July Wrap-Up

July 30, 2015 Wrap-Ups 10

July Wrap-Up:

 

So I’ve been meaning to do one of these since the first few months I started this blog. And quite obviously, it never actually happened! *laughs* Since my 1-year blogging anniversary is coming up in September, I thought I should actually get around to trying a wrap-up post. Now that I have a better handle on the whole blogging thing and all.

So! July wasn’t actually all that busy in some cases. Towards the end I ended up with too many books, but the rest of the month was pretty much so-so. I finally have an entire month’s worth of reviews scheduled ahead! This has been a goal of mine for a while now, and I’ve finally made it. As of today, I have scheduled through September 5th as far as reviews go. No discussions or Fantasy Creature Fridays, but at least I got the reviews done?

Got in touch with a new artist to design me a new header (with a dragon!) for my blog, as well as a blog button. I had started this a few months ago, but the girl who I was working with stopped answering me when I asked her if there were updates. This new person has experience drawing dragons, and I like the examples of previous work. So here’s hoping it all works out this time, and don’t be confused if by September the header changes! I have no plans to do any other redesigning, I like the current look. I’m just tired of my mermaids and with the name of the blog, dragons would be better, ne?

I worked some more on the throw I’m crocheting myself, will post pictures on my Instagram once it’s more there. Right now it looks like the world’s widest belt. *grins* I have 3 scarves I’ve been commissioned to make, that I actually need to get started on. But this month has also been the month of “I don’t want to do anything!” So hopefully I can get at least one scarf started next month instead.

Got my first publisher auto-approval in Netgalley, also got my first unsolicited review book (from Penguin! not the auto-approval from them though, just the book). And that’s all I can think of to babble about. *grins*

 

Books Recieved/Purchased And Not Started Yet:

Storm Siren by Mary Weber
Siren’s Fury by Mary Weber
A Shiver Of Light by Laurell K. Hamilton
13 Secrets by Michelle Harrison
The Night Parade by Kathryn Tanquary (ARC)
Pale Demon by Kim Harrison
The Queen’s Bastard by C. E. Murphy
The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
Darkness Brutal by Rachel A. Marks

Thinking I may start Storm Siren next, but am open to suggestions if any of you think one of the others should be first?

 

Most Popular Post:

Where Do You Read? (As of typing this up, that discussion has had 1,717 hits!)

There were 1,333 unique visitors this month, and 78 comments made.

 

July Reviews:

Daughter of Earth and Sky by Kaitlin BevisSacrificedJaclyn's GhostBlack Trillium by Marion Zimmer Bradley Julian May Andre NortonTwilight's Dawn13 Curses by Michelle Harrison The Conquering DarkThe Iron Queen by Kaitlin BevisEverblueTrouble Is A Friend Of MineRiver MarkedFree Agentby J C Nelson A Series of Unfortunate Events The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket

Daughter of the Earth and Sky (Daughters of Zeus #2) by Kaitlin Bevis (ARC) (4 Stars)
Sacrificed (The Last Oracle #1) by Emily Wibberley  (3.5 Stars)
Jaclyn’s Ghost by Dorlana Vann (3.5 Stars)
Black Trillium (The Saga of the Trillium #1) by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Julian May, & Andre Norton (ARC) (DNF)
Twilight’s Dawn (The Black Jewels #9) by Anne Bishop (3.5 Stars)
13 Curses (Thirteen Treasures #2) by Michelle Harrison (4 Stars)
The Conquering Dark (Crown & Key #3) by Clay and Susan Griffith (ARC) (4 Stars)
The Iron Queen (Daughters of Zeus #3) by Kaitlin Bevis (ARC) (4 Stars)
Everblue (Mer Tales #1) by Brenda Pandos  (3.5 Stars)
Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly (ARC) (3.5 Stars)
River Marked (Mercy Thompson #6) by Patricia Briggs (4 Stars)
Free Agent (Grimm Agency #1) by J.C. Nelson (3.5 Stars)
The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events #2) by Lemony Snicket (3.5 Stars)

 

I’m not sure which one was my favorite to be honest. I really liked the Daughters of Zeus trilogy, as well as The Conquering Dark, and… yeah. Sticking with no favorite out of this batch. *nods*

 

July Discussion Posts:

Do You Celebrate The 4th Of July?
How Do You Remember New To You Authors?
Where Do You Read?
I Fell Off The Wagon Again…

 

July Fantasy Creature Friday Discussions & Link-Ups:

Fantasy Creature Friday – Gremlins!
Fantasy Creature Friday – Shapeshifters!
Fantasy Creature Friday – Lich!
Fantasy Creature Friday – Gnomes!

 

That’s pretty much it. Feel free to leave links to your own wrap ups in the comments if you like, and if you haven’t heard about the Wrap-Up Linkup Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction is hosting, you should check it out!

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10 Responses to “July Wrap-Up”

    • SilvaraWilde

      I know! I have bad time sense as it is, things I think were recent usually turn out to have happened weeks or months prior. But this year is really flying by! That’s both a good and a bad thing. *laughs*

  1. Lola

    Oh that’s neat having a month of reviews scheduled ahead. I am trying to stay around the two weeks ahead for a while and some weeks that’s easy, but if I have a bad reading week I easily fall behind again.

    And that’s so exciting you are getting a new header! I can’t wait to see it! Who’s designing it for you?

    And congrats on your first auto-approval and first unsolicited review book, that’s great! I hope August is a great month for you!
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    • SilvaraWilde

      There are a ton of artists on this one game site I play on, I’ve had an account there just over 10 years now. And it dawned on me a month or so ago that I could just start a thread there explaining what I needed, and see if any of them would be willing to design it for me. I got a few responses, but picked the one with experience with drawing dragons. Got the first idea sketches today and fell in love with one at first sight! *bouncing* I didn’t expect to take one look and go “That’s mine. Right there? That one is MINE.” *lol* But I did! I’ll be putting a link in probably the footer area to their website once I get my stuff done. But if you’re curious, her website is here: http://www.bexgowdy.com/art/

      I was always falling behind when I had a week or less scheduled ahead. So I tried to get at least 2 weeks ahead, and suddenly I was a month ahead! Nice knowing that if something happens and I don’t read as much as expected, I still have posts I can use. Thanks! And I hope August is good for you too!

    • SilvaraWilde

      I saw the idea sketch the other day. It’s so cute! It wasn’t what I’d had in mind originally, but I took one look at it in the list of possibilities and had to have it. I can hardly wait to see what it looks like once she’s finished fleshing it out and all!

      Are you getting a completely new design, or just new images? Now I want to see your new stuff too! *laughs*

  2. Karen Blue

    Wow, Congratulations on the auto-approval! I got Dundurm auto approval, but Penguin is HUGE! I am really impressed that you got a whole month of reviews written up, I’ll get there eventually. It looks like you had a great month.
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    • SilvaraWilde

      Oh I didn’t get auto-approval with Penguin! Sorry for not making that clear. *laughs* I got auto-approval with another smaller publisher, and then an unsolicited book from Penguin. *needs to proofread her posts better!*

      I’m still amazed myself when I see how many reviews I have scheduled ahead. I used to think it was good to have a bit over a week. But then I kept scrambling if I didn’t get enough read to keep that far ahead. Next thing I knew I had a month! *laughs*

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