July 2018 Monthly Wrap-up

Welcome to my July 2018 Wrap-up! A Monthly Wrap-up is exactly what it sounds like, a summary of the month. I’ll be reiterating books I read, purchased/borrowed, posts of the month, a little bit of what’s going on outside the blog, and a little bit of what I have plan in the upcoming month. I’m linking this post to the Monthly Wrap-up at Feed Your Fiction Addiction.

It's hard to believe that August is here. I celebrated my birthday in July, it was great to take a break
from all the painting I’ve been doing around the house. Last month I painted my son’s bedroom gray and then moved on to all the baseboards and doors (I like them bright white). This month I painted my daughter’s room a pretty sky blue.

I decided to finally pack up all my books and move into the bigger bedroom, I was running out of space in the smaller one. Good thing my husband and son were available to move furniture and book boxes for me. Of course, I had to paint my new reading room, and I went with a color that is so not me, Himalayan poppy, a bluish smoky lavender. I love it.

You may have noticed that I changed my blog design and added a couple new pages. Sometimes change is good, I still have a few things to add but I like it so far. 

Inky Impressions Reviews:

Royals by Rachel Hawkins

Books Read/Listened to in July:

A Faint Cold Fear (Grant County #3) by Karin Slaughter ⭐⭐⭐
Indelible (Grant County #4) by Karin Slaughter ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Faithless (Grant County #5) by Karin Slaughter ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Triptych (Will Trent #1) by Karin Slaughter ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Fractured (Will Trent #2) by Karin Slaughter ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Keystone (A Crossbreed Novel #1) by Dannika Dark ⭐⭐⭐
The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Hello Again (The Evelyn Talbot Chronicles #2) by Brenda Novak ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian ⭐⭐⭐

#famous by Jilly Gagnon ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
One Small Thing by Erin Watt ⭐⭐⭐
Riddick (The Saints, #1) by Kathy Coopmans ⭐⭐⭐
Royals (Royals #1) by Rachel Hawkins ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Reading Stats:

Total Books Read: 16
Books: 7
Audiobooks: 9

Library Borrowed: 10
From My Shelves: 6
Gifted: 0

Longest Book: 393 Pages - Triptych (Will Trent #1) by Karin Slaughter 
Shortest Book: 293 Pages - Royals (Royals, #1) by Rachel Hawkins

Total Books Read/Listened to Since January 2018: 101

Favorite Reads this Month:

Triptych (Will Trent #1) by Karin Slaughter
Fractured (Will Trent #2) by Karin Slaughter
Hello Again (The Evelyn Talbot Chronicles #2) by Brenda Novak

Books Purchased in July:

Purchased This Month: 21
Hardcover: 8
Paperback: 12
Kindle: 1
*I've Read

A Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes #3) by Sabaa Tahir
Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris
*One Small Thing by Erin Watt
*Royals (Royals, #1) by Rachel Hawkins - Book Review
Still Mine (Still, #1) by Amy Stuart
*The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

*Triptych (Will Trent #1) by Karin Slaughter 
*Fractured (Will Trent #2) by Karin Slaughter
Undone (Will Trent #3) by Karin Slaughter
Broken (Will Trent #4) by Karin Slaughter
Fallen (Will Trent #5) by Karin Slaughter
Criminal (Will Trent #6) by Karin Slaughter
Unseen (Will Trent #7) by Karin Slaughter
*The Kept Woman (Will Trent #8) by Karin Slaughter – Book Review 

Cop Town by Karin Slaughter
*Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter – Book Review
Always Watching by Chevy Stevens
Still Missing by Chevy Stevens

Happy Reading - Jovita

Book Review: Royals by Rachel Hawkins

Royals (Royals #1) by Rachel Hawkins
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published May 1st, 2018
by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

Meet Daisy Winters. She’s an offbeat sixteen-year-old Floridian with mermaid-red hair; a part time job at a bootleg Walmart, and a perfect older sister who’s nearly engaged to the Crown Prince of Scotland. Daisy has no desire to live in the spotlight, but relentless tabloid attention forces her to join Ellie at the relative seclusion of the castle across the pond.

 While the dashing young Miles has been appointed to teach Daisy the ropes of being regal, the prince’s roguish younger brother kicks up scandal wherever he goes and tries his best to take Daisy along for the ride. The crown–and the intriguing Miles–might be trying to make Daisy into a lady . . . but Daisy may just rewrite the royal rulebook to suit herself.

My thoughts…

Daisy is happy living her normal life in Florida and making summer plans with her best friend Isabel. That is until Daisy’s older sister engagement to the Crown Prince of Scotland, is announced. Her life isn’t so normal anymore with tabloids magazine and bloggers gossiping about her. The Palace will be able to control the gossip if she is closer. Daisy is disappointed that her summer plans with Isabel wouldn’t happen, she now must spend her summer in Scotland.

I just loved Daisy with her sassiness, I liked her conversations with Miles, Prince Sebastian
and her dad. With the secrets and scandals and a hate-to-love sweet romance, it truly was a charming and lighthearted read. I adore books about royalty and princesses, even though Royals is unrealistic and predictable, I enjoyed it.

“He just showed up like a posh vampire I accidentally invited in, then couldn't make leave.”
Rachel Hawkins, Royals

Happy Reading – Jovita