Hello fellow bookworms ☀ The first half of the year is already over 😱 There were at least some sunny days, but apart from that summer hasn’t really arrived here. I never thought I’d say it but I’ve been loving the warmer weather as it opens up more opportunities to go outside and do something, which is a nice change of scenery 🥰 Sadly, I have to start studying for my exams in July, so I’ll be going on HIATUS until the beginning of August. I have one post per week planned to go up and I’ll try to do some blog hopping, but I’ll probably be a lot slower with interacting 😔
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🔄 = Reread 💌 = Library Books 🌈 = #QueerBookFun2021
😊 = Readalong/Buddy Read 📚 = #TackleYourTBR2021 ⌛ = Digital Arc
I read 18 books in June which was a lot more than I anticipated 😱 9 books were graphic novels though, as I participated in the GraphicsAThon again this month and it was so much fun!! It’s nice to switch up things and turn to graphic novels, as I find them easier to read and very comforting 🥰 I also managed to read a lot of books for Pride Month and I discovered many great new books! 🌈 I even read 3 owned books (Heartstopper Vol 4., Let’s Talk About Love & The Downstairs Girl), which is something I want to improve as the year goes on, since I still get the majority of my books from the library. I’m happy with that, but I really need to get some of my owned books read (be it physical or digital), so they don’t gather dust on my shelves (or my Kindle). I’m also very behind on most reviews (that aren’t graphic novels, Arcs or new favorites), but I’ll probably only get around to writing them after my exams 😅
I read 5 books out of my comfort zone this month, which is the most I’ve read within a month so far! I read a multitude of genres in June as well. I loved The Dead and the Dark (YA Mystery), All Boys Aren’t Blue (YA Memoir/Manifesto) and On a Sunbeam (YA Sci-Fi Graphic Novel)! 🥰 I sadly wasn’t a big fan of Honey Girl (New Adult Romance) and The Downstairs Girl (YA Historical Fiction) though.
The Dead and the Dark (Courtney Gould) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⌛ 🌈
All Boys Aren’t Blue (George M. Johnson) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 🎧
On a Sunbeam (Tillie Walden) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 💌 🌈
