What a month! There’s a lot to cover, I think, so I’ll try to keep it brief. I don’t think it’ll work, though, because this also doubles as a Weekly Wrap!
Life Beyond the Blog
This month has been absurd. My brother graduated high school, we had his grad party, my grandmother broke her hip (no worries, she’s healing well right now!), I got started on repainting my room for the first time in years, my little words gremlin in training bunny finally trusts me enough to chill out next to me… What else? It really just feels like A TON has happened. I’ve been really active here on my blog, too, so that might have something to do with it. And prepping for Camp NaNo takes a lot of time. Oh, and my mom broke her ankle (she’s also fine and healing well, we’re just breaking bones a lot in this fam I guess), so that was a lot of busy stuff as well!
Basically, it’s been good with a few exceptions, and also I’d like the universe to hand me a pause button so I have some me time. My introvert soul has withered this month with all the social interaction I’ve had to do, and I’ve barely had time to curl up by myself and recharge. I’m hoping so much that July is a little kinder to me.
Posts This Week
The Week Ahead
Camp NaNo. I think that speaks for itself. Wish me luck! It’s going to swallow all of my free time whole, and I don’t regret a thing.
Books Read & Reviewed
So, I’m gonna cheat here and include in the count books that I’ve reviewed but you haven’t seen reviews for yet because they’re hiding in my drafts. Because technically, I’ve reviewed them. It counts.
Anyways, I’ve read 13 books this month (but only reviewed 12 because one was so bad it wasn’t worth it lol)! You can read my reviews for Fire and Heist, Shadow of the Fox, Salt, Beneath the Citadel, and The Lantern’s Ember right now, but the others are secret and on their way over the next couple months, always on Mondays. Keep an eye out!
And even better? This means I’m up to 37/50 books for my Goodreads challenge! At this rate, I’ll be done before the end of summer (which is nice, given that I really should give senior year of college my all). I should also have review content for most of the year lined up, which is a comfort!
Next Month’s Reads
It’s tough to guess exactly what I’m going to read next month, especially with Camp NaNo and my stubborn need to meet absurd goals on the horizon, but I’m hoping to read through Max Gladstone’s Craft Sequence, since I have an omnibus of all five books on my Kindle just waiting for me (guys, it was only $10 when I bought it, and I think I heard my wallet weeping tears of joy that we could afford five whole books at once without having to squirrel away slivers of already small paychecks in advance). If I can get through that, I’m also hoping to tackle Air Awakens and/or The Alchemists of Loom, both by Elise Kova and both gifts I’ve had since Christmas (curse you, academics, for getting in the way of those). Fingers crossed!
Then again, maybe I should work on the physical pile of books in my room and not my Kindle… In that case, it’s about time I read A Conjuring of Light.
My Top Three Posts
These were my three favorite posts to write this month!
Favorites from the Around the Blogging World
Of course, what’s another month without some really great posts to go with it? These were some of the ones I really enjoyed this month.
Justine @ Milkz’ Bookshelf did a Top 5 Wednesday with her Favorite LGBTQ+ Books That Don’t Feature Cis M/M Relationships! Kerri @ Carolina Book Belle and Savanna @ Booked on a Feeling also tackled the same topic!
Fanna @ Fannatality wrote a great post about how the best friend always seems to get ignored when the main character falls in love (and why it’s really disappointing when that happens AND why paying attention the bestie is a good thing)!
Evelina @ Avalinah’s Books introduced some newbie bloggers (including yours truly) in a fun welcome post!
Kristina @ Books and Dachshunds wrote a great post on why bloggers just keep blogging even though it’s tough to do!
I hope June’s treated you well, and July treats you even better! And welcome to summer!