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June Wrap-Up

Hey guys…

If this post lacks energy: It is 3 a.m., I just got finished editing a short story for a friend, and my head is pounding. To say I don’t want to be writing this right now is an understatement. But I’m already three days late, and I didn’t really want to push it any further, especially since I have no more scheduled posts after today.

Many of you may have noticed that I haven’t been around lately. It’s been 14 days since I’ve responded to comments or even logged on to my blog, to be honest, and to anyone who has visited or commented in this time, thank you so much. You are all amazing people, and I will get to your comments soon, I promise. It is the July the 4th weekend for me, so I’m unsure if I’ll have a lot of time at hand, or none at all, the next few days. My main goal is to take the next week to catch up on my blog and some posts I missed during the month.

Everything basically just went dead for me during June. I’ve been off of social media, so Twitter and Bookstagram were both completely inactive during June. Even my Goodreads wasn’t really being updated. I was doing so good with my blog and everything else, so I’m really hoping I can get back into it soon. I’m sorry to everyone who follows me, and I hope you’ll continue to stick with me.

So now let’s get on to the wrap-up portion.


Reading

I did two readathons in June: PJO Olympic Games and Make Your Myth Taker readathon. Both took place the entire month, and had prompts and TBR lists you can find here in my original TBR post. I didn’t “finish” either of them (although I can argue I finished Myth Taker given that they redacted their guidelines after…stuff happened). I did get a decent amount of reading done though…and by reading, I mean audiobooks. I know, I know. I constantly complain about hating audiobooks. But I was having problems reading physical books, and this was the only other option….also finding books I already own for prompts is hard, okay.

My Goodreads goal is worse every time I look at it. I’m 22 books behind now. I’ve read 28 books this year out of 100. Which I only read 28 books the entirety of 2019, so… I’m okay with that.

Now on to my books!

  • As Old As Time by Liz Braswell – The second books I’ve read in the Twisted Tales series. It was better than Once Upon a Dream in my opinion, but I was still a little disappointed. I will continue to read this series, but I must say it’s not a favorite.
  • Seekers: The Quest Begins by Erin Hunter – I first read this book in 6th grade. I read the entire series but never got around to the second series, Return to the Wild. I do still kind of want to read it. Unfortunately, this is where my reading problems kicked in. I couldn’t get past chapter 3 and had to switch to the audiobook. I probably won’t do a review for this book, but I could change my mind.
  • Broomsticks and Burials by Lily Webb – I randomly found this by searching for “occult themes” on Amazon Kindle because … witch prompts. Surprisingly, the entire series is also available as audiobooks on the site my library uses. That made me very happy. Especially after listening to the first book. It was really cute and funny, and I can’t wait to read/listen to the rest.
  • Feral Youth by Shaun David Hutchinson and a bunch of other people – This came as a surprise. It’s an anthology where a group of teens take turns telling stories while trying to make their way back to civilization. I needed a last minute book that took place in the wilderness that was available via audiobook and voilà, this showed up. I almost turned it off after 2 minutes because of cursing, but I stuck with it and was pleasantly entertained. It’s very…interesting.
  • Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson – I’ve tried to read this book twice. I did not even make it halfway through either time. No idea why. I love the concept, and Max, but I just couldn’t ever get through it. So I tried the audiobook. I had the same issues, but at least I could make myself get through it since it didn’t require physical reading.
  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – I will not be writing a review for this book. This was a reread. I think Wayward Son took some of the enjoyment away for me. This was also a audiobook, and while I still enjoyed the story, I didn’t find myself drawn to it like I was before. And I kind of hated that. And it wasn’t for the lack of trying on the narrator’s part because he was actually quite nice to listen to.

Blogging

  • If you missed any of my reviews in June, click on the title you wish to visit!

Saving the Griffin || There’s Something About Sweetie || The Merciful Crow || One Breath Away

Writing

  • Why did this ever become a writing blog? No idea.
  • I should mention it’s camp NaNoWriMo this month.
  • To be fair, in the spirit of NaNo, I am at least editing fanfiction during July. Everything else is temporarily on pause.

Next Month’s Possibilities

  • I already mentioned above I’m working on fanfiction. Miraculous Ladybug fanfiction. Angst-like, but I enjoyed writing it and can’t wait to share it. My aim is only the one story (it’s about 18,000 words), but I may quick edit a few shorter pieces as well.
  • I’m going to be listening to a lot of audiobooks this month (by a lot, I mean like 5 or more). At the very least, I want to listen to the next Maximum Ride book and the next Lily Webb book.
  • I was supposed to have a post up in June about how my reading had changed over time. Because of the whole audiobook thing I didn’t post it. Expect to see it sometime in July!
  • I really want to work on my Bookstagram… In case you missed it before, follow me @lettheholliehocksread I also occasionally post drawings or bullet journal spreads related to books!
  • Y’all, I banned myself from readathons for July. I was supposed to do Reading Rush and Off the Grid Readathon. Since both are time sensitive, I may still do them depending on how the first half of the month goes. But I won’t feel pressured towards either of them.
  • Reviews that will be up in July: Starry Eyes (obviously, though I didn’t realize I had already scheduled it), Spindle Fire, and Tell Me Everything

What’s New on my Bookshelf (or the overflow beside it):

No new books this month.


How did your month go? I hope everyone is being safe!

8 thoughts on “June Wrap-Up

    1. Thank you! Hopefully I’ll have more time to my blog this month!

      As for the books, no trouble like that! It’s more of a concentration issue on my part. Even if I really enjoy what I’m reading, I can’t keep focused. And when that starts happening every 1-2 pages, it gets to be so much work reading the book that I can’t enjoy it. Sometimes having music on while reading helps, but even that wasn’t working this time around.

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      1. Hmm…I’m not sure vacation is really a feasible option right now… Anyway, it’s not a huge deal, nor is it from overworking. It’s pretty common for me actually. My concentration has never been very good.

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