Monthly Wrap-Up July // Sprinkles of Dreams

July Wrap-Up // In Which The Boy Who Lived Played a Pivotal Role

It’s August, and I’m (still) not ready for it to be.

July has been a really stressful month for me, and I had to deal with a lot of personal issues, which resulted in my absence in the blogosphere—and to be perfectly candid; neglecting my blog, but more than that, not (being able to) reply(ing) to all of your comments and tags, and keep up with all the blogs I follow, made me really anxious and … sad?

But what somewhat alleviated my anxiety and helped take my mind off of all that was immersing myself in my favorite childhood book series; Harry Potter. I finally finished my re-read marathon of all the books, and read most of the companion books as well, and fell in love with the series all over again. :’)

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Thank you all for the lovely messages and well wishes I received during my absence here, I was so touched, and I just love the book blogging community so much! 😭💗


Total score 📚: 26
Re-reads 📖: 1
Short Stories 📘: 4
Graphic Novels 🖌: 7
Poetry 🎨: –
Plays 🎭: 1
Audiobooks 🎧: 5
Buddy Reads 👭: 2

Avg. Rating ⭐: 2.75

Young Adult: 20
Adult: 2
Non-Fiction: 4


The Foxhole Court (All for the Game #1) by Nora Sakavic ⭐⭐½
The Raven King (All for the Game #2) by Nora Sakavic ⭐⭐⭐
The King’s Men (All for the Game #3) by Nora Sakavic ⭐⭐⭐½
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson 🎧 ¦ ⭐⭐⭐
Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi ⭐⭐


Pet (Captive Prince Short Stories #4) by C.S. Pacat 📘 ¦ ⭐⭐½
by Angela Saini 🎧 ¦ ⭐⭐⭐
Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Vol. 1 by CLAMP 🖌 ¦ ⭐⭐½
Wild Beauty
by Anna-Marie McLemore 👭 ¦ ⭐½
Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Vol. 2 by CLAMP 🖌 ¦ ⭐⭐⭐


The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang 👫 ¦ ⭐⭐⭐½
Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Vol. 3 by CLAMP 🖌 ¦ ⭐⭐⭐½
You Know Me Well
by Nina LaCour & David Levithan ⭐⭐⭐
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell 🎧 ¦ ⭐⭐
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang 🖌 ¦ ⭐⭐⭐


Fence #8 (Fence, #8) by C.S. Pacat & Johanna the Mad 🖌 ¦ ⭐⭐⭐
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami 🎧 ¦ ⭐⭐
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Hogwarts Library) by J.K. Rowling 🎧 ¦ ⭐⭐½
Quidditch Through the Ages (Hogwarts Library) by J.K. Rowling ⭐⭐⭐
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies by J.K. Rowling 📘 ¦ ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics, and Pesky Poltergeists by J.K. Rowling 📘 ¦ ⭐⭐⭐½
Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide by J.K. Rowling 📘 ¦ ⭐⭐½
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) by J.K. Rowling 📖 ¦ ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter #8) by John Tiffany, Jack Thorne, J.K. Rowling 🎭 ¦ ⭐½
Orange 1 (Orange #1) by Ichigo Takano 🖌 ¦ ⭐⭐


Orange 2 (Orange #2) by Ichigo Takano 🖌 ¦ ⭐⭐

86-2My Favorite Posts

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86-2Reviews I Posted

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86-2Posts I Loved

    • Mel talks about all the ways in which blogging has changed since she first started a blog, and I found it super insightful and interesting, especially since I’m a newbie blogger myself.
    • Abigail‘s discussion post on why she stopped reading every day (and why we should, too [maybe?]) made me reflect on my own reading habits.
    • Mel‘s blog post about her buddy reads warmed my heart for personal reasons, but I also simply adore the idea behind it. ☺️
    • Em, one of my absolute favorite book reviewers wrote a gorgeous review for a book that we are all dying to read (and love), Muse of Nightmares.
    • Elise wrote a blog post in which she talks about the books she hauled in June, and authors she met, and I was reminded, once again, of why I enjoy her blog so much.
    • Marie lets us in on her blogging secrets … in a way. 🤓

86-2Awards and Tags

As always, a million thank yous to everyone who nominated me for an award!! It always brings such a huge smile to my face.

