I Succeed in Readathons and Dating Dads // July Wrap Up


[insert generic line about how you can’t believe whatever month it is is over here no but seriously HOW IS IT AUGUST]




Having no income the only way I can acquire books at the moment is from giveaways or publishers and I was lucky enough to win a signed copy of A Shadow’s Breath by Nicole Hayes. It’s a #LoveOzYA that sounds like a contemporary with a bit of a thriller twist. I had a mixed relationship with Nicole Hayes other book The Whole of My World, but I’ve heard good things about this one and I’m really excited to read it!


Y’all this month was a Wild reading month for me. I completed Booktube-A-Thon and the Summer Biannual Bibliothon. I read 13 books and 7 graphic novels. I was on a huge thriller kick this month so I did ignore a lot of series I should be finishing, but it’s not like these books weren’t ones I wanted to read so !!!

This month I’m going to be participating in EVEN MORE readathons (#TomeTopple, #TheReadingQuest, #MakeMeRead and #ARCAugust) but I’ll be reading bigger books so I think this more than 10 books a month streak is gonna end, haha.

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue Not Your Sidekick (Sidekick Squad, #1) Final Girls The Merciless III: Origins of Evil (The Merciless, #3)

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue || ★★★★ || I ADORED THIS! I was so attached to the characters especially Felicity. Such a fun adventure that I felt like I was taking part in. I rarely get invested in ships anymore but Monty and Percy were everything!!!! [Trigger Warnings: parental abuse, racism, homophobia, suicidal thoughts, alcohol abuse]

Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee || ★★★★ || This reminded me of Sky High and I’m here for it??? I adored Jess and Abby so much. It was great having a FUN superhero story. So much inclusiveness. The only thing is that I STRUGGLED majorly with how long the chapters were.

Final Girls by Riley Sager || ★★★ || I was pretty disappointed with this. I LOVE the Final Girl trope, but this was so un-suspenseful. I expected a lot more considering it was blurbed by Stephen King. [Trigger warnings: poor mental illness rep, sexual abuse, anorexia, drug & alcohol use, violence]

The Merciless III by Danielle Vega || ★★★★ || I am TRASH for this series and it definitely isn’t perfect, but I honestly don’t care??? Even though this is probably my least favourite in the series I always have so much fun when I read these books and Danielle Vega does gore really well for YA. [Trigger warnings: horror themes, violence – torture, gore, religion, death]

Dangerous Girls With Malice All the Rage Dangerous Boys

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas || ★★★★★ || THE YA THRILLER I DESERVE!!! Even though I predicted the “twist” right away it didn’t ruin my reading experience at all. This was still a head trip and I felt quiet anxious at times. I need more YA thrillers like this. [Trigger warnings: death]

With Malice by Eileen Cook || || I’m sure you know by now how much I HATED this book. So. [Trigger warnings: racism, ableism, misogyny, suicide mentions]

All The Rage by Courtney Summers || ★★★★★ || This was fucking devastating? It hurt my entire being, but it’s a conversation that needs to be had. It really shows just how hard it is for rape victims. We tell people to come forward, but then they get treated like this and it’s unbelievable.  [Trigger warnings: rape, sexual assualt, non-consensual behaviours, drug & alcohol use]

Dangerus Boys by Abigal Haas || ★★★★ || After loving Dangerous Girls so much I wanted to read this, but it definitely didn’t live up. The love triangle was annoying as hell even if it was “twisted”. Honestly only reason I could put up with the love interests was because I was picturing them as Dom Sherwood and Austin Butler lmaoooo [Trigger warnings: sexual assualt (on page), graphic animal death, violence, depression, suicide mentions]

Exit, Pursued by a Bear Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) Waking Gods (Themis Files, #2) The Special Ones

Exit, Pursued By A Bear by E.K. Johnston || ★★★★ || A complete 360 to All the Rage but equally as important. I wish all rape victims could receive the support Hermione received. I also appreciated how E.K. Johnston portrayed that there’s no right or wrong to be a “victim”. There was a scene where a queer character comes out that I think could have been handled A LOT better though. [Trigger warnings: rape, abortion]

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone || ★★★★★ || I reread this for the readathons I was participating in and it was honestly the best decision I’ve made. I totally forgot how magical an experience this was. It’s been like probably over 5 years since I’ve reread this book and it brought back all the memories. Will definitely be continuing to reread the series.

Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel || ★★★★★ || I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy this as much as Sleeping Giants at first, but then it went to 100 real quick. Something that happened in this DEVASTATED me. AND WHAT THE HECK WAS THAT ENDING.

