July 2017 Wrap-Up

Posted July 31, 2017 by Stormy in Books / 2 Comments

Life in July:

Well, first of all, as you may have noticed I’m trying out some new things with this monthly wrap-up layout/design/content. I wasn’t feeling the old one anymore.

July has aged me. Summer has aged me. How has two months felt so long? (The answer: I am cramming in a class, work, and an internship). I don’t remember what happened in July because the month has lasted approximately 1,763 years. I found my first gray hair in June, and I have to say I am much too young for this. My car had to go back in the shop again, so that was also a bit of a damper to the month. Let’s just say I am very glad that summer reading at work is coming to a close and I only have two weeks left of my summer class.

July Favorites:

One of the main reasons I wanted to revamp my monthly wrap-ups is to add a favorite section. Even through the busy months, I want to start keeping track of the things I loved during the month. I added an insert into my Happy Planner where I’ve been jotting down my favorites as they come to me.

My Happy Planner. I’ve been using the planner since January, but it’s only in the past month that I’ve started getting into all the fun washi tape/stickers/inserts stuff. My layouts aren’t going to be making Instagram anytime soon, but they make me happy.

Hopeless Fountain Kingdom. I’ve had Halsey’s new album on repeat for the majority of the month, especially when I’m driving (now that I have my car back!).

NYX Matte Lipstick in Tea Rose. I never thought I would love a pink lipstick (I tend to go for mauves or bold reds), but I have worn this lipstick almost every day since the end of June. It’s matte but comfortable and stays on all day.

Chobani Watermelon Blended Yogurt. Every summer Chobani releases their “limited edition” summer yogurts. I think the other one is kiwi? I’ve had it and it’s fine, but the watermelon yogurt is DELICIOUS. I didn’t think I would like it because watermelon seems like a weird fruit to pair with yogurt (it’s so watery), but now when I see the yogurt in stores I stock up because I know it will only be around for a few months.

Stardew Valley. I’ve started listening to audiobooks and playing Stardew Valley to relax. You’ll see how often I’ve played by how many audiobooks I’ve listened to down below. It’s so relaxing. Pretty much all my time that hasn’t been spent on work, school, internship, or general life maintenance I’ve spent playing Stardew Valley.


Um, like nothing? I’ve barely even touched my Kindle Fire this month, which is the primary way I watch Netflix. I think I watched a few episodes of The Great British Bake-off, but not even an entire season or anything like that.

July Playlist:


As you can see, I pretty much exclusively listened to audiobooks.

5 star Reads:

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma (re-read, audiobook)
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (audiobook)

4 star Reads:

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (audiobook)
A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman

3 Star Reads:

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll (audiobook)
Those Girls by Chevy Stevens (audiobook)
The Girl Before by Rena Olsen (audiobook)

2 star Reads:

Pretty Baby
by Mary Kubica (audiobook)

1 star & DNF Reads:

I Found You by Lisa Jewel (DNF, audiobook)

Single Issue Comics:

Blog Highlights:

Quiet on the blog because of that whole work, school, internship combination, but I like the audiobook reviews I posted at the beginning of the month.

Favorite Book:

Big Little Lies, which I have to say, I was not expecting to like as much as I did.


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