July Wrap-Up | I went on vacation & read a lot reading & am officially back from my hiatus

As you might have noticed, I’ve been away for a while. I haven’t posted much in the past month and that’s because I was on vacation. I’ve been to so many places and seen so many things and had so many great experiences and it would just be a [WORD} to have to describe it in a single paragraph so I might devote an entire blog post to it. Beside my travel adventures, I’ve also been doing quite a bit of reading. I always love reading on vacation, and somehow when I’m on vacation – and almost only when I’m on vacation – I can just read for hours on end and not be bored a single second. I can really easily find myself being lost in a book, much easier then when I’m at home with a lot of distractions (such as the internet).

For the upcoming few weeks, I have no idea what my blogging schedule is going to look like. I’m going to try to post twice a week, as usual, but I’m not sure I can manage to post on the same days as I always do since my work schedule is a little all over the place and I don’t know when I’ll be able to find the time. Anyway, onto my wrap-up!

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  • Girl Up by Laura Bates – 4.5 stars – It’s kind of hard for me to rate non-fiction, but that said, this book definitely deserves a lot of stars. Girl Up is basically a guide for girls, mostly into feminism but also into puberty and adulthood. It’s focused on so many things, such as slut-shaming and body-image and it honestly did such a great job explaining (in a fun way) the basics of feminism. I also loved how it was so inclusive, with some feminism you see trans-exclusivity and a disregard for sexism against men (etc), and this book handled all these topics so wonderfully while also being intersectional. I just wish I had this book when I was a young teen!!
  • Rad Girls Can by Kate SchatzΒ – 4 stars – This book is another feminist book, but a very different one from Girl Up. It’s a collection of badass girls throughout history and their stories. There were so many girls I had never heard of and their stories were so empowering and important! It was inclusive and intersectional and just so wonderful!
  • From Twinkle With Love by Sandya Menon – 3 stars – This was honestly a little disappointing. I liked When Dimple Met Rishi, but also found it a little disappointing, but this one was more disappointing to be honest. I thought Twinkle was just… annoying. She kept making the same comments over and over again about the popular kids (the “silk-feathered hats”) and the “groundlings” and keeps judging them and making bad decisions and while I realized it’s fairly normal for teens to be obsessed with popularity, I couldn’t help but be very annoyed by it.
  • The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik by David Arnold – 3.5 stars – As the title suggests, this book is strange. I didn’t quite know what I was getting into with this book and I’m honestly still a bit confused about it. It was just so weird?? I really did not see the plot twist coming and I’m not sure I liked the plot twist either. I just can’t seem to form a proper opinion on this book.
  • Radio Silence by Alice Oseman – 4.5 stars – This was a reread and I loved it just as much as the first time around! I read this – what feels like – a long time ago, and I had forgotten quite a bit of the story and the characters and it was so lovely to read all about it again!
  • The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee – 4.5 stars/5 stars – I was so lucky to have received an eARC from another lovely reader who wasn’t planning on reading it. This was one of my most anticipated releases of this year (and maybe ever). To be quite honest, I think I hyped it up a tiny bit too much in my head BUT it was still amazing and I loved it to pieces. Felicity is like my platonic soul mate and I related so much to her. It also has (just like The Gentlemen’s Guide) a lovely diverse cast! AND there is some amazing female friendship development and I just adored it!
  • Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern – I once again don’t know how to rate non-fiction, but I found this book on Scribd as I was looking for something to read, and it was really fun! It’s basically about the author’s dad and funny situations and sayings. It’s also really short and I read most of it on my journey to Italy as my plane was delayed and I had not much better to do.
  • The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson – 2 stars – Though I quite enjoyed the story, this book is terribly problematic and I’m honestly so disappointed. This book has 4+ stars on goodreads and I am petty so I’m gonna write a very ranty review soon.
  • The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde – 4 stars – After the drama that was The Art of Being Normal, I needed a queer cheer-me-up book and this was exactly it! I loved how it was about fame and queerness and I’m pretty sure the entire cast was queer, which was just amazing! It had two enby characters that I loved so much and I loved Em’s character development throughout the book. The only thing that put me off a little was how it was much more romance-y than I expected it to be. (I’m pretty sure I’ve now spoiled myself for Queens of Geek, because those characters were also in this book but oh well)

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  • Vicious by V.E. Schwab – 5 stars – As expected, I absolutely loved this book. I wanted to wait to read it until I finally got myself that gorgeous collector’s edition, but I saw it on Scribd and couldn’t help myself. This book is so dark, so so so dark. It’s very morally grey and none of the characters are purely good or bad and you find yourself cheering for what probably would be the villain in any other book. I loved Victor and Sydney and Mick and also Eli (a little) and I can’t wait to read more in the sequel.

