Monthly Wrapups

What I’ve been up to in June β˜€ Work, Summer & Witchshadow Release!

June Wrapup

Hello fellow bookworms β˜€ 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 πŸ₯° 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 πŸ˜”

Important Resources



πŸ”„ = Reread πŸ’Œ = Library Books 🌈 = #QueerBookFun2021

 😊 = Readalong/Buddy Read πŸ“š = #TackleYourTBR2021 βŒ› = 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 πŸ₯° 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 πŸ˜…

OC Update

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)! πŸ₯° I sadly wasn’t a big fan of Honey Girl (New Adult Romance) and The Downstairs Girl (YA Historical Fiction) though.

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The Dead and the Dark (Courtney Gould) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ βŒ› 🌈

All Boys Aren’t Blue (George M. Johnson) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 🎧

On a Sunbeam (Tillie Walden) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ 🌈

Honey Girl (Morgan Rogers) ⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ 🌈

The Downstairs Girl (Stacey Lee) ⭐⭐⭐ πŸ“š



1. Spy x Family Vol 1. (Tatsuya Endo) ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 πŸ’Œ ➽ Review

2. Spy x Family Vol 2. (Tatsuya Endo) ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 πŸ’Œ ➽ Review

3. The Tea Dragon Festival (Kay O’Neill) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ 🌈 ➽ Review

4. Princess Princess Ever After (Kay O’Neill) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ 🌈 ➽ Review

5. The Girl from the Other Side Vol 4. (Nagabe) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ ➽ Review

6. The Girl from the Other Side Vol 5. (Nagabe) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’ŒΒ βž½ Review

7. On a Sunbeam (Tillie Walden) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ 🌈 ➽ Review

8. Check, Please! Book 1: #Hockey (Ngozi Ukazu) β­β­β­Β πŸ’ŒΒ βž½ Review

Other Books

9. Spirit Bound (Richelle Mead) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ”„πŸ˜Š

10. Heartstopper Vol 4. (Alice Oseman) ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 πŸ“š 🌈 ➽ Review

11. The Dead and the Dark (Courtney Gould) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ βŒ› 🌈 ➽ ReviewΒ 

As Far as You'll Take Me by Phil StamperΒ 

12. As Far As You’ll Take Me (Phil Stamper) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ 🎧 🌈 ➽ Review

13. All Boys Aren’t Blue (George M. Johnson) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ 🎧 🌈 ➽ Review

14. What We Devour (Linsey Miller) β­β­β­β­Β βŒ› 🌈 ➽ Review

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15. Let’s Talk About Love (Claire Kann) ⭐⭐⭐.5Β πŸ’Œ 🌈 ➽ Review

16. Honey Girl (Morgan Rogers) β­β­β­Β πŸ’Œ 🌈 ➽ Review

17. The Downstairs Girl (Stacey Lee) ⭐⭐⭐ πŸ“š ➽ Review

18. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (Yuval Noah Harari) (No Rating) 🎧


Favorite Book πŸ’•


What I’ve been up to in May 🌸 Gloomy Weather & Lots of Work ~Β What I’m Reading for Pride Month 🌈 2021 releases & BacklistΒ 

GraphicsAThon TBR πŸ“š Round 4 ~Β Most Anticipated Releases of 2021 (July to December) πŸ’•Β 

Arc Review: The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould πŸ’œ Ghosts, Secrets and Smalltowns ~Β Mid Year Book Freakout Tag 2021 ⭐ Talking about my favorites so far


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


life stuff

Things are still busy but there were at least some sunny days.Β  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 πŸ– (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!!! πŸŽ‰ 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!

Things that made me happy 😊

➽ 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 πŸ˜„

➽ Participating in the GraphicsAThon!!Β 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 πŸ₯°

➽ Witchshadow Release Date!Β 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 πŸ˜…


I used this book to finally make a new profile picture πŸ˜„

looking ahead

July sadly means exam season πŸ“š As I already said, I’ll sadly be very busy next month with the upcoming exams and assignments πŸ˜” 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) β˜€ 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 πŸ₯°

Priority Books for July β›…

  • Bloodlines (Richelle Mead) πŸ“š St. Vladimir’s Readalong
  • Of Princes and Promises (Sandhya Menon) βŒ›
  • Fugitive Telemetry (Martha Wells) 🎧

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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! ❀


24 thoughts on “What I’ve been up to in June β˜€ Work, Summer & Witchshadow Release!

