July Wrap-Up & Book Haul


Happy Monday Bookworms! I come to you with my faithfully late Wrap-Up/Haul for the month of July & hope you’ll still check this post out lol. I read 5 books from different genres, watched 1 movie, and played catch up with one of my favorite tv shows. I also had the pleasure of attending my twin Gretchen’s very 1st Poetry reading at Bluestockings in New York City. She did wonderful this being her first time & I was so very proud of her. Gretchen has a blog called ChicNerdReads & her Poetry book Love, and You is currently ranked in the top 10 on the Amazon Bestsellers list for Love & Erotica which is pretty bad ass! So, it was a pretty amazing July & can only hope the rest of the year is just as epic ๐Ÿ˜‰



The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… (5 Stars)

Who’s That Girl by Blair Thornburgh โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… (3.5 Stars)

The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… (4 Stars)

Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… (5 Stars)

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… (5 Stars)

The stand-out reads for July were The Last Magician and Every Last Lie, both left me hungry for more story. The Library of Fates left me with food for thought & was just a beautifully diverse read, I look forward to more from this author. Who’s That Girl was a contemporary about friendship with LGBTQIA+ representation that I enjoyed more towards the second half. Lastly, The Disappearnaces got me in the mood for Fall and all of the mysterious reads I associate with my favorite season. It was an overall quality reading month & also a more productive blogging month. Also, I followed a ton of new blogs that I am still making my rounds getting to know & to them I say THANK YOU for following my blog & I’m looking forward to seeing you around ๐Ÿ˜‰


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Super stoked over the paperbacks I hauled in July! The Night Circus is one of my all time fave books of ALL TIME! this paperback edition caught my eye with its white/black contrast. The Princes Saves Herself in This One is one that I have been DYING to read! haha, I’m sure many of you have already read & loved the hell out of this one. One Of Us is Lying I purchased from Bookdepository because of the red sprayed edges smh call me vain lol! Until it Fades is K.A. Tuckers newest novel & the only New Adult author I’ve read & LOVED so of course ran out and got a copy. Akata Witch has been at the TOP of my TBR for too long & It’s one I am really looking forward to reading and reviewing here on Lair Of Books ๐Ÿ˜‰

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These hardcovers come well recommended & I can stare at them all day long they are so BEAUTIFUL! haha. I’ve already red & loved The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue & so to see it in my Owlcrate box was sweeeeeet! lol. My Book of the Month choice was Final Girls & although it has received mixed reviews, It still hasn’t taken my curiosity away. Stalking Jack the Ripper I am trying to read ASAP since I have an arc of Hunting Prince Dracula. Because You Love to Hate Me I p/u solely because of Adam Silver & V..E. Schwabs villains. Lastly, When Dimple Met Rishi was a MUST! I know I’m going to LOVE this one a ton & can’t wait to read the story that has everyone ready for the next book by this author โค

This movie seriously took me by surprise & it pushed me to write my very 1st Gush Spoilery Review (see here). I’ve watched all of the Spider-Man movies with my hubby but never really found any to WOW me. I’m a big fan of Marvel movies but this guy just was OK LOL! Whelp! all that changed with Homecoming & I’m now A Spidey fan *gimme more*

OK! this may come as a surprise since I am not a big fan of things that go bump in the night but I LOVE The Originals! forget The Vampire Diaries, this show is ten times better than that show ever was *sorry not sorry* but seriously, The Originals takes place in New Orleans & there isn’t a single episode that doesn’t transport you. I binge watched season 4 with my hubby on Netflix & it consumed our nights smh lol. I lost count of the times I jumped from fright & was left wondering whyyyyy viewers ever chose to watch The Vampire Diaries over this AMAZINGLY well told show?!?!? Season 5 will be the last & this makes my โค sad but it will most definitely join my Hall of Amazing TV Shows (not yet a thing but maybe I should look into this) cuz it has already made me lose sleep on more than one occasion. I recommend to anyone who loves New Orleans, Witches & their craft, Wolves, Vampires, Family Loyalty, plot twists, double crossings, Stakes through the heart, and just EPIC bad assery ๐Ÿ˜‰

Happy reading in August Bookworms!!! Hope you all had a wonderful July month & are enjoying your summer reads. Read or watched any of these? drop your comments down below <3โ€™s!


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36 thoughts on “July Wrap-Up & Book Haul”

  1. You had a great reading month! I can’t wait to read Gentleman’s Guide! It was on my tbr for July and I didn’t get a chance to read it *le sigh* but hopefully I’ll read it this month. I’ definitely want to pick up The Last Magician seeing as you seemed to love it so much!

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    1. Thank you! Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue was so GOOD! lol, I’ll keep an eye out for your thoughts ๐Ÿ˜‰ The Last Magician was everything I wanted + some, can’t wait for the sequel ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you Donna? have we had a name change? lol! Every Last Lie does sound good, like Breakfast Club with murder is what I’m getting from the synopsis lol. Thank you, wishing you the same! happy reading ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. The Princess Saves Herself in This One is lovely. It’s one of the best poetry collections I’ve ever read! ๐Ÿ˜€
    And it seems like you enjoyed all your books last month so I hope you enjoy your books this month as well. Happy August!!

