July 2020 Wrap-Up

One month closer to the end of 2020!

I don’t expect all the world’s issues to magically disappear once 2020 ends, of course, but at the same time… That would be nice???

This certainly hasn’t been a great year for any of us, but I can confidently say that the book blogging community has been my safe haven amidst all of the disasters coming left and right. I truly don’t know what I’d do without this wonderful platform, as it has been the one glimmer of light in a very, very dark situation. Thank you all for bringing so much positivity to my life everyday with your kindness, enthusiasm, and endless support. You guys are the best!

Anyways, my July was pretty odd. I was in an awful reading slump for the majority of the month, and only managed to get out of it at the very end.

I didn’t read much this month, having just gotten out of a reading slump and everything, but here’s what I did read!

Legacy (8) (Keeper of the Lost Cities): Messenger, Shannon ...

Legacy by Shannon Messenger: Like all of the Keeper of the Lost City Books, Legacy was a fun read, but after 8+ books, the KotLC series is just seeming to drag on and on and on. Legacy consisted of more fluff than actual plot. At this point I’m wondering how much story there’s left to tell. The plot is just being stretched out to the point that the books aren’t as enjoyable as they used to be. I hate to admit it, but this might be the last Keeper book I read. Rating: ★★★☆☆

Amazon.com: These Broken Stars (9781423171027): Amie Kaufman ...

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner: These Broken Stars is the phenomenal debut novel of Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, and it is easily my favorite installment in the Starbound trilogy! As I previously mentioned, I had the privilege of rereading this lovely novel with Alexandra, and we both agreed that it’s the best book in the series! Everything from the creepy atmosphere to the beautifully developed characters is expertly written, making this book a spectacular start to the Starbound trilogy. Rating: ★★★★★

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Amazon.com: This Shattered World (The Starbound Trilogy (2 ...

This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner: An incredible follow-up to These Broken Stars, This Shattered World introduces two more characters to this epic series: Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac. Jubilee and Flynn were both amazing characters to get to know, and I connected with both of them deeply. The themes portrayed throughout this book are astonishingly beautiful, and though I don’t think it was quite as good as These Broken Stars, it had just as great of an emotional impact on me! Rating: ★★★★½

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Their Fractured Light (The Starbound Trilogy Book 3) - Kindle ...

Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner: The Starbound trilogy comes to an epic conclusion as all six core characters unite in this unforgettable finale. While the tone of this book is much different from the previous two, I still thought that it suited the story and the new characters telling it (aka Gideon and Sofia). Returning the book to my shelf after finishing it was a painful process… I didn’t want to say goodbye to these wonderful characters! But what’s that popular saying? Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. 😀 Rating: ★★★★½

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So… Obviously I didn’t read very much. But where this month’s books lacked in quantity, they made up for in quality! And though I didn’t read as much as I would’ve liked, I still blogged a ton!

ARC Review: Rebel Spy by Veronica Rossi

My 2nd Blogiversary!

Standalone Fantasy Book Recommendations

Review: The Betrothed by Kiera Cass

Favorite Reads of the First Half of 2020

Most Anticipated Releases of August 2020

Series Review: The Starbound Trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

I’m going to spend the beginning of August easing myself back into my normal reading habits. I’m not going to rush back into things or force myself to read/blog when I don’t feel like it, because we all know that’ll just result in another slump! I’ve also made the decision to stop creating monthly TBRs. Honestly, they just put so much pressure on me, because if I don’t read every book on the list, I feel like a complete failure. Yup, I’m very self critical. At the end of June I started falling behind my TBR, and as a result, I just gave up on reading and fell into my awful slump. I don’t want that to happen again, so no more monthly TBRs for me! I’ll keep a loose TBR in my head, but nothing too strict!

Even though I’m not going to write down a TBR for August, there are a few books that I definitely want to get to! I have arcs for Far From Normal by Becky Wallace and Legendborn by Tracy Deonn, so I’ll hopefully I’ll be picking up those in the near future! As for the rest of my August reading… it’ll figure itself out along the way!

