July in Review!

My July Book Haul:
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Most Popular Review This Month:
Rabbit Ears by Maggie de Vries had the most viewings, which probably isn’t much of a surprise considering I rated it 4.5 stars.

Most Popular 5 Blog Posts Overall This Month (by views):
1. When what’s in your head is better than what’s on the page… – 64 comments
2. Write What You Know – 45 comments
3. What does your family think of your writing? – 72 comments
4. Writers, do you start with character or plot? – 73 comments
5. How long does it take you to write a book? – 50 comments

3 New Obsessions in July:
1. Reading! – As you guys have probably noticed, I’ve been reading a lot this month. I’ve drifted out of writing mode and into reading mode and am trying to find some sort of balance. But in the meantime, I am loving reading everything I can get my hands on. And sharing my reading opinions with the world too!

2. Summer – I don’t know if it’s possible to be obsessed with the transition of the seasons. But I am over winter and ready for summer! It isn’t the cold weather that I’m sick of (because living in Australia, I’m sure you guys would laugh at our version of winter), it’s the short days! I hate getting out of work and the sun is going down at 5pm! Bring back 7.30pm sunsets!

3. Crocheting – I did a post about it back here, but yes, my crochet blanket is going strong!

3 Things I’m Looking Forward to in August:
1. My boyfriend and I are going down to Port Macquarie this weekend to see a friend and test drive a new car. I know this is very, very early August, but I’m looking forward to it.
2. Doing more writing! I barely wrote at all this month and I’m really looking forward to jumping back into the game after a month off.
3. The last month of winter! Because I can’t wait for long summer days!

3 TV Shows I’ve been Watching:
1. Suits!
Self explanatory, I love this show.

2. Witches of East End
This has only just come back on for season 2 and I’m excited! Jenna Dewan Tatum gives me hair envy! God, she’s gorgeous.

3. Dominion
I’m still not 100% sure if I like this or not, but I’ve got a weird crush on the guy who plays Michael, so I’ll keep watching.

Picture of the Month:
This month was race month in my hometown. So it was off to the races with my friends. Great memories.

What have you guys been up to this month? Highlights? Been writing, been reading, been watching a stack of TV?

 

About Jodie @ Words Read & Written

Book blogger & aspiring author.
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32 Responses to July in Review!

  1. eclecticalli says:

    I don’t want you to get to summer, because that means I (in the US) have to delve back into winter… where I will leave to work in the dark and come home from work .. in the dark… 😦 I want to keep summer, all mine, you can’t have it… (yeah, I think the end of the day is getting to my brain…)
    My month has been a bit of this and a bit of that, it’s the first summer that I haven’t had a “summer” work-schedule, so I’ve been adjusting to making time to write and read around work, and enjoy some summer fun with friends as well (with more fun coming next month! Yay for at least one beach-trip!) Also trying to get more reading done… So many books, so little time…. so many books…..

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  2. eclecticalli says:

    I don’t want you to get to summer, because that means I (in the US) have to delve back into winter… where I will leave to work in the dark and come home from work .. in the dark… 😦 I want to keep summer, all mine, you can’t have it… (yeah, I think the end of the day is getting to my brain…)
    My month has been a bit of this and a bit of that, it’s the first summer that I haven’t had a “summer” work-schedule, so I’ve been adjusting to making time to write and read around work, and enjoy some summer fun with friends as well (with more fun coming next month! Yay for at least one beach-trip!) Also trying to get more reading done… So many books, so little time…. so many books…..

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  3. Dixie Minor says:

    I don’t blame you for feeling that way about short days. . . I think that light deprivation can really make a difference in everything! Isn’t it fun to do a lot of reading?! I love it when that happens! I’ve been reading a lot too, and seeing lots of family and friends and enjoying being outside, since it is summer here. Enjoy your August trip!

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  4. Dixie Minor says:

    I don’t blame you for feeling that way about short days. . . I think that light deprivation can really make a difference in everything! Isn’t it fun to do a lot of reading?! I love it when that happens! I’ve been reading a lot too, and seeing lots of family and friends and enjoying being outside, since it is summer here. Enjoy your August trip!

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  5. johill679 says:

    That is terrific!

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  6. johill679 says:

    That is terrific!

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  7. I’ve spent the month reformatting my screenplay into novel format. Next month, a rewrite to expand it to novel length: subplots, new characters, flashbacks, more clarity in dialogue and description. I’ll take a weekend in Ojai, first.

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  8. I’ve spent the month reformatting my screenplay into novel format. Next month, a rewrite to expand it to novel length: subplots, new characters, flashbacks, more clarity in dialogue and description. I’ll take a weekend in Ojai, first.

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  9. gpj103 says:

    Hey Jodie. Been reading Orson Scott Card, Nicholas Sparks and now Umberto Eco this month. Reviews to follow on my blog.

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  10. gpj103 says:

    Hey Jodie. Been reading Orson Scott Card, Nicholas Sparks and now Umberto Eco this month. Reviews to follow on my blog.

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  11. Heather M. says:

    I’m the same with Dominion. I’m not sure if I like it or not, but Michael is something sort of amazing. Also, love Witches of East End. The show just keeps getting better.

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  12. Heather M. says:

    I’m the same with Dominion. I’m not sure if I like it or not, but Michael is something sort of amazing. Also, love Witches of East End. The show just keeps getting better.

