I’m fairly impressed that I managed to finish as many books as I did in July, considering I was busy at work with a new employee and, in my off-work time, hosted multiple Zoom watch parties for Sense & Sensibility, along with a socially-distanced graduation party for my daughter and 4th of July birthday parties for two of my other kids. There were times through the month that I felt I might never have time read again.
Here are the July numbers I find interesting:
Total books finished: 20
13 of these were audiobooks (155+ hours of listening, although I usually listed at a faster speed, so more like half of that).
5 print books + 2 ebooks (a total of 1926 pages read with my eyes)
12 #ownvoices books in July, including 10 books by Black authors and 2 LGBTQ+ books. 15 of my books finished were by female authors. I’m pleased with the diversity in my reading for July.
Things I’m not so pleased with: I only read 2 books for my various reading challenges, and only read 3 books from my #MountTBR. I read 0 books in translation, and all of my books were from US authors. Only 1 book read from my massive NetGalley backlog, but I have plans to fix that in August.
Another Austen-filled month
For our Litsy Jane Austen group, July was our month for reading Sense & Sensibility-related books and watching film adaptations. I finished these books:
Sense & Sensibility graphic novel by Jane Austen, Nancy Butler, & Sonny Liew Goodreads
Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters by Ben Winters & Jane Austen Goodreads
Willoughby’s Return by Jane Odiwe Goodreads
All of these were picks for me for various reasons, but of course none of them were as great as the original. Willoughby’s Return was my favorite of the three.
Our group also had multiple Zoom watch parties of three different film adaptations throughout July. This was done to accommodate as many of our members around the world as wanted to participate, and it ended up being a lot of fun.
As host to all but 1 of the parties, I watched the 1995 movie three times, the 2008 miniseries 4 times, and the 1981 (over the top, melodramatic) miniseries once. As much as I love the Emma Thompson movie—and I do!—, I really think the 2008 miniseries is now my favorite. 😯
My favorite books from July
The Mothers by Brit Bennett ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 Goodreads
The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Goodreads
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Goodreads
The Bottoms by Joe Lansdale ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Goodreads
The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Goodreads
The Expendable Man by Dorothy B. Hughes ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Goodreads
In August, I will be focusing on my NetGalley backlog with my unofficial #NetGalleyReviewathon. Since I blog about all of my galleys, that’s probably going to mean more frequent posts here. Fingers crossed that I can reach that elusive 80%!