June 2019 Wrap-Up || a month of maximum reading and minimal blogging

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.

The seats that I won were SO good; I can’t even explain 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. ❤️)

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.

How was your June? What books did you read this month? Do you have any new favorites? Did you find a new podcast or TV show that you’ve been binging? Have you gone to see a concert? Let’s chat!

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12 thoughts on “June 2019 Wrap-Up || a month of maximum reading and minimal blogging

  1. Thanks so much for the shoutout!! Glad it inspires you!!

    Looks like you had an amazing reading month! I only got to three books this month, but I read all queer books for Pride month! I fell in love with Wilder Girls and was lucky to receive an arc of Girls of Storm and Shadow at bookcon so I loved both of these!

    A new TV show I’ve gotten hooked on is Killing Eve!

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    1. Of course, Emily! It was a wonderful post!

      That’s so awesome to hear that you were able to read all queer books specifically for pride! I unfortunately wasn’t able to, but I did squeeze in a few.

      I’m so super glad to hear that you loved Wilder Girls. I feel like I’ve been seeing that book everywhere, and the cover is so beautiful.

      And I haven’t heard of that show; I’ll have to look into it!

      Thanks for taking the time to check out my post and comment! ❤️

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  2. Ahh, you read a ton of great books this month!! I still haven’t been able to read What If It’s Us but I really want to and am so happy you enjoyed it. I read More Happy Than Not a while ago, and I liked it, but same as you, didn’t connect quite as much as I wanted to. Oh my gosh, you got a signed copy of Tan France’s book?? That’s SO cool. I just started watching Queer Eye a few days ago and I’m obsessed so far and now I definitely want to read his book.

    Whoa, that is truly so awesome that you won tickets to see Anastasia!! That gives me hope that someone actually DOES win ticket lotteries, and I shouldn’t lose hope of ever winning one. 😂

    Thank you so much for mentioning my post, I’m really happy that you enjoyed reading it! I hope you have the loveliest July. ❤

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    1. Olivia, you are always so sweet! I was able to read a lot of wonderful books this past month, and I loved so many of them. I hope you do enjoy What If It’s Us when you get to it!

      And I’m actually weirdly glad to hear that you felt the same about More Happy Than Not. Not that it’s great that you weren’t able to connect as much as you wanted to, but it’s definitely reassuring to know that I’m not the only one that wasn’t able to connect to the story or the characters.

      YES! I couldn’t believe that I had found a signed copy! I also recently started watching Queer Eye and am almost done with it, which makes me SO upset. But there is a new season coming out in July, so thank goodness for that.

      I was so surprised to actually win the tickets, trust me! I constantly entered the Hamilton lottery (as if my life depended on it), so I never really expected much from the Anastasia lottery either. I hope you are able to win one soon!!

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    1. Of course, Kaya! I really loved your post, so I just had to mention it!

      And the Broadway play was incredible. Since you loved the movie, I would definitely recommend it if you’re able to go see the musical!

      Thank you so much for taking the time to check out my post and comment; it means the world to me! ❤️

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  3. Glad that your blogging month was epic! I need to read Language of Thorns because it sounds just my thing and it’s been on my TBR for a while now. Lots of reviews I’ve read are positive which is reassuring!

    I’m psyched for Stranger Things! My plan is to pace myself and NOT binge watch but that show is so addictive!

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    1. Thanks so much, Gerry! And Language of Thorns was really unique and undeniably entertaining; I’m excited to hear all of your thoughts when you get to it!

      AH! That’s such a good plan for the new season. I would optimistically plan for the same thing, but I just know that I’m going to get sucked in and end up binging it. 😂

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  4. Looking back, June was a way busier month than I realized! But I think your month sounds way more exciting! WINNING ANASTASIA TICKETS!! That’s the dream! I enter so many of those kinds of lotteries (looking at you Hamilton) for years now, but so far I haven’t won anything. And the Hugh Jackman event sounds amazing as well!

    Also, The First New York sounds so cool! I always wonder what people think of NYC! Having grown up always going there, and now attending school in NYC I’ve never had that outsider’s perspective!

    And thanks so much for mentioning my post in your wrap up! I can’t wait to read the other posts that you highlighted that I haven’t read yet!

    I hope you have a wonderful July and that your mental health only improves!

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    1. Thank you so much for you kind words, Malta! You’ve always been so sweet, and it really means the world to me. ❤️

      UGH. I totally relate to you on the Hamilton front. The touring show was in my city, and I entered the lottery every single day (along with the rest of the population), so that’s why I was so surprised to hear that I had won tickets to Anastasia! My fingers are crossed that you do win those Hamilton tickets soon; sending all of the good vibes your way!

      That’s so cool that you’ve always gone to New York though! I visited three times I think, and lived there for two months or so. And even just from those two months, I had a totally different perception than I did when I visited for a short amount of time, so I imagine that it’d definitely be interesting for you to hear the other side of things!

      And of course! Your posts are always so wonderful, I just have to include them!

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