Bookish Happenings in July 2018

It’s quite a bit late this month (sorry!) but here are the “bookish happenings” for July 2018. Here I share with you awesome bookish events such as new releases, movie releases related to books, holidays, conferences, and other events. Obviously I’m not going to be able to cover everything, but if your reading palate is similar to mine, then hopefully you’ll find this information useful.

Release dates are for the book/movie in the United States, so it may not be accurate if you’re living in another country.

Links to Amazon are affiliate links, other links are just for your convenience. 🙂

Movie Releases

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July 6 – Ant Man and the Wasp
July 13 – Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot
July 27 – Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

Book Releases

July 10

The Brink of Darkness by Jeff Giles (preorder swag details here) (Book 2 in the Edge of Everything Series)
The Broken Vow by Scott Westerfeld and Alex Puvilland (Book 2 in the Spill Zone series)
Fawkes by Nadine Brandes
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (preorder swag details here)
When We Found Home by Susan Mallery

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July 17

Competence by Gail Carriger (Book 3 in the Custard Protocol series
Nyxia Unleashed by Scott Reintgen (preorder swag details here) (Book 2 in the Nyxia Triad)

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July 20

Ghost from the Past by Nathan Gregory (preorder swag details here)


July 24

Contagion by Erin Bowman (preorder swag details here)
Endless Water, Starless Sky by Rosamund Hodge (preorder swag details here) (Sequel to Bright Smoke, Cold Fire)
Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart (preorder swag details here)
Sanctuary by Caryn Lix (preorder swag details here)
Thrawn: Alliances by Timothy Zahn (preorder swag details here)

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July 31

The Darkest Legacy by Alexandra Bracken (preorder swag details here)
Forget You, Ethan by Whitney G.
In High Cotton by Denise Grover Swank (Book 2 in the Neely Kate Mystery series)
Ms. Marvel Vol. 9 by G. Willow Wilson

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All month – Read an Almanac month

July 14 – Atlanta African American Book Festival (Atlanta, GA)
July 15 – Soulful Chicago Bookfair (Chicago, IL)
July 17-22 – Hemingway Days (Key West, FL)
July 20-21 – South Florida Book Fest (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
July 21 – Harlem Book Fair (Harlem, NY)
July 30 – National Paperback Book Day
July 31 – Harry Potter Day

Let me know if you go to any of these events, I’d love to hear about them! What bookish happenings are you most looking forward to in July?

❤ Annette

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Book Review: Not Quite Dating by Catherine Bybee

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Book 1 of the Not Quite series


Jessie is a single mom who shares a one-bedroom apartment with her son and her sister. She works night shifts as a waitress, and isn’t very interested in love. And if she was, it’d definitely be to someone with a lot of money – who can get her out of her current situation. Jack Morrison is the heir to a huge, upscale hotel chain. When he see’s Jessie he wants to pursue her – but he knows she’s a gold-digger, so he pretends to be poor as he tries to win her over.

What I Liked

  • I thought the secret thing was really fun. It was great to read conversations where we (the reader) and Jack know that he’s a multi-millionaire (possibly billionaire? I don’t remember…) but Jessie does not.
  • It was great to discover the characters as they discovered each other. Often we discovered things about Jessie as Jack did, and vice versa.
  • This book kept me hooked. I read every break I got, and then sat in my car and read after work before I even headed home. So it was pretty captivating. I wanted to know what was going to happen in their lives.

What I Didn’t Like

  • This definitely had it’s share of common romance themes. The biggest one being “I can’t tell him/her or they’ll leave me” followed by “Why didn’t you tell me, now I can’t trust you”.

In Conclusion

Another great romance by Catherine Bybee.

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Book Review: It Had to Be Them by Tamra Baumann

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Book 4 of It Had to Be… series


Ben Anderson is Anderson Butte’s (handsome) town doctor. He’s always being set up, but this time it’s different. His ex-fiance, Kline, is back in town. And the entire town (half of which seems to be family) is convinced they belong together.

What I Liked

  • Another cute book to finish off the series.
  • I liked seeing the characters from the rest of the series pop up within this one. Anderson Butte (which is named after Ben’s family) is a tight-knit community where everyone is in everyone else’s business.

What I Didn’t Like

  • The book wasn’t very memorable. A cute addition, for sure, but not very different from any other romance novel.

In Conclusion

If you’ve loved the It Had to Be… series so far then you’ll love this final novel.

