Hello, friends! Welcome to my latest recap, featuring me not reading that much (unfortunately), and also being very excited about July!!
First though, let’s talk about books!
I finished three books this month, which is very low for me, but it’s okay, because even though it’s summer, I was busy doing other important things. I’m definitely hoping to improve this number in July though!
Here are the books that I read in June:
I enjoyed all of these books, but The Art of Breaking Things was definitely my favorite! It was a five-star read for me (my first in a while) because it was just so powerful and beautiful.
(Content warnings: sexual abuse by an adult to a child (narrated and talked about after it happens); sexual content between teens (in some cases consensual, in others not); teen alcohol and drug use (not portrayed in a very positive light, but present in a large amount)
I didn’t make quite all of my allotted posting dates in June, but I’m feeling pretty good about the content that I put out this month.
Most Popular Posts from June:
- May ’19 Recap | Summer is Here!
- Phomemo Pocket Printer Review
- The Art of Breaking Things by Laura Sibson | A Powerful Look at Sexual Abuse and Its Impact (ARC Review)
- The Stranger Things Book Tag | Only 9 Days Until Season 3!!!
Favorite Posts from the Blogosphere:
I’m also feeling pretty good with how I’ve been doing with blog hopping! Being out of school has given me more time to read other people’s blogs, which I’m really happy about. Here are some of my favorite posts that I’ve read this month:
(Note that a few of these posts are from the end of May, but I read them in June, so I’m counting them!)
- Vicky wrote such an amazing discussion post titled, “So. Your Favorite Books Are Problematic. Now What?“
- I read so many fantastic Pride Month posts! Madeline @ Twirling Pages, May @ Forever and Everly, and Olivia @ Purely Olivia posted their Pride tbrs. May @ Forever and Everly also wrote about intersectional recommendations for Pride Month, CW @ The Quiet Pond shared a post for the YARC challenge about books with main characters who are LGBTQ+ and Asian, and Shealea @ Shut Up Shealea shared a list of underrated LGBTQ+ books.
- The time has come for the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag! I read and loved posts from Ilsa @ A Whisper of Ink, Olivia @ Purely Olivia, Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books, May @ Forever and Everly, and Cait @ Paper Fury.
- Alexandra @ Twirling Pages wrote a guide to spring cleaning that was SO helpful and I’ve bookmarked it to use when I have time to clean.
- CW @ The Quiet Pond shared a fantastic resource for how to write book reviews.
- Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads reviewed Fake It Till You Break It, and her review echoed a lot of the thoughts that I had while reading it.
- Olivia @ Purely Olivia mini reviewed six YA novels, including two of my faves, Radio Silence and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.
- Priscilla @ Twirling Pages spent a day without a phone, which is definitely something I want to try!
- Alexandra @ Twirling Pages shared her haul from Book Expo and Book Con, which was super fun to read. Hopefully I’ll make it to Book Con someday!
- May @ Forever and Everly announced that they’re hosting the Book Blogger Awards this year, and I’m so excited to participate! May also wrote a really great post offering up blogging advice.
- Three of my favorite bloggers who haven’t posted in a while published posts in June, which made me really happy! Emma @ Emma Reads posted a massive four-month wrap-up, complete with her signature hilarious-ness, Jill @ Book Nerd Reads shared her summer reading goals, and Lily @ Sprinkles of Dreams, aka like the sweetest human ever, posted a new ‘Bookish Chat with Lily.’
- Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads and CW @ The Quiet Pond hosted an #OwnVoices blog tour for the Hungry Hearts anthology. I loved all the reviews that I read from the tour, but I especially enjoyed Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks‘s review of Sandhya Menon’s short story, and I also LOVED CW’s super-impressive food crawl, in which she went out and ate a bunch of the food featured in the anthology!
- The Reading Rush (formerly known as Booktubeathon) has unveiled a website (with badges!! so excited!) and the reading challenges for this year’s readathon!
- Suzanne Collins is writing a Hunger Games prequel!!
- The cover has been revealed for the upcoming Keeper of the Lost Cities book, Legacy. (This happened in May, but I didn’t know until this month and I’m SO EXCITED for this book!)
- The Fever King is being made into a webcomic! (Read my review of the original novel here.)
Glee | I’m still making my way through Glee (I’m almost done season three as I’m writing this), and I’m still loving it. I’ve also been listening to the songs a lot on Spotify and I need help because my Glee playlist has 89 songs on it and I’ve only added songs from episodes that I’ve watched…
Doom Days | Bastille’s new album that just released!
Unicorn Gelati from Rita’s | I’ve been babysitting my neighbor, who’s really cute and also REALLY into Rita’s, so I went there with her a few times. She made me try their new flavor called Unicorn, which turned out to be super good! I got it as a gelati with these fancy matching sprinkles on top and it was just SO GOOD.
June was busy for me, but a lot of good things happened! I worked a bunch (babysitting + camp counselor-ing), which was exhausting but also fun, and helpful because I earned money.
I also went on a weekend trip with my mom to a tiny house, which was incredibly fun and relaxing! I LOVE tiny houses (I’ve watched a lot of tiny house shows on HGTV), and getting to actually be in one was basically a dream come true. (Thank you, Mom and Dad!!)
As for the “something really exciting” that I mentioned in the title of this post (which you may already know about from my most recent blog post, a list of some new travel bullet journal spreads), I spent some of June getting ready for a trip to India!! I’m going with a family I babysit, and I am SO EXCITED. You can expect some more posts relating to that in the future, for sure.
Goals from June:
- Schedule blog posts in advance ❌ Didn’t do much pre-writing this month, unfortunately…
- Use my phone less ✔❌ I think I did ok with this!
- Organize my clothes ❌
- Post to Instagram at least once a week ✔❌ I only missed one week, which was pretty good!
- Work on writing ❌
- Do an art project ✔
- Read 9+ books ❌ Ha. Ha. Ha. Not even close.
- Catch up on blog hopping ✔
Goals for July:
I’m not going to make a whole lot of goals for July, because I’ll mostly be focusing on the fact that I’ll be traveling for most of it (!!), but here are a few:
- Schedule posts before I go away
- Read 9+ books
- Be helpful with the babysitting side of my trip, but also have an amazing time and ask for help if I need it
- Participate in the Reading Rush readathon
I hope you had an amazing June! Let’s chat in the comments—what were the highlights of June for you? Did you read any more good books? What’s your favorite Glee season/episode? Have any of you been to India before? Any thoughts about the Unicorn flavor at Rita’s?