Monthly Novel Rewind: July 2018

Posted August 8, 2018 by Madalyn || 12 Comments

Novel Rewind is our version of a wrap-up post, where we discuss what we read and what we’ve been up to during the past month, as well as what’s ahead in the coming month.

It’s just me (Madalyn) on the rewind again this month! Bee is still on her summer/maternity hiatus, but you can still go send her some love on Twitter!

new on the blog

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our most anticipated august release

I am SO excited for this one. Y’all know I love witches, and this collection includes some of my very favorite authors! Plus, like, the blurb mentions Gemma Doyle, so that’s really all I needed to know.

venturing around the blogosphere

Check out these posts from other creators we loved in July!

And something non-bookish I loved this month… Scott Avett (of The Avett Brothers) sings “Untitled #5”.

every book read this month


I had a great reading month this month! I feel like I’m finally back on my reading game. I only read one book that I rated below 3.5 stars (When We Caught Fire, which I rated two stars, lmao).

life & what’s happening

July honestly flew by. It got off to a bit of a rough start because I had to get my computer’s hard drive replaced, which put me way behind on blogging and BookTube stuff! Hopefully that explains why the blog has been a little quiet this month. I think I should be back on my usual schedule next week! I started out the month of July with a trip to New York City with my two best friends. We saw Harry Potter & the Cursed Child (which, OH MY GOD. INCREDIBLE. PERFECT. PURE MAGIC.), spent lots of time in the pool, and watched the gigantic Macy’s fireworks show on July 4th. Since then, I’ve pretty much just been working almost nonstop and gearing up for another semester of school (*cries*). Oh, and I also went to a couple great concerts! I saw a local singer/songwriter named Rachel Waters at my fave local brewery, and of course, I got to see my favorite band in the universe, The Avett Brothers, for the fifth time.

Oh, and my exciting news was finally announced! ICYMI, I will be a speaker at BookNet Fest in Orlando next month! I’ll be on a panel about mental health rep in fiction as well as hosting a blogging workshop. I cannot wait, and I would LOVE to see some of y’all there!!! You can register for BNF here.


Our favorite ‘grams from this month!


living our BEST life at Cursed Child // pool loungin’

next month

I just got back from visiting my parents in Florida, which was a great way to start off the month! My mom and I saw Mamma Mia 2, ate some great food, and did a little shopping. I also participated in the BookTubeAThon the first week of this month, and I was really successful with my reading! Really, the rest of this month will be comprised of work and school. I also am participating in #ARCAugust!

king of the month

I… I don’t even know how to properly articulate how incredible and necessary A Heart in a Body in the World is and how much it meant to me. This story destroyed me. I felt every single emotion so vividly. It’s a story about the real, violent repercussions of toxic masculinity. It’s a story of processing impossible amounts of grief and guilt. It’s an absolutely brutal book, but that just makes the joyful moments in the story all the more hopeful. It’s going to be damn near impossible to top this for my favorite read of 2018.

How was your reading month in July? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? What have you guys been up to since we last talked? Let’s chat in the comments!

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12 responses to “Monthly Novel Rewind: July 2018

  1. I’m still on the fence about Cursed Child(I haven’t seen it). On one hand. Yay more Harry Potter! On the other, we need to let that series end. Haha.

    Looks like you had a good month overall. How were Pride and The Wicked King?

    Congrats on being a speaker!

  2. All the covers of the books you read have gorgeous covers! I can’t look away!
    Besides the computer hard drive thing, your July sounds like it was fabulous and very exciting. I’m so glad you had fun at the HP show! And that pic of you in the pool! I want to be in a pool! 🙂
    I hope your August is just as awesome, Madalyn, though school ugh!

  3. Your July sounds like it was super eventful! I’m so glad you had such a good reading month, and I’m so jealous that you’ve read The Wicked King! I haven’t read a Deb Caletti book in so long, but I’m adding this one to my tbr because it sounds like I’ll enjoy it. Good luck with your August reads/blogging/and school!

  4. I got some feels just reading your brief thoughts on A Heart in a Body in the World. I anticipate your review shredding me. Congrats on being selected for the panel. That’s awesome!!!

  5. Ooooh, I have an ARC of A Heart in a Body in a World from Yallwest and wasn’t really sure what it was about/how much I’d be into it, but it’s really shot up on my TBR seeing you speak so highly of it! Also, your pool time looks SO relaxing, I have definitely not spent enough time by the pool yet this summer!

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