Stories in a Thousand Words: July Recap 2016


Hey, bookworms! With both excitement and nervousness, I acknowledge that July has come to a close. It seems like I celebrated the fourth and charted monthly goals just yesterday. As the next school year rapidly approaches, I'm working to finish my summer assignments and prep the blog for a vastly different schedule. Still, I'm happy to celebrate July's events and conclude a great month in book blogging and other activities.

New York day you can be a new man

Yes, this is a Hamilton quote. I had to.
For me, this July marks new opportunities in book blogging.
  • This month, I created a bookish snapchat! It's a new platform for my reading endeavors and I'm gradually learning the ropes. To keep up with my bookish shenanigans, you can add me at covertocover!
  • I'm currently brainstorming two major book blogging events with some lovely and talented bloggers! Stay tuned for updates!
  • I started making use of a library card. Although using a library card might seem mundane and boring, I hadn't visited my local library much since starting high school. In July, however, I've visited the place almost religiously, sometimes arriving to study or check out books six times a week. Requesting books has saved me a lot of time and money, for which I am incredibly grateful. (Plus, there's nothing like showing up to the library with a stack of *personalized* books just waiting to be read ๐Ÿ˜„!)


“We are torn between nostalgia for familiar and an urge for the foreign and strange. We are homesick most for the places we have never known.” -- Carson McCullers

  • traveled to Canada this month! My family and I visited some beautiful locations in Niagara Falls and Toronto. Those who follow me on Twitter were the first to see my travel photos๐Ÿ’•

Books, books, and more books

July offered some truly epic reads.
  • I've been using that aforementioned library card to read all the books I can! This month on average I've been clearing about a book a day, a great improvement over my school-year average, a book every five months ๐Ÿ˜‚.
  • Slowly but surely, I'm chipping away at my Goodreads challenge! This year I overambitiously pleged to read 100 books, a goal that seemed reachable until the school year began. I still have hope, though, and while I remain behind in the challenge, this month I've reduced my numbers from 38 books behind to less than 20 books behind!

Stories in a thousand words

"A picture is worth a thousand words."

  • I participated in my first continuous bookstagram challenge, #julywithcj this month! I had a lot of fun seeking ways to fulfill the prompts within my theme.
  • A few bookstagram shoutouts to:
      • Alex [@thebooksbuzz] and Salma [@seaofbook] for helping me to reach a milestone of 400 followers. Although the number may seem small to some, I'm grateful for the support.
      • Maha [@ayounicornreads] for providing me some awesome feedback on some of my photos when I was hesitant to post them for the challenge.
      • Clara [@claraxlala] for leaving the sweetest comments on my photos that open discussion and brighten my day.

I'm siriusly in love with the Harry Potter series

That bad pun was riddikulus.
  • The script of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child releases today! I can't wait to find out about Harry and the others post-battle of Hogwarts. Just thinking about the Cursed Child makes me want to re-read the entire series.
  • With the upcoming release of a Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film and new updates on Pottermore, Ilvermorny, the American equivalent of Hogwarts, has been all the rage. I'm curious: what's your Ilvermorny house? 

But enough about me; here are a few of your highlights

What was your favorite part of July?


  1. Love your wrap up post, Claire! And I'm beyond surprised to see my name being featured here. Hahaha. It's the least I could do because both of your blog and bookstagram are stunning and lovely <3

  2. it looks like you had a great month! it's wonderful that you took part in a bookstagram challenge (i adore your pictures btw) i'm so so so excited for cursed child, and i'm in thunderbird house!! here's to august <3

    a running commentary

  3. Happy August, Claire! (Even if school is lurking in the corner *sob*) Your pictures are so pretty and your Bookstagram feed is so clean! And I love the pictures you took from Canada. They are so pretty and I'm sure you had a lot of fun. :) Summer vacations and family trips are always worth the memories.

    Also, have you bought Cursed Child? I know of someone who bought the book and finished it within a day, and I just feel so jealous because she really loved it. I really want to read the book so bad!

    I'm happy to see that the month was good for you! Hope you have a great month this August :)

  4. Hey Claire!
    Oh my goodness. I laughed out loud at your "siriusly" pun!! When I saw the title of your post I didn't pick up on it and I genuinely thought you spelled seriously wrong. Then, of course, I realized and - oh my gosh. That was before I saw the "riddikulous" pun, and you can imagine the smile on my face at that point. Thank you for that. It siriusly brightened my day!
    It sounds like you had an amazing month! Congrats on completing your first Bookstagram challenge, by the way! I don't know if I would get through it - I'm not very good that way! I love your Instagram though - your pictures are beautiful.
    One of my highlights of July would have to be redesigning my blog and moving to Wordpress self hosted. That was really exciting and rewarding - especially after all the frustration in the process!

  5. I just CANNOT believe summer is nearly over... It barely just started! You are on top of your summer schoolwork and I haven't even given mine a second thought. But you definitely motivate me to get mine done soon! And I siriusly love your puns. I started rereading Harry Potter again for the first time in AGES and I have fallen back into being obsessed with Hogwarts. Also your photos from Canada are gorgeous!

  6. Sounds like you've had an excellent July, with traveling and reading! My Ilvermorny house is PUKWUDGIE! I haven't read much about it (or the other three houses) yet, but I'm not too interested unfortunately :( It seems like there's being a lot added to the Harry Potter world!

  7. Welcome back, Claire! My goodness, I hadn't visited in your blog in a long time (or anyone's for that matter), but your blog has really grown since I last visited. Your blog is GORGEOUS.

    It sounds like you had a lovely July! I hope you enjoy The Cursed Child. I haven't read it yet, but I hope to soon. c: Your pictures of Canada are beautiful. Canada is a place I want to go to one day, so the pictures are very awe-inspiring. <3

    To answer your question, my favourite part of July was finally finished A Court of Mist and Fury, and also preparing my blog for its return! :D

    I hope you have a lovely August!
    CW (Read Think Ponder)

  8. You had an awesome month! Niagara Falls is beautiful and it's always fun to travel to Canada. My favorite candy bar is only available there, Coffee Crisps. Lol. Your bookstagram photos truly are gorgeous and I love all your photos! Great post and great month!

  9. I just wrote a meaningful comment and then my computer shut down. Thanks for giving me a shoutout but you really should know that no one helped you get to 400, it was all you hun :D Here's a secret: I like to binge-read your posts. Did you know that? I don't know why but I miss some of your posts and as soon as I'm reading one of them from a long time ago, I tend to read a lot more! Love ya Claire and all that you do :D Don't stop being amazing

    Alyx @ The Book's Buzz