Monthly Memories: July 2017

Hello, friends!

I hope you guys had a good July! There are lots going on in the world that has me befuddled and shaking my head, but I’m trying to keep a positive outlook. July was a decent month for me, though quite uneventful, so excuse this boring recap!

Let’s get to my updates:

  • This was my first full month home for summer vacation, and it was exactly what I hoped it would be. Lazy and relaxing, just the way I like my breaks from school.
  • I wasn’t all lazy all the time though, I did start a couple of online courses, and I’m doing a decent job also reviewing some of the previous courses I took last year. I want my foundation to be solid going into my final year of my grad program, so this will help with that.
  • I’ve also been hanging out with my parents a lot. It’s weird without my sister, but we do Skype her regularly, so it’s almost like she never left. We’ve mostly just been going to restaurants, which I’m not complaining about. We’ve had both hits and misses in our food explorations, but thankfully more hits!
  • I tried one new recipe this month for a One Pot Spicy Thai Noodles and it was a hit. I loved how easy it was to make. I’d probably switch the linguine to something else next time because it was heavy, but the taste was great.

I read 31 books in July, so basically a book day, which is awesome but this also means I have a ton of reviews to write. Yikes! But anyways, I’ve been having such great reading months. 2017 has been seriously awesome. This month, I binge-read two series, the Hidden Legacy series by Ilona Andrews, which was amazing, and the To All The Boy’s I’ve Loved series by Jenny Han, which was super cute. I also re-read a bunch of books which is always fun, in my opinion!

Books Read by Rating

5 stars

Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy, #1) Pretty Face (London Celebrities, #2) 
4.5 stars

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1) Wrong to Need You (Forbidden Hearts, #2) White Hot (Hidden Legacy, #2) Wildfire (Hidden Legacy, #3) North to You (Journey to the Heart #1)

4 stars

What to Say Next Irresistible You (Chicago Rebels, #1) This is How it Happened  P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #2) Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #3) The Epic Crush of Genie Lo Until It Fades Sinful Attraction (Temperance Falls: Selling Sin #2) Lord of Lies (Fallen Ladies, #3)

3.5 stars

Open Hearts Hunted Sinful Distraction (Temperance Falls: Selling Sin #3)

3 stars

 Tease Me Tonight (Hot in the City, #3) Joy Ride Bad Romance The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky Under Fire (Love Over Duty, #1) The Best Man (Blue Heron, #1)

2 stars

 The Impossible Vastness Of Us   Jilted (Love Hurts, #2) The Last Magician

1 star

Disorderly Conduct (Academy, #1)

Book Which Surprised Me The Most

This is How it Happened

Going into This Is How It Happened, I thought it would be a YA mystery/thriller, so you can imagine my surprise when I discovered it was more of tough-issue contemporary novel, one that’s pretty great, btw!

Book Boyfriends of the Month

Wildfire (Hidden Legacy, #3) North to You (Journey to the Heart #1) Open Hearts

If you haven’t met Mad Rogan yet, I don’t know how to convince you that he is the greatest/best/swooniest book boyfriend to ever exist. Please just read these books.

Drew from North To You also completely stole my heart. He’s such a sweetheart, and genuine and kind. He made my heart very happy!

Ahh Dean from Open Hearts. This big ginger doofus was dumb as rocks, but he is adorable, and endearing, and just so damn lovable.

Most Exciting Books on Deck For Next Month

Illegal Contact (The Barons, #1) Royally Endowed (Royally, #3) Rebel Seoul

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I’m still watching iZombie, which is going really well! I’m loving the turn of events in the show. Seriously, you need to watch this if you were ever a fan of Veronica Mars!

I also watched the two seasons of Superstore this past month and it was honestly, amazing! I wasn’t sure if the show would be for me, but it’s funny and down-to-earth. I love a good sitcom and this is one of the good ones for sure! 🙂

Before, I leave, I have an exciting piece of news to share. Lisa, Eri and I have combined our efforts and launched a new romance blog! Click the button below, if you’re interested in checking us out and giving us a follow! I’ll be posting a romance review on there every Tuesdays.

 Tell me all about your July in the comments below!

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  • I’m glad that your enjoying your summer vacation, you have read so many amazing books! Some are high on my wishlist. I absolutely love the Hidden Legacy series! Mad Rogan is a new fave.

    Your spicy Thai noodles sounds yum! I’ll definitely give that a go.

    Have a great week!

    http://www.obsessionwithbooks.blogspot.com

  • kindlemom1

    You had a killer book month Nick, that is awesome! Also, I adore both iZombie and Superstore! I started watching Superstore last school year and fell in love with it. I love watching it while I fold laundry. It is just about the right amount of time for me to fold a couple of loads and then move on to something else. It is so funny too and you can’t go wrong with something funny and down to earth.

  • 31 books! I haven’t done that since last year. Go you. Mad Rogan is swoony, and I want more Hidden Legacy. I have watched and enjoyed iZombie. Enjoy the last days of summer!

