Monthly Recap (4) - July 2014

Thursday, July 31, 2014 12:00 AM

Monthly Recap is where I share everything that's happened on Courtney Reads A Lot over the past month. I read some great books over the past month. In fact, all of these books were rated 3 stars or higher! That's a good month in my book (ha! puns)!

Book Reviews:
-Ruin and Rising (The Grisha #3) by Leigh Bardugo
-Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
-The Bitter Kingdom (Fire and Thorns #3) by Rae Carson
-The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes
-Half A King (Shattered Sea #1) by Joe Abercrombie

Other Posts: 

This summer is just flying by, and I cannot believe it's going to be August already. This past month, I read a decent amount of books, thanks to listening to audiobooks along with reading physical copies. I finished two debuts, Paula Stokes' The Art of Lainey and Joe Abercrombie's YA debut Half A King, and both count towards the Debut Author Challenge! As for my personal challenge, I read The Bitter Kingdom and finished the beloved Fire and Thorns series, and I'm sad to see that one come to an end.

Courtney Reads A Lot has a new design which I love! I also picked out the flooring, cabinets and counter tops for my house! And (drumroll please) they broke ground! Which is all very exciting! Otherwise, July was pretty uneventful up until this week when I was hit with some bad news. My mom-mom was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer out of nowhere, and it's going to be rough for awhile. She'll be going in for radiation treatment, and I hope it goes well, but I'm terrified. In the meantime, my blog posts might be a little more sporadic, as I'm having trouble focusing while reading, and I'm constantly distracted by my thoughts.

In September, there's a book tour event/book signing I'm hoping to go to. In preparation, I will be reading some books this month by a couple of the authors attending. Sarah Maas, Susan Dennard, Elizabeth Norris, and Tiffany Schmidt will all be there, and I'm really looking forward to meeting all of them and getting some books signed!

Goals for Next Month:
-Read one debut for my Debut Author Challenge
-Finish 1 series for my personal challenge
-Read at least 2-3 books by Sarah Maas and/or Susan Dennard in preparation for the book signing
-Write a Bookish to a Fault post and another discussion post

How is everyone's summer going? What books are you planning to read this month?


  1. I've had Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe for the longest time now but I still haven't picked it up! Anyway, it looks like July was an awesome reading month to you. Hope August brings you greater books and more fabulous experiences. :)

  2. Ooh, your book event in September sounds fantastic! You also read some really great books this month, Courtney--lots of my favorites on here!--so wonderful re-cap. I hope your August is even better! :D

  3. Oh no, I'm SO sorry to hear about your mom-mom :( I wish you guys all the luck and strength you need in such a horrible situation. I also can't believe it's already August.. I have a feeling I've only started the new year, haha. Before we know it we are busy setting up the Christmas tree.. It sometimes scares me how time flies, oh well, I'm rambling :p

    I loved Bitter Kingdom. I was sad for ending such a fantastic series, but the ending was so good. Happy reading!


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