My Goings On in June:
- June was a month of subtle changes. Since the school year technically ended in June, my kids and I are doing less school, BUT we don’t actually stop altogether – and in some ways I feel busier since I have to be pretty hands-on with the stuff we’re continuing (math for my daughter and a special reading program for my son who has learning disabilities).
- I started the copyediting certificate program at UC San Diego.
- I took on a new volunteer leadership role in the children’s ministry at our church that means a bit more time and attention.
- I started my first manga series (Death Note) and watched my first anime series (Blue Spring Ride). Really enjoyed both of these! We also started watching the anime version of Death Note, but decided we weren’t interested enough to watch the whole thing since we’re already reading the manga. I think I prefer the romance type anime.
- I started doing the Couch to 5K program because our family plans to run a 5K in Spetember. This means I’m listening to more audiobooks!
- I started a new series while doing the elliptical – Reign. I’m not managing to watch this as often as past series since I’m running more and doing the elliptical less, but I’m enjoying the series so far!
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My 2016 Reading Progress:
I’ve pulled way ahead on my Goodreads reading goal this summer. I think that’s partially because I’m listening to so many more audiobooks – plus, it doesn’t hurt that eight of my 102 read books were manga! 🙂
June 2016 Reviews
Here’s a recap of the books I reviewed in June:
- The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone | Review | Rating: 2.5/5
- Out of Play by Nyrae Dawn and Jolene Perry | Review | Rating: 4/5
- The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout | Review | Rating: 5/5
- Wanderlost by Jen Malone | Review | Rating: 4/5
- Winging It by Cate Cameron | Review | Rating: 4/5
- The Clay Lion by Amalie Jahn | Review | Rating: 4/5
- The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh | Review | Rating: 3.5/5
- The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh | Review | Rating: 4.5/5
- The Moth & the Flame by Renee Ahdieh | Review | Rating: 4/5
- The Crown & the Arrow by Renee Ahdieh | Review | Rating: 2/5
- The Mirror & the Maze by Renee Ahdieh | Review | Rating: 3/5
- 738 Days by Stacey Kade | Review | Rating: 4.5/5
- Moonchild by Kate L. Mary | Review | Rating: 4/5
- Summer of Supernovas by Darcy Woods | Review | Rating: 4/5
- This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab | Review | Rating: 5/5
- Porcelain Keys by Sarah Beard | Review | Rating: 4/5
- The Accident Season by Katie Coyle | Review | Rating: 4.5/5
- Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Moira Fowley-Doyle | Review | Rating: 2.5/5
- Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone | Review | Rating: 4.5/5
- Zero by Morgan Dark | Review | Rating: 3.5/5
June Best of the Bunch:
The Best of the Bunch meme is hosted over at Cocoon of Books and encourages us to pick our favorite book of the month! I use books I reviewed this month for this meme, rather than books I read.
I couldn’t possibly decide between these two. I love them both, and they’re so different that it’s very hard to even compare them!
Status: 22/49 Discussions posted
I don’t think I’ll make it to my goal with this challenge, but I pretty much knew it was an impossible goal. (I actually meant to change the highest level to be a little less this year, but I forgot until after I’d already posted the goals.) Still, having that high goal encourages me to post a discussion every week as often as possible!
The Perils of Growing a Bigger Blog
Is Celibacy Shaming a Thing?
Fun with Spam!
#BEA16 Day One Wrap-Up & Giveaway!!
#BEA16 Day Two Wrap-Up & Jennifer Niven Holding Up the Universe Giveaway!!
#BEA16 Day Three Wrap-Up and Giveaway
Do Stats and Reports Help You?
Do Author Bios Ever Make You Want to Read a Book?
BEA is Coming Soon! What You Need to Know. (BEA Tips)
A Completely Useless (but kind of fun) Bookish Infographic
The Series Dilemma
Sometimes You Just Need to Disappear for a Little While
How Much Do You Read?
The Fine Line Between “Inspired By” and “Copycat”
Can Book Blogging Lead to a Job
Some Books Just Aren’t All That Memorable
Books that Intimidate Us
2015 End of Year Book Survey
Replying to Comments on Older Posts
What Blogging Has Done to My Bookshelves
What Type of YA MC Would You Be?
Culling the TBR
Status: 3/5 Books Read
Every Last Word involved LOTS of poetry, so I’m counting that one toward this challenge!
HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Shooting Stars Mag
Status: 11/12 Books Read
The Wrath & the Dawn Series was set in Persia (I only counted the actual books in my total, not the novellas)
Moonchild by Kate L. Mary – the main love interest in this one is dark skinned (I believe black, but I’m actually not sure.)
Sadly, I just realized now that I didn’t review a single book in June (Pride month) that featured LGBTQ main characters! I should have been more intentional about that.
Status: 10/21-30 Books Read
The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Ugh! I’m not doing great with this challenge. The combination of BEA and some tours I’ve signed up for has made it nearly impossible!
Status: 5/12 Series Finished
I read the entire Wrath & the Dawn Series this month!
HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Love at First Page
Status: 6/9-10 New Series
The Wrath & the Dawn counts for this one too!
HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Lisa Loves Literature
Don’t forget to link your June wrap-up posts up to the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up! And check out the giveaway, which will be posted right here on FYFA on the 9th!