Hello beautiful people!
June was a lovely month! My family came to visit me, my close friend from British Columbia visited for a couple of days, I feel PRETTY good about my 30 days of yoga challenge and I’ve been overall happy with my blog and connected social media outlets. I’ve been getting better at not letting the numbers make me feel happy or sad, which has honestly helped with my anxiety levels lol!
Oh! Summer finally arrived in Canada! Don’t ask about spring … I don’t think it remembered that it comes after winter. But oh well!
On the Come Up by Emma Mills
Synopsis: “Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri’s got big shoes to fill. But now that her mom has unexpectedly lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it …”
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Synopsis: “A big-hearted romantic comedy in which First Son Alex falls in love with Prince Henry of Wales after an incident of international proportions forces them to pretend to be best friends … First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations …”
100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons
Synopsis: “When 16-year-old poetry blogger Tessa Dickinson is involved in a car accident and loses her eyesight for 100 days, she feels like her whole world has been turned upside-down. Terrified that her vision might never return, Tessa feels like she has nothing left to be happy about. But when her grandparents place an ad in the local newspaper looking for a typist to help Tessa continue writing and blogging, an unlikely answer knocks at their door: Weston Ludovico, a boy her age with bright eyes, an optimistic smile…and no legs …”
So apparently, my lists are just going to keep getting SUPER long because I’ve ACTUALLY had time to work on my blog AND read other peoples’ posts! Best of both worlds!
Purely Olivia || 3 Hard-Hitting YA Novels I Loved // ft. mini reviews + adoration!!
Book Bastion || Review | Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
Pearl Bayou || Spine Study :: Daughter of the Pirate King
The Little Book Affair || Book Review | With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
The Orangutan Librarian || Addressing “Entitled” Fans
An Average Life || Book Review; The Girl In Red- Christina Henry
The night is dark and full of books || The girl from the other side || Manga first impression
A Book. A Thought. || ARC Review || All of Us with Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil
Ashes Books & Bobs || Egotistical Authors
The Orangutan Librarian | Addressing “Entitled” Fans
Firstly … if you aren’t following The Orangutan Librarian … what are you doing with your life!? Get on that right now! This blog is just … goals … honestly, I hope to be as epic as writing posts as The Orangutan Librarian.
To be frank, I had NEVER heard of the term “Entitled Fans” before reading this post. The Orangutan Librarian goes very in-depth, providing multiple popular instances of when this term has been predominantly used and discussing both sides with the concept “Entitled Fans”. What’s brilliant about this post though is it gets you thinking and wanting to talk about it too. I think one of the hardest thinks about writing a discussion post is knowing your audience and finding ways to engage everyone … The Orangutan Librarian doesn’t struggle with that at all. So make sure you give it a read!
Guys … I actually REQUESTED BOOKS OFF OF NETGALLEY … WHAT MAGIC IS THIS?! I finally caught up on ARCs and I’ve been saying no to quite a few … they just don’t seem to be my cup of tea. So I thought, why not try requesting books again?
Number of books requested: 5
100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons — Her debut novel, Abbie’s a well-known booktuber with a rising in popularity Instagram. Honestly, the cover drew me at first … but the story actually sounds beautiful!
We Are Lost and Found by Helene Dunbar — Not gonna lie, this decline hurt! I was REALLY hoping my request would be accepted. But honestly, I’m not overly shocked. I haven’t requested a lot on NetGalley so I don’t really have an epic ratio. I’m definitely grabbing this one from the library when it’s available!
Coral by Sara Ella — I’m a mermaid lover, so I thought this story would be cute. Unfortunately, I was turned down. I might pick it up when it’s available to purchase or available at the library though.
The Infinite Noise (The Bright Sessions #1) by Lauren Shippen
The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey
Well … would you look at that … I’m still AHEAD of the game … MUAH HA HA HA HA!!!
There are two new features that have been added: WWW Wednesday and Down the TBR Hole. I’ve always wanted to do these, but the hiatus on Top 5 Wednesdays helped push me to finally start on them. They won’t be something I do every week — just when I feel like it.
Oh! I also created a Twitter account! YAY! Once upon a time … I used to have a Twitter account … but then I grew overwhelmed and ran for the hills. But now I’m taking part in The Book Junkie Trials Read-a-thon, which doesn’t require but emphasizes the use of Twitter. So I thought to myself, why not give it another go? So IF you have Twitter and I haven’t found you yet, please let me know in the comments so I can add you! Also, thank you to the lovely people who shouted out my account and made me feel welcomed!! Kelly @ Another Book in the Wall, Sofii @ A Book. A Thought. and Lois @ My Midnight Musing — you three made me smile and laugh so hard!! I love this community!
So for … since forever, I’ve always wanted to try a rustic/moody/earthy Instagram feed. Problem was … I NEVER really understood how to get the theme ha-ha! After talking with a colleague and learning some stuff on YouTube, I think I finally have it down! You’ll SLOWLY see some changes if you follow my account … if you do, please let me HONESTLY know how you feel about it! I’m very excited to finally give this a try! Oh, and thank you Zuky (the BookBum) for telling me how to get the fancy Instagram fonts!! Her feed has gotten SERIOUSLY GOOD over the last year … so if you like Instagram, check hers out. Still find it funny that she JUST recently realized she has a theme lmao!
I’m not sure if this counts as a blog update, but I did partake in TWO buddy reads this month! Olivia @ Purely Olivia and I read Angie Thomas’ On the Come Up together, which was a REALLY FUN and interesting read. Rebecca @ Bookishly Rebecca and I read Red, White & Royal Blue, which was HILARIOUS and absolutely adorable.
Lots of lovely things happened this month! My mom and dad came to visit the weekend before Father’s Day, which was a blast — we were lucky to have some beautiful weather! My friend also came to visit from British Columbia, which was wonderful since I haven’t seen him since January. Our adventures basically consisted of walking, food, walking, food, lounging, food … did I mention food? Oh! And a deadly game of Catan with our other friend … yea … friendships are put on hold for that ha-ha!
The rest of my month has HONESTLY been highly focused on reading and yoga. I mentioned this last month, but I decided to partake in the 30 Days of Yoga challenge at the studio I go to. Since I tend to ALWAYS do power classes, I was EXHAUSTED by week two … and started to be smart and include some light flow classes. It was really fun, especially since I feel as though I’ve been lacking yoga in my life. The whole experience made me realize that as much as strength training is healthy, it’s not my passion — I really missed yoga. So for July, I’m going to work around finding a fitness routine that caters to my yoga as the priority.
Apparently, I’m also going to start running — since my dad wants me to participate in some 5K runs with him … and he’s a good runner, so I need to get on that ha-ha!