Monthly Wrapups

What I’ve been up to in June πŸ’ Prideathon & A Difficult Mental Health Time

June Wrapup

Hello fellow bookworms πŸ’ June was a somewhat difficult month. Quarantine caught up with me and with no news about my Master Applications, I was pretty much stuck in monotonous days, so to be honest, not that much happened during the last month. Plus, it started getting warmer and you know how much I dislike summer weather, at least I had my delicious ice tea with me. In general, I tried to make the best of my time and I did read some great books and watched amazing shows, so something good came out of the month as well! ✨ In other ways, June was also full of fighting for Black Lives Matter and other injustices that are currently happening around the world. That’s why I wanted to include another compilation of links about information and resources if you want to get involved or inform yourself on what’s currently going on!

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πŸ”„ = Reread πŸ’Œ = Library Books 🌈 = Here and Queerathon

🐯 = #YARC2020  ✨= #StartOnYourShelfathonΒ  βŒ› = Digital Arc

Did I chill more this month compared to the previous ones? I’d probably say yes, as I finally did some more rereads instead of chasing after all my library loans and new releases. As an avid reader, it was amazing to finally take the time to revisit some of my favorite worlds and spend time with beloved characters – I reread Simon VS. and Queens of Geek for Pride Month and then also started rereading the Miss Peregrine’s books as I was really in the mood for them πŸ₯° I’ve just ordered the fifth book in the series – The Conference of the Birds – that just came out and I cannot wait to dive into it! In total, I read 17 books, 4 of them graphic novels! I participated in Prideathon this month and read 11 books for the Readathon, among them many new favorite books, something that made me really happy this month. In general, I did read some great books like finally getting to the Wayward Children Series which surprised me by really getting me invested in the story and A Blade So Black, a great Alice in Wonderland retelling ❀

OC Update

I feel like every month I read fewer books for the challenge, but to be honest, I have been doing a lot more mood-reading lately and there is still the rest of the year to read all the books I’ve been wanting to get to. In June I read 3 books out of my comfort zone, one of them an adult graphic novel and the other two YA historical fiction books, one of them also contained a mystery element. I’m really happy with that as I haven’t read that much historical fiction this month, something you can see in my Mid Year Update that I did as we’ve already reached the halfway point of the year 😱

OOCZ_ June

My Calamity Jane (Ashton, Meadows, Hand) β­β­β­β­Β πŸ’ŒΒ 

Bingo Love (Franklin, St-Onge, San, Rae) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ 🌈 

Deadly Curious (Cindy Anstey) ⭐⭐⭐ βŒ›

Prideathon

1. Queens of Geek (Jen Wilde) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸŒˆπŸ”

2. Simon VS. the Homosapiens Agenda (Becky Albertalli) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 🌈 πŸ”

3. Every Heart a Doorway (Seanan McGuire) ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 🌈 πŸ’Œ

4. Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Seanan McGuire) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 🌈 πŸ’Œ

5. Beneath the Sugar Sky (Seanan McGuire) ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 🌈 πŸ’Œ

6. My Calamity Jane (Ashton, Meadows, Hand) β­β­β­β­Β πŸ’ŒΒ 

7. Bingo Love (Franklin, St-Onge, San, Rae) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ 🌈 

8. You Should See Me in a Crown (Leah Johnson) ⭐⭐⭐.5Β πŸ’Œ 🌈 

9. Clap When You Land (Elizabeth Acevedo) ⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ 🌈 

10. The Avant Guards Vol 1. (Usdin & Hayes) ⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ 🌈

11. The Avant Guards Vol 2. (Usdin & Hayes) ⭐⭐⭐.5 πŸ’Œ 🌈

Other Books

12. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs) ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 πŸ”

13. Hollow City (Ransom Riggs) ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 πŸ”

14. Library of Souls (Ransom Riggs) ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 πŸ”

15. A Blade so Black (L.L. McKinney) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ

16. Ghosts (Raina Tegemeier) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ

17. Deadly Curious (Cindy Anstey) ⭐⭐⭐ βŒ›

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Favorite Book πŸ’•

whatiposted

πŸ’Β The Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus Character Book Tag ⚑ It’s Nostalgia Time Again πŸ₯Ί πŸ’Β LGBTQ Recommendations 🌈 If You Like This … Then You’ll Like That

πŸ’ Review: We Used to be Friends by Amy Spalding πŸ’” Friendship Breakups are Hard πŸ’ Mid Year Book Freakout Tag ⭐ Screaming about new faves, disappointment and the passage of time

πŸ’Β Stuck at Home Book Tag 🌺 Priority TBR & β€˜Stuck at home’ Activities πŸ’Β Out of Comfort Zone Reading Challenge πŸ’— Mid-Year Checkin

πŸ’Β Blog Tour: Deadly Curious by Cindy Anstey 🌹 Mystery & Romance πŸ’Β 20 Books by Black Authors I’d Like to Read πŸ“š Backlist Books & 2020 Releases

faveposts

For this section of my wrapup I’m linking up with theΒ Favorite Blog Posts of the MonthΒ Meme thatΒ has been created byΒ Kristin @Β kristinkravesbooks to showcase our favorite blogs of the month!

