Welcome to Goodbye July aka my Wrap Up for the month of July.
Thinking about everything that happened in July is overwhelming. I don’t know how I survived the blogging changes & taking a summer class, but here I am.
Incase you somehow haven’t noticed, or have just been ignoring me for the past month, I’ve completely changed my blogging format. I redesigned my blog and reconsidered what type of content I wanted to be posting. You can read more about that decision here.
I’ve been over the moon with how things have been going here on Lacy Literacy. I have a lot more inspiration, just not that much time because summer class is kicking my ass.
I got a signed ARC of Warcross back at LATFoB. Considering it was my first Marie Lu book & that I loved the premise, I was dying to start it. I started it back in June and could tell Warcross & I weren’t meant to be.
There’s this trope I can’t stand and to sum it up it’s when the heroine has a crush and idolizes the hero who has a significant amount of power over her (in this case money and a tech empire and age). I probably would not have picked up the book if I knew that was going to happen going in. I sat on it for a couple weeks and tried to push through it but the plot wasn’t captivating me enough so I just passed the book on to an #ownvoices reviewer.
After the 4th of July, I flew from LA to Atlanta for the last stop on the Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue book tour with Mackenzi Lee & Becky Albertalli. There’s a good chance you already know that I’ve been pumped for GGTVAV, but that’s not why I went. The GGTVAV Book Signing was the location of where I was meeting my 3 best interest friends of 4 years for the first time!!!!
What I reviewed: One was home run and one was a bust.
The Family Saga Romance You’ve Been Waiting For — ARC Review: Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai: Alisha Rai getting a series with Avon has been a dream come true. Hate to Want You features a Mixed Japanese Heroine who meets with her ex childhood lover once a year for birthday sex. I cannot recommend this book enough. The handling of Livvy’s depression was masterful. If you’re looking for a steamy, forbidden Romance the deals with heavy issues likes family ties & depression, then Hate To Want You is the perfect read. Rating: ★★★★★.
Mixed Feelings & a STEM Heroine ― ARC Review: Remedial Rocket Science: A Romantic Comedy by Susannah Nix: I accepted this review opportunity because it was a New Adult Romance about a STEM Heroine. Unfortunately, it was not for me. The humor, the character development, and the romance were lack luster. My favorite parts were probably the bisexual side character & the fact that the heroine didn’t have a vendetta against the hero’s girlfriend. Rating:★★☆☆☆.
What I read: I read a lot of Romance this month because I’ve been so busy. I read a lot of the books specifically for the Ripped Bodice Bingo.
This is War by Kennedy Fox — New Adult Shitfest Series I’ll keep reading for god knows what reason. Rating: ★☆☆☆☆.
Strong Signal by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell — Cute online Romance between a staff sergeant overseas & a popular gamer with anxiety. Rating: ★★★☆☆.
When the Rogue Returns by Sabrina Jefferies — Disappointing Historical Estranged Spouses Romance. Rating: ★★☆☆☆.
Shacking Up by Helena Hunting — Filled with Slut Shaming. Two stars solely for the Hero having a pet ferret. Rating: ★★☆☆☆.
Just One of the Guys by Kristan Higgins — Lesbophobic, Unromantic Heterosexual Romance Mess. Rating: ★☆☆☆☆.
- The Truth about Love and Dukes by Laura Lee Guhrke — Bland Historical Romance. Rating: ★★☆☆☆.
Breathless by Beverly Jenkins — Western Romance with a likable heroine. But I wasn’t too keen on the hero. Rating: ★★☆☆☆.
My Top 3 Posts:
Young Adult Contemporaries & their Failure to Represent the High School Experience — Broody BFF Challenge 6: I had a nontraditional High School experience. I talk about a couple things from it that I rarely see in YA novels.
Book Signing Etiquette — Don’t Be That Person Who…: I go to a lot of book signings and often see the same annoying, repeated behaviors. I complied this post so you don’t be that person that everyone secretly wants to smack over the head.
You Own a Problematic Book, Now What? — Because Book Burning isn’t the Best Option: I’ve seen a lot of…. strange behavior regarding what we do with problematic books we own. I crafted this post to give you some ideas on what to do with books you don’t want but also don’t want to donate that don’t include book burning or feeding it to your dog.
Overall, I would say it’s been a pretty successful blogging month. I’m looking forward to being able to crack down on my reading & get through a ton of ARCs once I’m free from my summer class.