Hi all, and happy Sunday!
I think that in nearly every single wrap-up of mine, I’m always surprised that another month has just flown by. But honestly, I really don’t know how we’ve already gotten to July. I feel like, before I even know it, it’ll be 2020.
I hope that June has been an incredible month for you and that July will prove to be even better. Personally, June wasn’t all too fantastic for me. Life happened and my mental health seemed to take a small dip, but for now, I’m just taking it one day at a time (and it’s going well so far!).
Seeing as June was a strange month, I wasn’t exactly able to blog as much as I had originally wanted to. But, I did read some incredible books, fell in love with a new podcast, and had some UNREAL experiences.
June was SUCH a successful month of reading for me—the most successful of the year so far! Not to mention, some of the books I did read stole my heart.
Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs-★★★★★. I honestly had a lot of fun with Library of Souls. I almost always never knew what was happening, but I was always so intrigued to learn what exactly that was. AND THAT ENDING. Talk about a climax. Also, let it be known that I still love Millard with my whole heart (even though I’m pretty sure that that’s never been questioned).
A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs-★★★★☆. I FINISHED THE MISS. PEREGRINE SERIES (!!!!!!). Much like all of the other books, I easily fell in love with A Map of Days. There were a few things that threw me off that I don’t want to mention here because of spoilers, but let’s PLEASE chat about it if you have read them! Ransom Riggs just truly knows how to tell a story, and A Map of Days is no exception. I would also like to mention that in the middle of reading this fourth book, a fifth installment was announced??? I need it in my hands right now????
My First New York by New York Magazine-★★★☆☆. This time last year, I was still living right in the heart of Manhattan and loving every minute of it, so it’s fair to say that I’ve been feeling a bit nostalgic about last summer. And, on a totally different trip to New York, I picked up this book from the public library and finally gave it a go this year. It’s basically a collection of very short essays from notable people, detailing their first impressions of New York. Some of the stories were wonderful and others weren’t my favorite, but it was definitely super satisfying to almost relive my first New York.
The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo-★★★★☆. I finally, FINALLY read this book. I was actually able to go to an event for The Language of Thorns during the tour when it first came out, but I hadn’t picked it up until now, and now that I have, I’m just even more in love with her writing. The illustrations were nothing short of incredible, and each story so obviously reflected a moral that was important to the culture in which the tale originated.
What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera-★★★★★. By this point of the month, I was feeling pretty down and needed a quick pick-me-up, and honestly that’s the perfect job for Ben and Arthur. I first read What If It’s Us last year, and it was equally as good this time around. But, you can read my full review here!
Naturally Tan by Tan France-★★★★☆. I honestly spend a good majority of my time in the Target book section, and it was there that I found a signed copy of Naturally Tan. I repeat, a SIGNED COPY. I think what I enjoyed the most about Naturally Tan was the fact that Tan’s voice was so prominent; I could actually hear him telling me these stories himself. I was also super intrigued by his childhood, how he grew up, and how he turned into the person he is today. Not to mention, he included details of his Queer Eye audition and how he met the rest of the Fab 5, and it’s positively adorable.
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera-★★★☆☆. Adam Silvera always seems able to rip my heart out with every word he writes, but I found a little bit of difficulty in fully being immersed in More Happy Than Not. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed the story and thought that the plot was intriguing, but I just couldn’t fall in love with Aaron. And not being able to fall in love with the main character or narrator really affects my ability to become super immersed in a book.
Normal People by Sally Rooney-★★★☆☆. You guys, I had such high hopes for this book! I kept seeing the gorgeous cover all over the internet, and it seemed like everyone was talking about it. Sadly, it fell short for me. The story itself was beautifully realistic, and I think a lot of people can relate to it. But, again, I was completely unable to relate to either of the main characters, so I couldn’t fully enjoy their story.
Currently reading: 11/22/63 by Stephen King. It’s been nearly a year since I read my first Stephen King novel, and after reading that one, I immediately added 11/22/63 to my TBR. I AM SO BEYOND HAPPY THAT I FINALLY PICKED IT UP. There’s so much time travel happening and side plots that you end up caring about more than you expect to. Not to mention, there’s a lovely little detour in small-town Derry, Maine (have you heard of it??) that had me absolutely reeling. I’m just shy of halfway through this monster of a book, and I’m excited to get back to reading as soon as this post is up.