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life stuff

My Mental Health really took a dive out of the window this month. I feel like quarantine was finally catching up with me in a way. I’ve been at home again after finishing my Bachelor Thesis in Mid-March but only in June did things really get to me. It’s strange that it only happened now, but not having many plans (unlike my family and friends I didn’t return to work or even online classes and most other things were canceled) and being stuck in the same routine took a toll on my mental health. I was beginning to feel increasingly unhappy and just really off – I wasn’t sleeping as well and even keeping up with my Master Applications didn’t give me enough to do. I love blogging and reading, but every day it felt like I was doing the same. Going out more and raking up jogging id help me a lot though – I tried making tentative plans to get out of the house a bit more while still staying safe. At the end of June, I’m feeling a lot better and hope to take up Revision again because I did nothing writing-related all month due to feeling so off. I tried revising but it was so halfhearted, so I stopped and took a break instead of forcing it because I knew I wouldn’t be happy with the results. Let’s hope July is a bit better writing-wise!

Things that made me happy 😊 (I’m just keeping this as a fixed installment in my wrapup now, it’s definitely important to highlight all the good things that have happened instead of only talking about the bad stuff)

  • I watched Sherlock (BBC) and it really helped me. I had this on my watchlist for ages, as I never got around to watching the series in my early Tumblr days (unlike Supernatural, which I discovered back then) and the hype had died down a bit by now.Β  So at the beginning of the month back when I was feeling really out of it, I decided to start a new show and I immediately fell in love with Sherlock. It’s far from being flawless, but I got so attached to the characters, and quite frankly hanging on to the show really helped me when my Mental Health was at its worst. I’m really glad that I gave the show a chance because it meant so much to me this month πŸ’—
  • In general, there was much amazing show news! The third and final season of Dark came out at the end of the month and a new Lucifer Season was announced for the end of August! Lucifer is another one of my favorite shows and due to COVID I didn’t think they had finished filming but apparently, it worked out and now a 6th season was announced as well!! Plus, Queer Eye’s 5th season came out and the Umbrella Academy will be coming back in July. That’s great news for me and my friend Sandra! We rewatched the first two seasons of Dark to prepare to dive into the final season and also watched some Ghibli movies – it all really made me feel happy and relaxed ❀
I love them πŸ’•πŸŒˆ

looking ahead

July finally brings things to look forward to again 🌞 I’ll be (hopefully) going on a short vacation at the end of the month with my family, as we couldn’t do our cruise back in May. We booked a vacation home in a lesser-traveled part of Germany so that it’s not going to be as full as other places might be. I’m quite excited to finally be out of the house again and have a change of scenery, it’s going to be good for me to see something new – while of course still staying safe. It’s just nice to have something to look forward to again, as all plans were suspended this year and I still have no idea where I’ll go to University in the fall, so having some sort of plan is really nice.

Apart from that, I’ll be trying to go outside a bit more to take a walk or go running or just sit on the porch and do some reading πŸ“š I only plan to participate in one Readathon this month and that will be the ReadingRush at the end of July – lasting one week – that I wanted to join last year, but was too late for. I love the sense of community and reading motivation that accompany Readathons, so it will hopefully be a great week full of reading! I also plan to finally read some more of my owned books and don’t have a big TBR that I set for myself, so I can chill even more. I’ll try to make the most of the free time that I have now, as surely things will get busier in the fall and now I have all the time to read the books that I want, do some writing, blogging and generally what I want ❀

A gentle reminder ❀

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What were you up to in June? What was your favorite book this month? I hope you’re staying safe πŸ’

24 thoughts on “What I’ve been up to in June πŸ’ Prideathon & A Difficult Mental Health Time

  1. I am so sorry you had a bad mental health month. The pandemic makes it really difficult on me as well, as it’s so stressful plus it limits what you can do. I’m so glad you found some things, like Sherlock, to help! My boyfriend keeps suggesting I watch that show. On your books, it looks like you had some great reads this month! I hope you do your out of your comfort zone again next year as I’d like to participate for a whole year!

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    1. All the circumstances definitely are making things hard, but it’s the little things that count now. I hope you end up watching Sherlock, it’s definitely a great show 😊 I’ll definitely be doing the Out of Comfort Zone Challenge again next year and I’d love for you to join πŸ₯°

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  2. Congrats on reading 7 books! I also read You Should See Me In A Crown and loved it! I’m currently reading Queen of Geeks and I’m only about 20% in but it’s already turning out to be really interesting!

    I’m so excited for the new Lucifer season too! I haven’t watched Umbrella Academy yet but everyone seems to love it and as S2 is coming out soon, I may just have to watch it!

