Another month came, and another month gone. I don’t know how time manages to move so incredibly quickly, but I feel like I take a breath and suddenly I’m at the end of the year. I mean 2017 is half over!! I still feel like we just changed over the calendars from 2016!
Overall, June was a pretty great month for me, I’ve spent most of it relaxing and with friends. But I’ll get into the personal details later, first here’s all the bookish stuff
aka the stuff you actually want to read.
Books I Read
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1. Frostblood – 🌟🌟🌟🌟
This book had been on my TBR since the beginning of the year, and since I pulled it from my book jar, I decided to finally give it a go. Luckily I had tons of fun reading it, and I can’t wait for the sequel! Check out my full review here.
2. Mask of Shadows – 🌟🌟🌟 + 1/2
I got an eARC of this book through Netgalley and while there were several things I didn’t really like about it, I still enjoyed it as a whole. I definitely plan on reading the next book in the duology! Mask of Shadows releases on August 29th from Sourcebooks Fire, read my full review here.
3. Soulmated – 🌟🌟 + 1/2
I got a copy of this book for review, and although I really wanted to like it, I just didn’t. There’s way too much insta-love for my personal taste, and the plot is nearly non-existent. But there are definitely some redeeming qualities that I enjoyed. Look out for my full review to come soon!
4. We Were Liars – 🌟🌟🌟🌟
This book was that last-ditch effort to squeeze in one more read before the month ends. We Were Liars had been unread on my shelf for about a year, and with some encouragement from my friend Jordyn @ Jordz the Bibliophile, I decided to read it since it’s so short. As I expected to, I enjoyed this book a lot! The twist at the end is as crazy as people say, and the writing is so fluid and thought-provoking, it really struck me as a form of loose poetry. I probably won’t post a review for this one cause #lazy, but you can always check out my Goodreads for more of my thoughts!
Books I Hauled
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- Nyxia (eARC)
- Song of the Current (I read this an eARC of this a couple months ago and LOVED IT so I bought a hardcopy)
- The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding (eARC; I CAN’T BELIEVE I ACTUALLY GOT APPROVED FOR THIS)
- Girls Made of Snow and Glass (ARC; I won this in a giveaway, I’m so psyched to have it!!)
Around the Interwebs
Not too much to talk about in this category, but I did start taking photos for bookstagram again which I’m excited about! I tried out a new style with some different angles, and I’m hoping the inspiration sticks around for a while. OH!! And just yesterday I got the most insane news of the century – LEIGH FREAKING BARDUGO IS COMING ON HER LANGUAGE OF THORNS TOUR TO A BOOKSTORE LESS THAN 10 MINUTES FROM MY HOUSE!!!! When I opened the email from Fierce Reads I actually FLIPPED out in front of a group of my friends (who aren’t book people, so they thought I was crazy lol). I screamed and hollered and ran around then immediately FaceTimed Jordyn and continued to scream and holler like a nutty person. But I still just can’t believe it! My favorite author on the entire surface of this planet is going to be in a bookstore that I’ve been to probably a dozen times at least. Truthfully this store NEVER gets any YA authors, much less ones as popular as Leigh Bardugo, so this is actually a real dream come true for me!
I spent the majority of the month of June participating in a musical theater workshop! I’ve really been having a blast with my friends there, and becoming closer with everyone while performing songs from little-known musicals like, ehem, Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen *winky face*. This is partly why I haven’t had a huge abundance of time to read and blog, so hopefully after the workshop ends I can knock some serious books off my TBR and catch up on my GR challenge. Aside from all that, I’m
not so patiently waiting for scores to come back for the SAT that I took at the beginning of the month, along with my AP scores.
This month: 4 books read towards my goal of 40
Total: 17/40 (I’m slowly catching up!!)
This month: 1 book read towards my goal of 12 (We Were Liars)
Total: 4/12 (I’m…. sorta failing at this challenge)
Here’s everything I posted this month! Probably my best yet for blogging!
- How To Create the Perfect Reading Mood
- #ARCstravaganza: Mask of Shadows
- Mini-Reviews: Always and Forever, Lara Jean & Strange the Dreamer
- The Best Bookish Shops
- Diversity Spotlight Thursday #2
- Review: Frostblood
- Top Ten Tuesday: Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t
- Review: Mask of Shadows
In total: 2 discussion posts, 3 memes, and 4 reviews! Not a bad mix, if I do say so myself.
And that’s it for this month! Hopefully July will be just as good for the rest of you!