July 2020 reading wrap-up

With the arrival of August, it’s time to take a moment to look back at the books I read in July. Saying that July was a busy month feels like a complete understatement. Even so, I made sure to set aside time to read nearly every day. Reading is my favorite way to spend time, so it’s important for me to do so as often as possible. As the months go by and with each book that I read, I am getting closer to tackling my enormous TBR. Focusing on my TBR has allowed me to put a pretty good dent in it over the course of the first year of working on it. This July 2020 reading wrap-up goes over the books I read in the month and my thoughts on them.

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July 2020 reading wrap-up

Snow White with the Red Hair Volumes 1-5 by Sorata Akizuki

I read the first volume back in October, but since so much time has passed, I decided to reread it before continuing on with the next four volumes. Initially, I hadn’t been sure if this was a series I would keep reading, based solely on the first volume. However, the further into the series I got the more I fell in love with the story and characters. The books have a lot going on in them, but it doesn’t overwhelm you. The story flows smoothly from one bit to the next. I look forward to reading more of this in the future.

Ao Haru Ride Volumes 1-5 by Sakisaka

This is a series I have been curious about for a while, so when I found the first 5 volumes last month, I decided to give it a try. The artwork is gorgeous and adds so much depth to the story. However, the story itself didn’t really grab my attention. Yes, it was good, but I don’t think it was good enough for me to keep reading.

How To Fix Your Novel by Steve Alcorn

This book has been on my shelf for years and now that I have read it, I am kicking myself for not getting to it sooner. Right from the first chapter, I was met with tons of information that proved useful for my writing. The way he breaks down the process of outlining, writing, editing, and even publishing your novel made it easy to digest. I found myself making plenty of notes as I read this one and then applying what I had just learned into my latest writing project. A fantastic resource for writers.

Attainable Sustainable by Kris Bordessa

This book is an absolute wealth of knowledge. If there was one book that collects all the facets of simple living while exploring skills that many have forgotten due to the conveniences of the moderns world, this is it. The book is broken down into sections which makes gleaning information easy. Every chapter is filled with the basics you will need to learn a skill along with recipes to try. If you are looking to expand your skills and become more self-sufficient then this is the book for you.

World of Warcraft: Bloodsworn by Doug Wagner & Jheremy Raapack

I don’t read a ton of comics, but since I had this one on my shelf still unread, I figured I would give it a try. Warcraft is one of my favorite series to read, and while I did enjoy this one, I felt like it didn’t fully pull me in. Perhaps if I had read it when it first came out and was actively involved in the story in-game that was attached to this comic, then I may have enjoyed it more. The artwork was really well done and the story did have a nice flow to it.

World of Warcraft: Dark Riders by Mike Costa & Neil Googe

Another Warcraft comic and once again, it was just okay. I am glad I finally got around to reading it, as it’s been on my shelf for a while now.

World of Warcraft: Pearl of Pandaria by Micky Neilson & Sean Galloway

I’ll be honest, I haven’t always loved the Pandaren in Warcraft and this story pretty much solidified that feeling. The story felt chaotic and the artwork was okay.

Sword Art Online Progressive Vol. 2 by Reki Kawahara

Have I told you lately how much I love Sword Art Online? This new series that revisits the world of Aincrad and allows the author to write the story as he had originally intended is so good. I love seeing the world in more detail, the new characters and story arcs that are added, and the overall character development of Kirito and Asuna. Now, don’t get me wrong, I still love the original story too, but there is so much more depth in this one that it’s hard not to like it more.

This volume explores the third floor of Aincrad and throws a twist into things when Kirito’s knowledge of a quest turns out to be wrong and everything changes after that. A few well-known characters from the series are also introduced in this book and I’m excited to see when and how their paths will cross with Kirito and Asuna in the future.

World of Warcraft: Shadows Rising by Madeleine Roux

I have been looking forward to this book since the next Warcraft expansion, Shadowlands was announced. Shadows Rising had a great flow, plenty of character growth among all of the characters, and tied a lot of events together well while setting up for what’s to come. There were a few surprises tossed in, but I won’t go into detail as I don’t want to ruin them for anyone who hasn’t read the book. If you are a fan of Warcraft, and especially if you play World of Warcraft, then I highly recommend reading this book.

Song of Unmaking by Caitlin Brennan

The second book of the White Magic trilogy. I read this series quite a few years ago but it was calling to me. Revisiting an old well-loved story is great to do every now and then. It had been long enough since I read this one, that most of the book felt new to me. So much happens in the span of 500 pages that the story begs to be read.

July 2020 reading wrap-up stats

  • Books read: 18
  • Books purchased: 4
  • Books purged: 8
  • Books DNF’d: 1

Though these are my opinions, please understand that they should not prevent you from reading any of these books. A book that I don’t like could be a book that you end up loving. Always give books a chance.

I hope you enjoyed July 2020 reading wrap-up. What did you read in July? Any books you think I should read?

16 Comments

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    Wow, you read a lot! That is awesome. My reading has gotten a bit stagnant the past week or so. I need to pick it up again. Thanks for the motivation!

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      Thank you. I’m glad I could motivate you to read more. I do read a lot as it’s my main form of entertainment.

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    Awesome reading month! I really need to get back in the book game.

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      Thank you. It’s so easy to fall out of the habit of reading, but whether you read 1 or 100 books, it’s good no matter what.

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      Thank you. I’m pretty darn happy with how many I got through. Oh, what book are you reading this month?

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    You’re quite the reader! I love your wrap-up stats. I keep a list of books I’ve read so I can refer back to authors I enjoy. Thanks for the book recommendations. I’m now interested in How to Fix Your Novel and Attainable Sustainable.

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      I am. I absolutely love to read, so whenever I have free time I more often than not turn to books. I hope you do get to read those books, they are so good.

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    You read so much, I would love to read that fast! These books sound good I need to check them out.

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      I’ve always been a huge reader, so I do read a ton. I hope you get a chance to check out some of these books.

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    You’ve inspired me to read more this month!
    I definitely want to check out those Snow White books!
    Great list! 🙂

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      I’m glad I could inspire you to read more, it’s a great way to spend your time.

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    Wow! You did a lot of reading! I’d love to read Attainable Sustainable! I need to get to reading again!

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      Reading is my favorite hobby. I hope you do read it, it’s such a great book.

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