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    1. Thank you! You Should See Me In A Crown was definitely such a positive book! I also hope that you’ll enjoy the rest of Queens of Geek, it’s one of my absolute favorites πŸ₯°
      Oh yes, I’m so excited!! Especially now that we’ll also get a sixth season! The Umbrella Academy has some flaws, but I loved some of the characters so much, they really have me excited for the second season 😊

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  3. I’m sorry to hear that June wasn’t the best month mental health-wise. And I definitely understand struggling with writing right now… I feel like I barely touched my WIP in June. I hope things start to look up for you in July ❀️
    But wow, 17 books!! I’m glad that you were able to revisit some favorites as well as find some new ones!
    Thanks so much for sharing my posts, and good luck with everything coming up!! Happy July! ❀️😊

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    1. I’m so sad about not using my time more to work on my Revision, but it’s a relief that I’m not alone with my struggles. I hope things are going to be better for us writing-wise in July ❀ Reading definitely made my month a lot better! Always happy to share your posts & I’m hoping that you have a great July πŸ₯°

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  4. I’m glad to hear you were able to reread a few books. πŸ˜€ I’m hoping I can get there in the rest of the summer. I read Every Heart a Doorway in May, and I was so sad it didn’t work for me as much as I thought it would (I rated it three stars) so I’m now unsure if I should continue the series. I’m glad to see that you enjoyed it more than expected. πŸ™‚ I finished You Should See Me in a Crown yesterday, and I thought it was so wholesome and cute; I enjoyed it enough to forgive it the beginning, which really didn’t grab my attention. Thank you *so much* for highlighting our posts. (And so many of them!) 😊 I’m sorry June was a bad month for your mental health, but I’m glad to hear you’re feeling better. ❀️ I do hope July will be better for you, and good luck on your writing! ❀️ I want to start Dark, one of my friends ADORES it, so I’m glad to hear you like it too. πŸ™‚

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    1. It was definitely great to reread a lot of books again, I missed doing that this year πŸ₯° I’m sorry to hear that Every Heart a Doorway didn’t work out for you, it can definitely difficult because the books are all so short and novellas instead of full-length novels. I also liked You Should See Me in a Crown, it had such positive vibes!

      Always happy to share your posts! Thank you so much! I hope you have a great July as well ❀ I hope you star watching Dark, it’s such a fantastic show 😊

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  5. I just dropped by to say hi ! I just found your blog and I am loving it! Your writing style is so fun and engaging ….I’d love to get to know you and become blogger friends! ❀ Looking forward to reading your posts .
    Sorry to hear june has not been such a great month … My june has not been that great I fell in a reading 😦 And reading has been slow !

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  6. june started out pretty rough around here too, but i’m glad things perked up at the last half of the month for you too! i think it’s amazing you ended up taking the time to highlight the good things even through the bad weeks. i remember that back in 2016 i had a journal where everyday i annotated something i was thankful for, and i haven’t done that anymore, but i think it can be a really helpful exercise when you feel overwhelmed with negativity.

    i am so happy to see you should see me in a crown in so many wrap-ups this month! this book is so good and the hype around it makes me very hopeful that we’ll be getting even more titles by leah johnson in the future.

    ahhh, i have yet to watch season 5 of queer eye, but i miss them so much! i will try to finish it soon, i was recently rewatching some of my favorite episodes and this show is just SO good and comforting!

    i hope you have an amazing trip and hopefully the change of scenery will help you even more! wishing you a fantastic july!

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    1. I’m sorry to hear that your June has also been rough, I hope things are getting better for you as well! I actually have a Gratitude Journal to highlight the good things and journaling in it, is honestly so relaxing 😊

      You Should See Me in a Crown was such a positive book, it gave off such good vibes and I definitely think that we’ll get more books by Leah Johson in the future πŸ˜„ I love Queer Eye so much and I’m currently watching the new season with a friend – it’s such a wholesome show ❀

      Thank you! I hope you have a great July as well πŸ₯°

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  7. i’m so sorry to hear that you’ve been having a rough mental health month, caro!! i feel like i’ve been seeing so many say that and it just makes me so sad 😦 i hope july is better for you, though! ❀ 17 books is amazing though, i could only dream of reading that many books!! and i'm so excited for umbrella academy s2, watching that show felt like a surreal experience tbh 😭 good luck with the reading rush and i'm manifesting a great july for you!!

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    1. I don’t know what happened in June, but it was somehow not a good month for a lot of people πŸ₯Ί Thank you! I hope you’ll be having a good July as well ❀ I don’t know how it happened but as usual, I compensated by reading a lot of books 😱 I’m definitely excited for another The Umbrella Academy season, I’m happy to be reunited with my favorite – Klaus πŸ₯° Thank you! 😊

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  8. Sorry that June was a bad mental health month for you Caro – hope that July is better for you! You did so well with blogging and reading though (17 books is so amazing!!) Clap When You Land is on my tbr and I’m so excited to get to it because I loved With The Fire On High. And I love Simon VS!! Definitely need to reread that one soon.

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      1. Thank you, Emme! ❀ I’m definitely happy that I read so many great books, it really made my month better! I hope you end up reading Clap When You Land, it was such a quick read and really hard to put down! I also hope that you get to reread Simon VS πŸ₯°

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