Mystery Blogger Award The Sunshine Blogger Award Awesome Blogger Award // Sprinkles of Dreams

(I pinky promise that I fully intend on answering all the questions you guys asked me! ☺️)

Harry Potter Elder Wand Magic Netflix Book Tag ¦ WWW Wednesday

(How often) have you (re-)read the Harry Potter series?
What was your favorite book in July?
Which books are you planning on reading this month?

I hope you’re all having a wonderful August so far! 💗

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xx, Lily

51 thoughts on “July Wrap-Up // In Which The Boy Who Lived Played a Pivotal Role”

  1. I’ve re-read HP so many times, but I’ve been talking for about a month about how I want to do a re-read again (it’s been a while since I read all 7 books). I just need to make time….

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  2. I’m sorry you had a rough July…I get what you mean by feeling anxious when you can’t reply quickly enough and can’t post enough. It’s really tough. However, you’re an amazing blogger and I thought you posted QUITE a bit!!! If that’s you not posting enough, then you’re all good my friend 🙂

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  3. Awh, i love you so much! And… you had a great July, holy moly. Seeing that single issue Fence… I just read 1-4 in the bind up and I’m literary wanting to go buy all the single issues NOW! But I can’t wait to buddy read with you this August and forever and ever! Happy reading, love! 💖xx

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    1. 💖💖💖

      FENCE IS SO GOOD, I admire your self-restraint. (Also, a small voice of mine is screaming at you to buy them!!) Our buddy read is going to be amazing, I can feel it. 💛💛

      Happy reading to you as well, Mel! I hope your August is absolutely amazing. 🌷💫

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  4. lilyyyy your posts are always so pretty!!! 💞💞 I’m so sad you’ve had stress lately, but ilysm and u can always chat w me and I’M SO HAPPY U READ TFC!!!!! and also I agree w 2 stars for emergency contact, it was so disappointing for me kdjdjbab

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    1. Thank you so, so much, Mal!! 💓 You’re such a precious bean, I’m going to cry. 😭💘

      TFC’s characters are so lovable omg, I just wish I could have loved everything else more … and I did not see why everyone adored Emergency Contact at all, I’m so sorry you were disappointed as well. 😔

      I hope you’re having a great August!! 🌟

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    1. Also, I’m really interested that you gave quite low ratings to all the Foxhole Court stuff as I’ve seen so many opposite opinions about those recently! Also, The Poppy War is on my TBR so I’m fascinated that you only gave it 3.5 stars.

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      1. I really came to love the characters, but the writing and plot left something to be desired … I can totally see myself going “but I love the characters so much!! I’ll give it 5 stars, anyway!!” in a parallel universe (in which I’m less critical), though. 🙈

        The Poppy War was really good! I kept going back and forth between 3.5 and 4 stars, but while I thought the first part deserved four, I didn’t quite enjoy part two and three as much. I still think it’s a really good book, though! Just not entirely for me. I can’t wait to hear what you think, though, I hope you love it! 🙂

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  5. Oh Lily I am so sorry that July has been a difficult month for you – know that I am always here if you ever need to chat. I hope that August will be a much, much better month for you ❤
    I'm sorry you didn't love Emergency Contact, it is one of my favorites, but I feel like that book is either a hit of miss for a lot of people :/
    Thank you so, so much for sharing my post! ❤ I hope you'll have a lovely August, sending you love xxx

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    1. 😭💞

      I’ve noticed that, too! For me, I just couldn’t connect with the characters at all, which made it infinitely harder for me to like the book. 😦 I’m glad you loved it, though!!

      My pleasure! Honestly, I don’t even consciously seek out blog posts by specific bloggers, but I always end up picking one of yours, when I go through my liked posts, haha.

      Thank you so much!! I hope you’re having a wonderful time in England & your August is as lovely as you. 💓

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  6. Sorry you had a rough july!! ):

    I also gave Emergency Contact 2/5 stars. I wanted to love it but I just couldn’t connect with any of the characters.

    But I hope August is a fantastic month for you, dear. sending you all the best 💜

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    1. Thanks, Amber! 💗

      Same! Not connecting with (a) character(s) pretty much sets up for me not to like a book overall already, but then the story(line) itself didn’t appeal to me, either. I’m sorry it didn’t work out any better for you. 😔

      Thank you so much, I hope the same for you!! 💕


  7. I hope you’re feeling better now Lily:) I’m also re-reading the Harry Potter series this year, and buying the books as I go along reading them- such joy! I read a few books in July, but I enjoyed Geekerella, and the Tattooist of Auschwitz the most, out of all the books I read in July:) I have quite a few books lined up for August and I have already finished reading an amazing book called The Hazel Wood, which has become an Aug favourite so far:)

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    1. Ahh thank you, Prachi. ☺️💛

      YES, reading HP is always wonderful. :’) Oh, I’ve heard so much about both of these books! I’m glad you enjoyed them & ahh The Hazel Wood is super controversial, which is why I’ve been putting it off, but now I’m much more inclined to pick it up.