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How was your month? Did you read any of the books I read? Or any other good books? How is your summer? Did you go on vacation?

37 thoughts on “July Wrap-Up | I went on vacation & read a lot reading & am officially back from my hiatus

  1. I also read The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats & Piracy! I feel like I hyped it up too much in my head as well, but it was still an enjoyable read.

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    1. I’m glad you liked it as well! What disappointed you? I thought the plot was a little slow in the beginning and I thought it would have been more of a sequel to The Gentlemen’s Guide (with the same characters) instead of what seems to be a companion novel! It was still so good though! And Felicity was amazing, as always πŸ˜€

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  2. Welcome back, Lia! It’s good to hear you had such a great vacation and I’ll be looking forward to a post on your travel adventures, if you want to share them at some point πŸ˜€
    I’m happy you got to read so many great books – I loved Radio Silence so much, I will have to re-read it at some point πŸ˜€
    Have a wonderful August! ❀

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    1. Thank you! I definitely had a good time πŸ™‚
      I really want to share all my stories but I’m not sure a blog post is the right way, but I don’t really know how else to do it…?
      Anyways, I hope you have a wonderful August as well!

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  3. I’m so happy that you had such a great time off on vacation (it looked like a lot of fun from what you showed on your insta stories). Ahhhh Lady’s Guide!!! So happy you loved it!

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    1. I never heard of that but I just looked it up and it looks so good! I’m definitely interested in reading it now πŸ˜€

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  4. Welcome back, Lia! Looks like you had the best time reading whilst you were away. I totally agree with what you said about not having distractions like the internet – funny how it actually does take over even when we think we have the time to read (when at home, that is).
    You read some of my favourite books this month (Radio Silence and Vicious) and I am SO pleased that you enjoyed them as much as I did. I highly recommend Alice Oseman’s other books too. I haven’t read Girl Up yet but it’s on my Kindle and what you’ve said about it definitely kicks it up a few notches!
    Happy August πŸ™‚

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  5. ahh so glad you had a lovely vacation!! welcome back πŸ˜€ also glad to hear you enjoyed Vicious – i’ve been looking to read more from VE Schwab so maybe i’ll try that one out!

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  6. I’m so happy you enjoyed your vacation! I can’t wait to see your traveling post! I’m so glad you enjoyed Vicious, Lady’s Petticoat, and The Brightsiders! Sucks that From Twinkle, With Love didn’t work for you! I’m glad you had a great month! I also had a good reading month when I went on vacation but July was a disaster. I hope it can be better soon.

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  7. I’m so glad you had such an incredible month. Travelling and making memories is the most amazing thing you can do. And you read so many great books while you were at it! I hope you have a fantastic August filled with even more great books πŸ™‚

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  8. I’m glad you had a great vacation! πŸ™‚ I’m on vacation right now. I agree that I love to read while I’m away and it helps that there are less of the usual distractions. However, I haven’t gotten as much reading done as I’d hoped so far on this trip though because I’ve been so busy.
    A bunch of these are on my TBR. I’m especially excited to read Radio Silence and Vicious!
    Great post ❀️

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  9. Hi Lia, good to see you back :).

    I read both Queens of Geek and The Brightsiders, but I didn’t notice any cameos! Shows how bad my memory is :P.

    I plan to buy The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, and The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, once the second one has come out as well. It’s great you liked it a lot!

    I don’t comment on a lot on blogs, but I do read yours and I like it a lot :).

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    1. Didn’t Taylor and Charlie and idk what the third character’s name was show up several times? I’m pretty sure they did!
      Yess I hope you love them!
      Aww that makes me so happy! Thank you for reading and commenting ❀

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  10. Yay welcome back ! And I’m so glad you had a wonderful time and read such great books!

    It looks like we had similar reactions to Twinkle // it would have definitely been a better book if the MC wasn’t so frustrating…

    And I really want to read Radio Silence (actually any Alice Oseman ❀ ) and V.E. Schwab.

    I'll be visiting Portland Oregon later this week for about a week and a half!! So looking forward to it and to bringing some books along, haha.

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    1. Thank you! Yeah it seems we do! If only she wasn’t just repeating herself over and over again and making frustrating decisions, I would have probably liked it much more! Yes you should read Alice Oseman’s and V.E. Schwab’s books, they’re all so good!!

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  11. There definitely is something about traveling that allows me to read for hours without getting tired or distracted — I love that about vacations 😊 It sounds like you had an amazing reading month! Wishing you another wonderful reading month in August!

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  12. Glad you’re back!! πŸ˜€ I loved the Sh*t My Dad Says twitter feed, but I’ve never got around to reading the book – it doesn’t sound like a “must read” necessarily, but it sounds like good fun when you need something light and not too taxing!!

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