Romeo and Juliet character list

Get ready to be impressed! July brought two read-a-thons that I participated in, totaling 9 consecutive days. Both the 24 in 48 read-a-thon (reading for 24 hours within 48 hours) and the BookTube-a-Thon (reading 7 books in 7 days) were incredibly fun. I got a teensy bit exhausted by the end, yes, but not enough that I’m not looking forward to the reading that August will bring! That said, I might need a good night or two of Netflix to give my brain a rest. But those read-a-thons made it easy to knock out a TON of reading. So even though I ended up having to rearrange some of my reading plans, I did end up reading twice the books on my original July TBR. Not only that, but I’ve managed to read 41 of 45 books for my reading goal this year. I’m definitely on pace to surpass that now. Keep reading for the full list of July books and to find out which volumes stood out!

July 2017 TBR List:
  1. A Storm of Swords, George R.R. Martin (finish)
  2. Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies, by J.K. Rowling
  3. Under the Tuscan Sun, Frances Mayes
  4. Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare
  5. Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
  6. Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman
  7. Outlander, Diana Gabaldon


Under the Tuscan Sun book cover


Actual July 2017 Reads:
  1. Under the Tuscan Sun, Frances Mayes
  2. Who is the Black Panther?, Reginald Hudlin
  3. Attack on Titan, vol. 1, Hajime Isayama
  4. The Saga of the Swamp Thing, vol. 1, Alan Moore
  5. The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas
  6. The Woodcutter, Kate Danley
  7. Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm
  8. Ms. Marvel, by G. Willow Wilson
  9. The Saga of the Swamp Thing, vol. 2, by Alan Moore
  10. The Saga of the Swamp Thing, vol. 3, by Alan Moore
  11. Lumberjanes, by  Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters
  12. Committed, Elizabeth Gilbert
  13. Giovanni’s Room, James Baldwin
  14. Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies, by J.K. Rowling
  15. Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare
  16. Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert


The Woodcutter ebook cover, Kate Danley


Monthly Favorites

I read so many things this month. How can I possibly single out just one favorite?! Honestly, when I look at that list, it feels like the books near the top were read months ago and not weeks. All that being said, there were a few that stand out for me, for different reasons.

First, The Saga of the Swamp Thing, vol. 3 was so impressive. I’ve been enjoying the series and the first two installments were fantastic, but the third got to another level. Not only was the story just as compelling as the prior two, but the themes dealt with and the introduction of other familiar characters into the series pushed it over the top. I’ll never tire of saying it, Alan Moore is a goddamn crazy genius and this volume has managed to make me exclaim that again as though I’m learning it for the first time.

Another graphic novel (of the many I read this month) was Ms. Marvel. I didn’t know much about this one going in, other than people really love it. As someone who enjoys superhero comics and graphic novels, I expected to be drawn in by this one and was! It was just a lot of fun. The characters endear themselves to the reader pretty quickly, particularly the main character, Kamala, and I look forward to reading what’s next in her story.

One of the last books I read this month I decided to sneak in so I could get a start on my list of 30 books to read before I turn 30. I saw that Giovanni’s Room was available from the library and was on the shorter side (perfect for a read-a-thon) so I decided to go for it. I haven’t been reading much classic lit lately and, I have to say, it was so refreshing to get back into the swing. Not that I haven’t enjoyed the other things I’ve been reading lately, because I certainly have. But there’s a reason classic literature is one of my favorite genres. I found it really beautiful and very much enjoyed the book, not only for the language, but for the new perspectives it showed me.


Booktube-a-Thon 2017 TBR list


Reading Journal Update

After so much reading in one month, I’ve decided to rededicate myself to using my reading journal. I haven’t been keeping up with it as much as I’d like and there are so many new thoughts I’m having that I need to get out. I’ve developed a new way of using it (a digital copy on my iPad Pro) that I think will help me stick to it. There’s something about a blank physical page that doesn’t allow me to express myself freely, which inhibits my ability to work through my thoughts and get to the meat of what happened for me in a particular text. Do you have that issue? I mean, what’s more intimidating than a blank journal? I don’t want to mar it with my scribbling and repetitive, sub-par rambling. But in order to get to what I DO want to write in it, I’ve got to get that stuff out. It’s a process, right? Writing digitally gives me a chance to get out as many stupid, half-formed, scribbled thoughts as I’d like. I can go back and pull out the couple of shiny pebbles from the disordered rock pile and copy those into my physical journal later. I’ll keep you posted.


August 2017 TBR List:
  1. Cork Dork, Bianca Bosker
  2. A Storm of Swords, George R.R. Martin (finish)
  3. The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss
  4. The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
  5. The Tempest, William Shakespeare
  6. The Year of Living Danishly, Helen Russell
  7. Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman
  8. Outlander, Diana Gabaldon


I have no idea how this month is going to go. There are some extremely hefty books on that list, but we’ll see how I do! I’m keeping it short in consideration of the length of of some of these. Knowing that I am likely to fall short, I still added The Sun Also Rises on, because I need to get started on my list of 30 books to read before I turn 30.


I’ve got an exciting new Instagram challenge going on and it begins today, August 1! Join me @caskandquill for a week of prompts about sci-fi and fantasy books!


Cask & Quill August Book Challenge


What did you read and love in July? Any disappointments? Have you ever participated in a read-a-thon before? Let me know below!





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