July Wrap Up

How is July even over already? How is August here?! WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE?!

I am shocked at just how fast the year is moving and half of me wants it to slow down, but the other half wants me to just keep plowing through because 2019 has been a time. Like the year, July has been a whirlwind of emotions, except instead of said emotions spaced out within 365 days–it was crammed into 31.

My mental health took a huge hit this month and in the worst ways possible that had me heavily considering not continuing this blog anymore, just because the drowning sensation I was/am struggling with was just too overwhelming (don’t worry, I’m not leaving!). But even through the lows of the month, July did give me some amazing highs–Bookending Summer took place this month, and it has been a blast getting to chat and meet new people in the blogging world, as well as getting to see our amazing hosts shine and give their all with their amazing prompts (seriously HUGE round of applause for this season’s hosts!). I am still waddling through everyone’s prompts from the event so you can probably catch me still in August commenting on everyone’s prompts! Not only did I have BESummer19, but July also gave me and my family great news that has been several years in the making–WE ARE MOVING!.


Image result for proud gifI did a huge YOLO near the tail end of July and applied for an apartment, just to see what would happen, and over the last weekend me and my mom got word that we were for some unknown reason to us approved and we move in the next couple of weeks! So big props to that!
So as you can see, July was like that pixar movie, Inside Out–all the emotions were out to play. A time truly, but even with my wacky emotions, I got some MAJOR reading done this month! Like “hello all the books!” kind of reading done. This month I have read a whopping 21 books with only two of those being DNFs! And not only did I read a crap ton, I also got a lot of good TV time and movies in as well!
July has been a great storytelling month for me, and I honestly hope that August will be a repeat of July, because…wow…10/10. Keep on reading to see all the goodness I consumed this month!

Book Wrap-Up

† denotes an ARC/book received in exchange for my honest review.
🎧 denotes Audiobook.

5-4 Stars

  • 🎧Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco – RTC – ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 (BR w/ #stalkalong)
  • Under Locke by Mariana Zapata – RE-READ – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 🎧When She’s Ready by Ruby Dixon – REVIEW – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Giant Days Vol. 2 by John Allison – RTC – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Giant Days Vol. 3 by John Allison – RTC – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 🎧Balls Out by Avery Flynn – REVIEW – ⭐⭐⭐.5
  • Addicted After All by Krista and Becca Ritchie – RE-READ –  REVIEW – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Some Kind of Perfect by Krista and Becca Ritchie – RE-READ – REVIEW – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • The Mage-Born Anthology by Kayleigh Nicol – REVIEW – ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
  • From Lukov With Love by Mariana Zapata – RE-READ – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Operation Bailey Wedding by Piper Rayne – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • The Rogue King by Abigail Owens – REVIEW – ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
  • 🎧Smolder by Aly Martinez – RTC – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • That Second Chance by Meghan Quinn – RTC – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

2-3.5 Stars

  • 🎧Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick – RE-READ – RTC – ⭐⭐⭐ (BR w/ Jamsu)
  • Lumberjanes vol, 1: Beware of Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson – RTC – ⭐⭐⭐.5
  • Let Go by Allie Winters – REVIEW – ⭐⭐⭐.5
  • 🎧Tempt The Ex by Natasha Madsison – RTC – ⭐⭐⭐

1 Star

  • This Is Not A Love Scene by S.C. Megale – REVIEW – ⭐️


  • Bet Me To Stay by Candace Havens – DNF REVIEW
  • Again, But Better by Christine Riccio – DNF

I haven’t been blog hopping much this month, because I was high key on a roll with my reading game, and I’ve been busy trying to apartment/house hunt with my mom. But from what I have hopped to–here are some of the faves!

Music Wrap UpJuly has basically been the month of Ed Sheeran with a quick seasoning of Sam Smith…and I’m not even mad. As usual, here is a playlist of all the songs that have been on repeat for me this month!

  • Blow – Ed Sheeran ft. Chris Stapleton and Bruno Mars
  • Anima Album – Thom Yorke
  • How Do You Sleep – Sam Smith
  • No. 6 Collaborations Album – Ed Sheeran
  • Rescue Me – Marshmello, A Day To Remember
  • Call You Mine – The Chainsmokers ft. Bebe Rexha
  • On A Roll – Ashley O (Miley Cyrus)
  • Goodbye – Post Malone ft. Young Thug
  • Family Tree – Caylee Hammack
  • Raise a Hallelujah (Live) – Bethel Music

Film and TV Wrap Up


  • Anima (Netflix) – 🍿🍿🍿🍿🍿
  • Disney’s The Little Mermaid – RE-WATCH – 🍿🍿🍿🍿🍿
  • The Lion King (2019) – 🍿🍿🍿🍿.5
  • Rush Hour – RE-WATCH – 🍿🍿🍿🍿🍿
  • Rush Hour 3 – RE-WATCH – 🍿🍿🍿🍿🍿
  • Independence Day – RE-WATCH – 🍿🍿🍿🍿🍿
  • The Edge of Seventeen (Netflix) – 🍿🍿🍿
  • Roman Holiday (Starz) – 🍿🍿🍿.5
  • Sound of Music – RE-WATCH – 🍿🍿🍿🍿🍿


  • Songland (NBC)
  • The Bachelorette (ABC)
  • Good Omens (Amazon Prime) – Season 1
  • Buffy: The Vampire Slayer (Hulu) Season 2: Ep. 3-
  • Home Fires (Amazon Prime) Season 1-2
  • Love Island UK (Hulu)
  • Love Island USA (CBS)
  • Stranger Things (Netflix) Seasons 1-3
  • Fleabag (Amazon Prime) Season 1
  • Queer Eye (Netflix) Season 4: Ep. 1-3

How was your July? Let me know!


