It’s Too Darn Hot: The June Wrap Up

Posted July 5, 2021 by Amber in Reviews / 2 Comments

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Truth?  I spent a lot of time in June hiding in our bedroom.  Why?  Because there’s an air conditioner in the bedroom and the temperature is lovely in there.  Honestly if we just moved the refrigerator up there, I’d never leave.  Well, almost never.

Summer is not my favorite season.  I like it in theory and through windows, but as far as frolicking and enjoying the season? Ehhh, I’ll pass.  I get all sweaty and it’s icky.  If y’all haven’t figured it out yet, the only season I really like is autumn, and I adore autumn.

But that’s alright, because you know what?  While I’m hiding away in the cool a/c of our bedroom… I get a lot of reading done!

All the things I’ve been reading

I feel good about the reading I did in June!  I read a couple books I really, really liked, and I read some sequels I’ve been sitting on for a while.  I’ve been really feeling my audiobooks lately as a medium. I’m usually a fan of them, of course, but I’ve been loving listening to stories lately.  I’ve been slowly dragging my way through my current hardcopy read, so audiobooks have been awesome.

13 books found
Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley

★★★★★

Firelight by Sophie Jordan

★★★★

Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones

★★★★½

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

★★★★★

My Contrary Mary

★★★★

Playing With Fire by Derek Landy

★★★★★

Swing Time by Zadie Smith

★★★½

The Cost of Knowing by Brittany Morris

★★★

★★

The Sky at Our Feet by Nadia Hashimi

★★★½

★★½

★★★★★

★★★★

 

This month, I leaned toward emotional books, which is the second month in a row that adventurous didn’t win this category!  I was torn between medium-paced and fast-paced books that were between 300-499 pages – I didn’t read any books over 500 pages in June. I only read fiction this month.  My most read genre in January was young adult, with fantasy and contemporary coming in second and third – pretty typical for me.  My average rating was 3.81 stars which isn’t too bad!

My favorite hardcopy book this month was easily Firekeeper’s Daughter – Boulley’s writing was fantastic and I enjoyed the story.  The community has been pretty consistent about how much they enjoy this book so this shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. For audiobooks I am absolutely torn, so this month I’m going to give you two – both Legendborn and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before were fantastic and I enjoyed them a lot.  Trying to pick a favorite between these two is like comparing apples to oranges, so I won’t even try.

Readathons & Reading Challenges

Hardcopy reading didn’t do too badly this month, though I missed adding Kate in Waiting to this list by a breath.  Firekeeper’s Daughter took me a little while to get through but I really enjoyed it – otherwise, I think I would have read more hardcopy in June.

4 books found
Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley

★★★★★

Firelight by Sophie Jordan

★★★★

The Cost of Knowing by Brittany Morris

★★★

★★★★

I met my goal of four books, which is always nice.  Of these, I only unhauled The Cost of Knowing… and technically Where’d You Go Bernadette was a reread, which is why there was no review for it this month – I figure I spam y’all with reviews enough. 😉 I did end up with two new books this month, so I didn’t quite cancel out my purchases with my unhauls… but it could have been so much worse.

In a rarely taken action, I decided this month that I would unhaul The Book of Dust and The Secret Commonwealth.  When I read The Book of Dust, it was on the edge of being donated but I kept it on the precedent that I would probably like the second book better and I wanted the set.  Whelp, I listened to The Secret Commonwealth this month and I actually liked it less so… these are huge tomes and if I’m not going to read them because they were both disappointing and frustrating… then I want that shelf space.  Based on my audiobook experience, I unhauled The Sound of Stars as well.

Magic and Mischief on the Blog

In news about the Problematic Authors page, I did end up added Zadie Smith to Code Orange so you can check that out if you’d like.

I’ve also started sketching a bit more again, which I really enjoy and I’ve been working on the inline headers for the Great Bookcase Crusade page so there are a couple more illustrations up there and I’m close to finishing another one.  I forgot how relaxing it is to sit and draw those books spines, and how satisfying it is when I get one right

Anyhoodledoo, here are the discussion and feature posts for June!

Book Talk: Magic Must Have Consequences

10 Series Books That Are Just As Good I Not Better Than The First Book

Book Talk: Why I Think the Romance Ruined Warcross

Book Talk: Why are so many diverse books centered on pain or trauma

Book Tags: The Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag 2021

What Have I been Scribbling?

Okay, okay, I admit it.  I haven’t been writing.

Nobody is surprised.

