Happy July, folks — it’s now officially the second half of the year! Blogging-wise June had been amazing, so thank you so much for all of your kind words and encouraging support thus far. I’m not much of an Instagram person but if I were, this is where I’ll snap a pic and then hashtag it #blessed, just because I can. 😛
Anyway, here’s what I’ve been up to this month:
- I watched Me Before You at the cinema and surprisingly loved it. I didn’t cry, but the movie kept me engaged the whole time and I thought the chemistry between the two leads was remarkable. Also, Sam Claflin. 💓
- I’ve started my annual rewatch of Friends. I’m actually already up to Season 8 right now so I’m almost done… which means that I’ll be needing a new TV show to binge-watch pretty soon. I’m thinking maybe The Mindy Project? I’ve watched the first few episodes and liked it, but didn’t fall in love with it.
- I… wore a lot of boots. OK, that’s really boring but it’s winter down under and I’ve been loving the crazy weather. What’s not to love about stormy rain, especially when you’re indoors and comfortably protected? ⛈
And on the blogging front…
- I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson | ★★★☆☆ | Strong family focus. Overly flowery, purple-prosey writing.
- Vicious by V. E. Schwab |★★★★★ | Pure fun through and through. Un-put-downable. Grey characters. Lots of action.
- The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye |★★☆☆☆ | Filled with insta-love. Has a love triangle. Very weak magic building, so ultimately disappointing.
- Not if I See You First by Eric Lindstrom |★★★☆☆ | Has a blind protagonist. Easy, accessible contemporary.
- The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith | ★★★☆☆ | Focuses on the aftermath of a sexual assault. Shaky plot and character development.
- Breathing Under Water (ARC) by Sophie Hardcastle | ★★☆☆☆ | Weak, misplaced flowery writing. Barely-there plot. I couldn’t connect with the characters.
- I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios |★★★★☆ | Character-driven. Realistic. Tells it like it is. Doesn’t pull punches.
- Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley |★★★★☆ | Also character-driven. Very funny and snarky at times. Has the best parents I’ve ever seen in YA fiction.
- This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab | ★★★★☆ | Atmospheric, with a pretty cool concept. Didn’t connect with the characters as much as I would’ve wanted, though.
- Top Ten Reasons I Love Book Reviews | Why book reviews are important to me as a reader and as a blogger.
- Top Ten Confessions of a Book Blogger | I skim. I don’t trust author reviews. Oh, and I’m TERRIFIED of blogging slumps.
- Let’s Talk: The Green-Eyed Book Blogger | In other words, blogger envy and how I have attempted to deal with it.
- Totally Should’ve Book Tag | Which author totally should’ve written more books? Which book totally should’ve stopped at book one?
- The Diverse Books Tag | What diverse books have I read thus far?
Around the Blogosphere
- Esther at Chapter Adventures asks: is reading classics a must?
- Ari at The Daydreaming Book Worm tells us how ebooks have changed her reading experience.
- The Bookie Monsters has a post on bookish wedding inspiration.
- Carianne at Cuppas and Critiques compares subscription boxes.
- Jorelene at Page Chronicles asks: what are your other hobbies besides reading?
- Paul at The Galaxial Word attemps to answer if people really need to die in YA fiction.
- Kourtni at Kourti Reads discusses why we don’t need to be happy with inaccurate representation.
- Angelina and Brianna at Fables Library share some love for YA fiction from all ages.
- Lauren at SERIESous Book Reviews gives us some tips on keeping our purchases organised.
- Joey at Thoughts and Afterthoughts talks about hype, negativity and reading books he knows he will dislike.
- Alexandra at Twirling Pages tells us her book photography process.
- Gee at A Book and a Cup of Coffee shares with us some real talk about ARCs.
- Krysta at Pages Unbound talks about representing religious diversity in books.
- Jenna at Fictional Neverland turns 16 this month and has shared sixteen life lessons she’s learned!
- Maha at Younicorn Reads talks about the current state of mental illness representation in YA fiction.
- Lilyn at Sci-Fi and Scary tells us why we should set kids free in the library. I don’t have kids (yet?) but if I do I’m definitely doing this!
Most Anticipated Reads
Learning to Swear in America – Katie Kennedy
An asteroid is hurtling toward Earth. A big, bad one. Yuri, a physicist prodigy from Russia, has been called to NASA as they calculate a plan to avoid disaster. He knows how to stop the asteroid: his research in antimatter will probably win him a Nobel prize–if there’s ever another Nobel prize awarded.
But Yuri’s 17, and having a hard time making older, stodgy physicists listen to him. Then he meets Dovie, who lives like a normal teenager, oblivious to the impending doom. Being with her, on the adventures she plans when he’s not at NASA, Yuri catches a glimpse of what it means to save the world and save a life worth living.
The title is unique, and the blurb sounds so quirky. I’m hoping for lots of snark and humour in this one. 🙂
And I Darken – Kiersten White
No one expects a princess to be brutal, and Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.
Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.
What I’m hoping for is that Lada subverts all stereotypes of a princess and turns out to be completely, darkly brutal.
The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love – Sarvenaz Tash
Graham met his best friend, Roxana, when he moved into her neighborhood eight years ago, and she asked him which Hogwarts house he’d be sorted into. Graham has been in love with her ever since.
But now they’re sixteen, still neighbors, still best friends. And Graham and Roxy share more than ever—moving on from their Harry Potter obsession to a serious love of comic books.
When Graham learns that the creator of their favorite comic, The Chronicles of Althena, is making a rare appearance at this year’s New York Comic Con, he knows he must score tickets. And the event inspires Graham to come up with the perfect plan to tell Roxy how he really feels about her.
Third fandom read after the first two (Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here and All The Feels) disappointed me quite badly. Hope this one goes well!
How has June been for you? Leave me a link to your wrap-up or let me know in the comments! 🙂