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  1. Kayla @ Books and Blends

    August 1, 2019 at 11:30 am

    Your reading in July is G O A L S!

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      August 3, 2019 at 4:46 pm


      1. Kayla @ Books and Blends

        August 5, 2019 at 12:25 pm

        haha! My level is a hot mess!

  2. Leelynn @ Sometimes Leelynn Reads

    August 1, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Where did you get the audiobook for Stalking Jack the Ripper!? I’ve been trying to find one on Scribd and it’s not there. Is it only on Audible? I wanted to do a reread basically lol.
    I’m so proud of you for everything that you’ve done in July. That is so many books to read in a month, especially since you said that your mental health was getting in the way. I felt the same way, and I’m so glad that you are still here to blog. I love your blog <3

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      August 3, 2019 at 4:45 pm

      I got it from my local library! The Libby app is a godsend honestly! And it is on Audible if you want to purchase it instead of borrow!
      I was honestly really shocked at how much I read this month, so low key impressed with myself lol. Thank you for your kind words! I’m glad we are both still blogging! <3

  3. danielle

    August 1, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    So proud and happy for your moving, congrats Sam!! I’m internally screaming at your DNF towards Again, But Better butitsokimfine!! ((I gave it 3 stars anyway lol but I had a hard time giving those 3 stars, if that makes sense?)) I’m glad you took some time off to take care of your mental health.

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      August 3, 2019 at 4:47 pm

      Thank you! Yeah I wasn’t vibing it at all, lol–my review of it is on GR if you want to read it!

      1. danielle

        August 5, 2019 at 11:48 am

        Yeah I’ll read it there, thanks!!

      2. danielle

        August 5, 2019 at 12:06 pm

        And I kinda went OFFF in my GR review, as well! Lol

  4. BrigidDowney

    August 1, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    Seems like it was an emotional month for everyone. I barely blogged this month so you are definitely not alone. Also, Stranger Things is amazing and CONGRATS ON THE APARTMENT!

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      August 3, 2019 at 4:47 pm

      THANK YOU! And oof to July being rough, here is to hoping that August is kinder to us both!

  5. readingbystarlightblog

    August 2, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    Considering your mental health you totally kicked butt this month! Look at how much you’ve accomplished! When I’m stuck in either a reading slump or a life slump it all basically goes down the drain. Hats off to you! I hope you have an easier August – happy reading! 😉

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      August 3, 2019 at 4:48 pm

      Thank you! And haha yeah I def thought that was going to be the case this month, but it seems I just stuffed my nose into more stories than usual!

  6. Camilla @ Reader in the Attic

    August 3, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    Omg Sam!
    First thing first: don’t you dare to drop this blog. Okay, you would break my heart. I know you can keep it up and remember you can always vent to me. Now that we have a new chat, that can’t be made of shitpost only.
    No yay for your mental health, but yay for all the reads. Also, a lot of good reads! And another yay for the apartment… all the stoves *laughs maniacally*

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      August 3, 2019 at 4:50 pm

      You. Are. A. Gem. <3 Honestly don't know what my life would be like without you cam! Thank you <3

  7. TheCaffeinatedReader

    August 3, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    YOU SLAYED THIS MONTH. I am so excited for you all moving <3 and for bookshelves! YAAAAAS. [Also, no matter what you decide, I am here and gonna love you and you're stuck with me, sucker.] I really think I need to reread Stalking Jack the Ripper because you and Kal love it and I trust you and Kal lol. I'm glad you read so many great books this month!

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      August 7, 2019 at 8:56 am

      I AM JUST TRYING TO GET ON YOUR LEVEL OF EPICNESS HALEY! <3 <3 <3 And you are stuck with me too just FYI 😉

  8. Clo @ Book Dragons

    August 7, 2019 at 10:48 am

    *squishy hugs* I adore you, love you and if you ever need to take a step back from Bookend Events for your mental health then you best damn well tell me missy. <3 (and I'm glad you're not leaving us *sniffs* I like your blog a lot) And whoooo look at all the books you read go you. Eeeeeek so happy you got the accepted for the apartment! <3 here's to a better August for your mental health love x

  9. Isabelle @ BookwyrmBites

    August 15, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    I’m so glad you had some great times and news to balance out the lows, congrats on the new apartment and all the reading you got through 🎉🎉🎉 I’m super behind on bloghopping so trying to keep these comments short, and also super late to say this, but I hope your August has been and continues to be a better month!

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      August 19, 2019 at 2:39 pm

      I feel that on the behind on bloghopping! no worries! Thanks for popping in! I hope your august is going 10/10 for you!

  10. Kal @ Reader Voracious

    August 23, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    Look at all the reading you got done last month, you are an icon! I am sorry July was such a roller coaster month, but I am glad you didn’t decide to give up on your amazing blog because wow, my life would be less awesome if you did. I hope August is better and YAY FOR NEW APARTMENT

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