June Wrap-Up: Not as much reading as I had hoped for | Seriously, did someone put last month on 2x playback speed?

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Aaaaand, I’m back with another super late monthly wrap-up post! I promised I would get better at this, but alas, I think I only did well for a month or two. Maybe next month I’ll be more on top of my blogging when I take a break from writing to recover from Camp Nano??

I know I say this every month, but where did the time go? Besides a few select activities, I am not sure what I really did in June!? I managed to squeeze in a decent amount of blogging and some WIP prep during the second half of June, but other than that…?? Also, I’m a bit bummed that I didn’t do near as much reading as I expected to. I read 4 books in June, one of which was a short graphic novel and another was a book I had read the majority of during April & May. Fingers crossed for July?? (tho at this rate I may have similar results whoops)


BOOKS READ:

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1. Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

Rating: 4.5 stars

SO CUTE! I’m still swooning over Alice’s and Takumi’s characters! It was the perfect summer rom-com, and I loved seeing the bi-romantic asexual rep! I highly recommend this romance! You can read my full review here.

2. The Tea Dragon Festival by Katie O’Neill

Rating: 5 stars

So cute, colorful, and beautifully diverse! And there are tea dragons and regular dragons! Can someone please transport me into this magical world? Katie O’Neill continues to make me fall in love with every single one of her works that I pick up.

3. Aftershocks by Markos Kloos

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Rating: 3.5 stars

After 2 months, I finally finished this book! It wasn’t a bad story per se, it just took me awhile to get into the story and to remember to listen to the audiobook! Complex space-travel science fiction is also not my usual genre. A lot of the scientific jargon went over my head, and I was only interest in like 2.5 of the protagonists, but I’m planning on continuing onto the sequel later this month or in August.

4. Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

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Rating: 4.5 stars

Lol, it seems like every post I have written of late mentions this book. But that’s okay, because EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW HOW ASTOUNDING AND WHIMSICAL THIS BOOK IS! It has fairytale vibes, draws inspiration from Persian mythology and Zoroastrianism, contains demons & monsters, and features a cute sapphic romance. That’s all you really need to know, right? Great, now go forth and read this book!


RANDOM LIFE UPDATES:

  • Attended my first protest! It was organized by a local organization to show support for BLM and demand police accountability and justice, in particular for a recent case involving a local woman. When I got there I ended up volunteering to help pass out water bottles. It was an eye-opening experience, and if you haven’t attended a protest before, I highly recommend doing so (if/when you are able)!
  • My writing buddy and I have started having (socially distant) writing dates and they’ve been such a blessing to my life because I need the motivation & accountability. Would not be getting through Camp Nano right now without her tbh
  • Saw some old high school friends! We sat in a friend’s back yard in a (wide) circle, another friend tossed us cookies using tongs, and we caught up on life! At least one of the small positives of this pandemic is that a lot of my friends moved back in with their parents so we are all in the same area once more!
  • Received my diploma in the mail, lol
  • Honestly, I do not really know what is happening in my life anymore. 🤷‍♀️ Some how the days pass without me really doing anything?? When I do try to be productive, it usually leads me to despairing over job apps, eeek.

Posts by Other Bloggers That I Enjoyed:

Finally adding this section to my monthly wrap-ups! I follow so many amazing bloggers, and I really need to give them shout-outs more often!

  • Sammie @ The Bookwyrm’s Den wrote about how being a librarian has changed her perspective on recommending books and writing reviews. She has so many good insights, so definitely check out her post!
  • Leelynn @ Sometimes Leelynn Reads posted recommendations of diverse books with a focus on souls. I immediately wanted to read all of these books and even went out and ordered Kingdom of Souls!
  • Holly @ A Mug of Wit and Wisdom wrote a great review for The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue that got me more excited for the release!

JULY TBR


How was your June? Do anything fun? Read any good books you recommend?

And I know these times are tough, so seriously, if anyone wants/needs a friend to talk to, feel free to comment below or message me on Goodreads!

