Monthly Review – July

Monthly Review – July

July

July was an exceptionally busy month for me. I went on holiday, twice, and the kids broke up for their six weeks holiday from school.

I love the school holiday as I get to stay in bed slightly longer in the morning, and I get to spend some quality time with my boys, without the worry of making sure that they have done their homework, sorted their uniforms, pack lunches out for morning, etc.

So this month my first holiday was to New York, just me and the hubby. First time we have been away without the kids, except for our one night honeymoon stay in Windermere, as we got married when the eldest was six.

me and steve

Whilst in New York I tried to see as many book related places and items around the city as I could, alongside all the usual touristy things such as the Empire States Building, Liberty Island, Top of the Rock etc.

Our first stop was to Central Park. In the park they have statues and monuments of book characters, and authors. They also have a garden dedicated to Shakespeare.

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen

The Tempest

The Tempest

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

I also visited my first Barnes and Noble book shop (sorry the picture isn’t great), New York Public library and the National History Museum (where Night at the Museum was filmed) – I know not book related, but I like that film, picture is of the T-rex which is feature in the movie.

Barnes and Noble

Trex

Our second holiday was to the serene, picturesque Whinfell Center Parcs in Penrith, Lake District. Center Parcs is a family favourite destination, one that we try to visit at least once a year and partake in lots of fun activities – this year me and the youngest did ‘Tree Trekking’, we are both on the picture below, but you may have to squint to see me in the distance. Just a good job I’m not afraid of heights!

Tree Trekking

Back to the blog – Between myself and the team we read and reviewed 26 books, not as impressive as last month, but still a good amount.

There were also three cover reveals for authors Rachael Richey, JT Lawrence and K.A Kerr.

 

Three guest posts with authors Victor Catano, Kate Hewitt and Ed Duncan, who all gave an insight into their writing career. Alongside four blog tours, some which included giveaways.

Not forgetting our weekly author interviews ‘The Writing Life of:’ where this month we met the fabulous authors:-

Over on our social media accounts, we now have over 7,000 followers on our Twitter page, which you kind find @storywhispers I would like to say a big THANK YOU to each and everyone of our follows, you are truly appreciated.

We also announced the winner of our Facebook competition who won a fab holiday book bundle. The winner was Joanne Gaylor who was exceptionally pleased with her prize.

 

I never stop being excited when new book post arrives through my letter box, and this month the postman has had his work cut out.
My favourite three books I received in July are, ‘Curious Minds’ by Janet Evanovich and Phoeff Sutton, which will be released on the 16th August. ‘After Alice’ by Gregory Maguire, which was released on the 5th July and after a few years wait, Eowyn Ivey (The Snow Child), has a new book out on the 2nd August, and I just happened to get my hands on a copy of it – yay.

Well I think that I will leave you in peace to enjoy the rest of your day. Here’s to a happy, healthy and sunny August (hopefully), and I look forward to sharing all our reviews, interviews, guest posts and giveaways with you next month.

Take Care everyone.

Stacey

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