July wasn’t the best month ever, but more importantly, it wasn’t the worst either! I’m going to keep using this beautiful community as my daily dose of positivity, and I encourage you to do the same! I don’t know what August has in store for us, but I’m eager (and kind of nervous) to find out!

I hope you all had a great July, despite the current circumstances.

Bye for now,

18 thoughts on “July 2020 Wrap-Up

  1. readingbystarlightblog says:


    Seriously, I had the best time reading Their Fractured Light with you! Melbourne, and the whole state of Victoria has just declared a “State of Disaster” due to COVID19 which means we are under stay at home orders with a curfew. Yes – it’s gotten THAT bad in Australia. But through all the stress, all the loneliness and mayhem, our buddy read kept me sane. You say I am genuine but YOU are genuine [and funny and so sweet]. I can’t tell you how much I looked forward to our discussions. So thank you for making July just that little bit easier to bare.

    Also “and by plot I mean the smokin’ hot Starbound boys” – I almost spat my tea because holy crap that’s hilarious. But… 100% accurate. I think the majority of our discussions focused on who was the hottest guy… #shamewho? 😂

    We’re going to have to make these buddy reads a regular thing! Especially because it looks like I’m in for another ruff month. Sending you the BIGGEST social-distance-approved hug.

    Love, your Starbound bestie! ❤

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    • Octavia @ Mermaid Reads says:

      Awww, thank you for being the sweetest bookish bestie EVER! With everything going on, our buddy read kept me from spiraling into insanity as well 😂 Our hilarious conversations GAVE ME LIFE, and we DEFINITELY need to make buddy reads a regular thing!

      I’m sending you a virtual-social-distance-approved hug back! Cheers to what will hopefully be a great August!


  2. Julie Anna's Books says:

    I still think you managed to read quite a bit despite your slump! ❤
    I took a break from my TBR in June – I feel like it's so hard to not plan reading (especially when it comes to ARCs and new releases) but having a month away from it felt so freeing! I honestly went back to planning but I think I'm going to go TBR-less every now and then. I hope that it helps you too!

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    • Octavia @ Mermaid Reads says:

      The fact that you enjoyed going TBR-free is so reassuring! Even now, after promising to give them up, I find myself wanting to create one for the sake of arcs, sequels, and new releases. But NO! I can’t, because it’ll just stress me out 😂 Thank you for the helpful comment!

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  3. melbraxton says:

    Lovely wrap up! I’m still wrapping my head around your KotLC Legacy review. Like…omg, this series is a mild investment for me; is it worth it?! But right now I’m excited for Book 3, so keep on “Keeping” on, I suppose? I’ve tried to find information on how many books the series will have…and all Messenger’s website says is that there will be at least 9 — but a series that just keeps going for the sake of it is one of my pet peeves….Hmm…I’ll just take it one book at a time.

    Good luck with your August reads! Honestly the reason I don’t write monthly TBR is exactly what you said here: the pressure can get a little too much into my head. Take care resettling into your reading habits this August! Happy reading!

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    • Octavia @ Mermaid Reads says:

      I really, really loved the first 4-5 KOTLC books, but I’ve reached the point in the series where the plot has just been stretched out SO MUCH. Books 6-8 were still fun to read, but I definitely didn’t love them as much as the first few books. It’s also very frustrating because mysteries brought up in BOOK ONE are still waved in front of our faces in BOOK EIGHT. For example… Sophie’s birth parents. I don’t know why Shannon Messenger has to keep us guessing who they are for 8+ whole books other than to keep us buying and reading her books. But hopefully Book 9 gets better and introduces some new plot elements!

      I’m glad I’m not alone in my feelings about monthly TBRs! They can just be a little too stress inducing sometimes!

      Happy reading to you as well!

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