Top Ten Tuesday: (Belated) Spring 2020 TBR

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Okay, technically this week’s subject is “Ten Signs You’re a Book Lover,” but I totally missed posting my Spring TBR 2 weeks ago, and I can’t let a seasonal TBR post go by, even if I’m a bit late in posting it and even tho I only ever sorta follow my TBRs (is that sign #1 I’m a book lover? lol).

Also wow, it’s been so long since I’ve last written a TTT post! Usually I aim to participate at least once a month, but it’s been almost two full months (I think my last one was on Feb. 4, which technically still follows my goal, but it was still so loooong ago).

I was kinda up in the air about what I wanted to read for awhile, so I organized my thoughts by dividing my TBR into a bunch of sub-categories. It was really helpful, tho it resulted in me listing a wide variety of books, from YA to erotica to Sci-Fi, so bear with me!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


Books I Own & I’m Excited to Pick Up:

1. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

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Magic, libraries, and monsters? I acquired this book last summer, and I don’t know how I haven’t read it yet. (sign #2??)

2. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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This will be a reread for me! Ever since I read the first book, I’ve been meaning to return to the series (I’m horrible at finishing series–sign #3 I’m a book nerd??). And now with the 4th book coming out in December, this will be the year for me to finally catch up on this series, so I need to start back at book 1!

Some ARCs I Want to Get Around To:

3. Lobizona by Romina Garber

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Release Date: May 5th, 2020

I’ve been horrible about reviewing books in a timely manner, but I’m determined to stay on top of this one! (says all book people. Sign #4??)

4. A Queen in Hiding by Sarah Kozloff

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Release Date: January 21st, 2020

Whoops, a bit behind on this one. Luckily, I won it in a giveaway, so I don’t feel too bad about not having picked it up yet, but I still wanna sometime this spring!

5. Two Girls, A Clock, and Crooked House by Michael Poore

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Release Date: September 10th, 2019

Snagged an ARC of this one like a year ago, and still haven’t read it, eek! But it sounds cute, light, fun, and it’s MG, so now feels like the perfect time to read it! (If you follow me, you’ve seen this on a lot of my TBR posts, whoops)

Books from the Library:

6. The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee

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Was suppose to read this for part of a book club and even though I haven’t started it yet, I still wanna pick it up!

7. Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

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Been eyeing this one for the past couple of years, and now that I have it checked out from the library for awhile, I want to pick it up after my semester ends!

8. The Tea Dragon Festival by Katie O’Neill

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Everything Katie O’Neill creates is so pure and adorable and I’m determined to read all of her graphic novels!

Books to Read before my Kindle Unlimited Trial Ends:

9. Smut by Karina Halle

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A smutty romance novel about two creative writing students who write smut together and fall in love? I’ve been drooling over this book since I first heard of it, so I’m determined to read it before my Kindle Unlimited trial ends!

10. Aftershocks by Marko Kloos

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Now this normally isn’t the type of book I gravitate towards, but 47North was kind enough to send me an ARC of the sequel, so I want to give the first book a try.


That’s it for my Spring TBR! Fingers crossed I can get around to most of these!?! What books are you hoping to read this spring? Have you read any of the ones I mentioned above?

If you participated in TTT this week (or posted a Spring TBR 2 weeks ago, haha), feel free to link up your post in the comments below–I would love to check them out!

Top Ten Tuesday: Predicted 5-Star Reads From My TBR

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This week’s TTT topic is “Books On My TBR I Predict Will Be 5-Star Reads”. I honestly love this idea! I’m super picky and rarely give out 5-star ratings, but I’m always on the look out for new favorites (hence why I’m always asking “Are you my book?” ha). So basically these are all the books I’m super hype for and have super high expectations for.

