July 2019

My month in review. Let’s see how I did!

Books read

In order to meet my Goodreads goal of 100 books, I need to read 8.33 books per month. According to Goodreads I’ve read 7 books this month, but am 5 books behind for the year:

  1. Deep Work by Cal Newport
  2. Hair Raising by Kevin J Anderson
  3. Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire
  4. Mindset by Carol S Dweck
  5. Year I Left by Christine Brae
  6. Witches Get Stitches by Dakota Cassidy
  7. Weariness of Were-Wolves by Chrys Cymri


July Reviews

  1. 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin
  2. The Lovely and the Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  3. That Ain’t Witchcraft by Seanan McGuire
  4. Witches Get Stitches by Dakota Cassidy


While I’ve already met and surpassed my reading goal for the Library Love Challenge, that’s about it. No progress at all on the What’s In A Name, Mount TBR, or Creativity Challenges.

My NetGalley ratio is still hovering in the low 50s, so really need to start concentrating on clearing out my backlog. I know, I know, I keep saying that, but I really mean it this time!

Haven’t read any of my ebook freebies and got so distracted by the blog move that I dropped the ball on sending out monthly newsletters.

Challenges are tough. Guess that’s why they call them challenges, eh?


The good news is that I’ve started posting more often. Hoping to get my rhythm back and find a set schedule I can stick with.

The bad news is that spammers seem to have discovered my new site.

At first I blamed WordPress because I rarely got hit with spam comments over on blogspot, but then I saw that a fellow book blogger just got hit hard and she’s still on blogspot. Guess our luck just ran out.

I’ve tried a few different strategies to prevent the spammers and accidentally wound up turning comments off entirely. Sorry!

I think I have it straightened out now, but have to manually approve all comments so I’m not buried under spam.

I’m starting to get the hang of WordPress, but the block system still eludes me. I found a couple of tutorials and I’m going to try and wrap my head around them, so we shall see.

Wrote a couple of round up posts to share some awesome new book finds, so please let me know what you think! 13 New Fantasy Books to Add to Your TBR Pile showcasing upcoming fantasy releases I want to read, and Not Your Mama’s Zombies, featuring urban fantasy zombies.

I want to shake things up a bit and post other things instead of relying on book reviews only, so please let me know what you’d like to see!

I’m thinking the pressure from so many book reviews is one of the reasons I burnt out and stopped reviewing. Never stopped reading, but lost my review mojo.

Well, my mojo is back so the rest of the year should be a blast!

Yeah, baby!


4 thoughts on “July 2019 Month in Review

  1. I hate spammers, they got me good until I made it only Google accounts can comment on my site. Now the spammers disappeared. It’s magic… LOL
    Happy August, I hope you can catch up those 5 books.

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