The first half of the year is officially over! We only have two more months of summer! I feel like every year time starts passing quicker and quicker, which is very scary to think about. So, instead of thinking about scary things, let’s do a quick (or as quick as possible) recap of June and everything that happened last month.
WHAT HAPPENED IN JUNE
1 – I finally received my 100 Reviews NetGalley badge! I joined Netgalley in 2016. 2017 was the year of ARCs, I read so many NetGalley ARCs that year, it was crazy! This year I’m also back on NetGalley, requesting ARCs (often, too many), reading them as quickly as possible and writing those reviews. (and panicking about all of my undread ARCs, but I can’t just stop requesting them… the NetGalley “request” button is stronger than me!)
The next badge is for 200 Reviews… Maybe in 2021? 😀
2 – It’s been more than a year that an IKEA store opened nearby. I’ve been wanting to get myself one of those white Billy bookshelves since the opening date and it finally happened in June! I actually had to buy two bookshelves because we managed to break the first one as soon as we brought it home. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ It was one of those speechless moments when you aren’t sure whether you should laugh or cry 😀
Now I have FOUR bookshelves in my apartment and still not enough space to place all of my books in one row. #READERPROBLEMS
3 – Last month I was also able to read a book in one day! It was a shorter book, only about 200 pages, but I’m still very happy about it. It was «One Word Kill» by Mark Lawrence, the first book in his new YA Sci-Fi trilogy about time travel and a lot of quantum physics.
4 – Mark Lawrence commented on one of my Instagram photos and Blake Crouch liked my tweet!!! HOW DID THAT HAPPEN??? WHAT???? I’m still shocked, but very happy!
5 – We went to aquapark for a day! It was so much fun! Here is a photo of me and my cousin enjoying the rides! 😀 My boyfriend got some bad sunburns, I’m still as pale as I was before we went. Everything went according to the plan 👍😉
6 – I’m also noticed that I’ve turned into a neat phreak. My behavior reminds me of my grandma, and I’m not sure that is a good thing… 😀 JK, my grandma is awesome, but still, I need to chill a bit. I spent all month dusting, cleaning, washing, and cooking, trying to put the apartment in a perfect state of cleanliness that is probably impossible with 4 cats and 2 dogs constantly shedding.
Uh! Oh! I baked banana bread with nuts and raisins, and it was DELICIOUS!
7 – Speaking about pets, with so many of them there is always some sort of emergencies happening. In June we had to rush to the vet because one of my dogs refused to get up or walk. He is alright now, but it was very scary. The vets couldn’t explain what was wrong with him, but luckily he felt fine on the next morning after some pills.
8 – Other things that happened in June:
- Jenna tagged in me in an amazing Journal Diary post that I’m very excited about!
- I watched tons of League of Legends! The summer split begun early June and I’ve been having so much fun watching my favorite teams! (usually while writing my blog posts 😀 ).
- We started watching Big Little Lies! We’ve only seen the first 2 episodes so far. I really like it (not sure about my bf).
- I’ve been reconsidering my prejudice towards Haruki Murakami books and might give one of them a try. I have a collection of his short stories, maybe I’ll like them more than I expect.
- June was very busy. I tried my best to stay active on the blog, Instagram and Twitter, but there definitely were some days when I have no time to check the social media at all. Hopefully, July will be a little less busy.
9 – I only managed to complete 2/6 monthly goals:
|X|| 1 – My number one priority for June was to finish three books – «Circe», «Miracle Creek» and «Keeping Lucy». |
Unfortunately, I only finished two and still need to read «Miracle Creek»!
|X|| 2 – My second goal was to read ARCs. |
And I did read ARCs, but not the ones I mentioned in my June Goals post. Those will be migrating for July and August.
|✔|| 3 – I challenged myself to participate in the “20 Books of Summer” challenge that consists of reading AND reviewing 20 books this summer.|
I’m very happy to say that I read a total of 7 books in June and I reviewed them all. Some of the reviews are already up, others will be coming up later this summer.
|X|| 4 – Tackle my long blogging To-Do list. |
Nope, didn’t happen. The list just got longer.
|✔|| 5 – Learn how to Twitter. |
I was semi-active on Twitter in June, and met a lot of new book bloggers ❤
|X||6 – Go to the beach. |
I mean… we went to aqua park, does that count??
MONTHLY READING STATS
The books this months weren’t the longest. In fact, three of them were barely more than 200 pages long. So even though it seems like I’ve read a lot, I didn’t. I only read a total of 2107 pages across these seven books. I’m still happy I read, because I’ve been feeling the reading slump creeping up for a couple of months now, so I’m always on the verge of falling into it.
*Fingers Crossed* I’ll be able to read more ARCs in July and review them all to complete my “20 Books of Summer” Challenge!
JUNE TOP TEN TUESDAY POSTS
JUNE BOOK REVIEWS