Sunday Coffee – July Belongs to Other Stuff*

IMG_5592July was not a bookish month. I read three books, which split out like this: One – listened on audio while crocheting and barely remember. Two – read quickly right after the audio and barely remember. Three – took three weeks to read despite it being simple and I had to keep reminding myself that I was in the middle of it, and then I didn’t really even like it. I’m not in a slump, not exactly, but I don’t see the non-book trend ending** before RIP season starts in a month. And honestly, this is normal for me at this time of year. Last year, when I hit an actual slump in mid-September, I wrote this:

Usually, I don’t read a whole lot in the late, super-hot summer months. I enter RIP-season full speed ahead, ripping my way (pun intended) through tons of books in September and October. I crash at the end of October, and read almost nothing in November and December.

Last year was odd for me, because I read tons and tons through July and August, crashing in mid-September. This year was more typical, with my heavy-reading months going from mid-April to mid-June. Generally, the huge reading months come after a giant influx of TBR, physical or virtual, and then I speed-read/cull my way through the pile until there’s only a tiny handful left. This leaves me without any desire to read for a few months. Coupled with extreme heat and the kids being home for the summer, this works out perfect for me. I return refreshed for RIP, which I didn’t do last year and hope to do this year!

In the meantime, I’ll keep crocheting (big yarn-art post coming tomorrow), binge-watching Downton Abbey with my boys, and counting down the days until school begins (three weeks to go!!).

*When I had Ambrose in 2002, the hospital had a display of “July is…” holidays. One of them was “July is National July Belongs to Blueberries Month” which was just bizarre but totally memorable and totally real.

**With the exception of two books: Sandlands by Rosy Thornton, her newest released that she sent to me for review. I adore Thornton’s writing, and look forward to checking out her short stories! And of course Cursed Child, which I will go pick up this morning. Sadly, I didn’t attend any release parties. I barely get enough sleep these days as it is without staying up super late… (she says at 6:30 am after being up for the last hour…)

About Amanda

Writing. Family. Books. Crochet. Fitness. Fashion. Fun. Not necessarily in that order. Note: agender (she/her).
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4 Responses to Sunday Coffee – July Belongs to Other Stuff*

  1. Kailana says:

    Your reading is so like me! September and October are always really awesome months for me, but I hardly read in the summer and usually am quiet with my reading in November and December. Then the new year it is all about new goals and projects and things and I am all renewed. lol


  2. Michelle says:

    Ms. Thornton reached out to me too, but I passed because of my general dislike of short stories. I am sure they are going to be most excellent though. I LOVE her books! I think she is one of the most underrated authors out there.

    Enjoy the rest of your summer, and if it doesn’t involve books, who cares? Do what you love and love what you do!


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