July 2013: On My Shelves + Recap

Sarah Hearts
July was a really busy month for me, but also relaxing and refreshing. I went on my annual family beach trip at the beginning of the month, and I got so much reading on the beach. It's definitely one of my favorite places to read. I also finally put a dent in some of my NetGalley TBR and got approved for a number of books that I'm so psyched to read!

Time at the beach also meant a stop by my favorite independent bookstore, Sundog Books. I went in and got two books one day... and then had to go back the next and get three more. It may sometimes be expensive to shop local, but I love supporting this incredible store. Shopping there is such an experience - from the haphazard stacks of books to the numerous staff recommendations. I could spend hours in there!

I was also really excited to debut a brand-new look on my blog this month! It made me that much more excited about blogging, which was such a relief after having the blogging blahs a few months ago.

On My Shelves

For Review from NetGalley: Popular by Tindell Baldwin, The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes, The Gallery of Vanished Husbands by Natasha Solomons, Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson,  Glittering Promises by Lisa Bergren, Born of Persuasion by Jessica Dotta and My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead

Bought for Kindle: Cascade by Maryanne O'Hara and The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

Bought for Shelves: Flapper by Joshua Zeitz, There Is No Me Without You by Melissa Fay Greene, A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams,  The Real Jane Austen by Paula Byrne, The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan and The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)

Books Read

78. Perfect Scoundrels - Ally Carter
79. Small Damages - Beth Kephart
80. Once Upon a Prince - Rachel Hauck
81. Stealing the Preacher - Karen Witmeyer
82. Spies and Prejudice - Talia Vance
83. Popular - Tindell Baldwin
84. Letters from Skye - Jessica Brockmole
85. The Year of Secret Assignments - Jaclyn Moriarty
86. Something Like Normal - Trish Doller
87. Golden - Jessi Kirby
88. The Distance Between Us - Kasie West
89. Cascade - Maryanne O'Hara
90. The Caged Graves - Dianne Salerni
91. Blackmoore - Julianne Donaldson
92. Glamorous Illusions - Lisa T. Bergren
93. Grave Consequences - Lisa T. Bergren
94. Glittering Promises - Lisa T. Bergren
95. The Girl You Left Behind - Jojo Moyes

On My Blog

I reviewed: Heist Society by Ally Carter, Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter, Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter, Lucy Maud Montgomery: The Gift of Wings by Mary Henley Rubio, Once Upon A Prince by Rachel Hauck, Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer, Popular by Tindell Baldwin, Spies and Prejudice by Talia Vance, Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole, Glamorous Illusions by Lisa T. Bergren, Grave Consequences by Lisa T. Bergren, Love Water Memory by Jennie Shortridge and The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty


  1. Your books always look so pretty :)

    I can't wait to hear what you think of these! Especially Hundred Summers. I saw it in the bookstore again and was like EEE should I or shouldn't i? BUT I am being good for right now.

    Hope August is amazing!

    1. Thanks girl! :)

      I will definitely let you know what I think of Hundred Summers! I adore the cover so, so much!

  2. Yay Sundog Books! I didn't go there the first time I went to Seaside five years ago but I went several times while we were there this year. It really is the cutest bookstore! And I can't wait to see your review of The Caged Graves. Just added that one to my TBR.

    1. Yeah, I adore that bookstore! It's messy, confusing and hard to find books if you're looking for something specific butttttt it's a great place to explore. And I really really liked The Caged Graves! Kinda scary and creepy but I couldn't put it down! I'll be reviewing it soon :)

  3. I love your new blog look! And reading at the beach is my absolute fave too :-)

    Tanya Patrice

    1. Thanks! And yeah, there's no better place to read :)

  4. I've never heard of Sundog Books before, but after a quick search and seeing it's outside Destin, will definitely make a point to head there on our next beach trip. We were there over 4th of July, and with a rainy every day it would have been a perfect place to go. But I guess it'll just have to wait till our next trip.

    1. We went right after the 4th - and we definitely heard that we missed all the rain from the week before! Glad I could introduce you to this little gem, and I hope you get a chance to stop in the next time you're in Destin!


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