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A Reader of Fictions: July: Month in Review & Monthly Box Giveaway

A Reader of Fictions

Book Reviews for Just About Every Kind of Book

Thursday, August 1, 2013

July: Month in Review & Monthly Box Giveaway

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. :D

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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Blogger Diamond Cronen said...

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

August 1, 2013 at 1:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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!

August 1, 2013 at 7:35 AM  
Blogger Angie said...

Happy early blogoversary! Three years is an amazing commitment! :D

Angie @ Pinkindle Reads & Reviews

August 1, 2013 at 8:41 AM  
Blogger Ashleigh Paige said...

*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.

August 1, 2013 at 10:17 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

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

August 1, 2013 at 12:43 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

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

August 1, 2013 at 1:40 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Well, technically I didn't read them this month. They're just ones that posted now, some of which I read earlier. :-p

August 1, 2013 at 1:47 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

And you would be WELCOME to it. Everyone else has liked it, I think. It just pushed my buttons.

August 1, 2013 at 1:47 PM  
Blogger Christina said...


August 1, 2013 at 1:47 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

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?

August 1, 2013 at 1:48 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

I can put that in a post, but over 800 reviews. Some of those are graphic novel volumes, though.

August 1, 2013 at 1:51 PM  
Blogger Christina said...


August 1, 2013 at 1:51 PM  
Blogger Anita Yancey said...

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

August 1, 2013 at 2:40 PM  
Blogger Dana said...

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.

August 1, 2013 at 10:04 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Moving to Wordpress is so exciting! And blogging for 3 years is triply exciting! Good luck with it all, Christina! :)

August 1, 2013 at 10:26 PM  
Blogger Christina Reads YA said...

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 :).

August 2, 2013 at 2:38 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Thanks and I do hope it goes smoothly!

August 2, 2013 at 8:32 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

I can hardly believe it's been so long!

August 2, 2013 at 8:32 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

*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.


August 2, 2013 at 8:33 AM  
Blogger Jenni said...

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*

August 2, 2013 at 8:35 PM  
Blogger The Insouciant Sophisticate said...

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

August 5, 2013 at 12:33 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks for the chance to win!

August 7, 2013 at 2:18 PM  

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