How is it August already? Lots of things happened throughout July. Mostly good things as it is Summer vacation. But most of all was the market for my etsy shop I did of course. It was fun and I’ve written a post about prepping for it so you can see how that was. I also finally hit the midpoint of my reading challenge. Normally I am way ahead at this time. You all know by now though that this hasn’t been my year reading wise.
In July I read a total of 8 books which makes the total of 2021 61 books read.
Of the 8 books 7 books were fantasy and 1 book sci-fi. .
Out of the 31 days of july I read 11 days which amounted to a total of 2343 pages.
The rating average of this month was 3,6.
- Prose and Cons (Magical Bookshop 2) by Amanda Flower | 4 stars
- Nora and the Sacred Stones by Laura Hatch Rupper | 4 stars | ARC
- Rea and the Blood of the Nectar by Payal Doshi | 3 stars | ARC
- A Strange and Brilliant Light by Eli Lee | 3 stars | ARC
- The City of Lost Time (Duftapotheke 5) by Anna Ruhe | 4 stars
- The Witness for the Dead (The Goblin Emperor 2) by Katherine Addison | 4 stars | ARC
- The Mortal Word (Invisible Library 5) by Genevieve Cogman | 3 stars
- What We Devour by Linsey Miller | 3,5 stars | ARC
⌘ July was all kinds of interesting with of course first the market I did! On July 10th I was busy from 8.30 to 19.00. It was a long day and I was so tired afterwards. But I did enjoy doing it. I can’t see myself doing this weekly or anything, and certainly I have too much of a niche. But every now and then while finding bookish markets to sell at should be great. It was a good experience nontheless. And I’ve signed up for my next stall at a Dutch YA event in September. Go me.
⌘ Afterwards I spend a lot of time on getting all the new products onto my etsy shop. I’ve now also got some metal bookmarks, elastic bookmarks and fun new cards and stickers! Cute stickers of my cats might I add. And if you order two or more items now, you get a cute sticker of a blue cat for free with your order (next to the free sticker you always get along with your order, lol). I just love giving things.
⌘ Merijn’s vacation started July 9th and husband’s started July 11th. So I’ve had two guys around me all day for July. As usual Summer vacation is hard on Merijn because he falls out of the normal day to day structure of going to school and having his days filled that way. But I think he’s doing okay. We went on some day trips to zoo’s, palace loo and forest areas. Certainly a lot of fun. We also went to my parents for a week near the beach and that was fun as well.
⌘ Less fun was the neighborhood cat. A few months ago his owner died. His family did not care for him so I and some other neighbors looked out for him. But he was an old cat and placing him with us or elsewhere was out of the question. Twenty years old! Can you believe that? I fed him every day and tried to give him some attention. He bit my finger because he was going blind and thought it was candy, lol (I had to get a shot and antibiotics though, not fun). Living in the home of a passed away hoarder is not the best place. I also could not change his litter box because I couldn’t get into the house for obvious reasons. And he would never use ours. He was showing signs that it was coming to an end and we put him to sleep. The family didn’t respond at all to our outreach so we just did what we thought was best for the cat and paid for it ourselves. But it was hard because I’d gotten attached to him a little. I mean I’ve known him since we moved here in 2011 and he would always let himself be heard. Would often stare at me from the fence or look through the upper kitchen window. Or try and mount our Aiko when it was that time of the year.
⌘ In the Ravenous Dark by A.M. Strickland | ARC
⌘ Hard Reboot by Django Wexler | ARC
⌘ A Strange and Beautiful Light by Eli Lee | ARC
⌘ Fire with Fire by Destiny Soria | ARC
⌘ Witches Get Stitches (Stay a Spell 3) by Julliette Cross | ARC
Discussions, Topics and the Like
⌘ Book Haul 63 | May, June and a bit of July
⌘ Prepping for My Very First Market with In Line with Annemieke
⌘ If You Would Come and Visit Us
⌘ Miss Marple | Season 6 | Ep 1-3
I kind of missed that they were showing season 5 but I’ll be catching up with that when they do reruns. But I did catch the start of season 6. I still prefer the previous actress (she was in every way what I imagined Miss Marple to be) but I’m getting more used to this one.
⌘ Olympics 2020|2021
The Olympics started and I’ve been trying to catch things here and there. But it is hard with the timezone since a lot is during the night and morning. And either I’m asleep or I have a Merijn lol. Has anyone else been watching?
⌘ Kal from Reader Voracious shared a list of 18 queer books to read during Pride and always.
⌘ Sammie from The Bookwyrm’s Den shared fantastic LGBTQ+ Books that left her wanting more.
This monthly wrap up will be linked up with the monthly one by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction. This so we can blog hop to each others wrap ups easier.