Monthly Wrap-Up: July 2014

Posted August 1, 2014 by Debby in Uncategorized

July 2014: the month of endings and new beginnings

I CANNOT believe it’s already August. What even. Time seriously flies. July was a big — HUGE — month for me, as you’ll see later on in this post. I didn’t even read a single page of any book for the first half of the month, because I was so busy and also I just didn’t feel like it 😛 So the fact that I still managed to read 8 books is very surprising to me. But hey, when you’re unemployed, you do have that kind of time.

July Reads

Books Read:

Eona by Alison Goodman
A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall
Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally
Boomerang by Noelle August
Extraction by Stephanie Diaz
Shut Out by Kody Keplinger (Reread)
The Diviners by Libba Bray
The Swift Boys & Me by Kody Keplinger

Book of the Month:

July Stats
Total books read: 8
Total pages read: 3,072
Average rating: 3.94
2 2014 debut authors read
3/8 (38%) standalones, 5/8 (62%) series
7/8 (88%) paper, 1/8 (12%) pixels
2014 Stats
Total books read: 66
Total pages read: 24,284
Average rating: 3.52
9 2014 debut authors read
42% standalones, 58% series
65% paper, 33% pixels, 2% audio

July Reviews

July Posts

July Obsessions

  • Beginning of the month was still the World Cup (though it already feels ages ago 🙁 ). I was so happy that my lovelies, Die Mannschaft, won 🙂 I mean, well, the Dutch did disappoint me in the semi-finals, but the Germans are my second favorite team, so I was very satisfied.

  • I’ve been suuuuuper addicted to The Sims 3 again, as most of my followers on Twitter will know. *sigh* This addiction strikes me every so often and it’s just so asdfjkl; Goodbye productivity. Trying to get it under control. But my Sim child has an imaginary friend and I need to work to make him turn real xD It’s the best thing ever.

  • So the Kim Kardashian: Hollywood game happened. DO NOT START THIS IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY. It will consume your life. *cries* But today I’m going to be #1 on the A-list and hopefully that’ll mean I can finally STOP PLAYING.

  • For music, I’ve been playing Ariana Grande and Little Mix on repeat all month. I’m not even sorry. In particular, I’m loving Ariana’s Problem and Better Left Unsaid and Little Mix’s Salute (GIRL POWERRRR), Competition, and Stand Down — however the absolute song of the month is Move.

In Real Life

  • You probably heard the squealing at some point – I GRADUATED THIS MONTH. I had my thesis defense on July 7th, and though I was extremely nervous and had a bad feeling about some of the questions they asked me (I legit had to answer “I didn’t know that…” TWICE), in the end I got a freaking 8.5 for my thesis, and thereby graduated cum laude! I know, I feel like I’m still in shock. (Especially considering I didn’t feel like this was my best work ever.) So technically, I’m graduated, done with school FOREVER, with a pretty MSc that I can put after my name, but the official ceremony isn’t until October 4th — yeah, I don’t think they really thought that one through. Very annoying. BUT NO MORE SCHOOL. EVER. YOU CAN CALL ME MASTER.


  • Two days after that, I finished up my internship! It wasn’t too noteworthy, really, since we’d done a dinner the month before with the team where they thanked me and stuff, so on the day itself I just brought wine and treats into the office and said goodbye. I don’t really have any big feelings about this. It was a good experience, especially since I hadn’t really worked a day in my life before this internship, but ultimately the environment was not the best for me. I’m glad I did it, but I’m ready for the next step.

  • As such, I am now an unemployed graduated legit adult, which means it’s job hunting time. Don’t ask me how this is going. Assume it’s going badly until I jump up and down screaming, “I HAVE A JOB!!!” because trust me – you will hear all about it.

  • At the beginning of the month, I experimented a little with having a social life again and was just reminded that it’s all sorts of not for me. Well, I’m exaggerating. I went out a few times with the other interns and was just consistently reminded that I don’t fit in with them. The “typical” people my age just… confuse me. Constant clubbing, smoking pot, drunken hookups, sexist jokes… Ugh. At least I got some reassurance from a few older people that they grow out of that kind of behavior eventually >.> but all in all, I just thought back to BEA times and missed you bookish people. I wish we all lived closer together and could hang out all the time. *sigh*

  • But then, indeed, I went to see The Fault in Our Stars with my book club buddies Daisy and Daph, and we cried together and then drowned our sorrows in alcohol and good bookish conversation. THESE ARE MY PEOPLE.

That’s it for me. How was your month?

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4 responses to “Monthly Wrap-Up: July 2014

  1. So I was watching Tyler Oakley’s video on the Kim Kardashian game and I was like ‘you know what let’s try that shit’. Now I can’t stop playing. I get really frustrated when my energy runs out and I can’t play anymore hahaha! Congrats on graduating! I hope you’ll find a job that you love doing.

  2. I absolutely love the Sims. Been kind of ignoring them since I started my blog. But they’re calling for me to come visit them again. Can’t wait til Sims4 comes out in September