June was not a very fun month because it was the exam period for me. Not a lot of reading or blogging was done, but hopefully that’ll improve in July. Short version: I was a pretty unproductive turnip. Now let’s get into it!
I feel that I’m being super repetitive in my monthly wrap ups when it comes to my reading challenge section. Once again, I have not caught up with (not even close). As of the end of June, I’ve read 25 of my goal of 80 books. That’s 31% and it’s already halfway through the year *sweating intensifies*.
Nope, that single bullet point is not a mistake. I only read 1 book in the month of June and it took me a while to finish it. Not because I hated it, but something always turned up that I had to do.
- Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy, #5): this wasn’t a bad read, but I took much longer than usual to finish a Richelle Mead book. This was probably partly due to my choice of starting a book right before my exams began. I liked this book better than its predecessor but it didn’t quite hit the mark.
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(for next month)
I’m on holidays in July so I’m hoping for a lot of catch-up reading to happen. Maybe my TBR is too ambitious but I’m pumped and hopeful.
- Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2): I’ve been waiting until the end of exams to read this because I didn’t want any disruptions. One of my most anticipated releases of 2017, so please don’t let me down.
- Power Study (Study, #3.5): I’m making my way through this series steadily. My feelings about it are a bit conflicted because I loved the first novel but my feelings have become less intensely positive further in. I love Yelena and her sass (amongst other things), but the storylines have become more convoluted and less interesting.
- Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy, #6): THE FINALE!! I’m excited about finishing this series – 6 books are a lot. I have enjoyed this series more than thought I would, especially my view on vampires. This could be due to my tiny, misguided bias against vampires thanks to a very popular, but widely criticised vampire series.
- Shadow and Bone (Grisha Trilogy, #1): and thus begins the beginning of me tackling popular series that I haven’t started. 2 things I know about this series: it’s set in the Grishaverse and it’s a fantasy series. Look at my avoiding spoilers. Impressed?
- Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1): 4 things I know about this series: Juliet is the protagonist, she’s got a deadly touch, love triangle, and lots of angst.
- The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1): I’m actually super confused and what this series about and I’m okay with that. There are ghosts, I think??? I’m grasping at straws.
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There weren’t a lot of posts to choose from being my “top posts” considering I only posted 2.
- A Harry Potter PREQUEL about Voldemort is going to be released. The trailer (I don’t know whether that’s the legit one) looks absolutely epic. I’m excited.
- Scholastic has acquired a middle grade novel for Victoria Schwab. Ghosts and all that fun stuff. Why am I excited about new book deals from an author that I’ve never read from?
- The UK/Australian cover for Godsgrave has been revealed! I have not started this series but the cover looks stunning.
- The Chaol companion novel by SJM has got a cover and I’ve seen very few people who love it. I can’t say that it reaches the awesomeness of previous Throne of Glass series covers. Also, I’ve seen some amazing fan made ones. To be honest, I don’t even know whether I’m going to continue this series so why am I still talking about it???
- Happy 20th anniversary to Harry Potter!! In honour of this glorious series, “the ultimate house sorting hat quiz” has been made with fancy scientific background behind the questions. Also percentages for how much you match the characteristics of each house. I’m happy to say I’m still a Ravenclaw with Slytherin trailing a bit behind.
- The 10th anniversary of City of Bones means a special cover. I don’t know how I feel about it but I imagine the real-life version is going to be pretty and stuff.
I’ve been spending a lot of June binging all things Marvel Cinematic Universe. I may have gone through 2 seasons of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. within a week. All the betrayals and everything hurts. In fact, next on the list is Captain America: Civil War. I imagine that this movie is just going to be a whole lot of emotional pain.
I am free from exams so YAY!!! As I said at the start of the post, I’m hoping get back to a regular blog post schedule and do a hella amount of reading. My library haul is probably going to be huge in July. I’m hoping that some of these books I read will end up being favourites or 5 star reads. Also, I’m hoping to catch-up with my book reviews. I’m currently 10 books behind and that doesn’t feel great.
However, I made carrot cake and that was great.
I might get back on my social medias too. I might learn something new. Because I’m a spontaneous daredevil. Please detect the sarcasm.
Considering I only read 1 book in June, I don’t have many choices for my favourite quote of the month. In fact, I can’t think of any ones that stand out so no quote this month.
What was the best book you read in June? What’s next on your TBR? Any exciting releases in July? Comment below!