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Book Review: Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gullege

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


This graphic novel follows high schooler Paige Turner as she works to push beyond her comfort zone – both as an artist and as a person. She’s just moved to New York and buys a sketchbook to challenge herself to be a better artist. Along the way she makes discoveries about herself and the world around her, and we (the readers) get to follow along.

What I Liked

  • I loved the art in this book. The comic itself is beautiful, but I love how the author incorporated a lot of out of the box ideas into the book. We see Paige’s story intertwined with fun sketches and ideas from her sketchbook. The author also includes artwork from a couple others, which pops out in a fun way because they are usually in a different style.
  • This was just a happy, feel-good story. There’s a touch of romance, and the main character is constantly working to improve herself by doing things that make her uncomfortable. While it reads like a coming-of-age story, it seems very relatable to life as a whole (or at least to me, in my late twenties).

My Favorite Lines/Pages

(This book didn’t have page numbers, so I don’t have those for you.)

  • There’s an image at the beginning where Paige goes to school. Across the building there is a banner that says BE AN EXTROVERT, as the artist’s way of showing the pressure Paige is feeling when walking into this world. I liked this because I feel that’s a common pressure, especially for those with social anxiety. I also liked this because (spoiler in white, highlight to read) at the end of the book this image reappeared, but the banner had a new one over it that read BE A PAIGE. (Be yourself! I love that the character grew into herself throughout the book.)
  • “It’s up to me to sculpt myself into who I want to be…”
  • “Okay, so maybe I am self-absorbed. But who isn’t? When someone looks at one of my drawings, it reflects back THEM. Not me.” (This made me laugh because it’s totally true.
  • There’s an image where she’s holding a large heart (representing dating/romance) and is surrounded by banana peels. Like she’s afraid one wrong step will screw everything up.

What I Didn’t Like

  • It was a little cliche. But it the creativity and artistry makes up for that.

In Conclusion

If you’re looking for a beautiful and fun graphic novel about someone discovering themself, this is the book for you.

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June 2018 TBR

I want to read like crazy this month! So here’s my (probably over-ambitious) to-read list for June. It is a combination of:

  1. Books that I checked out of the library and therefore have due dates/deadlines to be read.
  2. Books available through Kindle Unlimited, since I cancelled my subscription and I’ve only got like a week or so left of it.
  3. Books that are a part of my county’s summer reading program. (Which is AWESOME!! If you live in Maricopa County in Arizona, you can check it out here. And if you don’t live in Maricopa County, you’ll probably see me blog about it some anyways. :D)

(Clicking on a picture will take you to Amazon through an affiliate link. Links are affiliate links as well.)

Remedial Rocket Science by Susannah Nix

A Kindle Unlimited book I want to read.

Not Quite Enough, Not Quite Forever, Not Quite Perfect, and Not Quite Crazy by Catherine Bybee

A series I want to finish, also available through Kindle Unlimited.

All Summer Long by Melody Carlson

I really enjoy reading Melody Carlson’s books, but she writes them faster than I can read them! Time for me to try and catch up. 😀

Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter

A series I would like to finish, as part of my goal this year to finish a bunch of series.

See How They Run by Ally Carter

Another series I need to catch up on.

The Beginner’s Guide to Dog Agility by Laurie Leach

I’m like halfway through this one but haven’t finished it yet. At this point I think my dog just needs basic obedience lessons…

Ms. Marvel Vol. 3, Crushed by G. Willow Wilson

Next in the series!

Fast Food Genocide by Joel Fuhrman and Robert Phillips

So the summer reading program has bonus points for completing certain activities and reading certain books. This book (which I wanted to read anyway, since I’ve been trying to read more about food) gets me bonus points for the A Cooking Summer challenge

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

This book gets bonus points towards the Zombie challenge. (It was also already on my TBR.)

Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

This book gets bonus points towards the YA Mixed Tape challenge.

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling

This book (as well as the one below) also gets bonus points towards the YA Mixed Tape challenge.

Well, That Was Awkward by Rachel Vail

Rocas y Minerales by R. Symes

This gets bonus points towards the Do You Even Rock? challenge.

Si un brontosaurio… by Katherine Mead

This gets bonus points towards the Dinosaur challenge.



So there you have it! What do you want to pick up this month? Are any of you participating in your library’s summer reading program?

