July 2018 Wrap-Up

I’ve decided to do a monthly wrap-up post each month to see how I’m doing on my blog and what’s going on in my personal life. I plan to link-up to a couple of blogs that host wrap-ups and reviews of their months. The Month in Review is hosted at The Book Date, and the Monthly Wrap-up Round-up is hosted by Feed Your Fiction Addiction.

Personal life

A very busy month!

TV & Movies

We’ve watched episodes of The Great British Baking Show, The Indian Detective, Death in Paradise, Father Brown and DCI Banks during July. I especially like the baking show. It’s so fun to watch the challenges the bakers have to complete.

Yard & Garden

July started out with flash floods in Des Moines (one man lost his life when he was swept away from his car) and many people were stranded in cars plus lots of houses and basements were flooded. The rest of the month has been mostly dry and our lawn is brown. We’ve also had some weather in the 90’s so we’ve watered our young trees and new plants to keep them going.


As I mentioned in my June Wrap-Up my daughter has moved to Indiana for a new job with her company. At the beginning of July I went with her to help get her settled, explore the area and to look at houses with her. She sold her house here in Des Moines the same day it went on the market and she found a house in Indianapolis in July. She should close on it by the middle of August. Negotiations have been stressful since she’s been gone from Indianapolis a lot of July (household goods being packed, a family vacation and a conference for her job). That made communications difficult at times. However, I think she’s on track now and due to get back to Indianapolis by the first Monday of August.

A birthday party at Mt. Rainier National Park

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My sister-in-law lives in Seattle with her family and last summer invited the whole family to Mt. Rainier National Park for a birthday celebration this year. My husband and I plus our two daughters were there. Our son stayed in Iowa and took care of our dogs and cats! We stayed at the historic Paradise Inn–built around 1917–for two nights. The rooms were small and the bathrooms were down the hall, but the inn–especially the lobby was amazing with rustic wood furniture built on-site about 100 years ago. We hiked in steep terrain and saw beautiful views. Even though the “easy” hikes were hard sometimes because of the steepness of the trails we all took part in the hikes we could manage. It was a beautiful, fun and wonderful family time.

Blog life

Books read during July

Books reviewed

I reviewed a few more books in July, but still have a lot to review. I’m working to get more reviewed in August.


The Sinister Pig by Tony Hillerman (ebook, purchased) — A-

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse (ebook, purchased) — B+

Mini Reviews

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (audiobook/library) — A

A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn (Ebook, library) — B-

Evan Help Us by Rhys Bowen (audiobook, purchased) — B

A Dragon of a Different Color by Rachel Aaron (Ebook, Kindle Unlimited) — B+

My Challenges update

Goodreads Challenge

Goal–90 books read

I’ve read 59 books toward my goal. I’m not as far ahead in my goal as I was last month, but still I’m 6 books ahead.

Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge

Goal–read 26-35 mysteries 

I’ve read 29 mysteries so far, but have only reviewed 9 of those mysteries so far.

Discussion Challenge

Goal — 1 -10 discussion posts

I haven’t written any discussion posts yet. I have a couple started so I hope to get one done real soon now!

POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

Goal — 40 prompts to the challenge

I’ve read 10 books which match the prompts.

Swords & Stars Reading Challenge

Goal — 20 prompts for the challenge

I’ve read and reviewed 6 books which match this challenge.

What was the month like for you?