Good afternoon bloggers! I hope you’re well! It’s been pretty silent over here the last couple of months, hasn’t it?
That wasn’t really intentional, but the last two months have been a bit of a rollercoaster. It’s been super busy at work and at home, and so even when I have had the downtime to blog, I either haven’t had the want to write or have felt so burnt out that the words don’t flow! I’ve found myself reaching towards Bookstagram more because LESS WORDS. My mental health also took a bit of a dip and I felt like I was taking on a lot of other people’s problems, so I’ve been doing some extra self-care!
But, but, BUTTTTTT, by the time you read this, I will have already hopped over the pond, off on a France roadtrip adventure, and I am PUMPED. I’m going to be going from Calais, all the way down to the south coast, stopping at lots of pretty towns, and I will make sure to share my travels with you when I get back!
Actual footage of our roadtrips when the good tunes come on.
WHAT I GOT UP TO IN MAY AND JUNE:
- I had an amazing long weekend trip to Cambridge, and it was so much FUN. We wandered around lots of the colleges, had nice food, and went PUNTING. I have to say, Cambridge is an amazing place for people watching by the river because while you can be punted by professionals you can also rent a punt and give it a go yourself, and it was hilarious watching near crashes and working out family/friend dynamics as bickering ensued!
- I reached 400 follows on bookstagram, which was pretty awesome!
- My boss had her 60th birthday party, and despite not being a party person, it was so much fun! Our whole work team got up on the dance floor and had a boogie, it was like a big warm hug. 🙂
- Lots and lots of France roadtrip planning, which dominated most of my weekends! It was so tough to narrow down where to visit as we’re only going for one week – we went through several draft plans! Then came all the accommodation searching, which was a long process as we’re staying in different places pretty much every night!
Total Books Read: 5 | Non-fiction: 1 | Short Stories: 1 | YA: 3
Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany by Jane Mount | ★★★| Comments: A cool coffee table book. It features lots of beautiful illustrations of book stacks, as well as interesting facts about writers and book cover designs. It also features lots of different bookshops.
We Are Not Okay by Natalia Gomes | ★★★| Comments: Overall, this is a short book but with a powerful message! Four teens navigate the shark-infested school corridors, experiencing some really tough situations. You can read my review here.
Romanov by Nadine Brandes | ★★★| Comments: I had a love-hate relationship with this book. The beginning was painful but it did get better. Overall, a lot of untapped potential! You can read my full review here !
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo (Grisha Trilogy #3) | ★★★★| Comments: Overall, I felt this was a good end to the series. The author definitely tested my heart at points, and there were some intense scenes and interesting reveals I didn’t see coming! I wasn’t totally happy with how everything ended up and while I wouldn’t say this series is a must read, it was definitely entertaining!
Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks | ★★★★| Comments: I enjoyed this more than I thought I would for a book not only written by a famous actor, but a book of short stories no less, a mode of writing I don’t normally reach for! These stories span a lot of different topics but are all linked together by the fact that they feature typewriters. Despite most of the stories not being plot driven, I found them very amusing and the characters were so Tom Hanks!
Total Books Read: 4 | ARCs: 1 | Backlist: 2 | Adult: 1 | YA: 3
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn 1) | ★★★★| I’m so glad I finally read this! It took me a while to get my head around the magic system but it was so unique and like no other I had ever read about. Props Sanderson! I can’t wait to start book 2!
Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid | ★★★★| This was a super cute perfect summer read. It was a very cliche roadtrip story but the characters were good enough that I didn’t mind, and I was sad when I had to say goodbye to any of them!
Jemima Small Versus the Universe by Tamsin Winter | ★★★★★| This was such a cute and heartwarming read about body confidence, family, and self-discovery. Review winging its way to you soon!
Caraval by Stephenie Garber | ★★★★| This was SO much fun, I can’t believe I took so long to read it! The beautiful world setup had me drooling, and I loved the sister dynamics. It was so close to 5 stars but I felt that the ending was a little bit messy?
What did you read this month?
Game of Thrones Season 8 | ★★★| Comments: This was not a great ending to an amazing series. Far too short and choppy, with quick character changes rather than the normal subtly Thrones is known for… The Long Night episode was still epic though!
The Resident Season 2 | ★★★★★| Comments: I’m a bit of a glutton for medical dramas. This one has great characters, but I particularly love that it focuses on the financial/business side of American hospitals and the corruption and conflict of interest it creates!
Detective Pikachu | ★★★★| Comments: This was SO. MUCH. FUN. I am from the Pokemon generation and I used to own all the cards. It was great to see the franchise getting a new lease of life, with just enough of a nod to the old while bringing in great new aspects. The CGI was amazing too!
Dark Phoenix: X-Men | ★★★★| The X-Men are my fave and I always enjoy the characters! This one wasn’t their best, but it was still immensely enjoyable and kept me on the edge of my seat!
What did you watch this month?
This month I am loving my new book sleeve!
This is the first book sleeve I’ve ever owned. I wasn’t even aware of book sleeves until I jointed bookstagram, to be honest, but they’re such a good idea! I carry a book with me everywhere, and even though I try to be delicate with how I put them in my bag, there’s still always some natural frustrating wear and tear. Now, my books can be snug and protected in this absolutely gorgeous dragon book sleeve by Books Breath Magic. I honestly CANNOT STOP STARING AT IT AND STROKING IT. It’s one of the most beautiful prints I’ve ever seen!!!
What did you buy this month?
A measly one per month!
May and June weren’t great blogging months! I wasn’t able to find much spare time, and when I had spare time, I wasn’t really in the mood to blog or I felt a little burnt out.
I did love the posts I did got around to writing though!
- Sophie at Me and Ink discusses the curse of the unbreakable schedule, and whether blogging schedules are good or bad!
- Olivia at Purely Olivia tells us about 6 YA novels she couldn’t put down, featuring much fangirling!
- Elizabeth at RedGal Musings provides a handy self-hosting pros and cons list for book bloggers, which was super interesting!
- May at Forever and Everly shares 16 pride month book recommendations and your TBR will topple!
How were the months of May and June for you? What have you been reading, watching and discovering?
Do you ever experience blogger burnout, or find that life gets in the way of all the book rambling you want to do?
Do you have any holidays planned?
Let me know in the comments! 😀