July 2019 Wrap-Up || the one where Lauren doesn’t shut up about Queen

Hi friends, and happy Wednesday! I genuinely can’t believe I’m already writing this monthly wrap-up and tomorrow is August. Honestly, where is all of this time going? It’s almost as if you could say “another one bites the dust.” Right?

I’m sorry but the puns are just going to happen. It’s natural.

me trying to not laugh at my own joke.

If you’ve read any of my past wrap-ups (May and June specifically), the summer got off to a really rocky start for me. But, it’s been getting better each day, and I am so here for it. Not to mention, July has been pretty stellar—I’ve been reading and blogging more, and (not to mention) I saw my favorite band to ever exist (ever).

But you already probably knew that because I haven’t shut up about it.

In my June wrap-up, I was over-the-moon excited about how great of a reading month it was, and July is no different! Albeit, my overall enjoyment of the books this past month kind of tanked, but I’ve been having a lot of fun nonetheless.

I also finally got my library card renewed, and it’s already making a WORLD of a difference in attacking my TBR.

11/22/63 by Stephen King-★★★★★. !!!!!!!! I could 100% talk about this book for hours on end. I’ve thought about it almost every single day since I’ve finished it, so it doesn’t even seem like I read it just this month. Stephen King never fails to amaze me with his ability to write across genres and explore new territories. But, I’ve already gushed about this book enough it its full review, so you can read that here!

Warcross by Marie Lu-★★★☆☆. I bought Warcross sometime last year after being told time and time again that I would absolutely love it. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get into the book as much as I would’ve liked to. I didn’t particularly care about the characters all that much, including their individual stories. Although, I will admit, the plot itself is interesting.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin-★★★☆☆. Okay, here’s the thing. I’ve owned this book for years upon years and wasn’t necessarily planning on it anytime soon. But, because of the Down the TBR Hole meme I’ve just started up, I’ve been revisiting some books I added to my TBR years ago. Despite the fact that I finished this book in a day and it kept my attention, it didn’t really grab me. I do understand how Mara Dyer was such a popular series about four or five years ago and I may have enjoyed it back then, but it didn’t really suit me now.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz-★★★★★. Did you mean one of my favorite books of all time? I first read this book two years ago, and it felt about time to revisit these lovely characters. The book itself and all of the elements included hold a special place in my heart, and they always will. I even wrote a post about why I loved it so much and why you should read it this summer.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid-★★★★☆. Let’s all say hello to the one book everyone was gushing about online! I really loved this story and had a hard time believing the characters weren’t real. Unfortunately though, I did find myself piecing together the ending pretty early on and figuring it out. That said, I still really loved the story. You can read my full review of Evelyn Hugo here!

On Writing by Stephen King-★★★★★. When I read a small excerpt from this book back in college for a writing class, I knew that instant that I’d have to read the whole book. Learning about Stephen King’s childhood and how he grew into the writer he is was nothing short of remarkable, and all of his writing suggestions were pretty sound; now I can’t not think about the fact that, according to Mr. King, I use way too many -ly words.

Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid-★★★☆☆. What’s really interesting about Taylor Jenkins Reid is that she’s really come to light since publishing Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones; it’s as if she’s on everyone’s radar now. And, about two years ago, I read two of her earlier novels and really fell in love with them. Pair that with my new library card, and I was ready to tackle my TJR TBR. Unfortunately though, Maybe in Another Life didn’t intrigue me the way her more recent novels have.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart-★★★☆☆. Thanks to the TBR meme (again), I realized that I had yet to read this book. But, I didn’t love it the way I was expecting to. I couldn’t connect with any of the characters, and I wasn’t necessarily attached to the story. The plot twist also fell a bit short for me, especially after all I had heard about how insane of a plot twist it is. I will say though, I can see how people have fallen in love with this one! It just wasn’t for me.

Currently reading: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. A Morgan Matson contemporary just feels so right for the summertime, doesn’t it? I’m over halfway done with The Unexpected Everything, and I’m not totally in love with it. Don’t get me wrong: it’s a quick read and keeping my attention, but it’s nothing out-of-the-ordinary special for me, yet.

Stranger Things 3. Can you hear me crying? Honestly, all of my anticipation of this new season was SO worth it. The show itself was cinematically stunning, and I fell even more in love with Steve Harrington; who knew that was even possible?! Truthfully, I’d watch a whole show based on the Scoops Troop. Although, even though I finished the whole season before it had been out for a full week, the ending was spoiled for me, so that definitely ruined some of the fun.

Queer Eye, season 4. Queer Eye has become my go-to show to watch while I’m working out, but this season nearly has me crying on the treadmill with every single episode. Also, I’m not sure that I’ve ever related so much to someone as I did when Antoni ignored a person and went straight to their dog.