      I hope you’re having a great August, and are reading amazing books! 🌸

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  8. Happy August, Lily, I hope it’s much better for you than July!💓I loved seeing all the Harry Potter in this post, and I see you didn’t love The Cursed Child- I feel the same way! I’m sure the play is amazing, but I just didn’t enjoy reading it and felt disconnected from the characters.

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    1. I hope your August has been absolutely wonderful, Olivia!! 💗 And thank you so much, it was definitely a lot better than July!

      I love how we both always mention HP in our posts at least once!! 👭 Honestly, I’m still trying to erase The Cursed Child‘s existence from my mind. The characters were so OOC, I felt like someone who has read exactly None of the books wrote it … and I’m shocked that JKR would approve of it as the eighth book in the series.

      I’m sorry you didn’t have a better experience with it than I. 😦

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      1. Thank you so much! And good, I’m really glad to hear that. 🙂

        YES! The Harry Potter love will always be spread through our posts. XD Okay, same. I read it much more as a fanfiction, and I don’t want to believe that’s how it would actually be. I could rant on and on but it basically all sums up to this: nO that can’t have happened.

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  9. I love the aesthetic of this post.i know its off topic, but I love how much effort you put into making this post really good, visually.i love the way you have scores for the goals you achieve!i think its a motivating idea!great work girl! xx

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  10. Harry Potter is great for times when I don’t feel that great, have a stressful time or anything. It’s just a comfy sort of reading for me.
    The same with a few German series. They’re almost like home for me. And always help me getting better.

    A book I plan to read in August is Queen of Blood (got a review copy) and Monstress Vol 2. I loved the first Volume when I read it a few weeks ago!

    Also, the links you posted for other people’s posts were great! Found two new blogs to follow through that ☺️

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    1. Definitely!! And ahh, which German series are you thinking of? 💓

      Oh, that’s amazing, did you get a physical copy? I’ve read a little bit of Monstress, but I’m not sure if it’s for me. I hope you enjoy the second volume as much as the first, though! 🙂

      I’m so happy to hear that!! ❤

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      1. The Inkheart Series (and the wild chicks) by Cornelia Funke. Love her writing style and have read the Inkheart books so many times.

        I did! It was the second physical review copy I ever got and I was sooo excited (the German edition).
        It took a bit to get into Monstress for me but now it’s one of the few graphic novels that I really like. I especially love Kippa, the little fox. She is so adorable.
        But graphic novels are generally really difficult for me to really love, it’s just harder for me to connect I guess.

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        1. Ohh, I loved that series as a child! It’s so magical, and heartwarming, and wonderful. :’)

          That’s so cool, and I’m so happy for you! (Especially, because you’re a international blogger too, and we so rarely receive physical copies.) Did you request it? And if you’ve finished it by now, did you enjoy it?? ❤

          Yay, you're making me really excited about it, maybe I'll schedule it in-between a few other books I'm planning on reading. And I feel the same way! They're such a different reading experience.


  11. Wow, you read so many books! I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy Wild Beauty (I really enjoyed that one) or The Foxhole Court (I plan on reading that one next month). What did you dislike about them?

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    1. Wild Beauty was really heavy on the purple prose, and I just didn’t connect with any of the characters, or care about them, or the story at all. I was actually really hoping to love it, but it was hard to differentiate between metaphors and reality (though I’m not 100% certain that I’m not thinking of When the Moon Was Ours at this point.) I’d love to hear what you loved about it, though! 🙂

      And I actually did enjoy The Foxhole Court series! The writing is not the most, uh, brilliant, but the series improves with every book, and the characters are really the heart of the story, in my opinion. I hope you enjoy it!! 🙂

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      1. I just really loved the guy who washed up on the island and how he reacted around the women and never treated them harshly. I guess my standards are just really low for YA men but he just respected all of the women so much that it really made the book for me.

        Thank you, I’m hoping to read The Foxhole Court sometime next month but I’m trying not to get my hopes up because I know so many people love it and I don’t want to be disappointed!

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