July Wrap-Up!

Hi everyone!

How was your July? For me, July was truly a rollercoaster, full of ups and downs.

The toughest part of this month was that my dear companion Charles passed away. It’s hard to write about it so I won’t dwell on it for too long. Although he was getting older (he had just turned 11), we always thought that he was healthy and that he still had a few years left in him. However an unexpected incident happened and things spiralled downhill very quickly. We were sad to let him go, but he will forever be in our hearts and our memories.

This happened at the beginning of the month, which really put me in a reading, writing and blog-hopping slump. That’s why this post is sparse compared to my usual. I’m slowly starting to ease into things again so hoping to be back to the swing of things soon.

On a happy note, one of the exciting things this month was that I did my maternity photoshoot! (Psst…. Yes I’m expecting, though I haven’t mentioned this on my blog before.) Maybe I’ll share some pictures in the future 🙂

(Don’t worry — this won’t become a baby blog!!! I do plan on taking a hiatus in October-November but hope to be back to book blogging. Baby or not, I will still be a book nerd!)

I finished a grand total of 1 book this month, and got halfway through 3 books… which is an all-time low for this year. That being said, I read quite a bit earlier on this year so I am still ahead of my Goodreads reading goal.

Amina’s Voice is a MG contemporary novel about a Muslim girl who learned to embrace her identity and her passion. It was a sweet and feel-good novel and exactly what I needed at the moment. (❤️❤️❤️❤️/5 stars! Check out my review here.)

The Mysterious Benedict Society was one of the MG titles that I’ve heard everywhere, so I knew I had to check it out. I’m about 60% through the novel and enjoying it so far. More to say on it later!

I tried reading Girls of Storm and Shadow but… couldn’t really get into it. I just wasn’t in the right mood to continue reading this book. I wouldn’t call this a DNF but maybe a “not for now”.

Remember how I mentioned I started reading Sadie a while back? I actually have the audiobook version of this book, and been listening to Sadie sporadically this month. It’s a great story and definitely gives me the chills. I’m about 80% through and enjoying it overall.

I received feedback from my mentor about the revisions!!! Overall it was positive feedback but of course there were also some pointers and tips for more edits. SOOOO this month I started working on draft 7 of Children of the Sun (one of these days it’s going to go into the double-digits, or maybe I’ll just stop counting 😂)

I had very targeted aspects of the plot to fix so I only rewrote about 10% of the entire novel (instead of rewriting the whole thing as I have done in previous drafts) so I guess maybe I’m getting somewhere?? One of the major feedback I had received was that my writing was too sophisticated (still more YA than MG) sooooooo I guess I’ll be reading more MG these upcoming months to get into the MG frame of mind haha.

I participated in Camp NaNoWriMo this month which helped motivated me to get through my revisions. My goal was to finish the major revisions, which I have completed. My plan for August is to finish the line edits and send the revised manuscript back to my mentor!

I was making a list of agents to query back in June but I’ve put that on hold for now while I’m editing, but hoping to get to it again in late-August or September!

The 2020 Book Blogger Awards happened this month!! Check out my post below if you are curious about my nominations!! Also, the voting round has begun, so click here to vote for your favourite bloggers!! (Pssst….. yours truly is in the Middle Grade section!)

I only had one Writers’ Corner post this month but it’s a good one! If you are a fantasy writer (or just curious about how fantasy writers think), take a look at this worldbuilding post!

I didn’t do much in terms of blog-hopping this month, however here are some of my favourite posts:

  • Read more MG!
  • Finish line edits for Children of the Sun draft 7
  • Continue to compile the agent list
  • Blog-hop more!
  • And…….. baby prep!??!

How was your July? What were your favourite reads this past month? Any anticipated new releases?

