Monthly wrap-up: What I read in July 2021 | recapping my reading, blogging and writing month!

This was one…crazy month. I don’t even know where to begin, because y’all! It was incredible! Not only did I manage to get out of my reading and writing-poems slump, and to fall in love with blogging even more: I made friends (this sounds so silly but bear with me) AND I learned to trust people more, including myself. It was one hell of a month, let me tell you.

I read, I wrote, I blogged, and I cried. A whole lot. And now we’re here already, in August! I can’t wait to see what this month will bring, but let’s look back first! Let’s take a walk and I’ll tell you all about my reading, blogging and writing month!

I read and finished thirteen books this month, which actually surprised me. It didn’t feel like I read that much, to be honest? But apparently I have finally fully gotten rid of my reading slump! Six of the books I read were ebooks, the other seven physical copies. Also, be proud of me; I read five review copies! Technically six, since I also DNFed one…

This month was one where I felt really gravitated towards contemporaries (8 books). I don’t know why, but I sure didn’t mind since I normally read more fantasy (4 books)! I also read two thrillers. If we’re looking at my reading month in diversity, I read lots of LGBTQIAP books and also half of the books I read were by BIPOC authors!

My average rating this month was 3.6, which I’m actually pretty happy with! I only read one book I really, really didn’t like and except for that one, everything was above the three star rating!

Now, stats are always fun, but let’s have a bit of a closer look at what I exactly read!

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Rise to the sun by Leah Johnson (3.75)
Genre: YA contemporary
Representation: black/bisexual and black/queer main characters, sapphic
Click here for my review!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

After loving You should see me in a crown, this was a must-read for me! I had pretty high expectations but, oh well, that got a little more relatable than I expected. I loved how the two main characters had different perceptions of love and the character development was a yes too! Already looking forward to Leah Johnson’s next book!

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Malice by Heather Walter (4.25)
Genre: fantasy
Representation: sapphic main character and love interest, sapphic relationship
Click here for my review!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a villain origin story and the ending is my villain origin story. I seriously haven’t been able to get this book off my mind. It was seriously so good and I loved all the build-up! Also, it’s just so incredibly sapphic. I’m anxiously awaiting the sequel, knowing damn well Heather Walter will destroy me…again!

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Hani and Ishu’s guide to fake dating by Adiba Jaigirdar (3.25)
Genre: YA contemporary
Representation: Muslim/Bengali/bisexual and Bengali/sapphic main character, sapphic
Click here for my Goodreads review!

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This was a really cute and important story! The representation is so important, just like the way it touches toxic friendships (more of that, please!). I definitely loved a lot of parts of it and it was really enjoyable…but it lacked a lot of nuance for me, unfortunately. Still would recommend though, and I can’t wait to read more by the author!

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Hani and Ishu’s guide to real roadtrips by Adiba Jaigirdar (3)
Genre: YA contemporary
Representation: Muslim/Bengali/bisexual, Bengali/sapphic Bengali/Muslim/gay, Bengali/Muslim main character, sapphic
Click here for my Goodreads review!

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This was a fun extra and I loved the dynamics of the friend group! Totally didn’t make me feel really lonely ha ha ha…

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The Cruel Prince (De Wrede Prins) by Holly Black (4.25)
Genre: YA fantasy
Representation: bisexual side character, sapphic couple
Click here for my Goodreads review!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Wait so this book was…actually good? Like, not underwhelming at all? For some reason I really thought this was gonna disappoint me, but it surprised me in so many ways! The political intrigue, the build-up, the interesting characters aka JUDE…I am so happy I read this! Sorry for ever doubting my friends that kept saying I should read this. I can’t wait to continue the series!

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A Lesson in vengeance by Victoria Lee (5)
Genre: YA thriller
Representation: lesbian main characters, sapphic relationship, Indian-American, nonbinary and black side characters
Click here for my review!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Victoria Lee stole my heart and my sanity all at once and I would just like to say: holy shit. I try not to curse on my blog but…HOLY SHIT!! This book was everything I ever wanted in my life, full of witchcraft, darkness, writers, history, and murder. It was like a black story (best game ever) but then in a book. And don’t get me started on the sapphicness and psychotic depression rep…I ADORED THIS!!

