June 2019 – A Month in Review

Month in Review

Is it just me, or did June just kind of happen? Flash in a pan and then it was gone. I have no idea where this month went or what the hell I was able to get done during that time, but here we are. As you will see, not a lot went on reading wise for me. I am practicing a informal buying-ban so nothing was hauled this month. I am also thinking about including movie reviews(?) from now on in my wrap-up. My brothers and a few friends and I have decided to start a Friday movie night to catch both of my friends up (and myself) in the world of movies. Is that something you’d want to see each month?

General Updates:

Books Read this Month: 6

Book Reviews: 1

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Books I Really Enjoyed

adult book Red White and Royal Blue by Casey Mcquiston

The hype for this book is real guys. It was super cute and steamy, and just an overall fun read. I thought that with the size of it, and the political background it wouldn’t be quite right for me but I was pleasantly wrong. Prince Henry and Alex are just adorable. Their relationship and it’s development was absolutely wonderful. I loved how it really analyzed the political ramifications of their actions, and how even when it seems socially acceptable, some things are still so very taboo among “the elite.” One of the best queer romances I have ever read. If you are thinking about it, let me be the person who convinces you to pick it up. Its worth it, I promise.

graphic-novel-icon Guts by Raina Telgemeier

I have grown a lot since reading her first books (Smile, Sisters, Drama, etc.). I have even convinced myself that their are authors/illustrators who do it better than her, but I can’t deny how much I liked, and related to this one. In her signature bright illustrations, Raina tells the true story of her stomach troubles in middle school. Raina didn’t know what was wrong with her, but she did know that her stomach hurt all the time. She missed a lot of school and eventually started seeing a therapist after finding out that doctors could not find anything physically wrong with her. It was a story I think a lot of kids can relate to today. Many kids suffer from anxiety and depression, and have therapists so seeing that depicted in a book could be really helpful for them. It was another home-run for Telgemeier.

childrens book More to the Story by Hena Khan

I got this at Book Expo actually and I had no idea what it was about or anything at the time. After reading the synopsis, it quickly moved to the top of my TBR. More to the Story is described as a modern Little Women told from the perspective of a young Muslim American. I hadn’t read Khan’s earlier book, but you may be familiar with it? It’s called Amina’s Voice. So I knew her writing to be (at least reviewed) great. There was just something about this cover, and the story that instantly drew me in, and made me feel like I needed to read it immediately. I loved all the sisters, and Ali, and really enjoyed the flow of the story. I only wish that it had been a little longer, with a bit more…to the story? That is basically the only thing I had to complain about. It left me desperate for more.

childrens book Hurricane Season by Nicole Melleby

Wow this book. For some reason I have trouble getting into middle grade stories. It isn’t that I don’t enjoy them, or that the writing is bad (actually most of the time it is the exact opposite for both) but I just have trouble starting and getting through them. This book was sadly not an exception. It was slow moving for me in the beginning but once I found a rhythm and was able to keep picking it up, I really really fell in love with the story. It is about a 6th grade girl named Fig and her mentally ill father. Fig knows almost nothing about her mother, other than she left right after Fig was born, so it has always just been her and her dad. He was once a really well known/respected musician (piano) but now he struggles to write any kind of music let alone finish a song or perform. The reason for that is because he is “sick” though neither of them know what is wrong with him. After an embarrassing outbreak at school where her father bursts into the classroom and insists that he needs Fig, a teacher calls social services and now the small family is under surveillance. They have until November to convince the social worker that her dad is fit to have Fig in his custody. And in a mysterious new neighbor, and a connection to Van Gogh’s life and you have a truly unique story. There were a lot of elements but I really thought they were beautifully woven together. If you read middle grade, I highly recommend picking up this book.

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Meh Books

Image result for YA icon Maybe In Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I have enjoyed both books I’ve read by her so far so why not give the backlist a try? This seems to be the one everyone talks about aside from the obvious so I hit this one first. While I gave the book overall 4 stars, throughout the reading experience I was just “meh” about it. I found I didn’t really want to pick it up, the story line(s) were interesting but nothing really blew me away. Now, that being said, I do find myself continuously returning to this book’s themes. The conversations about fate, soul mates and what we are supposed to be doing have given me pause, and I find myself really contemplating them. I also found the format super unique and interesting. Not her best, but certainly worth a try.

childrens book To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Wolitzer

Generally speaking, I kind of liked this book! I read it as an ebook from my library because I like to stay up to date on the features of my library’s digital collection and found this familiar title available. I had seen a few booktubers get it from the publisher a ways back but since not a lot of booktubers that I follow read middle grade, it didn’t really get mentioned again. It was cute though! I would have definitely enjoyed it at that age because I was really into diary-like books back then. It is told in a series of emails and letters between two 12 year old strangers who at first

