Monthly Wrap Up

The month that was… July 2020

Another month down in this strange year, five to go. I hit a bit of a reading slump in July, and there were a few books that I picked up that I just couldn’t get into. I think I’m past it now, but we’ll see how it goes.

I’m looking forward to taking a week off from work in August, and I’m going to set some time aside to read the books that I want to read, rather than those that I ought to read for tours or in order to publish a review around the time of publication. I’m also planning a little blogging break this month, so don’t be surprised if I disappear for a week or so!

Despite my reading slump, I posted nine reviews in July. My favourite books of those reviewed were:

I also reviewed:

I also posted my prediction for this year’s Booker Prize longlist, as well as the actual longlist once it was announced.

We’re now two months into 20 Books of Summer, and I’ve read 17 of the twenty titles, and posted reviews for 14. I’m not one to count my chickens, but I think I’ve got this! The challenge of course is getting all of my reviews posted in time, but I think that this should be manageable. I’ll admit that the list of books I’ve read bears only a passing resemblance to the titles I originally selected though. Of the 17 I’ve read, 10 were on my original list…

TBR Watch

My TBR continues to gradually decrease, and I’ve now cleared my backlist of titles purchased prior to 2020. While I had a bit of a ropey start to the year, I’m hoping I can keep reducing my TBR along it’s current trajectory.


  1. You’re doing really well on the 20 Books challenge! Still plenty of time. And 10 books from the original list is still pretty awesome. I think I have less than that left and I’m not nearly done yet 😂

    Hope you enjoy your week off, Jo! 😘

    1. Thank you. Reading the books will be fine – getting the reviews out is another matter entirely… Might have to cram them in back-to-back at the end of the month! 😀

    1. Thank you! I think that we all get them from time to time – I just hope they pass quickly! Here’s to a better August! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Nicki! One week of work left to go… not that I’m counting down or anything… 😉

  2. I have only read about five books for my 20 Books of Summer, challenge so far. Love the chart too, I have bought eleven books in the past couple of weeks so dread to think what mine would look like!!

    1. I do love an excuse to roll out a graph! My TBR looks surprisingly low at the moment… Will have to see if I can keep it up!

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