July Review

Posted July 31, 2015 by Elizabeth in Month in Review/ 30 Comments

Month in Review 6It’s time for the July Review, hosted by Kathryn @ Book Date. I am also linking this post to the weekly memes Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Stacking the Shelves at Tynga’s Reviews.


I started using the Click to Tweet plug-in in some of my posts as well as Buffer and Co-Schedule to organize my social media posts and my traffic has definitely increased. It’s only been a couple of weeks; I’ve really got to give it at least six weeks to see if it really works. Plus, with summer my visits each day have gone down. At least that’s what I’m blaming it on, don’t want to think people are running away!

I also have been posting my reviews to KissinBlueKaren’s Read This! Round Up (fill out submissions by Sunday for Monday posting) and the Daily Mayo’s Lit Lover’s Link Up on Thursdays. I’ve seen more traffic on book reviews, but not many more comments.

I signed up for my first On the Same Page Secret Sister project which will run for six months. I got my Secret Sister’s name and blog and sent off a small gift. I’m excited for the surprises. Sign ups are closed for this round, but if you are interested in future swaps, read the description now so you can be prepared in January.


Karen has started a weekly discussion meme called Beyond the Books, where she gives participants fun topics in advance and you can link your posts up on Thursdays. It’s a great way to let other bloggers get to know you and mix it up so everything isn’t constantly literary.

Do you use either version of the Tweak Me theme from Nose Graze as your WordPress design? Do you admire a blog that uses this theme? Ashley is looking for Who Wears Tweak Me Best, and the winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card. You can nominate yourself or another blog and you can nominate as many as you like. Once she has the nominations there will be a voting period and you can only vote once.

Felicia from the Geeky Bloggers Book Blog is organizing posts for Love My Library Card Month in September. You can see everything they did last year on her Round-Up Post. She’s looking for guest posts, so if you are a library lover check it out.


Shannon from it Starts @ Midnight, Inge from Bookshelf Reflections and Kayla @ The Thousand Lives are planning a very important event in August. Shattering Stigmas will be focusing on mental illness in YA literature. They are planning reviews, author posts, games, giveaways, and some very personal posts. I worked with middle school students for 25 years and know that this is a huge issue, one more thing to make growing up even more difficult. Please visit them and fill out the anonymous survey to help them plan their activities. This is for everyone, even if you have no experience with YA literature or mental illness in yourself or others.



These were all good, even if I didn’t review them. I’d go nutty if I did these as well as the ARCs!

  • The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
  • First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen
  • Dead Man’s Island by Carolyn G. Hart
  • The Selection by Kiera Cass
  • Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave
  • The Elite by Kiera Cass



  • Don’t Get Me Wrong by Marianne Kavanagh (August release)
  • Broken Homes & Gardens by Rebecca Kelly (August 24 blog tour)
  • The Sisters of Versailles by Sally Christie (September 1 release)


Anything new with your blog in July? Did you meet your goals or participate in any fun features?


30 responses to “July Review

  1. Amy

    It sounds like a busy July for you! I know the feeling, lol. I’ve made so many changes to my blog this month (or it feels like it anyway). It’s really good that you’re getting more traffic on your reviews! Even if you’re not getting many comments yet, it’ll come. At least you know they’re being read more 😀
    I hope August goes well for you!
    Have a great month,
    Amy x

  2. I definitely notice it’s summer time as well, there are some visitors I haven’t seen in a while and also blogs where I see less posts because of summer. I have a plugin called Jetpack which I use for sharing my posts on facebook and google + and I really like it so far and how I don’t have to remind myself every day to share my posts. Twitter I do once a week on sunday and I schedule all the tweets for the week ahead as I want to word those myself.
    The Secret sister project sounds so fun. I might have to check it out once, although I am not sure if international readers can sign-up. I nominated my own blog for Ashley her tweak me theme contest, I love that theme! I hope you have a a great week!

  3. Wwo, Elizabeth, you seem to have signed up for a lot of reading challenges! And you’re doing so well, too 🙂 I have so much respect for people who do this. I can never seem to get organized enough to manage it!

    • All of my challenges are things that just fall into place based on my habits, so they ‘re really not “challenges” so much as categorizing and tracking my tracking.

  4. I’m doing my first post for Beyond the Books this week. Thanks for sharing this! You are doing really great on all your challenges. You’ve had a busy July and read a nice variety of books. I hope you have a great week!

  5. Your July was busy, buy, busy. Thanks for sharing all the blog news around the sphere. I recently added a plugin to share older posts and have seem an uptick in twitter followers and blog traffic.

    • I’ve been scheduling one old book review a week to tweet and sometimes a discussion. It’s good because I have to go back eventually and fix things up since I switched to WP, so this way I do my revisions and then schedule it to twitter and/or FB.

  6. I am SO freakin’ happy you visited me!! I LOVE the name of your blog!! You should change the name you comment with to “Elizabeth @ Evil Overlord Thoughts” – IMHO, it would get a form of your awesome blog name (your domain, namely) out there and recognizable. Right now, I just see Elizabeth when I troll other blogs. Plus, who doesn’t LOVE an Evil Overlord?!?!?!?!

    I completely missed Geeky and Ashley’s posts this week and I visit them!! Thanks for the heads up! I’m a horrible blog troller. Forgive me if I don’t get over here too often! And yes, I do use a lot of exclamation points, it is annoying, I know…

  7. I think I’m going to add Eight Hundred gRapes. Seen a lot of good reviews, including yours and it looks very nice.

    I should have done The Cloak and Dagger challenge, with all the mysteries I’ve been reading. sigh. Maybe next time.

  8. Keen to hear more about how the social media scheduling goes. I feel like I go to a bit of effort to tweet and FB and barely any of my visitors come from there!


    • Tried to comment on your blog, but got shut down by blogger, they seem to hate me and do this quite often. Anyhow, thanks for visiting and I hope you are enjoying Armada. Don’t worry about reading too slow, or not posting enough, do what works for you and don’t let GGOTP pressure you.

    • Tried to comment on your blog, but got shut down by blogger, they seem to hate me and do this quite often. Anyhow, thanks for visiting. I love the cover of Dream Strider, it’s very ethereally beautiful.

  9. WOW, you’ve had a busy month of July, Elizabeth! But it sounds like it was a very good one, too. I have been lazy blog-wise (not on my own, but visiting others) this past week, but I have a great excuse 😉 When I haven’t been at the beach with my daughter, I’ve been writing a paper. Not completely finished yet, but I still have 48 hours before I have to send it off…
    Have a fantastic weekend and happy reading.

  10. Congrats on your new design Elizabeth! Ashley’s products are great! I’m getting my UBB soon. I was going to wait for my birthday but I don’t think I can wit anymore 🙂

  11. You have had a busy reading month. I love how you keep up to date with what is going on around the book blogosphere. I need to read more library books if I am going to meet my challenge. I have now followed your example and am not reviewing all the books I read on my blog. Just a few lines on Goodreads is all I do especially if they are part of a challenge.

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