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Late to the party by Kelly Quindlen (5)
Genre: YA contemporary
Representation: lesbian main character, black/queer characters, bi side characters
Click here for my Goodreads review!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I can’t believe I’m actually saying this but, y’all, I read my ultimate all-time favourite this month. I’ve honestly never felt this way about a book. It’s such an amazing story about friendship and first love and being a teenager and taking risks and I wanna talk about it for hours…so let’s just say: a post is coming soon??? Anyway, read this so I can spread the Late to the party agenda!!

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The Ghosts we keep by Mason Deaver (3)
Genre: YA contemporary
Representation: gay main character with he/they pronouns, gay, bi and POC side characters
Click here for my Goodreads review!

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This was not at all what I expected, but it was such a beautiful and real portrayal of grief. You could just tell how much this book meant to Mason Deaver and I respect them immensely. I’m also SO glad there wasn’t any romance in this book! You don’t see that often and it was just really not needed here. For me, though, the book felt too long and I wasn’t a fan of the main character. That doesn’t take away that I still shed some tears on the bus (yeah…)!

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The Night when no one had sex by Kalena Miller (4)
Genre: YA contemporary
Representation: sapphic couple, chronically ill, plus-sized and Korean main character
Click here for my Goodreads review! (blog review to come)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What a ridiculous yet amazing story! It was so refreshing and definitely unique, but its biggest quality for me was the realistic and authentic feeling to it. It’s also just full of diversity (yes!!) and different perspectives on being a teenager, and therefore also different struggles. I just loved this portrayal of being a teenager in all its imperfect glory!

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We were liars by E. Lockhart (4)
Genre: YA contemporary
Representation: BIPOC main character
Click here for my Goodreads review!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Well that was a funny way of proving I am in fact NOT mentally stable…This was one weird book and definitely unique, too. But where to even begin my little review? It’s clearly not for everyone, but when I tell you I bawled my eyes out…and still couldn’t stop crying THIRTY minutes after finishing it! Sounds ridiculous, but it was true! Definitely exceeded my expectations.

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Excuse me while I ugly cry by Joya Goffney (3.5)
Genre: YA contemporary
Representation: black and biracial main characters
Click here for my Goodreads review!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

This was so much fun and also incredibly important. I can’t judge it for obvious reasons, but I found the way the internalised racism was handled to be so interesting (for the lack of a better term). It’s also just a story of finding and being proud of yourself! I loved the friend-group dynamics, but wished we got more of that. The romance was also just really nice, and the story overall inspirational! Some things didn’t make any sense though. A great read nonetheless!

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The Cousins by Karen M. McManus (0.5)
Genre: YA thriller
Representation: biracial main character
Click here for my Goodreads review!

Rating: 0.5 out of 5.

I hate being rude but I really, really didn’t think Karen M. McManus could write a book that’s, well, even worse than One of us is lying (in my opinion), but this…was a whole other low for me. It just felt ridiculous and pointless and I’m so glad it’s over. I can’t even believe I survived it. I rolled my eyes countless times and…let’s just say I would not recommend this at all.

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Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao (3.75)
Genre: YA science fiction/fantasy
Representation: biracial main character
Click here for my Goodreads review! (blog review to come)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

That was epic!! Did I really understand what was happening? Well, no, but it sure as hell was epic!! Sometimes the book also lacked nuance for me and…I really couldn’t follow at times because it was confusing, BUT STILL! I had a great time and it was so refreshing and unique! An amazingly intriguing feminist book of which I would like the sequel ASAP!

It might not seem like it, but July was the best blogging month I’ve had. Though I only posted six times, I am so satisfied with the progress I made behind the scenes! I’m really starting to find my blogging voice! I can’t wait to share so many more things with you.

At the end of July, you might’ve noticed I took a two week break from blogging. I was working on a musical-thing during most of this time, and I also just needed a little time to reflect on things. But, we’re here again now and I have some (probably uninteresting) news:

I am slightly changing up my posting schedule and will now be posting every Monday and Friday!

IIf you’re interested in any of these, just click the image or the text below it and it’ll take you right to my amazing, show-stopping, masterpiece of a post!

This blog is not all about me of course, so why not highlight some other bloggers’ posts, too? Be sure to check out these posts I loved reading this month!

And to all bloggers: always remember that your work is appreciated!!

Not much to share yet except for this: I wrote so many poems? It had been months since I wrote one and now I wrote, I kid you not, ten over the span of a week…

Next month I really need to finish my novel though! Unless…BIRDIE NO! Someone keep me accountable please…


That was quite the month indeed! I hope July treated all of you well, and that August will be even more amazing! My favourite read of the month was obviously Late to the party since, well, it’s now my favourite ever??? But also, A lesson in vengeance is a MASTERPIECE! Anyway, I really need to go write…

Thank you for reading this post! But now it’s time for me to listen to you, so tell me…

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31 thoughts on “Monthly wrap-up: What I read in July 2021 | recapping my reading, blogging and writing month!