Honey Girl (Morgan Rogers) ⭐⭐⭐ 💌 🌈
The Downstairs Girl (Stacey Lee) ⭐⭐⭐ 📚
1. Spy x Family Vol 1. (Tatsuya Endo) ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 💌 ➽ Review
2. Spy x Family Vol 2. (Tatsuya Endo) ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 💌 ➽ Review
3. The Tea Dragon Festival (Kay O’Neill) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 💌 🌈 ➽ Review
4. Princess Princess Ever After (Kay O’Neill) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 💌 🌈 ➽ Review
5. The Girl from the Other Side Vol 4. (Nagabe) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 💌 ➽ Review
6. The Girl from the Other Side Vol 5. (Nagabe) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 💌 ➽ Review
7. On a Sunbeam (Tillie Walden) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 💌 🌈 ➽ Review
8. Check, Please! Book 1: #Hockey (Ngozi Ukazu) ⭐⭐⭐ 💌 ➽ Review
9. Spirit Bound (Richelle Mead) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 🔄😊
10. Heartstopper Vol 4. (Alice Oseman) ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 📚 🌈 ➽ RTC!
11. The Dead and the Dark (Courtney Gould) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⌛ 🌈 ➽ Review
12. As Far As You’ll Take Me (Phil Stamper) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 💌 🎧 🌈 ➽ RTC!
13. All Boys Aren’t Blue (George M. Johnson) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 💌 🎧 🌈 ➽ RTC!
14. What We Devour (Linsey Miller) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⌛ 🌈 ➽ RTC on the blog!
15. Let’s Talk About Love (Claire Kann) ⭐⭐⭐.5 💌 🌈 ➽ RTC!
16. Honey Girl (Morgan Rogers) ⭐⭐⭐ 💌 🌈 ➽ RTC!
17. The Downstairs Girl (Stacey Lee) ⭐⭐⭐ 📚 ➽ RTC!
18. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (Yuval Noah Harari) (No Rating) 🎧
For this section of my wrapup I’m linking up with the Favorite Blog Posts of the Month Meme that has been created by Kristin @ kristinkravesbooks to showcase our favorite blogs of the month! 💗
- Nonfiction Books: How to Read More and Recommending my Favorites (Aarushi @ aarushireads)
- Adult Sapphic Romance for Beginners (Althea @ altheaisreading)
- Graphic Novel, Comic & Manga Recommendations | Getting Ready for GraphicsAthon Round 4! 📚❤ & My GraphicsAThon Round 4 TBR 💜💜💜 (Ellyn @ allonsythornraxxbooks)
- the one where I spend way too much on books: a giant summer book haul & Sharing the shade; books I have DNF’d recently (Emme @ aliterarylatte)
- Pride Flag Book Tag (Jayati @ itsjustacoffeeaddictedbibliophile)
- How I Earn Extra Cash to Buy Books & Budgeting Tips! 💰 & 18 Queer Books to Read During Pride & Always (published in 2020 and earlier) (Kal @ readervoracious)
- Are Tom Hiddleston and I compatible (readers)? & What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #61 (Kat @ lifeandotherdisasters)
- Spring cleaning my Goodreads TBR (Kate @ readingthroughinfinity)
- Five specific romantic tropes that deserve better (Lais @ thebookishskies)
- 15 Books to Read This Summer | My Ambitious Summer TBR (Lay @ bookshelfsoliloquies)
- 16 Most Anticipated YA Books For The Second Half of 2021 & 10 Awesome YA Books About Road Trips To Feed Your Wanderlust & Review: Last Chance Books, Kelsey Rodkey (Marie & Nyx @ drizzleandhurricanebooks)
- 50+ 2021 Books Releasing July through December to Look Out For! (May @ foreverandeverly)
- The New Releases Book Tag (Morgan @ morganisreadingagain)
- APRIL & MAY RECAP // book mail, reading and essays oh my! (Ruby @ rubyraereads)
- Twelve Brilliant Beach Reads for the Summer & My Favorite Forms of Media Besides Books & Sabrina’s 2021 Mid Year Challenge Check In & 22 of My Favourite Fast Paced Books & Recommending My Favorite Underrated Books & Books For When You’re Struggling to Focus: A Masterlist (Sabrina & Veronika @ wordyandwhimsical)
- Top 5 | Stop Doing These Things & Be a Stress-free Blogger 💻 & 2021 LGBTQIA+ Book Releases | 50+ Books 🏳️🌈 (Sofii @ abookathought)
- More Books I Add to My TBR Because of Tumblr Edits (Tasya @ theliteraryhuntress)
Things are still busy but there were at least some sunny days. Luckily the cases began dropping here (they were SO high in April/May) and with the weather improving I could finally go to the city again with some Uni friends 🏖 (I had ice cream, we walked along the river and I even had a picnic!!!) I really needed some sunshine and as I’m allowed to use the garden, I sat outside some afternoons, which was also nice! University still kept me busy with many projects and lectures all vying for my attention. For some reason this semester feels a lot busier than the last one 😴 But there’s good news: I finally got my first vaccine shot!!! 🎉 They opened the vaccine for everyone at the beginning of June and I was fortunate enough to get an appointment already because someone had canceled last minute! I’m very grateful for that and my family is going to be fully vaccinated soon, which is a massive relief! I also took a spontaneous trip home at the end of June ❤ It was my last chance before exam season and none of my friends were here, so I used the weekend to catch up with my family!
➽ Shows I Watched in June ❤ As we get closer to exam season, I generally watch less shows, but this month I finished the second season of Ragnorak with my friend and we also started watching Sweet Tooth (which is already a lot of fun)! I also finally finished the second season of Hilda, so now I have to pick out something else to watch on the side 😄
➽ Participating in the GraphicsAThon!! I was looking forward to this Readathon weeks in advance, as I love reading graphic novels and my digital library has so many for me to try out, which is so nice! I can’t believe I used to barely read any graphic novels, but good access has definitely boosted my reading. It’s always nice to mix things up and read something very visual 🥰
➽ Witchshadow Release Date! In case you don’t know, the Witchlands series is one of my all-time favorite series and we sadly didn’t get a new book in 2020. This year however the next book – Witchshadow – finally came out!! I preordered it and it actually came on release date!! (which is unusual, as shipping takes a couple days longer and getting English books during the pandemic has involved lots of waiting at times) In any case, I’m very excited!! ❤ Sadly I have to start studying now, so I might save this book for when I’m not in constant stress 😅
I used this book to finally make a new profile picture 😄
July sadly means exam season 📚 As I already said, I’ll sadly be very busy next month with the upcoming exams and assignments 😔 I’m not really ready to enter exam season again (it felt like I just did it), but this time I’ll only take 2 exams in July/August and push the third one to October, as I wouldn’t be able to do it otherwise. Nevertheless, I’ll try to enjoy the summer a bit (though I wish it would be nicer outside, it has been unsetteled and rainy a lot lately) ☀ I also have some great reads coming up in July and I hope to read some ‘summer books’ over the next two months, that I feel would be perfect for the season 🥰
- Bloodlines (Richelle Mead) 📚 St. Vladimir’s Readalong
- Of Princes and Promises (Sandhya Menon) ⌛
- Fugitive Telemetry (Martha Wells) 🎧
What were you up to in June? What was your favorite book? Any books you plan on reading this summer? I hope you’re staying safe! ❤