Toy Story 4. It’s not like I’m even close to being surprised, but Toy Story 4 was BEYOND adorable. It tugs at your heart strings, like most Pixar and Disney movies do, but it also makes you stupidly happy to watch some of your childhood favorites on screen again. There were so many new toys introduced—I honestly probably could’ve gone without the creepy dummies, thank you—and they were (mostly) awesome additions. Also, Bo Peep has gained some huge respect points from me.

Queen + Adam Lambert. Okay. Okay, okay, okay. I’m calm. Was that convincing? I sure hope so. Never once in my life did I imagine I would be able to see Queen perform live. I’m still not fully convinced that it even happened. As cheesy as it sounds, once the first track started, I immediately felt like I was home. Their music and personalities have done more for me than I can even put into words, so I’m not even going to attempt that here. I’m just happy that I wore waterproof mascara.

July has been, in my opinion, an incredible month for twenty-seven letters. I’ve been blogging more, feeling more inspired to blog, and I even changed up some of my graphics a little bit. During this past month, I’ve really started to feel a lot more comfortable in the bookish community and with my writing voice in general. Not to mention, I’ve finally started taking part in a weekly meme!

I’m fairly certain that I am the worst human being when it comes to blog-hopping, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t found some amazing posts that I think you would love!

Lauren from Narrative Paradise shares the reasons of why she DNFs a book, and let me tell you: it’s super reassuring.

Kelly from Another Book in the Wall discusses homeschool misrepresentations in books which I absolutely LOVED because, as someone with no knowledge of what being homeschooled is actually like, I learned a lot more about their book representation.

Haley from Fangirl Fury talks about the specific books that she won’t ever lend out, and I agree with every single one of her reasons.

C.J. from Paper Fury shares ways to stay motivated when writing your book, and even though I’m not writing a book, I know that these reasons will help anyone that is. It surely has helped me in keeping up with my blog!

Xandra at Starry Sky Books talks about what happens when you’re a mood reader, and it really just made me feel SO validated. (Xandra also shared a post about discussion topics she wants to see bloggers talk about, and I know I’m going to use it.)

Caitlin over at Caitlin Althea wrote probably one of the most helpful blog posts I’ve ever read in which she shares the reasons why you should never compare your blogging statistics to other bloggers. As a newer blogger, this post is a total life-saver.

Olivia from Purely Olivia shares five things that no one tells you about blogging, and (again) the post reassured me in ways I didn’t even think I needed to be reassured.

Malka and Chana from Paper Procrastinators discussed their book buying habits, from simply perusing a bookstore to attending author events to online book buying!


And that’s another month wrapped up! I’m excited to see all of the blogging and reading fun that comes with August, but even more excited that we’re getting closer to Fall and Halloween every day.

How was your July? What books did you read this month? Do you have any new favorites? Did you find a new TV show that you’ve been binging? Have you gone to see a concert? Let’s chat!

19 thoughts on “July 2019 Wrap-Up || the one where Lauren doesn’t shut up about Queen

  1. Thank you for the shout-out! That’s kind of you.

    Also, hello fellow Lauren! 👋🏻

    Listen…Adam Lambert is a vision and crying in his presence totally makes sense.

    This was a hilarious, well-organized wrap-up! Happy almost August!

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    1. Hello! 👋🏻

      And I TOTALLY agree about crying in Adam Lambert’s presence, and I’m happy to know that you understand why I would. It was just so beautiful and WOW, I could probably cry again.

      Thank you so much for your kind words and for checking out my post! 💜 it means a lot to me!

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  2. THAT’S SO AWESOME THAT YOU SAW QUEEN AND ADAM LAMBERT, LIKE WHAT.🙌🏼🎉(omg I’m having flashbacks to watching Adam Lambert on American Idol way back in the day!!!)

    Thank you for sharing my post! I’m so happy you enjoyed it. ❤

    I can't wait to watch season 4 of Queer Eye! I only started watching it recently so I'm on season 3 still, but I can't wait to meet all the new heroes, get more time with the Fab Five, and also see Antoni obsess over corgis because I've seen so many memes by now, lol.

    I hope you have an amazing August, Lauren!

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    1. AH! THANKS OLIVIA! It’s almost been a week now, and I am STILL freaking out over it. And yes!!! It’s so cool to see how far Adam Lambert has come!

      Oh my gosh, all of the moments with Antoni and the corgis are my favorite. I hope you enjoy season 4 when you get to it! I’m about halfway through it now, and the heroes are just so wonderful (as they always are!)