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    1. Thank you Dez, i’m pretty stoked to get to Princess & it’s a short read so I’ll most likely be reading it very soon in btwn arcs. July was a good reading mth & I’m also hoping for an amazing August. Wishing you a happy reading month ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. The Disapearances is a book that I’m always interested in when I see it but never remember to pick it up… I should change that XD

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    1. OoOO I have a few books like that smh lol! matter of fact The Princess Saves Herself in This one is one such book & I don’t ever understand why. I tend to LOVE these books most when I eventually get around to them ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. Oo, what a lovely wrap-up! You seem to have had such a good reading month, well done. ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh, and I actually haven’t heard of the Originals before, but you have definitely sold me! I’ll have to give it a go soon (although I have so many shows I just haven’t caught up on yet, oops).

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    1. Thank you ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ’•& The Originals is seriously awesome, if you do ever have some free time it’s worth checking out ๐Ÿ˜‰ my list of tv shows is giving my book TBR competition lol

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  5. eeeeeeeek!!! thanks for mentioning me twin! and thanks again for coming out to the reading, i will be forever grateful. you had a great reading month, packed with different reads! i am happy that some of these ended up on the rather forever-gushing side of the spectrum, i cannot wait to read the last magician lol. i seriously cannot wait for you to pick up princess, you have to tell me what you think about it. i am still not over the night circus cover! that spiderman movie was amazing! i always enjoyed the originals more than the vampire diaries, i would love to watch it again but i think i’ll wait till all seasons air on netflix. hope you have a great august twin!

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    1. Always, couldn’t write my wrap-up w/out mentioning your event since it was also a highlight for me to cheer you on ๐Ÿ˜‰ I can’t wait for you to read The Last Magician *so GooD* Princess is looking more & more like I’m going to p/u this week no latter than the wknd for sure, I need a palette cleanser. Also, The Serpent King is obliterating my heart & it’s probably ideal for some good poetry. Spidey was AWESOME! & Yea I’d wait for the 5th season to air/go to Netflix in 2018. Lo & I were legit left looking at each other like “what do we watch now after that EPICNESS?!?!” LOL! Thanks twin, happy reading! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. It seems like you had a pretty amazing July Lilly, especially if the books you got through this month are anything to go by. I finished The Last Magician today and really really enjoyed it. I’m going to try and write my review soon so I need to get my thoughts in order ASAP. Also The Library of Fates is one I need to pick up as well, I’ve heard some good things about it so far and the cover is gorgeous that I just want to own my own edition.
    The copy of The Night Circus you have looks gorgeous too, and oh I saw Spiderman earlier this month and loved it as well. It was so hilarious and I loved Tom Holland as Peter Parker. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Again great recap, and I hope you have an amazing August as well! ๐Ÿ˜€ โค

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    1. Thanks Beth! & OHMYGOSH! You finished The Last Magician?!?! I feel like it was just yesterday you were telling me you were going to pick up a copy LOL! that’s awesome! Can’t wait to read your review *insert excited emoji* Tom Holland played Spidey so well, I couldn’t be happier with his performance. I’ll keep an eye out for your thoughts on The Library of Fates. Happy Reading in August Beth <3!

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      1. That’s all right. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yep finished it yesterday and just had to write my review straight away before I forgot what I wanted to right. It’ll be posted later tonight.
        God he really did, better than I thought actually, and hopefully I’ll end up enjoying The Library of Fates as much as you did Lilly! ๐Ÿ˜€ โค


    1. Thank you Raven! I haven’t read them yet either but can’t wait for the opportunity to open up for some reading from my actual shelves soon. I hope we both enjoy these! Happy reading in August <3!

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    1. OHMYGOSH! Yes Resh, I honestly think it’s because those 5 stars were genres I adore. Historical Fiction is a fave! & The Last Magician & The Disappearances didn’t disappoint painting the picture. & from what I hear, Mary Kubica rarely disappoints lol. Lets see how August fares lol, happy reading! ๐Ÿ™‚



  7. Looks like you had a really great month ๐ŸŒธ
    I’ve heard such great things about The Last Magician and The Disappearances – so I’m happy you enjoyed them! I’ve been meaning to watch The Originals since forever, I loved Klaus in Vampire Diaries ๐Ÿ˜

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    1. Thank you Michelle! โค Both those books are worth the read, especially if you enjoy Historical Fiction in YA ๐Ÿ˜‰ & OMYGGGGGOOOOSH! If you loved Klaus in VD then you'd elevate your love only further by watching The Originals which he practically runs lol! happy reading & viewing ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. I seriously need to play catch up with all my favorite shows. I am soooo behind in quite a few of them. UGHHH. I recently bought Love, and You and can’t wait to read it. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am dying for fall to get here (I am impatiently waiting for a reasonable time to put out my Halloween decorations LOL) and I can’t wait to start reading all the spooky Halloweenie books. Looks like you had a pretty good reading month! ๐Ÿ˜€ Great haul! I LOVED One of Us Is Lying so much. I was thinking about getting The Princess Saves Herself in This One too. I may break down and buy it this month. I need Gentlemen’s Guide, UGHHH. If I wasn’t next in line at the library for the e-book or I probably would have bought it myself by now. LOL.

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    1. Same here Ashley, I think it’s all the reading that has turned me away from TV for the most part. Now I binge 1 show per mth and 1 episode a night of any one of my favorites. Of course in the Fall this changes cuz all of my favorites are back starting with Grays Anatomy & ALL of The Chicago shows LOL! & yes! I’m also ready for all the spooky Halloween reads *excited emoji*
      Can’t wait to get to I LOVED One of Us Is Lying & Princess Saves Herself which I was sitting on for so long & finally decided to purchase a copy. gahhhh! I’m excited for you to read Gentlemenโ€™s Guide & hear what you think. Happy reading ๐Ÿ™‚

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