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What I’m Reading in July

My current TBR stack, including the book I’m currently reading before bed, The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone

Here are the books I’ve read since the last time I did a recap. A few from late June, but mostly July.

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord | Sort of a modern YA You’ve Got Mail. There are multiple layers to this adorable love story that eventually all come together beautifully. This one kept me up late reading several nights in a row. 😍😍😍😍😍

10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston | I blew through this one. The premise is fun and wacky. The characters are easy to root for and the love story is everything. Loved it. 🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰

Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon | This was a fun premise. I’m a sucker for a good retelling and this loose take on Beauty and the Beast was a lot of fun. Menon has created a great cast of characters and I spent several nights staying up too late to finish it. The only thing keeping it from 5 stars was that I found the characters to be almost too much sometimes, if that makes any sense. 😻😻😻😻

Witchy by Ariel Slamet Reis | Very intrigued by this story. Hoping there will be a second book. I thought the artwork was amazing but I frequently felt like I had been thrown into the middle of a longer story. 💖💖💖💖

Crime and Poetry by Amanda Flower | I really got into this one. A cozy mystery set in a magical bookshop? You had me at hello. I really liked the overall writing style and definitely plan to continue the series. 💞💞💞💞💞

Babysitter’s at Shadow Lake by Ann M. Martin | I reread this with my eleven year old and really enjoyed experiencing it a second time. A lot of stuff I’d honestly forgotten. I love super specials because you get to see the same experience through multiple eyes, including some of the younger kids this time. 💕💕💕💕💕

Honestly, just a lot of good reading. No duds to speak of. I also read a couple of Babymouse chapter books at the request of my eleven year old, which were adorable but they took me about twenty minutes to read each. She loves the series though so if you are looking for more graphic novel recommendations for your young girls, this looks like a great series.

I’m still reading The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman and honestly can’t figure out why I’m not loving it. As a huge Practical Magic fan, I had really high hopes. I don’t know if it’s the writing style, the pace, or if I just have an aversion to required reading. My book club is discussing it this weekend in theory but tbh I think quarantine is getting the best of our little club. I’m going to have to think about what I want to do about that.

And like I said at the top of this post, I’m also reading The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone. I’m about halfway through this one and my initial impression was just that it was a LOT heavier than I was expecting, but so far not too heavy. Interested to see how it all ends, waiting impatiently to see if my ‘ships pan out.

family fun

July 2020 in review.

Can you guys believe this month is almost over? 2020 continues to be a strange beast. Time is moving fast and slow. Months and weeks kind of blur together when our days are so similar. I’m not complaining, really.

As much as I look forward to the future when words like pandemic, quarantine, and “new normal” are not part of our daily routine – I’ve kind of enjoyed the easy pace of this summer. Being forced to slow down has its upsides and having everyone home is kind of nice.

The last month has involved a lot of grilling outdoors, roasting marshmallows, reading good books, blowing bubbles, playing in the sprinkler, and more.

My eleven year old and I watched the new Babysitter’s Club series on Netflix and loved it. We have been reading old super specials together at bedtime and of course my daughter loves the graphic novels. I think they did a good job modernizing the series but it still feels true to the original. It has that BSC magic that reminds me of my own childhood.

Speaking of my eleven year old, she celebrated said eleventh birthday this month. We’re continuing our new tradition of getting a swanky cake from my new favorite bakery for birthdays. Smaller celebrations mean I get to go all out for the cake and hopefully help support this small business that I love.

My teenager rearranged his room to make room for a desk – this is going to help a lot this fall because we’re all going to be home but doing slightly different things. My husband will be working from home in the office at least initially. My son’s high school is doing virtual learning until at least November. And…

My eleven year old is going to be homeschooled by yours truly for at least a year. That is not a sentence I pictured myself saying in the past but it became the obvious answer for several reasons. She and I are cautiously excited for this big change. I’m glad that I can do this for her and give her a consistent and stable school year while the country finds their footing.

Meanwhile my teenager is equally excited to start highschool and I’m grateful that the school is offering virtual learning to start.

So I’ve been spending a lot of the month researching curriculums and homeschooling laws, organizing the house to get both kids ready for the fall, and freaking out every few days about this new, big change in our lives. Because freaking out about things is like my part-time job.

That pretty much sums up our month. I’ll post again soon with the books I’ve been reading this month because it really warrants its own post.

What have you been up to this month?

I’m linking this post up with the Writer’s Workshop hosted by Mama Kat – love her!