June Wrap-Up || July TBR (2016)


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…

Book Reviews

Book Looks

Miscellaneous Posts

Around the Blogosphere

Most Anticipated Reads

Learning to Swear in America – Katie Kennedy

Learning to Swear in America Katie KennedyAn 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

And I Darken Kiersten WhiteNo 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

3P JKT Geeks_Guide.inddGraham 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! 🙂

46 thoughts on “June Wrap-Up || July TBR (2016)

  1. Thank you so much for linking to my post! 🙂
    It looks like you had a pretty good reading and blogging month. 🙂


  2. This was a great wrap-up. I’m taking tips to write mine next month 😛 Also, thank you for mentioning my post on classics! That’s a nice recap of posts on other blogs ❤


  3. I’ve seen a handful of negative reviews for The Crown Game, the first and most interesting one being Joey’s. lol I’ll definitely be skipping that one.

    Thanks for all the links to awesome blog posts! I have been falling behind on commenting on blogs 😦

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    • I actually haven’t seen a lot of positive reviews for The Crown’s Game yet! I’d say skipping it is probably a wise choice, haha.

      You are not the only one – I’ve been away from my laptop a bit and commenting is so hard on the phone. D:

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  4. Girlll, I’ve been rewatching Friends too! I’m reaching season six though so not as far ahead as you. I really hope you enjoy those anticipated reads. I liked And I Darken but it wasn’t what I was expecting and that Geek’s Guide book sounds cute and quirky so I hope it’s good!


  5. What an awesome month! Thanks for linking to my blog post too 🙂 I’ve read Noggin by John Corey Whaley but not Highly Illogical Behaviour. Glad to know you enjoyed it!


  6. Friends!! Now I want to do a rewatch of Friends. I did one last year and it made me realize just how much I love the show. I used to really enjoy The Mindy Project, but this last season has been a complete mess. I’m really not happy in the direction the show is going. I’m excited to read The Geek’s Guide. I liked her debut book a lot and I have high hopes for this one. I hope this one doesn’t disappoint you!
    Have a great July! 🙂


    • You totally should, it’s an amazing show! It’s my favourite ever – I’ve probably watched it more than 10 times and I still find it hilarious.

      Sorry to hear that The Mindy Project hasn’t been that great! I’m not sure if I like Mindy Kaling’s character in it and it has made me ambivalent about the show. :/

      Thank you, I hope you have a great July too! ❤


  7. I haven’t seen Me Before You because I plan to read the book first and so far I haven’t been in the mood to do so. 😛
    Learning to Swear in America is one of my most anticipated release for July thanks to your TTT post. I hope it’s as funny as it sounds.
    And I Darken seems to be in everyone’s list. I’ll await the verdict from you and the other bloggers I follow before making a decision to read it or not. Let me know if she’s as brutal as you expected. We use that b word a lot lately, don’t we? Haha


  8. I’ve never seen Friends, but so many of my friends are obsessed with it and have been begging me to watch it for AGES. Maybe that will be my Netflix binge watching series for the summer haha glad you had a great June! 🙂


    • Add me to that list of people begging you to watch it! I just LOVE that show and it is absolutely the perfect show to binge, I think – it’s light-hearted so it wouldn’t take too much out of you, and it’s really, really enjoyable. 🙂

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  9. Sounds like you’ve had a great year so far! Interesting that you didn’t seem to love The Crown’s Game because I’ve only seen positive reviews. Also, I just saw And I Darken at Barnes and Noble and was intrigued. I thought the same thing as you. I hope she really does end up just being completely brutal.


  10. I love how you do an annual re-watch of Friends, I mainly just catch up on episodes whenever they’re repeated on the TV. I feel I should do a re-watch at some point! 🙂 And I’ve heard some great things about Me Before You, both the book and the film; I really need to read/see it soon! 😀
    I’ve seen some great reviews for And I Darken recently and I am really excited to get around to it, I agree with you I really hope Lada’s a dark and brutal character!
    Great recap post, you got through a fair few books this month as well! 😀


    • It’s my all-time favourite TV show and what I usually put on when I don’t know what to watch, haha. I don’t sit down to actually WATCH it, though; occasionally I’ll just let it run in the background as I watch/bake/eat/etc. Definitely recommend rewatching it – I think it stands the test of time. 😛

      I’m reading And I Darken currently and yeees, she’s as brutal as I imagined. I’m enjoying the historical world-building so far too, so I’m loving it! ❤

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      • Ahh, for me that’s either Brooklyn Nine Nine or iZombie depending what mood I’m in! Oh I definitely agree it stands the test of the time, the episodes we had on in the background when I was round my friends last weekend were hilarious (it was season four just after Ross says Rachel’s name at the wedding)
        Ohh, I can’t wait to see your review for it in that case! I have a few books from my to-read list to get around to this month so I doubt I’ll be picking up And I Darken, but maybe next! 😀


  11. DAMN you’ve had one hell of a good reading/blogging month. I could use some of your magic to motivate me haha. I am still so happy you enjoyed I’ll Meet You There. It’s just one of those books that’s so raw and real and just wonderful.
    YAY to your annual Friends rewatch. You simply cannot go wrong with that show. It’s a classic and never gets old. My TV recommendation right now has to be Mr. Robot. It’s the perfect binge watching sesh, with only 10 episodes and the next season is coming out this month so it’s the ideal time to catch up haha.


  12. What a fantastic month you’ve had, Reg, that’s awesome! 🙂 And yay for re-watching Friends, I need to re-watch everything soon as well, I CAN’T wait. I’m always so excited like it’s the first time I watch it, even if I know all of the dialogues by heart ahah.
    I’ll be looking forward to your reviews this month, especially for And I Darken, heard a lot of things about that book, and the cover is pretty, well, I am INTRIGUED. Can’t wait! 🙂


    • Thanks, Marie! It’s amazing how even after watching it SO MANY TIMES, I still find something completely new to me every rewatch. I’m not sure how that happened, but I love it. The dialogue is super witty and I’m constantly amazed by how smart the writing is for this show. ❤

      I finished it and IT'S AMAZING. I love it! It'll be a while until my review but I really hope you pick it up and enjoy it as much as I have. ❤

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  13. This is such an aesthetically pleasing wrap up post, Reg!

    Confession time: I’ve never watched Friends 🙈 I really should though because the few bits and pieces that I’ve randomly seen look hilarious.

    You had such a great reading and reviewing month too!! I’m super excited to read Vicious and This Savage Song. It’s such a shame that The Crown’s Game was a letdown. There was so much pre-hype surrounding that book.

    I’ve been conflicted about And I Darken so I’ll definitely be looking forward to seeing what you think about that one.


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