July Wrap-Up

August 3, 2020 Uncategorized 10

As you can probably tell by my somewhat sporadic posting, I’m still struggling a little with motivation to blog and read! As I’m sure a lot of you understand, that mostly bothers me because it makes me feel not entirely myself. I’m currently sitting down and planning out the coming month. Hopefully that will help me get back into the swing of things.

Books Read

Again, another slow month – only 7 books read.

Top Post

Last month, I shared my Beginner’s Guide to Nonfiction on Reddit and it ended up being my most viewed post as a result! The formatting needs updating after I had to get rid of a photo formatting plug-in and, given the interest in this post, I may re-do the pics and add some new book recommendations too.

Challenge Progress

  • Write more in-depth reviews – Do we have to talk about challenges this month? Definitely not a success. Considering slowing down the pace of my reviews to do a better job with this.
  • Write more discussion posts – Nope. I might change this goal though. What I really want to write are fun, non-review posts. With that broader mandate, I think I can make some progress this month.
  • Read more deeply on specific topics – Birds, a little, but not a great success.
  • Read at least 40% nonfiction – 4 of 7 books I read this month were nonfiction, so I’m still staying on track for this one.
  • Write 3 posts a week – Not even going to feel bad about this one. It’s just not been a good blogging month!
  • Read my own damn books –  3 of 7 books I read were my own, not too shabby.
  • Read books by and about people from marginalized groups – Read one book I’d count towards this goal and didn’t pursue this as intentionally as I’d like.
  • Maybe get into Pinterest a bit more – Can’t bring myself to delete this one, but no progress this month either.


This month there are two big read-a-thons coming up – Dewey’s Reverse 24-Hour Read-a-thon (August 8-9) and Bout of Books 29 (August 17-23). I’ll be participating in both very casually, mostly for the social components! I’m feeling a little burnt out on read-a-thons with specific prompts, so I’ll be passing on those and planning to read books from the following list this month:

  • Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California
  • You Don’t Know Me: The Incarcerated Women of York Prison Voice Their Truths
  • Charged: Overzealous Prosecutors, the Quest for Mercy, and the Fight to Transform Criminal Justice in America
  • Summoned at Midnight: A Story of Race and the Last Military Executions at Fort Leavenworth
  • An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago
  • Five Days in August
  • The Wedding Date
  • The Life of Charlotte Bronte
  • Jane Eyre
  • (Don’t) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation About Mental Health
  • Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family

What do you have coming up in the month ahead? Any fun blog events or reading plans?

10 Responses to “July Wrap-Up”

  1. Jenny @ Reading the End

    I had completely forgotten it was the Reverse Readathon this weekend! Time is such a fickle mistress these days, and I canNOT for the life of me keep track of the days. Lord. Okay! I am going to try and spend at least SOME time doing Reverse Readathon. It has been way too long since I readathoned.

    • DoingDewey

      I honestly only read for a few hours, but I’m alright with it. It started at 5pm my time, to it wasn’t ever going to be a full 24 hours for me, anyway! I hope you were able to find some time to join in too 🙂

    • DoingDewey

      I’ve only recently gotten more interested in prison reform, because of an intro to abolition study guide I’ve been working through. If you’ve not seen it yet, you might find it of interest – https://abolitionjournal.org/studyguide/

      Glad to hear (Don’t) Call Me Crazy was a good read! I’ve just started it and I feel like I’m going to learn a lot from it too 🙂
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  2. Helen Murdoch

    My reading is certainly going in waves this summer. I look forward to a time when I am not working non-stop and when I can really focus on books. Sigh.

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