Green was the silence, wet was the light,– Pablo Neruda, “Sonnet XL”
the month of June trembled like a butterfly …
So I didn’t end up doing a 30-day challenge in June
disappointed but not surprised tbh, but I did get to spend time with my family and practice creative hobbies while I was home! I’ve also done a lot of work on my blog — from the usual hopping and writing posts, to working on branding and site design (mostly brainstorming and drafting, nothing really visible to y’all … yet), to cleaning up my Goodreads shelves — and gotten ahead on ARCs, so it’s been a fairly productive month, all told.
And at this point I’ve been living “on my own” — I have housemates, but my room is a single and I bear sole responsibility for my own meals and share of rent — for less than a week, but it feels like a lot longer. Adulting is hard, y’all. (And expensive.)
- In Pokemon Go, I battled in my first EX Raid and caught a Deoxys. Later in the month, I also picked up a shiny Kyogre and a shiny Raikou in Legendary raids.
- I discovered and have been practicing a heartbreakingly gorgeous Infinity War-inspired piano arrangement of the Avengers theme. (Or, well, I was; there’s no piano where I’m currently living.)
- I managed to clear out my bloghopping backlog! Though I make no promises about staying on top of it from here on out, because I know myself better than that.
- I also managed to prewrite and schedule quite a few posts for July! Hopefully I’ll make some headway into August as well, so that I can switch focus to blog maintenance / improvement projects … and real-life commitments, I guess. Those exist too.
My Best June Posts
- GYST Days
- An Open Letter to My Younger, Questioning Self
- I Made Character Aesthetics for the Circle of Magic
Other Awesome June Posts
- Clo @ Book Dragons + Sam @ Fictionally Sam: Bookending Summer 2019 Announcement
- CW @ The Quiet Pond: Thank You, But Please Don’t Call Me ‘Talented’
- Jamsu @ Jamsu Dreams: Why I Struggle Writing Reviews to Books I’ve Read in Finnish
- Jayati @ It’s Just A Coffee Addicted Bibliophile: How to Inspire Yourself to Write
- Destiny @ Howling Libraries: Let’s Have a Chat … About ARC Bans!
- Lauren @ Northern Plunder: How to Feel Prepared for YALC and Create a TBR
- Annie @ Blossoms and Bullet Journals: My Top 25 Most Anticipated Diverse Book Releases for the Second Half of 2019!
- Charvi @ Not Just Fiction: How A Bookdragon Is Born
- Haley @ The Caffeinated Reader: How to Email A Book Blogger
Clicking on the titles below will take you to the book’s Goodreads page; clicking on the flames (which indicate my rating out of 5) will take you to my review. Books marked as [ARC] were received as Advance Review Copies; [RC] indicates a post-release review copy.
20 total, 3.70 average rating
- The Lost Letters of William Woolf by Helen Cullen [ARC] | 🔥🔥🔥 1/2
- The Paper Wasp by Lauren Acampora [ARC] | 🔥🔥 1/2
- The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 1: Apocalypse Suite by Gerard Way & Gabriel Bá | 🔥🔥🔥 1/2
- The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 2: Dallas by Gerard Way & Gabriel Bá | 🔥🔥 1/2
- The Long Way to A Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) by Becky Chambers | 🔥🔥🔥🔥 1/2
- The Princess Bride by William Goldman | 🔥🔥🔥🔥
- I Am the Storm (The Psionics #1) by Tash McAdam [RC] | 🔥🔥🔥 1/2
- The Odd 1s Out: How to Be Cool and Other Things I Definitely Learned From Growing Up by James Rallison | 🔥🔥🔥🔥
- Ignite the Stars (Ignite the Stars #1) by Maura Milan [reread] | 🔥🔥🔥🔥 1/2
- Eclipse the Skies (Ignite the Stars #2) by Maura Milan [ARC] | 🔥🔥🔥🔥
- To Make Monsters Out of Girls by Amanda Lovelace | 🔥🔥🔥🔥
- Uncomfortable Labels: My Life as a Gay Autistic Trans Woman by Laura Kate Dale [ARC] | 🔥🔥🔥🔥
- Shiny Broken Pieces (Tiny Pretty Things #2) by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton | 🔥🔥🔥 1/2
- A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers #2) by Becky Chambers | 🔥🔥🔥🔥
- Record of a Spaceborn Few (Wayfarers #3) by Becky Chambers | 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
- Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata | 🔥🔥🔥🔥
- The Wicked King (Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black | 🔥🔥🔥🔥 1/2
- Spin the Dawn (Blood of Stars #1) by Elizabeth Lim [ARC; Blog Tour] | 🔥🔥🔥🔥
- Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann | 🔥🔥🔥 1/2
Top read of the month: Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers
- The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon (Buddy read with Jayati & Haley!)
- They Are The Tide (The Psionics #3) by Tash McAdam [ARC]
- Jade War (The Green Bone Saga #2) by Fonda Lee [ARC]
ARCs I Have
- July 9 – Spin the Dawn (Blood of Stars #1) by Elizabeth Lim | 🔥🔥🔥🔥
- July 16 – Please Send Help by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin | DNF
- July 16 – The Phantom Forest by Liz Kerin | DNF
- July 18 – Uncomfortable Labels: My Life as a Gay Autistic Trans Woman by Laura Kate Dale | 🔥🔥🔥🔥
- July 23 – Jade War (The Green Bone Saga #2) by Fonda Lee | 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Waiting for Release Day
- July 2 – Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia, illustrated by Gabriel Picolo
- July 2 – Symptoms of a Heartbreak by Sona Charaipotra
- July 9 – Wilder Girls by Rory Power
- July 30 – Shatter the Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells
- July 30 – How to Hack a Heartbreak by Kristin Rockaway
In case you missed it, Bookending Summer is next month — and ya girl is going to be one of the hosts! There are lots of great prompts lined up, so make sure to check it out and sign up if you haven’t already; it’s gonna be a great time.
Also (continuing) next month, May @ Forever and Everly is hosting the 2019 Book Blogger Awards! Don’t forget to submit your nominations by July 20th and to vote for all your favorite bloggers 💕
Also also in July is Camp NaNoWriMo; I’m all settled into my virtual cabin with my chosen plot bunny and I’m ready to pants the crap out of this WIP. (Wait, that came out weird.) I talked more about my goals and mindset for this session in the post linked just a few lines ago, so if you’re curious you can go check that out.
Now that I’m back at school (or, well, living near school) my main focus is on getting work and/or research experience before my first semester as a professional pharmacy student. I’ll admit, I’ve felt like I’m behind since a lot of my friends — and my other classmates too, but I care less about what they’re doing or what they think of me — are overachievers who already have been working in a lab and/or retail pharmacy, but hey, it’s not a race. And I’ve still got two full months of summer break.
In contrast to my relaxed June, my mental state going into July is a little more frantic since there’s so much to do. However, I’ve recently done some reorganizing of my life — both my physical space and my planning systems — which helps a lot; I’m working towards a “yeah, I’m gonna be busy, but I am determined to thrive” kind of mindset.
What’s the best book you read in June? Did you read any of this month’s releases, or ARCs of July/August releases? Do you have any special plans or goals for July?