July: Month in Review & Monthly Box Giveaway

Announcements:
In case you don’t know, the plan is for A Reader of Fictions to move to WordPress sometime in August, complete with a new shiny design. I have no idea what that will do to my scheduling, so just a warning that it’s coming and to bear with me!

In other news, as of August 4, I’ll have been blogging here for THREE YEARS! I’m not doing an official celebration until I move, and I might still be too lazy, but I’ll probably do some sort of hurrah post on the day. 😀

Books Reviewed in July:
Most of my ratings are really high this month! Yay! Let’s ignore the fact that this stems from the fact that I did unprecedentedly little reading, so I used some of my saved up reviews, which are pretty much all positive. What matters is that there are so many good books!

4.5 Star:
The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty
The Distance Between Us – Kasie West

4 Star:
Fun Home – Alison Bechdel
45 Pounds – K. A. Barson
A Darkness Strange and Lovely (Something Strange and Deadly #2) – Susan Dennard
OCD Love Story – Corey Ann Haydu 
Dare You To (Pushing the Limits #2) – Katie McGarry
Dairy Queen (Dairy Queen #1) – Catherine Gilbert Murdock
The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1) – Patrick Ness
The Beginning of Everything – Robyn Schneider

3.5 Star:
All the Truth That’s in Me – Julie Berry
Born of Illusion (Born of Illusion #1)  – Teri Brown
Cold Steel (Spiritwalker #3) – Kate Elliott
Pretty When She Dies (Pretty When She Dies #1) – Rhiannon Frater
The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
The Path of Names – Ari Goelman
The Virgin Cure – Ami McKay
Starglass (Starglass #1) – Phoebe North
The Boy on the Bridge – Natalie Standiford
Ink (The Paper Gods #1) – Amanda Sun
Countdown City (The Last Policeman #2) – Ben H. Winters

3 Star: 
Catching Liam (Good Girls Don’t #1) – Sophia Bleu
Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking – Erin Dionne

2.5 Star:
Replica (Replica Trilogy #1) – Jenna Black
The Mirrored World – Debra Dean

2 Star:

Shadowcry (Wintercraft #1) – Jenna Burtenshaw
Dune (Dune #1) – Frank Herbert

1 Star:
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Between #1) – April Genevieve Tucholke

Monthly Box Giveaway
This giveaway is open to US readers only, as I will be shipping the books myself and cannot afford international postage. You can enter to win your choice of any or all of the following books:

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22 responses to “July: Month in Review & Monthly Box Giveaway”

  1. Awesome giveaway! ^_^ I haven’t read Born of Illusion or Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea..

    I’m glad you read so many books you really enjoyed this month. That’s always a good thing, even if there are less books.

    Dee @ Dee’s Reads

  2. Omg, this giveaway. :O I will GLADLY take Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea off your hands. I’m sad you didn’t like it, because I’ve heard so many good things and been majorly looking forward to it… it’s nice to see you enjoyed so many of your books this month though!

  3. Angie F says:

    Happy early blogoversary! Three years is an amazing commitment! 😀

    Angie @ Pinkindle Reads & Reviews

  4. *is sad because I rec’d your only one-star book* *doesn’t care because I love it and you and you love me, so whatever*

    Woohoo, three years! Now that I think about it, I’ve been blogging for the same amount of time, but my anniversary is September 4th. I hope the transition to WordPress goes well (I’m STILL getting used to it and I don’t even use half of its features) and I’m sure the shiny new design will be very shiny indeed. 😉 Looking forward to it! Now to go play on Cover Snark. My Thursdays aren’t complete without it.

    • Christina says:

      This is true. And I get to meet you in person in September!

      Nervous about moving, but I’m tentatively excited. WordPress looks like it makes sense, but I am annoyed by the fact that you need a plugin to have a picture. What the eff is that?

  5. Tammy says:

    I haven’t read any of these books yet. Hurrah for 3 years! How many books read does that equal?

  6. Amy says:

    Wow!! Almost 3 years!! Awesome!! Congrats babe!!

  7. Anita Yancey says:

    Good books to choose from. Thanks for having this giveaway.

  8. Dana says:

    Yay for 3 years blogging. That’s awesome. And thanks, as always, for the giveaway. Can’t wait to see your new blog. Good luck getting everything set up.

  9. Amanda says:

    Moving to WordPress is so exciting! And blogging for 3 years is triply exciting! Good luck with it all, Christina! 🙂

  10. THREEYEARSTHREEYEARSTHREEYEARS.
    Congrats, O dragon-ignorant one ;).
    (That was the last of them, I promise.)
    STORED REVIEWS? Christ. I’m struggling to keep up, and you’ve got STORED reviews. Also… SO MANY REVIEWS. You and Renae put us all to shame o.O.
    Here’s to hoping your reads continue to be positive and I can’t wait to see what your blog design will look like :).

    • Christina says:

      *bows head in shame*

      I don’t have a ton of stored reviews, unlike Renae who has months stored and ready to post. I have like 10. I counted and do indeed have precisely 10. How odd.

      I CANNOT WAIT EITHER.

  11. OMG! I just read the first chapter of, what I have as, The Beginning of Everything and seeing this makes me realize how fitting this title is! HA! That rollercoaster *shivers*

  12. Bookworm1858 says:

    How much reading did you get done? It still looks like you had a really good month!

  13. Jen says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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