Photo by Jacqueline O’Gara on Unsplash

26 Replies to “July Wrap-Up!”

  1. July was a hard month, but Charles is safe and out of pain now. It’s so hard to lose a beloved friend. Sending good vibes your way. But, there is also news to be happy about! Congratulations Sophie on expecting! I wish you a healthy and happy pregnancy ❤

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    1. Thank you for your sweet words Jai Lynn! I am excited about my baby of course but I am nervous about what it means for my writing, because I’m certain my life will be turned upside down after this haha. Thank you so much and wishing you a wonderful August 🙂

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  2. Sophie, I’m so sorry about your dog. That is heartbreaking, and I’m sending all of my love ❤
    In other news – YOU’RE EXPECTING?? I’m so excited for you!! I wish all the best for you and your family!
    I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying Sadie! I loved the audiobook when I listened to it last year – so unique and chilling. Good luck with your continued progress on revisions! Happy August ❤

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Margaret! They mean a lot to me 🙂
      The baby will definitely turn my life upside down! I’m very excited but also nervous about how everything will go haha. Thank you!
      Yes the audiobook for Sadie is great! I love the background music and the variety of narrators 🙂 Wishing you a wonderful August!


  3. i’m so so sorry to hear about your dog, sophie, i’m sending all of my love and light your way. ❤️❤️❤️

    i’m happy to hear that you enjoyed amina’s voice, i remember reading it a while ago and liking it as well! and i hope you enjoy the mysterious benedict society – it was one of my childhood faves. thank you so much for sharing my post 🥺🥺 and i hope you have the most beautiful august! 🥰

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Ash!
      Amina’s Voice is such a lovely novel and I’m glad you enjoyed it too! I just finished The Mysterious Benedict Society and loved it so much!! Wishing you a wonderful August!

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  4. So sorry to hear about Charles!! 😢

    Omg, congrats!! I’d love to see some of the photoshoot pictures if you feel comfortable sharing them ❤ Happy to hear that you started reading Sadie, it’s such a fantastic book that kept me on the edge of my seat! Good luck with your new draft of your WIP, you can do it!! 🥰

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    1. Aww thank you Caro for your kind and sweet words. They mean a lot to me 🙂 I am still waiting for my photographer to provide the final images so hopefully will post them soon!
      I am loving Sadie so far and looking forward to reading the finale 🙂
      Wishing you a wonderful August!

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  5. i’m so sorry to hear that about your dog, sophie! sending hugs ❤ but it's amazing that you're continuing to make progress on your revision ❤ i have no doubt that you'll find an agent soon! i hope you have an amazing august, and thank you so much for sharing my post!

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  6. Aww, Sophie- I’m so sorry about your dog, sending you lots of love.❤️ I’m glad you were able to read and enjoy Amina’s Voice, as I definitely found it heartwarming- and the MBS is such a heartwarming story as well, so hopefully that can bring you some comfort. xx

    Congratulations on your nomination for the BBAs! Also, thank you so much for mentioning my post in your wrap-up. I hope you have a lovely August, and oh my goodness, congratulations on your pregnancy!! I’m sending all the virtual hugs and well wishes your way.🥰

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  7. Sophie, I’m so sorry for your loss, I’m sending you all the love ❤️ and all the congratulations on your pregnancy, this is such lovely news, I’m wishing you all the very best!! ❤️ I’d love to see the photoshoot pictures, if you feel comfortable sharing them, of course!
    Your writing progress inspires me so, so much, you can do this! Revisions feel like they’re never ending, but I believe in you and your work so, so much. I’ve been back to writing and revising and prepping, basically, too, and it’s a bit exhausting but it’s also good, in a way, to see stories shaping themselves up better and better 🙂
    I’m sending you all the love, have a beautiful August!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Marie 🙂 I am still waiting to hear back from my photographers but will hope to share the photoshoot pics in the next wrap up post!
      Haha yeah revisions can be exhausting however it is good to know that I’m making the story better bit by bit. It is inspiring for me when I read about your writing updates too and they remind me to get back to writing/editing haha! Thank you for the encouragement and let’s keep cheering each other on!

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