July 2018 Wrap-Up + State of the ARC! + Summer TBR Wipeout

Another summer month is over. This is almost my last month of freedom before I go back to uni + work and most likely will have much less time to read, so I’m trying to make the best of July and August to reduce my TBR while I can.

I did several reading challenges this month, including a graphic novel readathon. Since graphic novels are usually shorter and have more pictures than text, they are much quicker reads – and that’s how I ended up with over 30 books read in the first half of the month only.

πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ = book has a LGBTQAI+ main character (30)
πŸ“šΒ = books that qualify for the backlist challenge we’re doing with Avery (11 – goal: 3, completed)
🌍 = Around the World in 52 Books on Goodreads (4)
πŸ‘­Β = Sapphic Book Club monthly read (0 – DNF, so technically failed)
🍬 = Candybook Land by Elaine Howlin (5)
β˜„οΈΒ = Sci-Fi July by Kathy (13 – personal goal: 10, completed)
πŸ’₯Β = Graphic Novel Readathon for Books and Tea Club (38 – personal goal: completed)
πŸ¦‰Β = OWL Exams Readathon by Book Roast (12 – personal goal: 12, completed)

As always, I’m linking up with Avalinah’s State of the ARC meme:

State of the ARC is a monthly meme at Avalinah’s Books meant to motivate you to finish up all your long overdue ARCsΒ (Advanced or Early Reader Copies).

State of the ARC has a Goodreads groups ARCs Anonymous.Β Join itΒ here.

And this time, due to the timing I am also linking up with The Candid Cover’s Summer TBR Wipeout instead of making a separate update post.


  • πŸ’₯Β Skin & Earth by Lights: 200 pages. 4🌟
  • πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ Once Upon a Rainbow, Volume Three by multiple authors. 4🌟
  • πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ Cold Like Snow by Sita Bethel: 235 pages. 3🌟 (review to come)
  • DNF: Magic or Die by J.P. Jackson (at around 45%)



  • πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ“šπŸ¬β˜„οΈΒ Courage is the Price by Lynn E. O’Connacht: 144 pages. 4🌟
  • πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆβ˜„οΈΒ Secondhand Origin Stories by Lee Blauersouth: 364 pages. 4🌟


Wait, what’s that?! I actually read some author ARCs?? And one for Edelweiss?! That basically never happens! But now I’m comfortably caught up on NetGalley, so I’ll try my best to read the author ones I still have left.

I put two new titles on my bingo chart, and I also listed a few upcoming ARCs I haven’t read that might fit the remaining squares. I hardly ever read nonfiction, but this bingo is for the rest of the year, so I’m sure I’ll find something on NetGalley before December.


And now for the books that weren’t review copies:

Favourite books this month (more details in the list above):

  • Gale: a queer sci-fi retelling of The Tempest by Shakespeare
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue: historical fiction with a bisexual male lead, biracial male LI, and a sister who wants to be a doctor
  • Shattered Empire: all my favourite Star Wars characters in one graphic novel!
  • Gunnerkrigg Court series: fantasy graphic novel series in a very interesting school
  • A Duke by Default: a romance novel with a black protagonist and a grumpy older LI

Reviews on the blog this month:

Book tags:




Next month: NEWT exams! This is a reading challenge that has 12 x 3 prompts, which is 36 total, sooo… it’s not likely that I’ll complete every one of them? It would technically be possible with a lot of graphic novel as the above shows, but I kind of read most graphic novels I own this month and several of the NEWT challenges have length requirements.

I’m aiming for 5 x 3 as a minimum, and we’ll see if I can complete any more of that.


19 thoughts on “July 2018 Wrap-Up + State of the ARC! + Summer TBR Wipeout

  1. Wow, you are doing awesomely with the bingo πŸ™‚ congrats! I am somehow rather failing in filling in my own bingo xD hahaha…
    I see you read a lot of comics/manga style things. I just got a reader that’s big enough for them, but it doesn’t do DRMed books. Any ideas on where to get non-DRM ones? I don’t suppose that’s even possible for review copies? (I am talking legally, of course :D)

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    1. I don’t normally read this many graphic novels, but I somehow ended up with like 40 in my library because I bought two very cheap bundles, and there was this graphic novel readathon going on so I used it as an excuse to read all of them.

      I got pretty much all of mine through Humble Bundle, but they were both temporary bundles that are not available anymore. But Amazon sells graphic novels as well I think.

      But now I’ve kind of run out of graphic novels I own so I probably won’t read many for a while πŸ˜€


    1. THANK YOU! ❀ the graphic novel readathon motivated me a lot tbh. readathons tend to do that. (plus I had nothing else to do really)

      my State of the ARC part actually looked pretty pathetic up until the last week when I managed to add onto it… I'm very curious to see yours! I'm sure you did well, but even if you feel like you didn't, you don't have to be great at it every month ❀

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    1. Hah… No overdue NetGalley ARCs, you mean πŸ˜€ I have some author ARCs that I received several months ago and still haven’t got around to. But yeah, I try to keep up-to-date with the NG ones. I do have fewer ARCs than most people though – I’ve seen many people with like 40-60 ARCs and I don’t really go above 20 at any time.

      Thank you! I might actually finish the bingo in August, or maybe have one square left, we’ll see πŸ˜€

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