My Goings On in June:
- I paused a lot of my regularly scheduled reading near the beginning of this month to read more LGBTQ+ books for Pride Month. Even though I didn’t get reviews up for most of them yet, I was pretty successful at that. I ended up reading 8 LGBTQ+ books in June (and 5 non). Considering I didn’t make the decision until June 6th and I’d already read three books at that point, I don’t think that’s too bad.
- I finished my first pass on that new editing project.
- I continued volunteering at Bernie’s Book Bank. I signed up for their 50-Hour Club, which basically means you pledge to volunteer at least 50 hours in a year. I’m really enjoying it, so I don’t think it will be an issue.
- Things I watched:
- I continued watching Game of Thrones, I’m still on season 5.
- I’ve been watching the new season of The 100!
- I started watching Good Omens. We’re only a couple of episodes in, but we’re really liking this show!
- I watched the Democratic debates. Yep, both of them. Ever since Trump got elected, I’ve felt a little more of an impetus to stay abreast of politics.
Features & Discussions:
June 2019 Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway
May 2019 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch
Fun with SPAM! #7
My Top Ten Unpopular Bookish Opinions
How Often Do You “Randomly” Visit New Blogs? Let’s Discuss.
Why I’m Weird Tag
June 2019 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up & Make Me Read It Giveaway
4th of July Picture Book Spotlight & Author Interview: Blue Sky White Stars by Sarvinder Naberhaus
My 2019 Reading Progress:
I’ve read 95 books so far this year, which puts me 21 books ahead of schedule.
(Actually, I’ve read 96 if you count “Memento” by Kristoff and Kaufman, which I did since it’s 82 pages long—but apparently it’s mystappeared from Goodreads since I marked it read. I don’t get it!)
June 2019 Reviews
- I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn | Review | Rating: Devoured It
- Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes | Review | Rating: Absolutely Addicted!
- Midsummer’s Mayhem by Rajani LaRocca | Review | Rating: Devoured It
- Nikki Tesla and the Ferret-Proof Death Ray by Jess Keating | Review | Rating: Fed My Addiction
- Alistair Grim’s Odditorium by Gregory Funaro* | Review | Rating: Fed My Addiction
- Finale by Stephanie Garber | Review | Rating: Devoured It
- Autoboyography by Christina Lauren | Review | Rating: Devoured It
- Virtually Yours by Sarvenaz Tash | Review | Rating: Fed My Addiction
- Secrets of a Fangirl by Erin Dionne | Review | Rating: Fed My Addiction
- Something Like Gravity by Amber Smith | Review | Rating: Fed My Addiction
*Dual Review with Danielle Hammelef
June Best of the Bunch:
(Best of the Bunch is hosted over at Cocoon of Books. We link up our favorite reads of the month!)
My MG favorite was easily Midsummer’s Mayhem. This was such a fun (and delicious!) book.
For YA, I chose Girl Against the Universe, though Finale was right behind it!
2019 Reading Challenges/Goals Progress:
Progress: 13/21-30 Discussions (Chatty Kathy)
I’m counting my tag as a discussion, which brings me to two for the month.
How Often Do You “Randomly” Visit New Blogs?
Why I’m Weird Tag
All the Little Checkboxes Confuse Me!!
Have Books Ruined Me for Movies?
“Other Stuff” I Like Reading About on Your Book Blog.
I Want to Post It NOW! (AKA One Reason I Almost Never Blog Ahead.)
I’m Addicted to Exclamation Points!!
The Challenge of Running a Successful Meme (or Challenge!)
How Much Is Too Much? Sometimes Life Is Stranger Than Fiction.
Why Audiobooks Are Important.
Bookworm Confession: Swag Isn’t My Thing.
Why I Love the Book Blog Discussion Challenge (Even When I Fail)
Things I Learned About Fairy Tales By Reading the Grimm’s Versions
Progress: 2/12 Classics Read
Nope. None this month.