  1. I can’t express to you how happy I am that you loved Late to the Party!! It has become one of my all time favourite books too and I totally get how you feel about it 🥺
    I’m so excited for The night no one had sex!
    I’m honestly really glad that you had such an amazing month and I wish you the same for the rest of August 🙂

    P.S.: Please ignore the fact that I’m only reading and commenting on your post 2 weeks later 😅 I’ve been trying to do this thing where I don’t frantically read every person’s posts as soon as they come out so I save the ones I want to read and comment so I can get to them when I have time. This way, I can give them the attention they deserve. That’s what happened with this post.

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    1. LATE TO THE PARTY SUPREMACY!!! I love it so much and it is DEFINITELY one of my faves (aka MY FAVE). It’s so good indeed ahhh! And TNWNOHS was really good!! Thank you so much love, I hope August has been bringing you lots of great moments!! (and that’s totally okay!! I do that too haha, and awh, thanks for giving me that attention! You are the best!)

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  2. You had such an incredible reading month, wow! I’m so happy you loved Late To The Party so much! You reminded me that I have this book on my TBR and it sounds incredible, I really need to get to it someday ❤ I hope August has been kind to you so far ❤

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  3. ayy so glad july was a good month for you!!!
    1. ok but the night no one had sex kind of sounds slap-tactic????? on to the tbr it goes! on the contrary i will be avoiding the cousins.
    2. yay for finding your blogging voice!! very exciting business indeed
    3. thank you for highlighting my post <33
    4. ooo novel!!! best of luck!!!

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    1. thank you my love!! hope you’re doing good!!
      1. the night when no one had sex was so good??? it was really refreshing so hope you’ll like it!! and the cousins is…something. yeah, that’s all i can say SXRDFTGYUJI.
      2. i’m so happy about it, thanks love!!
      3. ofc!! you’re amazing, okay?
      4. yeaahhh novel!! thanks!!!

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  4. i’m so glad that you had a great july!! and you read so many amazing books!! i really need to read a lesson in vengeance after this, and you’ve made me want to read malice even more. i also have to get to both of leah johnson’s books; i’ve been meaning to read you should see me in a crown since it came out, but i haven’t been able to get a copy! good luck with all of your goals; i hope you have a great august 🥰

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  5. birdie!! omg i’m so happy you got past your reading slump, and read so much! i loved iron widow sm too, and i’m so excited to get a copy of a lesson in vengeance, because it sounds like perfection! love this post, and i hope you have a great august ❤️

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  6. I love that part about ‘Malice’s ending being your villain origin story 😂 I was surprised by how much I enjoyed ‘The Cruel Prince’ too, I was worried it was over-hyped but it was really good! And same with ‘We Were Liars’, I wasn’t expecting to sob and I had to go make a book playlist afterwards to deal with my feelings 🤧 Great wrap-up and hope you’ll have a lovely August! 💕

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  7. Unfortunate that the month was all over the place but yay for the highs! You read some good books and made some friends, and those mean everything. Hope you have a great August 💙

    P.S. Thanks for linking my post! So glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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  8. Ohh wow you had a pretty good rewind month!! I can’t wait to read a lesson in vengeance!
    Yay for writing poems and all the best with your novel! I also really want to finish my novel this month too so maybe accountability partners 👀👀

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    1. I actually did yes!! And ALIV is incredible, I hope you’ll love it ahhh!! Keep me updated for sure!! Also, thank you so much, I hope things are going good with your novel! I only saw this now but I’d love to talk more about writing with you and be buddies or even CPs if you’d like that AHH!!!

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  9. i’m so glad you had a great reading month! i haven’t read any of the books you mentioned but a lot are on my tbr. Leah Johnson is an author i’ve heard amazing things about so i definitely want to read Rise to the Sun and You Should See me in a Crown soon 😊

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  10. Okay, you’ve convinced me that I need A Lesson in Vengeance 🤣 It sounds absolutely epic! And you’ve also reminded me that I really need to give Leah Johnson a try. Everyone seems to be raving about her and I need to know why! I’m glad you had such a good reading and blogging month, Birdie! 💙

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