A Month of Readathons: July Wrap Up

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I don’t always do end-of-the-month recap posts, but when I do, it’s because I’m trying to keep track of all my reading challenges ๐Ÿ˜‚ I thought July was going to be a chill reading catch-up month, but I kind of accidentally signed up myself up for three different readathons. Opps.

I mostly focused on Mood Reader Bingo (hosted by Yna the Mood Reader) which was pretty board in terms of prompt, so I was still able to get through a big chunk of my reading list, so I’d say it was a pretty successful month overall!

Mood Reader Bingo:

veronica (little corner reads)

Part of a Series: Six Crimson CranesElizabeth Lim
Review – From Brothers to Birds (Six Crimson Cranes, Elizabeth Lim)

ICYMI, I did a reaction post for Six Crimson Cranes and was ready for the rest of the duology as soon as I finished the book. I might end up re-reading it, since it’s the LiterAsian Book Club pick for August.

“The” on the Title: The Dating PlaybookFarrah Rochon

Football and fake dating. You know I had to read it.

Out in 2020: Lives of Saints, Leigh Bardugo

I’ve officially read all the Grishaverse books! Is it time to finally do that Shadow and Bone re-read and/or to watch the Netflix series? ๐Ÿค”

Fave Genre: From Little Tokyo with LoveSarah Kuhn

Because I’m such a mood reader, I don’t know that I necessarily have a favorite genre (unless YA counts?). Lately contemporary romance has been my go-to, so I chose that for my “fave genre” this time. From Little Tokyo with Love was a fun summer celebrating the Japanese American community in LA’s Little Tokyo.

A Random Pick: Between the Bliss and Me, Lizzy Mason
Review – I Gained it So (Between the Bliss and Me, Lizzy Mason)

Between the Bliss and Me has been burning a hole in my NetGalley shelf since I got so caught up celebrating AAPI month and forgot to download it before it got achieved, so I was happy when I finally got my hands on it not only because I could finally get my feedback ratio back up, but because it was such a interesting exploration of mental illness and its impact on an individual and his family.

Below 250 Pages: The Empress of Salt and Fortune, Nghi Vo

The problem with only choosing books based on their covers is that sometimes you don’t realize you’re reading a novella until you’re…reading a novella. I wasn’t a huge fan of The Empress of Salt and Fortune, and I’m not sure if it’s because I went in with the wrong expectations or because it just wasn’t for me, but at least it was an unexpectedly quick read?

By an Asian Author: Black Water Sister, Zen Cho

I was supposed to buddy read Black Water Sister with another group of bloggers I found through the Subtle Asian Book Club, then found out the book was due in 2 days. Iโ€™d already renewed the book twice and didnโ€™t want a fine, so I sped my way through the book. It’s another book that I read without knowing much about but probably should’ve. I saw it was a fantasy set in Malaysia but was a bit more paranormal than I usually prefer.

Fave Color on the Cover: Love, Comment, Subscribe, Cathy Yardley

I’m terrible at picking favorite things, but if I had to choose, I’d say my favorite color is somewhere between turquoise and seafoam green? The cover color for Love, Comment, Subscribe was the first thing that caught my eye. The childhood frienemies-to-lovers plot is ultimately what got it on my TBR, and Cathy Yardley was kind enough to send me an eARC.

Fave Trope: Pride and Prejudice and Other FlavorsSonali Dev
Review – Pride and Prejudice with an Indian Twist (Pride and Prejudice and Other Flavors, Sonali Dev)

Enemies-to-lovers is one of my favorite tropes (though I did also read a fake dating book this month,) and is there really any hate-to-love better story than Pride and Prejudice? Sonali Dev recently released the latest installment of the Raje series, and all the publicity around Incense and Sensibility had me ignoring the stack of books on my desk and picking up Pride and Prejudice and Other Flavors for the nth time for a re-read because I’m the biggest mood reader.

On a side note, I found out July is “Jane Austen July,” so this was my mini-celebration of the month?

MythTakeReads’ Path or Pantheon: 

Path of Home

I used my “power” to swap out “A book with fire on the cover/in the title” for a comfort reader (Pride and Prejudice and Other Flavors).

Book Featuring Family: Between the Bliss and Me, Lizzy Mason

Young Female MC: Six Crimson CranesElizabeth Lim

Featuring Food/Cooking: Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune, Roselle Lim

This is one of the library books that I may or may not have renewed multiple times. Like From Little Tokyo with Love, it celebrates an Asian American landmark–San Francisco’s Chinatown–but focuses less on romantic love and more on community love. It also has a touch of magical realism and a whole lot of food.

Featuring Water: Luck of the Titanic, Stacey Lee

I did my first buddy read this month with Abby @ Beyond the Read and Ren (@daintybooks) and realized Iโ€™m horrible at sticking to a reading schedule because I’m too impatient ๐Ÿ˜… It was still a fun experience, and I’m glad I had other readers to talk to about all my feelings about that ending.

Indian Lit Readathon: 

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I decided to join the Indian Lit Readathon super last minute. It’s a readathon meant to encourage readers to read books written by Indian authors or authors of Indian origin and is hosted by Shruti @ This is Lit, Charvi @ Not Just Fiction, and Nandini @ Novels and Nebulas. This year’s edition was a weeklong readathon with a chutes and ladders theme. In some ways it was the easiest readathon since the prompt was fairly open, but in other ways, it required the most planning since I had to stick to calculate my reading times to avoid those snakes and climb those ladders.

Books Read:

Radha & Jai’s Recipe for RomanceNisha Sharma

Pride and Prejudice and Other FlavorsSonali Dev

How were your July’s? Do you like monthly recaps? Let me know!


  1. I read 9 books in July, some fantasy including the awesome ending to a series, two rereads although one was an audiobook so that kind of made it feel new, a few sci-fi books which isn’t a genre I love but can dip into every now and then if the story’s good, and some lovely YA.
    If you try the tv show, let me know what you think; I don’t see why they had to meld it with Six of Crows, and the confusion’s stayed my hand.

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    • I’m glad it sounds like you had a good reading month, Niki! I’ve kind of been avoiding the series for the same reason, but I’ve only heard good things about the adaptation from friends who have and haven’t read the books so I’m on the fence.


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