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Yikes/DNFs

 

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Community Highlights:

Pages Unbound Reviews:

Fighting the Summer Slide with the Library Summer Reading Program

Eight Ways Book Blogging Has Changed in the Last Eight Years

Never Not Reading: How Reading More Books Has Changed How I Remember Them

The Comic Vault: The Mental Health Benefits of Reading Comics

MNBernard Books: Rewarding a Stalker, WTF

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Book of the Month Club:

I ended up skipping the month of June. There were a couple that grabbed my attention but not enough to NEED the book, you know? I AM trying to cut down after all…

If you are interested in trying out this subscription box for free, let me know! I have a code for you :]

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Books Hauled/Pre-Ordered:

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Stories Watched:

 

 

Yikes! I told you I watched a lot of movies this month. I was sick at the beginning and did nothing but watch movies for two days. Then I went on a little 90s movie binge at the end of the month. I actually still have three I want to see before returning them to the library…

For those curious though, the first few movies we watched as part of our Friday Movie Nights were Edge of Tomorrow, Remember the Titans & Pop Star.

Nothing in theaters this month though. Which is actually the first month this year I didn’t see at least one movie in theaters!

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How was your month of reading?

What do you think of the new format? Feedback is always welcome :]

20 thoughts on “June 2019 – A Month in Review

  1. Thanks for the shout-out!

    I completely missed the drama about Kathleen Hale, both the first time it happened and this past week. I was reading the Buzzfeed article about it (which I guess people are mad about??), and geez what a bananas story. I think people are blowing it up more than it needs to be, though.

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    1. Yeah except it’s super fucking crazy. Idk I get why people are upset, and I think the coverage of it, and buzzfeed seemingly like they see her point pissed people off because at the end of the day she was 110% wrong. Not to mention she still isn’t sorry about it 🤷🏻‍♀️ idk it’s all pretty messed up. Melanie brought it to my attention so I ended up down a rabbit hole reading all about it after that

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      1. I guess I got the impression that she *was* sorry about it, at least to an extent. Sorry enough to go to therapy over it. And it’s not like bloggers handled it better. They did the same stalkery behaviors to her that they were so upset about! smh. I get why she was upset in the first place too. I can’t stand the mob mentality on goodreads where everyone gives a book 1-star without reading it just because ONE PERSON thought it was “problematic”, and in this case it sounds like that person didn’t even read the whole book. In my opinion EVERYONE in this situation is in the wrong, and book twitter needs to get off it’s high horse.

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    1. It is! It’s an excuse to make sure we see each other once in a while since we are all so terrible at keeping in touch lol I don’t always like the movie but at least we hang out. And eat pizza. So really, you can’t lose.

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  2. *Screaming* You read two of my favorite reads this year this month, and I’m so excited that you enjoyed them. Red, White, and Royal Blue lived SO much up to the hype. It’s just so cute and SO SO many feels. And Hurricane Season!! It definitely starts off a bit slow, but it gets SO good. Such a wonderful middle grade novel. I was thinking about Maybe in Another Life, but I think I’m totally moving it down the TBR list after the meh feels about it. Wonderful post, and hope July goes well!! 🙂

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    1. Ahhh! Yes actually seeing both red white and royal blue and hurricane season on your blog moved them both up on my my TBR 🙂
      Maybe in Another Life was interesting but deff not my absolute favorite 🙂

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  3. I think adding movie reviews/discussions is a fun idea! But that’s also part of my personality – I can’t stick to a “theme” for my blog XD. My mind can be pretty tangential so I have a lot of fun writing that way too. So I say if you want to do it, go for it. It lets you expand what you get to write about and it brings new readers. Plus, I dig your writing so the more topics you’d like to hit the merrier as far as I’m concerned :).

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    1. Thank you so much for that vote of confidence. I think I really needed to hear that because I put a lot of pressure on myself to keep it just book related but I think adding movies would be fun 🙂 I’m glad I at least have an audience of one if I do decide to post those kinds of things in the future :):):)

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      1. I remember when I started my blog I was going to write about comics. Then I had an idea for a Star Wars-related post. I had SO MUCH anxiety over it! I really struggled with whether or not I “could” or if I was “betraying” my site or my readers by writing about something else. Then I had this moment where I realized, “Um, this is MY site right? I like a lot of things so I might as well write about a lot of things too.” In all honestly, I had to give myself permission to do that, to write about whatever I want. It’s been so much more relaxed and a lot more enjoyable for myself since I gave myself that freedom too. But I totally get the pressure you’re talking about! We write because we love it, you know? And we’re proud of what we do. So deciding to change the approach can be an unnerving decision.

        And yes! I will happily and eagerly read whatever content you decide to have fun with :).

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