June in Review // A Month of Meh & Moving
June was both unbearably long and over in the blink of an eye. My slump kind of reared its ugly head again towards the end of the month and it got unbearably hot. No thank you, summer can go away, please.
My big news is that I went self-hosted at the end of the month! 🎉🎉🎉 There’s still some cleanup on old posts that I need to do, but I am so incredibly excited! I hope you like the new layout and continue to go on adventures with me!
I read eight books in June, and I am definitely suffering from Slump 2: The Electric Boogaloo! It’s been hot for the past couple of weeks, which always makes it difficult for me to want to read. But I’ve just been struggling with my health and not finding joy in reading right now. I am hoping that will change now… because I have a book I need to read before Wednesday.
✨ As a quick reminder, I’ve done away with star ratings on my blog reviews. You can read more about my reasoning in this discussion post on ratings systems, but you can find my ratings on Goodreads!
My Favorite Read of June
The Phantom Forwst by Liz Kerin is the standout read of June for me! I buddy read it with Soph @ Bookwyrming Thoughts and had such a wonderful time, and honestly the story is still top of mind almost a month later. Kerin’s debut novel is instantly gripping with poetic prose that flows easily off the page and sets a truly haunting mood for the reader. I was hopelessly entranced and am hungry for more of this story, and volunteer as Personal Guard for Haben.
All June Reads
ARCs/copies from author or publisher are noted below by an asterisk *
- Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo – this was such a fun read! It’s part of Destiny’s Stalkalong, so not only am I reading it with a group of friends but I also really enjoyed the characters. The mystery itself wasn’t the best execution, but Thomas Cresswell made up for it. Excited to dive into book 2 this month! | 📖 Read my full review
- Roar by Cora Carmack – this was such a pleasant surprise for me, I didn’t expect to enjoy the book as much as I did. Aurora wasn’t the stereotypical Sheltered Princess and really appreciated her character growth as she learns more about the world and gains agency over her life. | 📖 Full Review 7/11
- * Wilder Girls by Rory Power – this wasn’t the book for me and I am still so gutted about it! Most of my friends (many of whom are the teen demographic) LOVED IT, but I was just more interested in the Tox itself rather than the characters and that wasn’t the purpose of the story. It is a spooky and atmospheric read, the writing definitely kept me reading. | 📖 Read my full ARC review
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding – I literally re-read this book because I was angered by reviewers calling Wilder Girls a “feminist Lord of the Flies” and wanted to be sure I remembered the themes before going on a rant. I did. The book was enjoyable enough, but as an adult, I see this as more of a story of mimicry as a result of socialization rather than a look at the true nature of “man.”
- * Rage (Stormheart #2) by Cora Carmack – I haven’t sorted through my feelings on this one yet, but it wasn’t as enjoyable of a read as Roar.
- * Bethlehem by Karen Kelly – This book wasn’t for me and I should have known better than to request it from Netgalley because the synopsis didn’t lie. It was the cover’s fault. Mistakes were made, but it wasn’t a bad book… just not for me. | 📖 Read my full ARC review
- * Contagion (Contagion #1) by Erin Bowman – (re-read) I loved this book just as much the second time around! Because of my goldfish brain, I always have to re-read before sequels, but this was enjoyable as hell. This book is still a favorite. | 📖 Read my full ARC review
DNF – Did Not Finish
- * Second Lives by P.D. Cacek – I really wanted to like this book, but the narrative style just isn’t for me. There were too many perspectives, people, and timelines for me to keep track of and it wasn’t an enjoyable experience. I think this will be an amazing story, but it’s been almost two months since I set it aside and I still don’t have the desire to return to it. | 📖 Read my DNF review
Total Books Read: 8 | Total Pages Read: 2,655
Total Books Read in 2019: 43
Goodreads Reading Goal: 52
Awesome Community Posts
I’m definitely not back to my blog hopping mojo, but I am doing a lot better than the last few months. I’ve been using Feedly for hopping and it is making a big difference for me! I have a guide on Feedly coming out on July 17th, but it is available to my Patrons now if you are interested.
- Shruti @ This Is Lit put together a list of some exhibits that would be seen at the Bookish Museum of Misery that had me laughing so hard!
- Brittany @ The Book Guru started a new series called The Personal is Political, and I applaud her!
- May @ Forever and Everly wrote a really fantastic post about what makes her want to comment on a blog post!
- Christine @ The Uncorked Librarian wrote an in-depth post on how stealing blog content is not legal that honestly, everyone needs to read.
- Tiffany @ Read by Tiffany put together an amazing guide on putting together pretty mood boards!
- May @ Forever and Everly announced the Third Annual Book Blogger Awards! Check out the rules and categories, and be sure to nominate your faves by July 20th!
Thank you, everyone, so much for visiting, liking, commenting, and sharing your bookish thoughts with me last month! I hope that you had a fantastic June, let me know how your month went in the comments below!
Let’s go on another adventure together!