01 August 2013

July Wrap-Up and DNFs

Ahh July, you've been a funny month, but I'm also surprised that I read so much considering I was feeling a little blah.  August is going to be busy, so who knows how that will end up!

Books Read in July

Shudder (Stitch Trilogy #2) by Samantha Durante
Last Light (Last Light #1) by Alex Scarrow
Survivors (The Morningstar Strain #3) by Z.A. Recht
Me, Him, Them and It by Caela Carter
Apocalypse Z (Apocalipsis Z #1) by Manel Loureiro
The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman
No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale
Invisibility by Andrea Cremer & David Levithan
Kiss Me First by Lottie Moggach
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Deceived: The Story of the Donner Party by Peter R. Limburg
Hospital Babylon by Imogen Edwards-Jones
Confessions of a GP by Benjamin Daniels
Keeping Her (Losing It #1.5) by Cora Carmack

That's 14 books for the month and 4457 pages.

2013 so far:
103 books (17 ahead of goal, yeaaaaah!)
35151 pages (151 ahead of goal - just scraping in there!)

July DNFs*

One thing I've never really done on the blog is talk about DNFs.  I don't like rating them because maybe just after I spit the dummy and give up they turn out to be fabulously amazingly wonderful, and I'm just too impatient, but I've also invested time in them, so for my yearly page count, I'm going to mention them here.

The Promise of Amazing  by Robin Constantine - promised and failed.  The insta-love was just TOO MUCH.  We parted ways at page 57.

Going Home (Going Home #1) by A. American - When it comes to post-apocalyptic books I can be pretty forgiving in regards to character development, military-heavy stuff and overly detailed descriptions.  But this was so over the top, I couldn't handle one more description of what the dude had packed in his bag.  For survivalists this is probably a fabulous book, but it's not for me.  I was done by page 57 (page 57 is obviously my cut off point!)

* It's very rare that I completely DNF books - both of these I'll most probably attempt to read again one day.

Now, onto August!


  1. awesome reading month! I've actually read 102 books so far this year. And WOW! INSTA LOVE? I'm SO disappointed since The Promise of Amazing has been on my wish list ever since the cover came out.

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

    1. Yes, but it might just be me being cynical and old lol - the characters are good though, so there's hope!

  2. I love reading about dnfs, Kat! I'm always curious what would make people put down the book and refuse to have anything to do with it :) Good month for you!

  3. What a great reading month! Page 57 is a fairly decent amount of time to decide to DNF... but I'm like you, I usually give up for a while and then try to give the books another try... sometimes I end up loving the book, and I was not in the right mood for them the previous time!

    1. That has happened to me SO many times that I only ever DNF a book if I have multiple issues with it. Definitely a mood reader :)

  4. Oh my gosh, you've read loads :D Some great books too, good luck for August too!
    Shame about the DNF, I haven't had any this year yet. But I'm really stubborn, its definitely something I need to work on.

    I did a wrap up too, if you're interested

    1. I HATE DNFing, I always feel terrible. But I'm trying to be stricter with myself :)

  5. LOL @ pg 57 being a cut off point. Shame about DNFing but sometime a book just isn't right for a reader either in general or at a particular time.

    1. I'm going to get a complex now about page 57!

  6. It took me so long to be able to DNF books. I would always wonder... what if it was JUST about to get good? I guess after reading enough mediocre books, a flip switched in my head, and now I have no problem doing it.

  7. The Promise of Amazing went unfulfilled. BUT THE COVER IS SO PRETTY. Damn you, Harper, with your deceptively pretty covers.

    How was Keeping Her?

  8. 103 books so far, great job! Happy reading in August :D




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