Sum-Up Sundays

What even happened to July? Now that I’m working it feels like the days turn into weeks & the weeks turn into months over night… July was a good month though, because YALC!!! I haven’t even started my YALC post yet, but I’m hoping to get it done today, along with this post – if I do manage it then it would’ve gone up yesterday (that sentence made my head hurt)… if it didn’t go up yesterday then we can all agree that I’m useless.


This month I managed to finish 4 books, but I DNF 2 (although I still partially reviewed one as I was part of the blog tour); the unfinished books were The Daughter of River Valley by Victoria Cornwall & the second was Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab by Columbkill Noonan.

A Necessary Murder by M. J. Tjia
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
GoodReads Review

A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
GoodReads Review

Akea – The Power of Destiny by Elizabeth Jade
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
GoodReads Review

Colour Me In by Lydia Ruffles
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
GoodReads Review

Reading Challenges

At the end of July I got 59% of the way through my GoodReads challenge – a.k.a 47 books out of my goal of 80… my challenge is slowly catching up on me & at the moment I’m only one book ahead of schedule if I want to complete the challenge by the end of 2018.

Beat the Backlist:
It has been literal months since I managed to pick up a book from my beat the backlist list & that’s because of having too many reviewer’s copies to read – I’m upset about this as there are a few books on my list that I really want to pick up.

My Doctor Who Challenge:
At the start of the year I pledged to read at least one Doctor Who novel a month as I love them but they’re gathering dust on my shelves right now – unfortunately, for the same reason mentioned above I haven’t managed to read anything toward this challenge this month either. Sigh.

Reviewer’s Copies:
I’ve been struggling with reading recently & have felt a bit overwhelmed by reviewer’s copies so I’m trying to request less than I normally would at the moment;

~ Print:

~ NetGalley:

Page Count Challenge:

  • January: 1908 pages
  • February: 2577 pages
  • March: 2237 pages
  • April:  1926 pages
  • May: 1953 pages
  • June: 1821 pages
  • July: 1215 pages

My pages from July mean that I’m up to 13,637 pages! I doubt I’ll hit my target of 30,000 but that’s still an incredible amount of pages… I just wish books contained word counts!


I still owe you a post on central cranial diabetes insipidus but I’m really behind on my blog in general (with this post being a week late) so I’m not sure when I’ll be able to put the post up – I do have good news though; the medication I was put on for my diabetes insipidus seems to be working so that’s exciting.

In July I also met a new orthopaedic doctor that was a total wanker so that was fun; he has referred me back to physiotherapy & the pain clinic though so maybe something positive will come out of those. He’s also referred me back to neurology but that never turns out well for me so I’m not looking forward to that.

As well as the appointments above I’ve got another one coming up that I’m super worried about – I’m hoping I won’t ever have to discuss it on here so if you don’t hear anymore then that’s a really good sign.


Life in general is pretty dull right now; although I did go to YALC in July so that’s fantastic! Work though, is more stressful than ever, which is draining me out massively (which is why I’ve been neglecting my blog a little) & although I still love the children I often wish that I had made the decision not to work & to live off of disability support… I don’t want to do that until I have to though so I suppose I’ll be working for a while yet, aha.

That’s it from me, how was your July?


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