July Wrap-Up + Birthday Musings

“First, a story ends when it ends, and not a moment before. If you are unhappy with this ending, make a new one.”

― Roseanne A. Brown, A Song of Wraiths and Ruin

I celebrated my 33rd birthday a few weeks ago 🎂 The day was lovely and quiet and filled with all of my favorite things, and though it’s harder to find reasons to celebrate nowadays, I allowed myself to be grateful for this little bubble of happiness. ⁣

At this point in my life, I can’t really ask for more (maybe just a functional and kindhearted government)– I am happily married, with a loving husband and an adorable son. I am finally doing what I want to do in life, which is to surround myself with books and bookish things. 📚 For a lover of stories like me, I am happy to say that mine is still my favorite–and I am grateful every morning that my story goes on for another day.

If you’re here and reading this, I want to thank YOU as well! Thank you for allowing me to occupy a tiny spot in your virtual universe. ⁣One of my birthday resolutions is to be more active here, and one solution I thought of is to have a Pages Feature instead of my usual Pages Review. I have accepted now that I will never be able to post extensive book reviews for all the books I’m reading, but I do have a lot more that I want to share here. I’ve been posting most of my reading updates on my Instagram, but since I have a different audience here anyway, I figured I should also post my book features here. I hope you will continue to appreciate my future content! 💗

Lastly, I want to thank my husband for this super cute animated portrait he made for me for my birthday!


I’ve read eight books so far. It’s possible I will finish one more before the month officially ends, but I’m posting an early wrap-up because I’m happy I finished my TBR list! Technically, I still have 3 left from the list I posted at the start of the month, but those are books I am enjoying fully and they happily don’t have “deadlines” 😅 ⁣

Here’s a quick rundown: ⁣

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ~ 5⭐ ⁣

Depression and Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaim ~ 3⭐ ⁣

The Guest List by Lucy Foley ~3⭐ ⁣

Earthlings by Sayaka Murata ~4.5⭐ ⁣

American Midnight: Tales of the Dark selected by Laird Hunt ~3⭐ ⁣

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara ~4⭐ ⁣

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown ~4⭐ ⁣⁣

The Passengers by John Marrs ~4⭐ ⁣⁣

How was the month of July for you? I hope it treated you kindly! Do share with me any news on the comments!

29 thoughts on “July Wrap-Up + Birthday Musings

  1. Happy birthday for the other day! I know what you mean about detailed write ups for everything you read. Not enough time for that carry on. For me I’m just happy with a couple of paragraphs so i can mark the book in my mind and log it. That’s good enough for me!


  2. Happy birthday and what a lovely animation – please tell your husband, very well done! You seem to be crushing your reading goals, with high ratings, too. Keep reading and I wish you all the loveliest books in the world.


      1. Oh, definitely! It’s a good read. But you have to have a lot of mental space for all the sad events in the main character’s life. I still loved it because I learned a lot about mental health, families, friendship and a lot of other things ❤

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  3. I read a Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie book this month as well and LOVED it 😍 maybe we should buddy read one of her other works 😉 Great wrap up! & Happy Belated Birthday! 🥳


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