Monthly Wrap Up/ Favorites

June Wrap-Up! ✨ aka the month I read a lot of 5 stars books ✨

Hello lovelies!! Welcome to my June Wrap Up!

Can you believe that in six months we’re in 2022? Not to alarm you but time is moving FAST!! Can you feel me panicking? I’m so thankful for books providing me the much-needed escapism from the passage of time. (Yes I’m losing it).

June has been my best reading month so far because I read so many books I gave 5 stars to and I discovered a few favourites!

Books read: 12 🥳
Pages read: 4006 pages
Reading goal: 49/70 books (15 books ahead of schedule).

5 STARS 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St. Clair. If you've followed me for a while, you know that I have a rating system inspired by Greek mythology. The highest rating ever is a "Persephone" which is 5 stars. A Touch of Darkness is the Hades and Persephone retelling of my dreams. Steam, angst, drama, love; yes please!

The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare. One word: yes. The marriage of convenience trope was done beautifully and I couldn't get the story out of my head. This book was simply perfection. Also it's a Beauty and the Beast retelling?? Even more perfect

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta. I read this beautiful and poetic book in one sitting and it moved me to tears. It's such an important story about finding yourself and trying to belong when you're different.

Xeni by Rebekah Weatherspoon. This is a contestant for one  of my favourite books of the year. This was amazing. Once again, the was the marriage of convenience trope, with amazing bi rep (both the hero and heroine) with great steam and a convincing plot. What more does a girl need? 

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas. The most wholesome book ever. This had (as far as I know), great trans rep, an amazing insight into latinx culture, a great magic system and a cute romance. I cannot recommend this book enough!

Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar. Okay, the fake dating trope is one of my favourite tropes ever and in this book it was carried out perfectly. I loved it so much. The book also had muslim rep which I think was very accurate and touching, as well as two South Asian (from Bangladesh!!) main characters and great bi rep too. The book tackled so many subjects in a sensible and simple way and I enjoyed reading this tremendously.

Cool for the Summer by Dahlia Adler. This book was the perfect read for Pride month. It was a very quick read (especially on audiobook)!! The bi representation was PERFECT and I loved so many aspects of the story (my review will be up soon). It was heartwarming, fun and cute with a little bit of angst and drama; Just how I like 'em.


Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé. One of my favourite books ever. EVER. EVER. (My full review will be up soon!)

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston. This book was everything I dreamed of and it did not disappoint one bit. I absolutely love McQuiston's writing style and the way they write their characters. I'm forever going to miss the characters from this book! (My review will also be up soon for this one too!)

4 STARS 🌟🌟🌟🌟

An Offer From A Gentleman by Julia Quinn. I am still obsessed with Bridgerton and I am determined to finish every single book in the series. This one was a little disappointing because it was a Cinderella retelling and I didn't expect that but Quinn's writing style was still as cute, funny and witty as ever and I still had a great time reading this one!

Lying with Lions by Annabel Fielding. This book was an ARC kindly provided by the author and it was a very nice surprise! This isn't the type of book I usually go for, but it was a pleasant read and I can only recommend it. Here's my full review.

No rating

I gave in to peer pressure (it works!) and finally read this very strange but entertaining book. I think I’m going to dedicate a post to this book because i have many *thoughts*.

Favourite posts from the month

Aside from my existential crisis in the introduction of this post, June has treated me amazingly! I have finished my first year of my master’s degree and even started working here and there so it was a nice change to sleep without that academic guilt.

I also felt like rebranding and commissioned a book blogger to make the design of my blog but unfortunately the artist had some personal problems and the project was cancelled. I completely understand, of course, but I am still sad the revamp didn’t happen. If any of you know an artist or a book blogger that designs blogs and whose commissions are open, please let me know!

I also want my various bookish platforms to grow (especially my Instagram account) so I decided I was going to start making reels and even joining Tiktok and creating bookish content. I am the most awkward person ever, and I can’t stand to hear my voice or see my face on camera so that should be a fun experience 😂. But I also want to challenge myself and recommend books; make funny videos and connect with more people. Since I have the time, I also want to put more time and effort into my blog, by posting more regularly and post content I’m proud of. let’s see where this new adventure takes me (and wish me luck please!).

How has June treated you? What are some of your goals for July?

Let me know in the comments! xx

Monthly Wrap Up/ Favorites

June Wrap-Up + Life Update!

Hello lovelies!

June has been my busiest month so far. It started with me getting the responses back from my applications for my master’s degree in International Relations. I have had a lot of positive results and I got into France’s best Law School in Paris! I will begin in September! It was the best news I have received this year. Also I had my last semester’s exams from the 22nd to the 29th of June. Each day, the exams lasted six hours on end for six days and it was very demanding psychologically and physically and I’m still trying to get some rest from that. I had been preparing for the exam for two years and it was supposed to be the final step for my bachelor’s degree but due to covid-19 in was postponed from April to June, at the same time as I had my master’s applications’ results. It was very hectic. That is all thankfully over.

Then there has been the Black Lives Matter movement which has taken a lot of my time and mental health. I used to get lost in the ” bookverse” (Bookstagram, book bloggers, Booktube) has an escape and now everyone was talking about racism everywhere. It was so painful seeing everyone coming forth and sharing their stories of racism and it revived some of my own trauma so I have tried to disconnect with the Internet and everything that was going around but I was also soaking up all the resources (podcasts, books, interviews, essays…) because they were precious. It was both painful and soothing. And I’m very grateful that the world is slowly changing and moving.

Continue reading “June Wrap-Up + Life Update!”
Monthly Wrap Up/ Favorites · Uncategorized

June Wrap Up!

Hello everyone!

I can’t believe June is already over!  I had such a productive month! I did not get the exam results I hoped for but I got a lot of time to rest and relax and that meant more reading time! I read a fair amount of books and watched a lot of TV! Here are my June favourites!

 

Books I’ve Read

 

 

Link for reviews:

The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston – Review

The Beholder by Anna Bright – Review

Alexa, tout en nuances by Erika Boyer – Review

 

TV shows:

AAAABeOlPFhpoNIpUekqZEp_CA7--ZTij01Oc73fVURCxZQoyMHjOZhiCUhK2E0jrCsrPkq9HFSF583V_akJO8TDIzvu2s392SQSd-O9ZuI9UCxHqIoPpQmaSex Education

I have a lot of catching up to do regarding TV shows but I finished watching Sex Education and it was so cool! I really love all the characters and how it tackles all those ‘taboo” topics such as abortion, masturbation and so on.

 

dcf90fe26b059cefbd297e1261dbcf9d04e2f36333db857481693e7d1de3d1753b075756Big Little Lies Season 2

I missed these characters soooo much! I love how we get to see how everyone deals with the aftermath of his death and the trauma that ensues and everything that unraveled in the first season. I can’t wait to see how this season endsIfIg you haven’t seen the first season I highly recommend it! The show and the actors have won awards for their performances including a Golden Globe for Alexander Skarsgård!!

Movies:

91kPp-nNY7L._SY606_I have finally watched Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Burr Steers,  adapted from Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel! I’m a sucker for P&P retellings and I loved the horror, gothic twist of the story! It was just badass and feminist and I liked how the Bennet sisters were portrayed. The cast was so well-chosen sepecially Darcy and Mr. Collin. It’s also funny that IRL Matt Smith and Lily James are dating when Lily James plays Elizabeth Bennet and Matt Smith plays Mr. Collins.

Favourite blog posts from fellow bloggers:

 

What are your June favourites? Let me know in the comments!

Karla