July 2018 Monthly Round-Up

July 2018 Monthly Round-Up


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My July reading was great…but, oddly enough, not because of books actually published in July. I read a couple of August releases this month that were fantastic…and a couple books that have been on my TBR since earlier this year.

I read 9 books this month…a lot for me! I finished a couple books I’d been reading over a longer period of time and also finally had some good reading time. It feels great to be back in the groove!




Best-Selling Book (via my affiliate links)

The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir (my review) – thrilled to see lots of readers are putting this one in their beach bags!


July Quality and Recommendation Sources

Reading Quality

July 2018

  • % Successful Books Attempted (includes DNF’s) = 67% (above my 43% success rate from 2017)
  • % Successful Books Finished (does not include DNFs) = 89%

2018 Year-to-Date (through July)

  • % Successful Books Attempted (includes DNF’s) = 58% (above my 43% success rate from 2017)
  • % Successful Books Finished (does not include DNFs) = 84%

Successful Recommendation Sources

If you’re interested in tracking these types of stats, my “Rock Your Reading” Tracker does all the heavy lifting for you! Enter your book details and it automatically compiles everything into Summary Charts in real time! Go here for more details.

August Releases I’m Excited About

The Distance Home by Paula Saunders (August 7)
Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (August 14)
The Line That Held Us by David Joy (August 14)

Ohio by Stephen Markley (August 21)

Most Popular Posts

Posts Actually Published in July
The Ultimate Guide to Celebrity Book Clubs
Book of the Month July 2018 Selections: What Book Should You Choose?

What I’m Reading Now (7/16/18)

Overall Posts
Best Books of 2018 So Far
Am I the Only One Who Didn’t Love Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine?
Book Club Recommendations

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  1. Sue DePuy wrote:

    The Sound of Gravel was our book club pick for June. What an interesting read. Always like to see what books you’re recommending.

    Posted 8.3.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Thank you!

      Posted 8.8.18 Reply
  2. What a nice mix of books!

    Posted 8.3.18 Reply
  3. renee wrote:

    You’ve got a lot of successful recommendation sources! I loved The Banker’s Wife and just picked up Calypso from the library. I’ve never read Sedaris but have wanted to give him a try and that seems like a favorite of so many readers. You’ve got me very interested in Where the Crawdads Sing, must get to that soon!

    Posted 8.3.18 Reply
  4. Definitely adding a few of these to my list! I read Give Me Your Hand this month and absolutely loved it! Definitely makes up for feeling just okay about her last book.

    Posted 8.3.18 Reply
  5. I liked The Sound of Gravel, too. I guess I need to read the Crawdad book. I’ve seen it everywhere recently. Happy August!

    Posted 8.3.18 Reply
  6. You had a very successful month, for sure! I guess I need to read the post about Litsy. I’ve completely stopped using it. I never felt like it drove any traffic and I just began to see it as “one more thing” I needed to find time for.

    Posted 8.3.18 Reply
    • Just went there…dah! I read it wrong, It’s about Libby! I do use Libby!

      Posted 8.3.18 Reply
      • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

        Ha – should’ve scrolled down before I responded to your comment!

        Posted 8.8.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Did you mean Litsy or Libby? I’ve totally stopped using Litsy as well…redundant to IG. But, the Libby app is what the post was about and it’s a library app. Can use in place of Overdrive.

      Posted 8.8.18 Reply
  7. Michaela wrote:

    I am SO glad you loved I Am I Am I Am! Easily my favorite book of the year so far!

    Posted 8.3.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:


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  8. Allison wrote:

    Thank you for the link! I definitely need to read I Am I Am I Am and Calypso. I’m trying again with audio, and both might be good candidates 🙂
    Have a great weekend!

    Posted 8.3.18 Reply
  9. Torrie wrote:

    These monthly round-ups are so impressive in how thorough they are! I’ve gotta say, I kind of love that I’m not the only nerdy weirdo out there who loves tracking reading almost as much as I love reading itself, ha ha. Keep ’em coming!

    Posted 8.3.18 Reply
  10. Looks like a great month! I need to read the Maggie Farrell book soon, everyone I’ve seen said it’s great and it seems up my alley.

    Posted 8.4.18 Reply
  11. Lisa wrote:

    I wondered how Incendiaries would play out after the hype died down. Great list and very helpful.

    Posted 8.4.18 Reply
  12. Diane D wrote:

    Looking forward to trying Calypso and Fruit of the Drunken Tree. I tried The Banker’s Wife and thought it was just okay. I did enjoy, I Am, I Am, I Am. Have a good week Sarah.

    Posted 8.5.18 Reply
  13. I didn’t know you found out about the Maggie O’Farrell from me (and others); I’m so glad you ended up enjoying it, and I hope you’ll like her fiction too when you try it.

    Posted 8.7.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      I did! I think on Instagram? Or maybe Goodreads?

      Posted 8.8.18 Reply

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