19th Century Classic
20th Century Classic – Catcher in the Rye
Classic by a Woman Author
Classic in Translation – Grimm’s Fairy Tales
Classic Comic Novel
Classic Tragic Novel
Very Long Classic
Classic From the Americas (includes the Caribbean)
Classic From Africa, Asia, or Oceania (includes Australia)
Classic From a Place You’ve Lived
HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Books and Chocolate
Progress: 37/48 Library Books Read
Only three books from the library this month:
Earlier books for this challenge:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Twilight by Joss Whedon, Brad Meltzer, & Georges Jeanty (reread)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Retreat by Joss Whedon, Jane Espenson & Georges Jeanty (reread)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Last Gleaming by Joss Whedon, Scott Allie & Georges Jeanty
Peasprout Chen, Future Legend of Skate and Sword by Henry Lien
The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: No Future for You by Joss Whedon, Brian K. Vaughan, & Georges Jeanty (reread)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Wolves at the Gate by Joss Whedon, Drew Goddard, & Georges Jeanty (reread)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Time of Your Life by Joss Whedon, Jeph Loeb, & Georges Jeanty (reread)
Winter by Marissa Meyer (audio)
Stars Above by Marissa Meyer (audio)
Far From You by Lisa Schroeder
Rebound by Kwame Alexander
The Color of Lies by CJ Lyons (audio)
A Friendly Town That’s Almost Always by the Ocean! by Kir Fox
Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Cinder by Marissa Meyer (audio, reread)
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (audio, reread)
Cress by Marissa Meyer (audio, reread)
Fairest by Marissa Meyer (audio)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home by Joss Whedon & Georges Jeanty (reread)
The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical Story by Marie Kondō & Yuko Uramoto
We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan & Brian Conaghan
The Lonely Ones by Kelsey Sutton
The Language Inside by Holly Thompson
Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels by J. Warner Wallace
Slayer by Kiersten White
Oblivion by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release by Patrick Ness
The Whispers by Greg Howard
Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd
Solo by Kwame Alexander & Mary Rand Hess
Educated by Tara Westover
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schw
HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Angel’s Guilty Pleasures
Progress: 5 (~1 Connect 5 per month)
My June Theme: LGBTQ+ Books in Interesting Genres/Formats
Firestarter – The main characters in this amazing steampunk series are a clock spirit and a clock mechanic, and their romance is everything!!
The Whispers – This is one of the few MG LGBT books I’ve read, so it’s notable for that reason alone.
Autoboyography – Loved the book within a book and the fact that it features a nuanced discussion of faith and sexuality.
We Contain Multitudes – This one is notable because of the epistolary format. It’s written completely in letters between Jo and Kurl.
Breath of Flowers – This manga features a f/f relationship. I had complicated feelings about this manga–the link goes to my GR review, but I’ll probably post it here on the blog too.
(NOTE: I haven’t reviewed any of these except Firestarter on the blog yet, but they’re all 2019 reads!)
HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Book Date
Progress: 5/12 Books Read
Well, I finished Truthwitch, as promised, and then I also read Carry On. Of course, I’m still one behind for this challenge, but I think I can catch up.
- Truthwitch by Susan Dennard (2016)
- The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner (2016)
- Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab (2017)
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (2015)
- Winter by Marissa Meyer (2015)
- Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (2015)
- UnBound by Neal Shusterman (2015)
- Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes (2016)
- Geekerella by Ashley Poston (2017)
- History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (2017)
- Every Last Breath by Jennifer Armentrout (2015)
- Alienated by Melissa Landers (2014)
- The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis (2016)
- The Princess Bride by William Goldman (1973)
HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Roof Beam Reader
My bookish resolutions for 2019:
- Write the first draft of new MG. I failed at this in June. Barely wrote at all. I’d love to say it’s because I was busy editing, but it’s really procrastination.
- Read 1 review book for every 1 that I receive. Still moving in the wrong direction. I got fourteen books for review this month!! (Again, three of them were surprise bookmail—not my fault.) Which means, so far in 2019 I’ve received 51 books for review. I’ve read/reviewed 44, so now I’m 7 behind!!
- Read at least 6 books on the craft of writing. Um, no. I’ve still only read 1.
- Read at least 12 books written in verse. (Since I’m writing my next book in verse.) None this month, but 7 so far!
Query 50 agents. Or get an agent. ? (I was a wimp and I only queried 12 agents in 2018. At that rate, I might get an agent in like 2050.)Crossed this one off in February when I signed with East/West Literary!! Will I leave it here, crossed-off, for the rest of the year? I just might.
Non-bookish resolution for 2019:
(This one doesn’t count for the challenge, but I’m putting it here so it’s with my other stuff and I’ll hopefully pay attention to it.)
- Work out 3 times per week. Actually doing decent at this, believe it or not.
HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Because Challenges Make Reading More Fun
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