      Thank you so much, Olivia, and I hope your August is wonderful at well! I mean, August is when Lover will be coming out so….it’s bound to be great 😊

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  3. THAT’S SO COOL THAT YOU SAW QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT! I’ve seen them a couple times in the UK and they’re incredible – would love to see them again!!
    It seems like you had such a good month! In terms of the books you’ve read, I’m keen to read Warcross as well due to the hype, but it’s a shame you didn’t enjoy it that much! It’s not my usual type of book although the premise sounds great so I’m not sure what I’ll think of it. Ari & Dante also sounds incredible so I’m really glad you enjoyed that one – yet another 5 star rating! I read The Unexpected Everything a couple of years ago and I did really enjoy it at the time of reading – I think I gave it 4 stars? I did try to reread it maybe last year I think it was but didn’t end up finishing which was weird because I never DNF. I do love Morgan Matson’s books though – although the only other book I’ve read was SYBG which I did adore. Have you read that one?
    Stranger Things 3 oh my gosh – I haven’t finished the season yet so am super wary of spoilers every time I see it mentioned but I’m really loving it so far?! I think it might be my favourite season? I’ve heard a lot of people say they cried at the ending though so I’m so nervous!
    Hope you have a fantastic August Lauren! 🙂

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    1. That’s SO awesome that you’ve seen them a few times in the UK! I totally agree—they put on an incredible show, and I for sure what to see them again!

      I do hope you enjoy Warcross when you get to it! I think I had the potential to enjoy it more than I did, but I had just finished a book that I fell head-over-heels in love with, and it always hard for me to fully enjoy a book after reading such a wonderful one.

      I have read Since You’ve Been Gone! I remember enjoying it when I first read it, so that’s why I was really excited for The Unexpected Everything. I’ve since finished TUE, and I thought it was an addictive summer read. I was hoping to enjoy it more, but it wasn’t bad!

      AH! Season 3 is really such a ride, but I’m so so glad to hear that you’re enjoying it so far! It’s such a great season, and you’ll have to tell me all of your thoughts once you finish!

      Thank you so much, Emme! I really appreciate you taking the time to read my post and comment—you’re so sweet! 💜

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    1. It was such a wonderful post! I was happy to share it! 😊

      And yes!! Definitely one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to—if not, the best—and I really haven’t stopped thinking about it since. I actually just finished The Unexpected Everything as well, and it was a very addictive summer read!

      Thank you so much for checking out my post and taking the time to comment, Caitlin! 😊

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  4. Dude – I am so jealous you got to see Queen and Adam Lambert. I saw Adam live really soon after he was on American Idol and it was amazing, but seeing him with Queen would be a DREAM (and yes, rhyme intended). Sounds like you had an awesome July!! I’m ready for Fall and Halloween too though. 😉

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. AH! Yes! It was the best show I’ve ever been to, so I sincerely hope you have the chance to see them someday! And that’s so awesome that you were able to see Adam Lambert so soon after American Idol and so early on in his career. That man has so much talent that it’s not even fair.

      Thank you so much for your comment! ❤️

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  5. wowowow, so many amazing books! i’m glad you got to tackle down your TBR this month! i feel like mine is just every growing and i don’t know how to cope yet, lol. i don’t really have a giant physical TBR, but there are a lot of titles i’ve been meaning to pick up since forever now and i also keep getting distracted by shiny new releases and it’s just been a mess, lol. but at least one of us has been better about tackling that TBR!
    i completely agree with you: i’d gladly watch an entire show based on the scoops troop. to be honest, the main party annoyed me a lot this season 3, but i loved the relationship between dustin/robin/steve! they were hilarious together!
    i watched toy story 4 this month and i cried so much is ridiculous. i wasn’t even that excited to watch the movie to begin with, because i thought toy story 3 was such a great conclusion already, but this one had me sobbing like a baby.
    it’s so exciting you got to see queen live and i’m so happy for you! honestly, i think i’d have a very similar feeling if i ever got to watch taylor swift live. her songs are full of nostalgia for me and i’ve been listening to her for so long, i’m sure i’d be an emotional mess as well!
    i hope you have an amazing august, lauren! 💞

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  6. I’m so sorry this is very late, but thanks so much for sharing my post! 😊 (And I promise that you’re not bad at blog-hopping! It’s me who is terrible, haha)

    I know everyone else is saying this, but I’m so happy for you that you got to see Queen and Adam Lambert! That’s amazing! I also really loved Stranger Things season 3, even though I still love season 1 the most! I can’t wait for the next one! I cried in 3, mostly because of the ending. And I’m so sorry that you got spoiled for it! 😦

    I hope you have a great (what’s left of) August, Lauren!

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    1. No worries at all, Xandra! I’ve been getting to posts very late recently as well, so I totally understand the struggle 😊 And of course I wanted to share your post! I feel like I repetitively mention your posts in my wrap ups, but I can’t help myself—your content is some of my favorite!

      Ah! Thank you so much! It’s honestly still hard for me to believe that I got to see them live. And I think I would agree with you—season 1 of Stranger Things is probably my favorite as well, but I’m always a sucker for when characters first meet each other, and that naturally happens in the first season. And oh my word, my heart broke at the end of season 3. I knew it was coming, but I still was a mess.

      Thank you so much, Xandra! I hope August has been kind to you! 💜

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