Hey blogger friends!! It’s been a while or ten days, but whatever. I’ll get more into my absence later on. Anyway as if it’s the end of June??? I feel like a broken record saying this, but I can’t believe how fast the year’s going and I really need it to slow down.
In my promising news I totally kicked my reading slump’s ass.
For a while.
I currently no longer really have an income so the book hauls will definitely be deceasing. I did receive an unsolicited review copy of My Lovely Frankie by Judith Clarke from Allen & Unwin though! I don’t really know much about this book, but I think it deals with religion and sexuality? It’s not own voices as far as I’m aware so I’m a little hesitant, but Will Kostakis blurbed it so that gives me a bit of hope!! Then I won a copy of Contagion by Teri Terry from Date A Book.
As I said above June was a MUCH better reading month for me. I was on a roll and read more than I think I’ve read all year. It helped that a lot of these were short, quick reads but I’m still proud of myself. I also completed my Goodreads goal! I have upped it again now though because it really helps motivate me. Towards the end of the month football and not so great life things took over so my reading was put on hold.
History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera || ★★★★ || Whilst I didn’t love this as much as I loved More Happy Than Not it was still amazing. I love how Adam writes such realistic characters that all have flaws. The depiction of grief was spot on too.
The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich || ★★★★ || Okay so this was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and I was a TINY bit let down. You can definitely tell whilst reading this that it’s a debut, but I think a lot of people missed the point of it. The characters are supposed to seem one dimensional because it’s parodying YA tropes. I shipped Caden and Dyl so much and I even cried at one point. At one point it does look like queerbating is going on, ultimately that’s not the case but I know it’s harmed some readers so please be careful and keep that in mind if you pick this up. The writing isn’t perfect, but I think it’s a fun book and it does what it’s supposed to do.
A House at the Bottom of A Lake by Josh Malerman || ★★★★ || Bird Box is one of the most unique horrors that I’ve read and this short story did not let me down. I’ve never felt more anxious and on edge whilst reading something. It’s literally about what the title says and every scene underwater made me feel like I couldn’t breathe. It probably doesn’t help that drowning is one of my biggest fears. The romance between the characters wasn’t that great, but I didn’t even care because of the atmosphere. If you enjoy weird and creepy books then this one is a must!
We Are Okay by Nina Lacour || ★★★★★ || ONE OF MY TWO FAVOURITE READS THIS MONTH. This book, oh man. Nothing I say could do justice for how BEAUTIFUL it was. It’s not action packed or anything like that, but oh my god it’s just so beautiful? It’s character driven and not a lot happens, but the message it brings across is so important. I connected to this book on a personal level because it put so many of my jumbled feelings and thoughts into words. Marin’s grief mirrored my own so accurately.
As I Descended by Robin Talley || ★★★ || Normally these kind of paranormal/horror stories are reserved for White People so it was great seeing a cast of diverse characters instead however it felt like the rep wasn’t that great? That aside the character’s motivations seemed to make no sense. Maybe it’s because I literally have no idea what Macbeth is about. The only references I picked up were ones that were in Take A Break from the Hamilton soundtrack. The whole “what the actual fuck is happening” kept me interested though and I really enjoyed one of the side characters!
Risk by Fleur Ferris || ★★★★ || Fleur Ferris has definitely become one of my favourite OZ YA authors. I love that she writes such realistic thrillers and the characters ALWAYS get the police involved. This was about the dangers of meeting people online, but it wasn’t preachy like a whole lot of other things are when it comes to that. This book went somewhere I didn’t think it would go and I appreciate it for that. I also read it in a couple hours because I could NOT put it down.
The Refrigerator Monologues by Catheryne M. Valente || ★★★★ ★ || If you’re a fan of superheroes but hate how misogynistic they can be then definitely pick this up! This is a bunch of interwoven short stories about women who have died or been injured just to further a male character’s storylines. Each story is inspired by actual comic characters like Gwen Stacy and Harley Quinn. I LOVED the Harley Quinn inspired story to pieces. I really wish an entire comic universe existed with all the women from this anthology.
Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire || ★★★★★ || You all know how much I LOVED Every Heart A Door Way it was the first time I’d seen the word “aromantic” mentioned in a book. It was so magical and I related to the idea of not feeling like your home is really your home. The sequel (which is actually a prequel) didn’t disappoint. Whilst I did enjoy the “magic school” aspect of the first book more this book focused on Jack and Jill and brought up EXTREMELY important gender role topics. It really implemented how dangerous forced gender roles on children can be. There is slight use of the “bury your gays” trope though, which always sucks.