I’m not sure why it’s been so difficult for me to get words down on the screen.  It’s not just writing, either.  It’s blogging too, and it’s also something as simple as composing emails for work – it’s been taking me a long time to translate thoughts into coherent sentences.  I’m going on vacation at the end of July and I think that will help clear my head of all the dust that’s clogging my creative pores.

I have been thinking a lot about writing lately.  Well, specifically, I’ve been thinking a lot about Rhapsody In Blue.  We recently saw The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It at the drive-in and afterwards I got to poking around about the Warren’s history and their cases and what not and since Rhapsody is a ghost story, I think it helping inspire me a bit.  We’ll see what happens.  Probably nothing, nothing until I feel better settled in my own space and skin and who knows how long that will be.  But it was satisfying to be thinking about it, at least.

Adventures in the real world!

While we haven’t been doing a whole, there have been some, uh, adventures? There have been some things in June.  Starting with the bad… I sprained my ankle!  I’m so mad about it.  I was wearing these amazing bright red 4″ heels which I love and will definitely be wearing again ASAP.  But I was walking on a bit of uneven group and slipped and you know… almost passed out because apparently I have zero pain tolerance.  That was three weeks ago now and it still hurts, but but as bad.  Going to be a slow healing process – but I have a boot! … Which will be coming to Greece with me, apparently. *sigh*

With the warmer weather and some ew movies coming out, we’ve started to go to the drive-in again this summer!  Drive-in movies are one of my absolute favorite things.  I think it’s partially because I grew up with them, but also the whole together/apart atmosphere makes it more intimate, and I can talk a bit through movies because yup I am one of those people who wants to theorize the whole time and dies inside when characters are foolish.

View through the windshield of a car of a blue sky, pine trees, and a rectangularly white screen. Various cars are parked rows on the grass between the photographer and the towering white screen.

We’ve definitely gone less this year than last year – partially because of the movie selection and partially because, I dunno, I feel like it’s less urgent for us to get out and about now?  Nonetheless I always enjoy it and I check the movie offerings every week to see if we want to go that Friday.

One other fun thing.

We have this lovely yard that is a bit challenging to mow.  Part of it takes a long time to dry out enough to mow after the snow melt and as a result we often don’t end up doing the first mow until June.  This means that the pollinators love it 🙂 and also that the grass gets really high.  And when the yard if more meadow than year, we get visitors.

A doe looks at the photographer on the edge of a tall grassy field, backload with trees and leafy branches.

I will never stop being enchanted by the animals in rural areas.  We also regularly see rabbits now, and there were some turkeys handing around when the grass was a bit longer as well.  The deer are my favorite though.  Our property is lined with wild blackberry bushes, and the deer come to eat them.  And then we get to see the animals and feel happy knowing our property is a safe place for them (rural areas tend to have a lot of hunters) and it all just makes me smile.  Love living in the country.

What’s Coming Next?

I’m all ready for July’s posts, so the discussions are locked in and ready to go!  For myself in July I hope there’s plenty of ice cream, low work stress (hah), and a relaxing vacation because I’ll be in Greece!  Yay!

Book-wise there should be a variety – right now I’m reading Hurricane Summer and listening to Secondhand Souls which are strikingly different books, so we could end up with a weird variety in July.  Here’s a sneak peek at my upcoming hardcopy TBR.

Honestly, I think I’ll likely end up doing pretty good this month, even if it’s on the “last hurrah”.  I have a seven hour layover in Toronto where we can’t leave the airport, so “reading” seems like the most likely thing I’ll be doing.  The trick is going to be to try and bring paperbacks and not hardcovers to reduce weight, but honestly… yeah.  I think we’re going to be good as far as reading goes, even if that means some of the books end up attributed to August because I can’t write reviews for them until I get back.

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What did everyone do this month?  Did you get a lot of reading done?  Did you start on a new WIP?  Did you go on any grand (or small!) adventures?  I want to hear all about your experiences – let me know in the comments!

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2 responses to “It’s Too Darn Hot: The June Wrap Up

  1. I’m really excited to see what you think of Blood like magic, it’s really high on my TBR! And so happy to see you enjoyed Firekeeper’s daughter and Legendborn since my expectations for those are high lol! I still love your blog’s layout so much btw, and this was lovely to read!!

    • Amber

      I started Blood Like Magic last night and even though I’m only 88 pages in, I gotta say… it’s really good so far! I hope you enjoy it! … And thanks for the lovely sentiments, they made me smile. I’m so glad you like it. 🙂 🙂 🙂 … And also thank you for reading the wrap up lol, I feel like most people skip them but they’re one of my favorite things to read on peoples’ blogs!