June 2019 || Monthly Wrap Up

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!

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On the Come Up by Emma Mills

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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

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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

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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 || 6 YA Novels I Couldn’t Put Down // ft. Mini Reviews & Much Fangirling!!

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

 

Top Post

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

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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!

Declined

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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!

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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.

Pending

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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!!!

2019 Reading Challenge

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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!

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34 thoughts on “June 2019 || Monthly Wrap Up

  1. Coral sounds really interesting. Thanks for all the new blog recs! ❤ And glad you're liking yoga. Good luck with running! I suck at those but I'm always impressed at people who can.

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  2. Sounds like you had a lovely June! Glad you enjoyed the 30 Days of Yoga challenge, I actually sprained my rib muscle a few weeks ago doing yoga and while I’m itching to get back to doing it I’m also a tad nervous because I clearly did something not good last time!

    Well done on taking the leap to Twitter (or re-leap) I’m still not on Twitter and keep uhmming and ahhing about it. Pointers welcome 😛

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    1. I did, thank you! Oh man … I just bruised my foot during a power class, which sucked. But I’m just taking it easy today with a gentle tune up class.

      Ha-ha!!! It’s great to have, especially if you’re looking for more read-a-thons and such. I find the community pretty big. I just don’t overthink it. My posts on Instagram and Twitter are automatically published onto it, so I just go on if I want to browse.

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      1. YES! I used to trick my friends who would say, “oh … so your fitness is stretching?” I would be like YEEEEESSS come with me! And then I’d take them to a power or vinyasa class … MUAH HA HA HA HA!!

        YES! If you have any questions you can email me! It’s somewhere in your post settings 🙂

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  3. I’m so glad you had a great June! Thank you so much for sharing two of my posts, I’m so happy you enjoyed them. Our buddy read was definitely the bookish highlight of my month. 😉

    I’m looking your new Instagram theme! Your photos are so aesthetic ahhh. Congrats on your new Twitter! I’m not on book twitter, but am cheering you on from afar (aka in the comments of your blog and on insta, haha).

    Hope you have the most wonderful July! ❤

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    1. Awe me too! I loved doing the buddy read! I have a few more lined up this year and I’m so excited!!

      Thank you! It’s been a lot of fiddling around with VSCO and Lightroom CC ha-ha! The Twitter is great for finding and participating in read-a-thon’s so I’m happy I decided to get it 🙂

      Have a wonderful July as well, darlin’!

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  4. Sweetie!! makes me so happy to be there for you & welcome to Twitter again, so glad you join in! you’re an INCREDIBLE human being ❤️
    Thank you SO much for mention my post! and I love seeing you’ve enjoyed all your readings this month, that’s super cool!
    I hope your July is even better 😊👏🏻

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  5. What a month! I’m glad to see a lot of good things happening!
    I’m glad to hear you enjoyed On the Come Up!! Such a good book! ☺️
    I’m glad to read the yoga is going well! I can’t say that I’ve done much work out this month other than a heck gone of walking 😂😂 I need to get on my bike again!!
    I’ve loved your photos on insta… your theme is better than my random post here and there 😂

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    1. I really enjoyed it! THUG’s still my fav but I liked this one too. I didn’t end up fully completing the 30 days (short by 4) but it helped me really see how much I love yoga and fitness! NOW I start running … which I’m NOT excited for but I really want to try.

      Thank you!! I always struggle with a good insta theme ha-ha! And I like your feed!

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      1. Damn, that’s still really good you only missed four days! Yeah, running isn’t my fave so I wish you the best on that! 😀

        Aw, thank you, I’m glad 🙂 Plus there could always be worse struggle right? 😛

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  6. So! First of all, great job at reviewing most of the books you read this month! Maybe it’s just me, but I find writing reviews so difficult :O June was the first month when I actually wrote reviews for all books I read (WHAT?!), only because I’m participating in “20 Books of Summer” challenge which basically means that I have to read AND review 20 books this summer. Since I didn’t want to fail right away, I made sure I wrote those reviews. 😀

    And YAY! for NetGalley requests and approvals. I saw «100 Days of Sun Light» on there, but didn’t request and then when I saw the review on your blog I immediately regretted not requesting it. Aahah

    I always admired people who could run long distances. I think it’s some sort of super power. Lol Hope you’ll enjoy your “training” ❤

    Here's to an even better July!

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    1. Thank you!! I try 😉 I tend to write my reviews a day or two after I’ve read them because if I don’t I’ll forget what I wanted to write ha-ha! Oh and it’s definitely not just you … I find them very challenging ha-ha!!

      That’s amazing!! Good on you!! I technically wrote reviews for all the books I read but due to some complications I’m not posting one. But oh well … I got enough out ha-ha!!

      It’s so gooooood, Alex!! I fell in love with the writing so much!

      Thanks … I’m excited but not at the exact same time ha-ha!!! We shall see *fingers crossed*

      Have a lovely July, darlin’!

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  7. I’m happy to see that your June was good! 😀
    I really want to read Red, White and Royal Blue. I have heard so many amazing things about that book and I’m glad to see that you enjoyed it as well. Also, great job at getting ahead of your reading challenge! 😀 That is seriously the best feeling. My goal is to read 52 books as well!

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    1. All those wonderful things you’ve heard are so true!! I really do hope you enjoy it, but I have no doubt that you will 🙂

      And thanks! And I know, eh??? I like knowing I have some leeway in case I fall behind one week,, though I’ve been REALLY into reading this year (YES) so I’m not overly concerned 🙂

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  8. I’m so happy June treated you well, Jenna!! Seeing family and friends, completing a 30 day yoga challenge, and focusing on social media outlets sound like an awesome way to spend a month! Thanks for linking to the Orangutan Librarian’s post! I hadn’t read it before, and it was certainly eye-opening! And, I’m so happy I was able to welcome you into the Twitter community! ❤

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    1. Thanks! I didn’t fully complete the 30 days but it did get me back into yoga and fitness! I’m one of those people that needs the PUSH to do fitness but once I get to it I really enjoy it ha-ha!

      I’m kind of obsessed with The Orangutan Librarian’s posts lol! They’re always so gooooood! And the titles are really catchy.

      And thank you! You definitely did! I don’t go on it as much as I do on Instagram, but it is nice to have it again 😉

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      1. I’m the absolute same with fitness! I’m so bummed that I’ve fallen out of my routine these past two weeks (vacation + some health issues that have been making it difficult), but I’m itching to get back into it! 🙂

        The titles and artwork in the Oraguntan’s posts are always so catchy!

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      2. I hope your health issues have gotten better! And the nice thing is you can always start back up again! i try not to punish myself if I miss fitness for a while, since I can always just get that motivation and drive to get back at it!

        I know eh?? The discussion posts are so catchy!

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