The Special Ones by Em Bailey || ★★★★ || I FINALLY read this book and I wish I had have a lot sooner. I didn’t love it as much as I loved Shift but it was still so good. The cult dynamic was so interesting and being inside the cult leader’s head was soooooooo creepy. The ending was realistic too which made me happy. If you liked Stolen then I think you’ll like this!! [Trigger warnings: abuse]

Binti (Binti, #1) Giant Days Vol. 4 (Giant Days, #4) Giant Days Vol. 5 (Giant Days, #5) Giant Days Vol. 6 (Giant Days #6)

Binti by Nnedi Okorapor || ★★★★ || To be honest a lot of this novella went over my head BUT I appreciated it so much??? The fact that SO MUCH went into such a short book was AMAZING. It was so unique.

Giant Days Vol, 4-6 by John Allison (writer) and Max Sarin (art) || ★★★★★ || I adore this series to pieces. It is so much fun. I can’t stop laughing when I read them. If you’re looking for contemporary comics then PLEASE READ THIS. There’s such an amazing female friendships.

Spell on Wheels, Vol. 1 Lumberjanes, Vol. 7: A Bird's-Eye View Saga, Vol. 5 (Saga, #5) Saga, Vol. 6 (Saga, #6)

Spell on Wheels, Vol 1 by Kate Leth (writer) and Megan Levens (art) || ★★★★ || I’m always here for badass witch ladies!! This was really fun. I was hoping the queer rep was more prominent, but it was still awesome! I really hope there’s another volume because I feel like so much more could be included.

Lumberjanes, Vol 7 by Shannon Watters (writer), Carey Pietsch and Amye Sotuyo (art) || ★★★★★ || This series is too pure for the world. It’s 100% my happy place. Super inclusive and incredible female friendships. Zero unnecessary drama. I love it so much.

Saga Vol 5-6 by Brian K. Vaughan (writer) and Fiona Staples (art) || ★★★★★ || This series RUINS ME IN THE BEST WAY. It’s so stressful and devastating at times, but then it’s also absolutely hilarious and incredibly weird. Fiona Staples is honestly one of my favourite artists ever.


I want to apologise for being really bad at blog hopping and commenting this month!! My laptop died halfway through the month and I’m using a spare laptop of my parents so trying to set it up to how I need it took a huge chunk of my time. The CPU on my parent’s laptop is TERRIBLE and everything is soooooo slow and lags majorly. My laptop was 7 years old with a broken fan and battery and it STILL run better than this laptop I’m using lmao. It’s really hard trying to blog hop when my laptop freezes for five minutes every time I open a page.

Anyway, I think I posted more this month than I have all year because I was participating in the Summer Biannual Bibliothon’s blogging challenges.


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I’m truly surprised I got any reading done because Dream Daddy took over my life. When I first heard about this game I thought it was going to be really cringey and stupid, but I couldn’t have been more wrong about anything in my life. IT WAS SO SWEET AND ENDEARING AND INCLUSIVE. I WANT AMANDA TO BE MY DAUGHTER FOR REAL. Now all I need is a Dream Mommy game!!!

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With all the talk of Rick and Morty returning I decided to finish season 2 yesterday and catch up. When I first watched this show I really had no idea what to make of it. I really didn’t think I was going to like it, but I couldn’t stop watching. Anyway, season 2 made me kind of really fall in love with it? It’s so weird. It’s definitely not for everyone. There’s a lot of crude humour and it can be slightly problematic at times. The season 2 final was so stressful though and idk how people waited 2 years for new episodes. I feel kinda lost now that I’m all caught up???

Here are my favourite songs from the month! Honestly though I mostly just listened to Waterparks. Their video for Gloom Boys is my favourite thing in the world and I’ve honestly watched it like 50 times.

Also, this month was pretty hard when the news of Chester Bennington’s (from Linkin Park) suicide broke. Linkin Park were one of the first alternate bands I ever listened to before I even knew what that genre of music really was. Whilst I was only a casual listener I know how important Chester and LP was to so many people. Half my favourite bands wouldn’t have even existed if it wasn’t for LP. My heart goes out to Chester’s family and friends and all the fans. I think we all need to remember that our favourite bands and celebrities are human 💕


Congrats if you made it through all of that! You win my unconditional love and support!

Would love to hear your thoughts on anything I mentioned in this post. What were some of your favourite reads of this month?

I hope you all had a fantastic July and have an even better August.

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36 thoughts on “I Succeed in Readathons and Dating Dads // July Wrap Up

  1. I am SO excited that you read and loved Dangerous Girls – I devoured this a couple of years ago and I still can’t stop thinking about it!! All The Rage is another book that just broke me into pieces. Looks like you had an incredible reading month!!


    1. It was so great!! After I read it I thought it was a 4 star, but it would NOT leave my head so I bumped it up to a 5. The fact that I knew what was going to happen, but still felt anxious about the outcome speaks volumes about how well written it was. Riight, it was so heartbreaking.