Wow, after composing this list, I didn’t realize I was excited for so many New Adult romances and adult fantasies books?!? Fingers crossed I didn’t jinx myself with these predictions!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


1. House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

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I’ve adored all of SJM’s books (with the exception of that certain ACOTAR novella, but we’re not gonna talk about that) and I have full faith that her adult debut will be a fantastical, fun, and smutty read! I need to go make sure I remember to pre-order this book…

2. Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

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Ever since I first heard of this book, I’ve been dying to get my hands on it! Witches, a hate-to-love romance, and YA that’s really NA? I’m gonna grab my wallet and run out to the bookstore now…

3. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

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Leigh Bardugo is another favorite author that I have full faith in. I’ve heard some mixed things on this novel, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

4. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

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Yes, this book is still on my TBR. I seriously don’t understand why I keep waiting: I’ve heard nothing but incredible things about this book!

5. The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

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After reading Melanie @ Meltotheany‘s rave review about this book, I knew I had to read this amazing book…and I still need to read it (obviously). But I know it’ll be an astounding read!

6. Beach Read by Emily Henry

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This is one of my most anticipated releases for 2020 (why do I have to wait till May???) and just know it’ll be an easy 5-stars. A hate-to-love romance featuring writers? And a book writing competition? I could def commit a crime to get a hold of an ARC of this book.

7. Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi

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Pop singers! College! New Adult! Romance! I’ve heard such good things about this book and I can’t wait to pick it up.

8. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

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Another bandwagon I still need to hop on! But with the fan base behind this book, I have no doubt it’ll be an easy 5 stars.

9. Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

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And another series and author I still need to read! My writing buddy has really been trying to get me to read this book/series, and I know it’ll be incredible…but there are just so many books, ya know? Some day soon, I promise.

10. Renegades by Marissa Meyer

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I am TRASH for superhero movies and stories, so there is no doubt it my mind that I’ll love this book. Honestly, I don’t know how so long has passed and I still haven’t read it? I feel like I turned around and suddenly the whole trilogy was out!


Have you read any of these books? Do you think these books will live up to my predictions? Which one should I pick up first?

If you participated in TTT this week, feel free to link up your post in the comments below–I would love to check them out!

August TBR: Lots of ARCs for ARC August!

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A monthly TBR post? Who am I?

Usually I incorporate my monthly TBRs into my wrap-ups for the previously month, but in honor of ARC August (hosted by Read.Sleep.Repeat), I couldn’t resist writing a separate post!

There are 3 sections to my highly ambitious and totally unrealistic TBR: ARCs, Internship books, and simply other books I want to read before I return to school. (Wow, I didn’t realize it at first, but all these books resulted in a wide variety of genres on this list!)

Also, despite blogging for almost 2 years (my blogiversary is later this month!), I still SUCK at taking nice pictures of books, so don’t judge me too much on these pics! 😆


ARCs:

These 4 books are all the ARCs I currently possess. My plan for this month is to read at least 2, hopefully 3 of them. I definitely want to get the ones that have already been released read. So I probably won’t get around to Gravemaidens, but I wanted to include it on this list because the cover is sooo pretty. 😀


Internship Books:

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As my fall semester starts up at the end of this month (holy crap!), I kinda have to finish my summer internship books beforehand, don’t I? These are the 3 books I have left. I actually started reading You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know yesterday!


Other Books:

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The Storm Crow is one of my top 3 anticipated releases for this year, and since the other two disappointed me (Bloodleaf and Wicked Saints), I’m both nervous and excited to pick it up. The Power is a novel I got from a book exchange with my bookclub, so I definitely wanna read it before returning to school. After loving The Last Time I Lied, my grandpa’s wife sent me Sager’s first book, so I wanna read it before I see them on vacation (which I leave for…tomorrow, yikes). And I just love Charlie Bowater covers, so I had to buy Sorcery of Thorns, which actually arrived on my doorstep this morning. One of my Goodreads groups is also reading the book this month, so I can’t wait to read and discuss it with them!

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Can I read 9-10 books in August while also returning to school at the end of the month? Probs not, but I’m definitely gonna try! And looking back…two of these books are poetry collections, so maybe I actually have more of a chance of accomplishing this TBR? Who knows–only time will tell.


Are you participating in ARC August? What books are you planning to read in August? Any overlap between us?

If you did an August TBR post, feel free to share your link in the comments below, I would love to check it out!