Monthly Wrap Ups

July Wrap Up

Hello all! So, it has officially been one month since I started my blog! It is official (for real) on Thursday, but who is counting? It has been… well, interesting.

I knew I was pretty clueless about blogging going in. I played with the idea in my mind for a while, but then I thought to myself, “Screw it. I’m doing it.” and I did it. Honestly, a great philosophy on life.

Alright, I’m going to hop into this month’s recap and takeaways.

  1. What I read

I had a solid reading month with a grand total of 20 books.

📖 Dare You Lie by Amber Lynn Natusch (reread) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

📖 Geekerella by Ashley Poston (reread) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

📖 To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (reread) ⭐⭐⭐.5

📖 P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han (reread) ⭐⭐⭐

📖 Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen M. McManus ⭐⭐⭐⭐

📖 Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell ⭐

📖 A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro (reread) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

📖 Michigan vs. the Boys by Carrie S. Allen ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

📖 Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron ⭐⭐⭐

📖 The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert ⭐⭐⭐⭐

📖 Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell ⭐⭐⭐

📖 Don’t Say a Word by Amber Lynn Natusch (reread) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

📖 A Date with Darcy by Tiffany Schmidt ⭐⭐⭐

📖Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum ⭐⭐⭐

📖 What To Say Next by Julie Buxbaum ⭐⭐⭐

📖 Now a Major Motion Picture by Cori McCarthy ⭐⭐.5

📖 Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann ⭐⭐⭐.5

📖 The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson ⭐⭐⭐⭐

📖 Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon ⭐⭐⭐

📖 The Invention of Sophie Carter by Samantha Hastings ⭐⭐⭐⭐

2. Readathons

I joined my first readathon ever this month. I can’t say that I was a fan. I feel like the entire concept of the readathon sucked the joy out of reading. I was trying to get through my stack of books for the sake of getting them done, not for the sake of enjoying them. That, my friends, is a major problem.

I might try another readathon in the future, but I’ll see. I’m thinking that a longer one might be better for me. I don’t know. Any month-long readathon recommendations?

3. Bookstagram 

On the same day that I launched my blog, I also started a bookstagram account @bookedtillmidnight. Everyone is so welcoming and friendly and I look forward to getting to know more people.

Running a bookstagram account is not what I expected. I thought I would post a picture that went with my blog posts on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Yeah, no. That is not the case at all.

You see, on my personal account, I post maybe once, sometimes twice a year. I am by no means a social media person. To come up with captions my best friend and I have a brainstorming session. I am NOWHERE near being an insta-expert. So when I walked (metaphorically of course) into the booksta world I was not prepared.

I did NOT realize that you post so much. Like every day. I need captions, hashtags, reviews, pictures. Plus, once all of that is done I need to interact with people and post on my story. I love the community, but holy-moly it is a bit overwhelming. In hindsight, I probably should have waited and just focused on my blog. Whoops 🤷‍♀️.

4. Theme

Why did I ever think orange and teal was a good idea for theme colors? Ew. April, what were you thinking? I just randomly chose some flowers and colors and called it a day. 

It doesn’t fit my blog’s personality. So, I am changing my theme. I’m going to use midnight blue (see what I did there?) and shades of yellow. I added a sneak peek of my new header. I hope to have that up and running in the next few days 🤞

5. Technology and I are not friends

Yes, I know it is ironic that technology and I don’t get along seeing how I run a blog. I mean, this whole thing is internet-based. We just don’t mesh.

That being said, I did have some small technological victories. I figured out how to link my other posts to the Master Review page (yay!), how to repost Instagram stories (double yay!), and how to use tags on WordPress (triple yay!). It was a struggle, but I am getting better (quadruple yay!)

6. Friends 

I have had the opportunity to interact with so many bookish people and it was exactly as I hoped. One of the main reasons I started this blog is to a) ramble about books and b) ramble about books WITH other people who like to ramble about books. I can’t wait to keep meeting new people!

What have you guys been up to this month? How many books did you read? Which was your favorite? Any good books I should read?

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