  1. So glad you had a good reading month despite uni being busy. πŸ˜€ I’m kind of disappointed The Downstairs Girl didn’t wow you, because I’m planning on reading that soon. (Not that that means that I will actually get to it… I’ve been planning on reading it for months, lol.) I hope your exam season will go well, and don’t worry about not interacting / blog-hopping!! God knows I’ve been awful at it, even though I’m now done with uni. πŸ˜… I’m trying to get more into blog-hopping now though. πŸ™‚

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    1. June was a surprisingly good reading month given everything that was going on πŸ˜„ I hope you still enjoy The Downstairs Girl, especially in the end it got so good!! My exams are finally done and I’m only now catching up with everything πŸ˜… I feel you, sometimes it’s just hard!

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  2. If you ever want to talk about which shows you might want to watch on the side, you know where to find me (DMs on Twitter are probably easiest) – I got all the recs haha
    Also, thank you so, so much for sharing my posts again. Especially the Tom Hiddleston one, cause that was a crazy amount of work and it feels validating to see people enjoy it!! ❀

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  3. great wrap-up!! thank you so much for mentioning my post πŸ’–

    it looks like you’ve read a lot of amazing books this month! the only one from here that i’ve also read is All Boys Aren’t Blue, which i thought was so informative and i’m glad i read it. The Dead and the Dark is on my tbr so i’m glad to see you liked it.

    good luck on your exams and have a lovely july <33

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    1. You’re welcome, Aarushi! All Boys Aren’t Blue was such a fantastic book, I’m happy to hear that you liked it as well! And The Dead and the Dark is so good as well, I hope you enjoy it 😊 Thank you, my exams went well and now I finally have a break! I hope you had a good time as well ❀

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    1. Thank you so much, Emme! πŸ₯° I had a really great reading month in June and the graphic novels helped with that a lot! Thank you, my exams went well and now I finally have a break! I hope you had a good time as well ❀


  4. You had such a great reading month! Haha, come to Hungary them, we’re experiencing a heat wave, it’s been 30-38 Celsius degrees for weeks, it’s finally a little chillier today. πŸ˜… Also, thank you for bringing attention to the horrible laws that are introduced in my country. πŸ˜”
    I also read Heartstopper 4 this month, and I feel the same way about graphic novels! I’m so grateful to be able to borrow some from the library! I’m sorry you didn’t like Honey Girl, it didn’t blow me away either.
    Thank you for mentioning my post!πŸ’•

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    1. June was really a great month for reading! Oh no, sorry to hear that you had such a big heat wave! I much prefer the more rainy weather to the heat! I’m happy to help in some way πŸ™

      Graphic Novels are truly such lifesavers and I’m happy to hear that you also read the fourth Heartstopper volume! Honey Girl on the other hand wasn’t as mindblowing as I was expecting πŸ˜…
      Always happy to share your posts ❀

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  5. Ahh you’ve read so much, that’s amazing! I’m curious to hear your thoughts on Honey Girl, I’ve heard incredible things about this book πŸ™‚
    I’m so happy you got to see your family a little bit this month,yay! I hope that July will be kind to you and all the best of luck with your exams, you can do this! ❀

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    1. June was truly such a great reading month! 😊 I sadly didn’t like Honey Girl as much as everyone else (the writing was trying too hard to be beautiful and the characters fell a bit flat), but it was still a decent read!
      Thank you!! My exams are finally done and I’m happy to have a break ❀


  6. yay for getting your first dose!!!! i got mine in june too and it’s been a relief. i can not wait for my second one.

    june was a great month and i didn’t expect that, considering how tough may was all around. i have a two-week vacation now in july that i’m anticipating *so* hard! hahah can not wait to get a good night sleep and chill.

    wishing you all the luck on your exams and hoping you still find time to enjoy your summer! thank you so much for the shoutout too, caro!

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    1. It was such a relief! I’ve got my second one by now (and I think you did too), so I’m glad at least this is sorted!

      I was pleasantly surprised by how good my reading was in June with everything going on! I hope you enjoyed your vacation in July! ❀ Thank you!! My exams are now finally done and I have my break, so it’s time to relax a bit πŸ₯°


  7. Sending you lots of studying good vibes and I hope you do well on your exams! Yay for your covid jab, too!

    Looks like you had such a good reading month in June – 18 books is amazing! Thanks so much for linking to my posts and I hope you find some downtime this month for fun reading

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    1. Thank you, Kal!! I’m finally done with exams and have my semester break! πŸ₯° June was truly a great reading month, graphic novels always boost my reading! Always happy to share your posts! I hope you had a good time as well ❀


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