I am not sure what happened to July, but this month has flown by.

Unfortunately, July was not a great month for reading: First, one of my favourite bookish sites stopped working – well, it is still up but it is so slow that it is unusable – which meant that I had to spend quite a lot of time transferring posts and data to my blog and to LibraryThing.

Then I sank back into the reading slump I started in June.

So, yes, not a great time to tackle my Mt. TBR project. I managed to read a few books but nowhere near the number I wanted to read.

There is a positive spin on this, tho: Two of the books I read were fantastic 5* reads. These were The Oresteia by Aeschylus and The Weather in the Streets by Rosamond Lehmann. Both left me thinking about long after I finished the books. Both are books I hope to revisit in the future.

Also, I discovered a new independent bookshop not far from where I live, and it just re-opened a few days ago. I hope to visit it in person soon.

As far as the Mt. TBR Project is concerned, I still have not swapped any books for “book jokers” (see explanation at the end of the post), so my current 2020 Mt. TBR shelves look like this:

End of July Mt. TBR:

End of June Mt. TBR:

End of May Mt. TBR:

End of April Mt. TBR:

End of March Mt. TBR:

End of February Mt. TBR:

End of January Mt. TBR:

Start of 2020 Mt. TBR:

The Stats:

Books read this month: 10 (July)
Mt. TBR Books read this month: 2
DNFs this month: 1
Women / Men / Team*: 52% / 42% / 6%
% of original Mt. TBR read: 39.5%

Available swaps (not made yet): 28 (+4 from previous month)

(* – of all books read since 01 January 2020)

Link to the original Mt. TBR (2020) post.

Rules – same as previously – are that I picked a stack of physical books off my shelves at home which I would try to read over the course of the year. If I pick another (yet unread) physical book off my shelves, I get to take one off the Mt. TBR shelves and put it on the regular shelf – as a substitute. In a change from previous years, new purchases (physical books only) will not be added to the Mt. TBR shelves – I will track these separately.