❤ Annette

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Month in Review – May 2018

And the reading streak continues! I think it might be due to the fact that the library actually has deadlines I need to read the book by… Anyways, here’s a summary of my bookish activity for this month. I will be linking up to


Total Books Read: 16

Books Read

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Will & Whit by Laura Lee Gulledge
More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer
Changeless by Gail Carriger
Blameless by Gail Carriger
Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson
Ms. Marvel Vol. 2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson
Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley
Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss
Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles
Whatshisface by Gordon Korman
Not Quite Mine by Catherine Bybee
Civil War: A Marvel Event by Mark Millar
Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge
The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil by Stephen Collins
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Book Formats

Hardcover – 7
Paperback – 3
eBook – 6

Book Genres

Young Adult – 2
Graphic Novel – 8
Romance – 1
Fantasy – 2
Non-fiction – 2
Middle Grade – 1

New to Me Authors

Stephen Collins
Neil Gaiman
Laura Lee Gulledge
Marie Kondo
Mark Millar
Bryan Lee O’Mally
Chris Voss
G. Willow Wilson

Top Book for May

Blameless by Gail Carriger

I hope your May was just as awesome as mine was! Let me know how it went!


❤ Annette

New on the Stack May 2018

I can’t believe it’s already June! Here are the books I picked up last month:

Next to each book I give a short explanation why I chose to pick up that particular book. (Clicking on the picture of each book will take you to the book’s Amazon page, through an affiliate link.)

Purchased eBook

Never Stop Walking by Christina Rickardsson
An Amazon First ebook. (i.e. free)

Borrowed eBook Through Kindle Unlimited

Ms. Marvel Volume 2: Generation Why by G. Wilson, Jake Wyatt, Adrian Alphona, and Jamie McKelvie
I really enjoyed the first one, so I of course had to read the second one as well.

Borrowed eBook Through cloudLibrary

Whatshisface by Gordon Korman
I loved some of his other books (such as the Dive or Everest series’) so I wanted to see what he is writing nowdays. (This came out this month and my library had it on ebook, so yay!)

Borrowed Physical Book from Library

Will & Whit by Laura Lee Gulledge
I’m trying to get into graphic novels, or at least figure out what types I like and what I don’t. (It’s a whole new world!) This one was featured at my library, so I picked it up (and don’t regret it).

Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
Like I said above, I’m trying to explore the world of graphic novels. I read this post and more or less check out any of them my library had.

Seconds by Brian Lee O’Malley
Another book from the post mentioned above.

Civil War, A Marvel Comics Event  by Mark Millar
Another book from the post mentioned above.

Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge
I liked the first book I read of hers (Will and Whit) so I checked this one out as well.

The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil by Stephen Collins
Another book from that graphic novels post.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
I first heard about this book on Modern Mrs. Darcy, and then a friend recommended it, and then they reviewed it on the By the Book podcast.

C.R.A.F.T: Creating Really Awesome Free Things by Jamie Dorobek
I really shouldn’t be allowed to browse the library’s website without supervision. 😛

Christmas Crochet for the Hearth, Home & Tree by Edie Eckman
I love the day I remembered that the library has craft books too. Now I can try fun crochet patterns without having to buy the whole book.

Literary Yarns: Crochet Projects Inspired by Classic Books by Cindy Wang
These look SO CUTE.

The Beginner’s Guide to Dog Agility by Laurie Leach
My dog needs some way to burn her energy…

Wise Craft: Turning Thrift Store Finds, Fabric Scraps, and Natural Objects Into Stuff You Love by Blair Stocker
This looked fun/awesome.

Ms. Marvel. Vol. 3, Crushed by G. Willow Wilson
Volume 3 isn’t on Kindle Unlimited for some reason – library to the rescue!

Polymer Clay for the First Time by Syndee Holt
I want to learn how to use polymer clay? It looks like fun.

Mexican Ice Cream by Fany Gerson
I like her book Paletas and this one looks delicious as well.

Mischief in Mudbug by Jana Deleon
A series I started but haven’t finished

Paletas by Fany Gerson
This is like the ultimate summer book, in my opinion.

Relish by Lucy Knisley
Another graphic novel from that post.

Valiant by Holly Black
Another series I started but haven’t finished.

Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson
Next on my foray into the world of food.

The Jewelry Recipe Book by Nancy Soriano
So pretty…. I defnitely judged this one by the cover.


What books did you pick up this month?

❤ Annette