  • oh look at you go girl!!! What a great month you have had here! I am super excited for Royally Endowed…the first two were fantastic. I also did a ton of re reading as well this month, and read some fabulous books too. I just requested Alisha Rai’s book, because I keep hearing so many great things. *crossing fingers*

    Hope August is a fabulous month for you.

  • Ari

    I’m so happy that you enjoyed North to You, Nick!!! That book gave me all the feels, but made me so hungry to try Filipino food. I’m excited for Royally Endowed as well. I feel like Logan’s book is gonna be my favorite. I can’t resist a hot bodyguard. 😏🔥

  • Congratulations on joining a new romance blog! That’s so exciting! Looks like you’ve had a pretty great month. I see quite a few books here that I have on my TBR to read one day. North to You, Until It Fades, and What to Say Next are a couple I’m really excited about. I hope you have another great reading month!

  • A Novel Glimpse

    It looks like you had a great month! I love that you include your new book boyfriends on here. 🙂

  • Ooooh that one pot recipe looks awesome! Sometimes you just need a little break to be refreshed, especially for school. Major props to you for actually reviewing your courses before you go back though — I wish I did that! haha. I guess it’s more specific with a Masters though and things build on each other, unlike my Bachlors Degree?

  • I am definitely checking out the recipe. Glad you got to relax and be a little lazy this summer. Great reading month. Just followed the new romance blog 🙂 Hope you have a great August!!

  • Nice to see Jenny Han books making the rounds! Love her stories! You had a productive month though for being on break. Happy August!

  • You read a book a day, that is awesome. I am glad to see that you are taking full advantage of your summer break. I can’t believe you are going to finish grad school this year. That is awesome, Nick! I am starting Wildfire on audio today, I can’t wait!

  • Holy cow, you read so much! There was a time when I was in college when I read like that. I would come home for break, and just read and read. It was the best. I do need to watch iZombie. I’ve heard such good things.

  • I have not tried any new recipes this month, sigh, I miss it. I mean last month lol

    YAY for vacay

  • Amanda @ Vivalabooks

    I need to learn how to cook! Those noodles sound so good. How’d you like To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before? I love this series so much!!! And you read so many books!!! That’s insane!

  • This whole post is showing me books I need to get to . I have been meaning to start the Chase’s Royally books (I am the worst!), and the universe is telling me to read Pretty Face, because I keep seeing it everywhere (definitely an omen). iZombie is one of the few shows I watch. It has that same vibe as VMars and the whipsmart dialog (It doesn’t hurt that Rob Thomas hires many of the Mars actors either – loyalty, people). I am such a Stokes fangirl. Loved all her books (I totally freaked out when she asked to do a guest post on my blog – true story).

  • Yay for the new romance blog! I want to get more into romance– I always thought it just wasn’t my genre, but I’ve read a couple recently that I really loved. So I will definitely be reading your posts there! I’m glad you’ve had a relaxing month at home. My family always loves to try new restaurants whenever we’re together, too! Also, you had a great reading month! I totally agree with you; 2017 has been a year of awesome reading months for me, as well. So happy you enjoyed the Lara Jean trilogy! And I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of The Epic Crush of Genie Lo. I hope you have a wonderful August, Nick!

  • It looks like you had a fabulous July! Yay for lazy summer breaks. I need to check out that recipe. It sounds great. I’m soooooo happy to see that you read the Lara Jean books! I miss them lol. I can’t wait for the movie. I hope you have a wonderful August!

  • That’s a lot of books, Nick! So happy that you have a dedicated romance blog! 😊 Coincidentally, I also started a dedicated romance booktube channel! Haha my vision for it is to talk about anything romance, especially adult romance 😊😉

  • 31 books in one month?! I seriously have to get my reading life together. I used to be able to read a ton of books in one month, but this year has felt like one long reading slump. Hopefully that will change this month. Off to check out the new blog.

  • Charlie Anderson

    Good luck catching up on those reviews! I had 16 to write in July and I thought I was going to die! What a great month you’ve had.

  • Hooray for a relaxing and lazy (only you would call taking summer classes lazy, Nick) summer vacation! The best kind of vacation, honestly. As much as I love having adventures and packing lots of cool trips into my vacation time, I always return home feeling like I need a staycation to recover from all the activity. LOL!

    Your book boyfriends are seriously on point! Rogan is the best and Dean was great too, although his doofus ways would drive me nuts IRL. I’m excited to read North to You soon! And congrats on launching the new romance blog – I’m off to check it out now!

  • Sounds like a pretty good month to me. And very not lazy if I compare it to how I used to spend my summers from school. Seriously, some days I’d not leave the house and just chill in my pyjamas watching all the films. I will still do that but it’s far harder to find the time, damn real life.

    I am jealous of all your reading but damn check out your book boyfriends. Mad Rogan is both so damn hot but also a little scary so he can go on there. Drew was the sweetest cutest most adorable man ever. Like, he made bad life choices because honesty is always the best policy but he was a sweet cinnamon roll.

    I am now off to attempt blog catch up because I saw you’d launched a new romance blog which you know I am down for. Never can I see too many romance reviews from you.