July Wrap-Up! || 2017

Oh boy is it good to be writing a wrap up again! WELL HELLO FRIENDS. It has been so nice to come back from America and dive straight back into the book world. I got back about one week into the month and hurriedly tried to read every book ever in the WORLD. Which is my way of saying, I read five books.

I TRIED OKAY? I read some amazing books, however. Since coming back, I’ve been in a real mood for the slower-paced, historical-esque novels. So these I have read. I haven’t gone off YA, fear not (I’m not actually ever going to grow up), but for once in my life I want to read big books. And that is something you should definitely ALWAYS take advantage of.

But we all know how long these wrap up posts can get, so, without further ado ready your statistical mind and pie-loving brain and let’s begin.

The Nightingale

by Kristin Hannah


Genre: Historical Fiction [WWII]
Author: Kristin Hannah 
Published: October 2015
Publisher: St. Martin Griffiths
Pages: 564 {trade paperback}

Will I read more works by Hannah? YES 

How amazing was this book? VERY. As I have mention, Amanda @ Cover2CoverMom told me years ago that I needed to read it because this book was FOR ME. She was right. I pledge to you, Amanda, to actually listen and actively GO AND GET the books you tell me to read *worships*. If you like historical fiction you have to read this. Okay?!

My review


 Moab is My Washpot

by Stephen Fry


Genre: Non-fiction, Autobiography
Author: Stephen Fry
Published: 1997
Publisher: Arrow
Pages: 436 {paperback}

Will I read more works by Fry? YES

Since a friend gave me their copy of Is It Just Me? – Miranda Hart’s autobiography, I’ve been itching to read more. I’ve discovered that I quite like reading them and find them particularly interesting. So at Christmas I was given one of Fry’s – a man whom I adore to the moon and back – and it was so good! He writes ridiculously well and his memoirs are beyond entertaining.

My review


The Philosopher Kings

by Jo Walton

Genre: Sci-Fi, Mythology [Greek]
Author: Jo Walton
Published: June 2015
Publisher: Corsair
Pages: 352 {paperback}

Will I continue the series? YES

This was a fantastic follow up to the first book – The Just City – and I couldn’t have asked for a better story. I was completely blown away with where Walton took the story and I need the third book like air.

My review


Saga, Volume. 1

by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples


Genre: Graphic Novel, Sci-Fi
Author: Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
Published: October 2012
Publisher: Image Comics
Pages: 160 {paperback}

Will I continue the series? YES

I was pleasantly surprised with this graphic novel. As I mention in my review, this is the first graphic novel I’ve read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I highly recommend picking up Saga (+15) and can’t wait to get my hands on vol. 2!

My review


 The Upside of Unrequited

by Becky Albertalli


2017 All Time Favourite

Genre: Contemporary, LGBT+
Author: Becky Albertalli
Published: April 2017
Publisher: PUFFIN
Pages: 336 {paperback}

Will I read more of Albertalli’s works? YES

This was ridiculously good! I can’t believe how much I enjoyed it – but I probably should’ve expected it given that Albertalli is the author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Just incredible! This is definitely a book everyone should pick up!

Review to come


 What else did I blog about this month?

The Statistics

Genres Read:


Ah, such a colourful month. Looks like sci-fi was a winner for July.

Pages Read:


Hey would’ya look at that – it’s like a descent of disappointment. JUST KIDDING. But it would be more impressive if all my books were 500+.

Total: 1,848

Progress Towards Goodreads Challenge:

30%, or, 12/40 books

 My reading challenge is super low because I didn’t have time to read at Disney. So right now I’m slowly making up ground – I’m 11 books behind schedule which is making me sweat bullets BUT I SHALL CATCH UP. WATCH ME DO IT.

What about me?

What a big question. Lot’s has obviously happened over the last six months and I do indeed plan on giving you guys a nice plump post about my experience working and living at Disney. But for now, we shall just focus on what I’ve done since.

Mostly, I’ve stayed at home. I have been exhausted. One does not sleep on the Disney college program. I arrived back home on the 8th July and after a few chilled out days of doing not too much but watching a few movies and going on a couple of bike rides, I got back into blogging.

You might also have noticed that I started a YouTube channel! That’s right – Upside-Down Books is now a part of booktube and I made the tiring decision to run both my blog and the channel side by side. I have thoroughly enjoyed starting this up – I’ve been thinking of doing it for YEARS – so if anyone else out there has been thinking of it, give it a go! You don’t need anything to do it, film on your phone for all anyone cares!

It’s been hard to run both but I’ve decided that most of my in-depth content will remain here, on my blog, whilst discussions, vlogging of read-a-thons and other waffly discussions will be on the channel. Find me HERE if you’re interested in checking in out.

I’ve had a lot of spare time on my hands because coming back from Disney I haven’t had a job to go back to – seeing as I’ve graduated from uni it’s time to be a big girl! It’s actually been so nice to have complete and utter down time and to go a-hunting for that dream job out there.

Things are slowly but surely coming back together on my blog. I will be re-booting my monthly feature, Past to Paper, as soon as I find the motivation to do so – and I have a few other ideas of what I want to do as well.

On the book buying side of things I’ve decided to be really good. It also helps that I am utterly broke *much laughter, many tears* but I really, really want to see progress towards lowering that TBR and reading what I already have. So cheers to that.

Movies I watched:

The Wedding Planner, 2001: 7/10 stars:
This was such a cute movie! A bit of a spontaneous decision to watch given that there wasn’t much else on and I thoroughly enjoyed it! A classic rom-com for sure.

Spider-Man: Homecoming, 2017: 8/10 stars:
As always, Marvel pleases again! Spider-Man was, I admit, much better than I was anticipating. It was funny and done in all the right ways. I can’t wait to watch the sequels because this is seriously one of the best movies in the Avengers group.

TV Shows I watched:

Masterchef Australia: Season 9:
Well of course I was watching Masterchef. I mean, I missed the majority of it because it started whilst I was away but I really enjoyed sitting down each night and shouting at the screen when the contestants made mistakes.

The Block:
I have no idea what season this is on but it’s set in Aus and puts five couples in five houses needing to be built on a block. Hence the title. Each week or whatever period of time they’re given a challenge and room to complete. So this week they’ve been working on finishing their bathrooms, for example. May the best house win!

Honestly, I don’t know how I haven’t watched more TV than that. That’s barely anything, right? All this spare time and I haven’t made time for the grand ol’ TV. Tsk. Tsk.

Tick! July done! 

What was your favourite book that you read in ? 

End Note

~~ Kirstie ~~




4 thoughts on “July Wrap-Up! || 2017

  1. So happy you enjoyed Saga and The Upside of Unrequited!! They’re two of my favourites. Be prepared for Saga to get even weirder in upcoming volumes!! I’ve been loving your BookTube channel too! Even though some of your vlogs were making me super homesick for Perth 😂

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