The Melody of You and Me and The Paths We Choose by M. Hollis || ★★★ || This is such a cute FF novella series!! You all know I NEVER read NA like EVER, but I couldn’t resist these novellas because of all the praise. They were exactly what I needed! There’s so many important discussion and heaps of sex positivity. There’s characters of all different sexualities and races. In The Melody of You and Me the MC is Pansexual!! It was great seeing my sexuality repped in a book. I couldn’t fully get into the writing style because there was a lot of “tell but not show”, but it didn’t bother me too much.
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel || ★★★★ || If you want a more adult fiction version of The Illuminae Files then I definitely recommend this book! It’s told entirely in interviews. It’s SUPER sci-fi and a lot went over my head, but it’s also one of the most interesting books I’ve read in a while. I’ve heard the audiobook is amazing and again similiar to The Illuminae Files with a cast of voice actors so I eventually wanna give that a try too.
I Am More Than A Daydream by Jennae Cecilia || ★★★ || After finishing Sleeping Giants I wanted something quick so I chose a poetry book from my Kindle. This was really lovely and I annotated a fair few of the poems. I didn’t quiet connect with it though. Still a great poetry collection to check out though!
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera || ★★★★★ || I STILL CAN’T BELIEVE I WAS ABLE TO READ THIS BOOK. Thank you Simon & Schuester! It’s the reason I’m in a reading slump though. This book DEVASTATED me. Adam Silvera ripped my heart from my chest and stood on it. I think I might actually give this a reread and I’ll be hoping the ending is different the entire time. I don’t want to say too much because I’ll obviously have a full review up closer to the release date, but I just 😭💔😭💔😭💔😭💔😭💔😭💔 You all aren’t ready. The fact that Adam managed to make such a strong connection between two characters who just met in a time frame of 24 hours is incredible. It was not insta-anything. This is honestly one of my fave books of 2017.
The past couple of weeks I’ve been feeling pretty disconnected from everything. My anxiety/depression goes in cycles and I’m never quiet sure how to handle the depression part. My anxiety is something I’m familiar with, but when I’m depressed I just forget how to function. My feelings aren’t on anyone except me, but sometimes I feel like I’m not doing enough when it comes to the book community. I feel like I’m not posting consistently enough, not producing enough original content, not advocating/promoting diverse books enough ect. ect. When I first started blogging I felt like I had a really nice place in the community, but lately it seems like everyone – more so on Twitter – is breaking off into little groups and I’m just kinda floating around jumping in every now and again. I’ve honestly felt so welcomed here and I’m so grateful for how amazing everyone is, but sometimes with these groups it feels super exclusive? Like any kind of interaction with them would be forced or awkward. It kinda reminds me of when I was at school and had no solid friendship group so I just hang out with whoever was willing to have me and sat there silently and watched whilst everyone spoke about what they did together ect. This probably isn’t helped by the fact that lately I just feel like everything I do is annoying. I feel like every tweet/post/comment I make is wrong and a lot of times this week I’ve gone to comment on posts and just deleted everything. I even feel like this post is annoying. I really, really, really love this community though. Despite all its faults it’s one of the best things that’s happened to me ♥
I also debated about doing this for MONTHS, but I setup a ko-fi to try and help with money for food and meds ect. If anyone can help out then that would be great! Even a few dollars. Of course I understand if you’re not able to ♥
So, I was REALLY happy with how consistently I’d been managing to post/blog hop at the start of the month. Then like I said above everything kinda fizzled out and I was back to being inconsistently consistent. Anyway! Here are some of the posts I did manage to get up this month:
- Music Monday:
- My Anticipated Reads for the Second Half of 2017 (Part 1)
- Mini Review: The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel
- Reading & Blogging Confessions
- Blogging Design Tips – Part 1: Choosing A Theme
I’m definitely going to try and continue with the Blogging Design Tips series next month!!
I’ve also become affiliates with Book Depository!! If you want to purchase a book from there considering using my link. Any profits I make will go back into this blog.
June has been an incredible month for music. My monthly playlist is way out of hand.
Best music find of June was hands down Waterparks. That band was a huge part of what got me through the month. Whilst I was disappointed with the new All Time Low album, Halsey and Lorde’s new album were INCREDIBLE. I need to do a Top 5 Music Monday post soon so I can fully go into what albums I’ve been loving recently.
Would love to hear your thoughts on any of the books I read or anything else I mentioned!
What were some of your June favourites?
I hope you had a great June and an even better July.