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  13. Busy month! Things were like this for me as well. I read a few books and caught up with some TV shows, in between getting back to writing (book proposal, abstract for a conference and another article, besides all the blogging)!

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  14. Busy month! Things were like this for me as well. I read a few books and caught up with some TV shows, in between getting back to writing (book proposal, abstract for a conference and another article, besides all the blogging)!

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  15. Marcus Case says:

    Great post. Thanks!

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  16. Marcus Case says:

    Great post. Thanks!

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  17. Marigold says:

    I’ve found myself reading more than writing this month too. Got excited to get into some cozy mysteries as I think I overdosed a little on paranormal last month 😛 Still love to see urban paranormal on TV though – I’m looking forward to Witches of East End too. And Arrow (okay, he’s a superhero so the story’s fantastical if not fantasy).

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  18. Marigold says:

    I’ve found myself reading more than writing this month too. Got excited to get into some cozy mysteries as I think I overdosed a little on paranormal last month 😛 Still love to see urban paranormal on TV though – I’m looking forward to Witches of East End too. And Arrow (okay, he’s a superhero so the story’s fantastical if not fantasy).

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  19. A great month! Here’s to hoping August is just as good 😀

    Also, I love Suits! Such an awesome show.

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  20. A great month! Here’s to hoping August is just as good 😀

    Also, I love Suits! Such an awesome show.

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  21. Loved this post. An entire month in review with excellent pictures! So much fun to read. We’re heading towards winter here and darkness…but I’m glad you’ve got summer coming. It’s an awesome season and I can imagine it’s only better in Australia!

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  22. Loved this post. An entire month in review with excellent pictures! So much fun to read. We’re heading towards winter here and darkness…but I’m glad you’ve got summer coming. It’s an awesome season and I can imagine it’s only better in Australia!

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  23. Real real me says:

    I really like your blog, you seem to know what the readers want… By the way I also watch Withes of East End.

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  24. Real real me says:

    I really like your blog, you seem to know what the readers want… By the way I also watch Withes of East End.

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  25. pauljgies says:

    Write write write write write write write… my reading has honestly suffered. I have been off TV for a year or two now, though my fiancee has almost got me hooked on the US version of “The Killing” and on, weirdly enough, “Hell’s Kitchen.” And my kid has been replaying and replaying the first four seasons of “Big Bang Theory.” But I feel a Harry Potter marathon coming.
    I am gearing up to get married in late September. Phew… from divorce in 2012 to remarriage, it’s been a strange and unexpected odyssey.
    I am now past halfway through “Homeward by Night,” the second in what will clearly be a trilogy of realistic science fiction novels. The first, “The Road to Bluehorse,” is up on WordPress as a family of pages. The idea: a fleet of spaceships is sent out from Earth with 10,000 colonists and enough technology and supplies to spend some time looking for a good place to colonize. Eventually they find it, though of course they have to fight and otherwise deal with alien species to do so. The hero and his friends are pilots of space fighters, the first in human history. In the second novel, the hero, Clay Gilbert, and his lady love, Rachel Andros, return to Earth to report and find themselves dealing with an even wilder array of aliens, not to mention their own species.

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  26. pauljgies says:

    Write write write write write write write… my reading has honestly suffered. I have been off TV for a year or two now, though my fiancee has almost got me hooked on the US version of “The Killing” and on, weirdly enough, “Hell’s Kitchen.” And my kid has been replaying and replaying the first four seasons of “Big Bang Theory.” But I feel a Harry Potter marathon coming.
    I am gearing up to get married in late September. Phew… from divorce in 2012 to remarriage, it’s been a strange and unexpected odyssey.
    I am now past halfway through “Homeward by Night,” the second in what will clearly be a trilogy of realistic science fiction novels. The first, “The Road to Bluehorse,” is up on WordPress as a family of pages. The idea: a fleet of spaceships is sent out from Earth with 10,000 colonists and enough technology and supplies to spend some time looking for a good place to colonize. Eventually they find it, though of course they have to fight and otherwise deal with alien species to do so. The hero and his friends are pilots of space fighters, the first in human history. In the second novel, the hero, Clay Gilbert, and his lady love, Rachel Andros, return to Earth to report and find themselves dealing with an even wilder array of aliens, not to mention their own species.

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  27. Bookgirl says:

    I’ve been writing a lot and reading, my television viewing has been a bit lame- I’m in a holding pattern waiting for shows to start. i’m waiting for the new Vampire Diaries and The 100 starts on Fox soon.

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  28. Bookgirl says:

    I’ve been writing a lot and reading, my television viewing has been a bit lame- I’m in a holding pattern waiting for shows to start. i’m waiting for the new Vampire Diaries and The 100 starts on Fox soon.

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  29. bornandread says:

    Yes to Suits – have just started watching it (miles behind the 8-ball as always) and am LOVING it!! Plan on doing a LOT of reading, but then that’s the same every month. Gotta love these winter months in Queensland…it was 28 degrees today, that is no winter! :o)

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  30. bornandread says:

    Yes to Suits – have just started watching it (miles behind the 8-ball as always) and am LOVING it!! Plan on doing a LOT of reading, but then that’s the same every month. Gotta love these winter months in Queensland…it was 28 degrees today, that is no winter! :o)

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