Blackout. Okay, so I wouldn’t typically deem myself as a “podcast person,” but a friend of mine suggested Blackout to me because it’s narrated by Rami Malek. (UM. YES PLEASE; SIGN ME UP.) Blackout is essentially a fictional apocalyptic podcast that takes place in a small town that is affected by an almost-nationwide, you guessed it, blackout. Unfortunately, there’s only been one season released so far, and I finished it within two days. The storyline is SO intriguing, and the sound quality of the podcast itself is actually insane. tw: this podcast includes violence, gunshots, airplane accidents, and other anxiety-inducing apocalyptic elements.
Stranger Things. *insert me excitedly screaming here.* I cannot believe that the new Stranger Things season is premiering this Thursday. I’m both entirely ready and terrifyingly underprepared. But, to fool myself into thinking I’m somewhat prepared, I’ve been rewatching both season 1 and season 2 this month. Netflix tweeted on a specific day that if you started on episode one and did one episode a day after that, you would finish both seasons right in time with the new season. So, that’s what I’ve been doing, and it’s crazy that even though I’ve seen all the episodes before, I’m always looking forward to the next.
Anastasia. I WON LOTTERY TICKETS TO SEE ANASTASIA???? At this point, from how much I’ve heard about ticket lotteries, I enter them as a pipe dream. I never really expected to win, but I can promise you that I almost dropped my phone when I got an email telling me to claim my winning tickets. I really don’t know that there’s a better word to describe Anastasia as magical? The costumes were from another world, and the whole show made me wish that I had even an ounce of talent that these Broadway actors have. I also got to see “My Petersburg “performed live by my love Dmitry, and that’s all I’ve ever wanted.
Hugh Jackman: The Man. The Music. The Show. Just last week I went to Hugh Jackman’s tour! Between Hugh Jackman’s charming and witty stories and his talent of performing Broadway songs, I think I actually died. He sang a bunch of show tunes like songs from The Greatest Showman, one from Les Mis, and even one from Dear Evan Hansen (R.I.P. to me). Much like Anastasia, I’m having a lot of difficulty finding the right words for this experience. If you have the chance to see this tour and you like Broadway, I couldn’t reccomend it enough!
P.S. I didn’t know how much I needed to see Hugh Jackman tap dancing to a compilation of 80s songs, but I definitely needed it.
Like I said in the very beginning of this wrap-up, June was not a great month blogging wise. I was only able to post a total of five times, one of which was may May Wrap-Up. And, the other posts were all tags—no reviews, no discussions, no original content. Although, I will admit that I’m excited to see what July brings for my blog because I am really hoping to post more often. (Thank you for sticking around. ❤️)
- A Monthly Wrap-Up: May 2019
- The Perfect Book Tag || just another excuse to gush about Alexandra Bracken
- The Liebster Award (!!!!)
- The Stranger Things Book Tag || I think I’m going to spontaneously combust because of how excited I am for season 3
- Book Blogging Firsts Tag || a walk down memory lane
Whenever I’m in a blogging funk, I feel even more grateful to have found the blogs that I have because they all post incredible content that keeps me feeling inspired.
Xandra at Starry Sky Books shared an awesome discussion post about what makes a YA book YA. (as someone who fell in love with books because of YA stories, I SUPER appreciated this because the line deciding what is YA and what isn’t is VERY unclear.)
Malka at Paper Procrastinators discussed why she cares about stats and how looking at her stats further makes her a part of the book blogging community.
Nyx from Drizzle & Hurricane Books talked about the different reasons to fall in love with a book character, all of which I could 100% relate to.
Kaya at A Fictional Bookworm opened up a really interesting discourse on the controversial topic of book influencers and if they should be paid for the content they create and the work they do.
Haley from The Caffeinated Reader offered ways in which you should email a book blogger, including what to do and what not to do.
Sarah at Written Word Worlds shared her favorite queer books of 2019 so far, and I don’t know about you but I’m excited to add all of these titles to my TBR.
Olivia from Purely Olivia posted her thoughts on the pros and cons of a having a blogging niche. (I really loved this post because I often fear posting something about, or not posting about something, affects the overall perception of “me.”)
Emily from EmilyKateReads recommended the books you should read for pride month (and year round!)
And there we have it! June is done and over with, and I’m pumped to see what July brings.