Our Stars on the big screen, and was planning on writing a post on it…but I honestly couldn’t really think of enough to say. My reaction to the book was *meh* and it was pretty much the same for the movie, although I appreciated that they kept the movie pretty consistent with the book. (I rarely to angrily stage whisper “THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN IN THE BOOK” in the theater). And I’ll admit that just as when I read the book, I did not cry during the movie either.

How did your month in reading go? Let me know in the comments! Did you do a monthly or weekly recap? Leave the link for me to check out!

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7 responses to “Sunday Funday: Month in Review [July]

  1. Cait

    Omg, I LOVE Maggie Stiefvater’s books. XD Although I didn’t love Dream Thieves quite as much as Raven Boys, but still, ohhhh those boys. XD They are awesome but trouble. Awesome trouble. I LOVE THEM. *ahem* Sorry you didn’t like TFIOS though. 🙁 I haven’t watched the movie yet, but I’m a huge fan of the book, and I’m quite excited about the actors after Divergent. Although I think it’s funny the cast the same actors for like 2 massive movies that were sure to be pretty famous. But what do I know? 😉
    Thanks for stopping by @ Notebook Sisters!

    • I really liked Shailene Woodley as Hazel, even if it wasn’t my favorite book/movie. I think she did a great job as Tris in Divergent! And if you loved the TFIOS book I’m sure you’ll love the movie, they did a great job translating the plot and the feel of the novel onscreen, and it kept so much of its textual integrity! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Interesting to hear your thoughts on the TFiOS movie. As someone who felt ‘meh’ about the book as well, I’m now somewhat relieved I didn’t pay £8 to see the movie! Liking the new blog look with the trees and stuff. 🙂

  3. I’ve never read the Princess Diaries. Are they similar to the movie? I’m always biting my tongue (and failing) so I don’t point out all of the book vs movie differences. I had a good July. I read 11 books, but quite a few were middle-grade. Legend, Sinner and Storm Siren were my top three books. 🙂

    • The series is actually very different from the movies, from the setting (NY instead of SF) and it has a lot more adult humor and pop culture references. Disney basically took the premise of a nerdy-ish girl turning into a princess of a fictional country and made it much more fairy-tale like, but I love both the books and the movies!

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