      Thanks Kelly ♥

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  2. You had such an amazing reading month, Lauren, that’s great! I’m so sorry to hear about your laptop though, that really is annoying :/ hope your computers problems will be resolved soon ❤
    Have an amazing August! ❤


  3. I got news for you! Since you love The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue and Felicity, the Author is writing a book about Felicity! It’ll be called The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy! 🙂


  4. I can’t believe it’s already August, I was thinking today that we’re now closer to the end of the year than we are the beginning and that really messed with my head for some reason.
    Still it seems like you had a great reading month, I’m seriously in awe of how many books you’ve managed to get through in July. The Gentleman’s Guide was a favourite of mine as well, the characters were amazing and I need to read more releases by Mackenzi Lee because after this I feel I must be missing out.
    Also congratulations on reaching 800 followers, and completing the Booktube-A-Thon and the Summer Biannual Bibliothon. I think you had a really successful July and I hope August is just as amazing for you! 😀 ❤


  5. Oh my gosh you read so much!! That’s awesome. Good luck with all the readthons! I’m also participating in Make Me Read, and I’m really looking forward to it! I just read Limberjanes volume 2 in July. I’m obviously far behind but am really loving the series. Like you said, there’s no unnecessary drama and it’s just so precious! ❤ Have an awesome August!


  6. Damn, 800 followers!!! Congrats 💕
    Really happy to hear you enjoyed The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, it’s the only new YA release I’m excited about this year!!
    All the Rage is another one I really want to read, it sounds amazing. Also yaaass I REALLY want to read Binti, so glad you liked it! What a great reading month ayyyyy 😊


    1. Ahahahaha, thanks Izzi 💕💕

      IT WAS SO GOOD. There’s a lot of serious issues, but it’s so much fun. PLUS THE CHARACTERS 😍 All the Rage was incredibly powerful and Binti was so good for such a short novella. Hope you enjoy them all when you get to them!!


  7. You’ve got a great reading list there! Yay for rereading Harry Potter! 😀 Oh and I really need to catch up with my Saga reads :0 I just loved it, but I think I never actually read Volume 6 :0 And I really need to order Volume 7 asap.

    Hope you’ll have a great August!

    Here’s my July Wrap Up @ Swissbookworm

    xxx Yasmine


  8. Aw man, you have read so many amazing books that I still have to get through! Congrats on rocking your TBR and booktube-a-thon.

    Haha, I thought Dream Daddy was going to be really cringey as well — a friend of mine made me buy it and I thought it was going to be some weird Tumblr cult thing — but it was actually pretty nice? And funny? I especially related to the social awkwardness of the dad hahaha.

    Chester’s death really suckerpunched me in the gut. Like you said, that was one of the first bands I really started listening to, and cemented my love for the rock genre. Linkin Park has meant so much to me.


  9. SO MANY BOOKS AGHHH! Go Lauren I am proud 😀 Waking Gods and Gentleman Guides are two of my faves so I’m so happy you loved both! I rewatched Rick and Morty last weekend and I think I might be naming my Cat Morty… It hasn’t been finalised yet.

    Linkin Park really hit me hard esp coz otherstuff popped up at the same time but he’s left us with such amazing music that I’ll always have and appreciate.

    You’ve had a killer month, hope this month is just as awesome ❤


  10. This is such a great wrap-up, Lauren, and great title lmaooo. I really wanted to like Final Girls as well, but it was so painfully mediocre throughout… it’s a shame, because I was so sure that I was going to love it. I really need to get to the Sleeping Giants series. 🙂

    ~ Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks


  11. EPIC reading month Lauren! I legit had to take out my post it notes in order to comment w/out having to scroll up due to my terrible memory lol. 1st off, YASSSS to Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue, UGH! can’t wait wait for the spin-off companion featuring Felicity who was also my fave character. I’ve had Not Your Sidekick on my radar since I requested The Epic Crush of Genie Lo & now I regret not requesting this one lol. I’ve been DYING to read Binti! but opted for Akata Witch last week but it’s going to happen. I’ve just added Dangerous Girls AND Spell On Wheels cuz WITCHES!!!! gimme gimme gimme! haha! so many good ones, I can’t wait to see you tackle these -athons 🙂


    1. HAHA! I love that because I’m CONSTANTLY having to scroll back up when I comment because my memory is the worst 😂 I can’t even express how badly I need the Felicity companion novel! Also yessss, they were all so brilliant and I hope you enjoy them 😀 I need to read Akata Witch too!! Thanks so much, Lilly ♥


  12. Wonderful wrap up! There’s so many books here that are on my TBR, it’s good to see how many you’ve enjoyed, I’m looking forward to reading them all even more.

    Your not the only one who lost time to Dream Daddy this month! XD I spent days on it, but it’s so cute.


  13. I’m so glad I knew Dream Daddy or I would’ve been SO confused by your post title 😂 You definitely had a great reading month! I love Lumberjanes and recently started Giant Days, which I’m really enjoying as well. It’s so much fun! I can’t believe how underrated it is.


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