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My June Wrap-up

Hello fellow readers!

First of all:

Thank you!! Thank you!! I am doing this blog for fun and to keep my anxieties away during this crazy period but… I love this community and you guys are the best!!

How is your reading challenge going? I read 54 books so far. My pre-lockdown/pandemic goal was to read at least 60 books this year, but I think I will adjust my goal pretty soon. For some reason, I feel like my June was a bit disappointing in terms of reading, While I still managed to read 10 books, I didn’t find a 5 star read. I guess, this is the downside of having a reading blog and you slowly stop reading for pleasure but just because you are trying to catch up with all the titles out there.

Also, I started playing Horizon Zero Dawn again on PS4. The first time I played I skipped many quests and avoided buying new weapons, so I reached a level where I didn’t know what I was doing, I kept dying so I gave up. After months of practice with Assassin’s Creed (Ezio Auditore collection), I decided to give it another go and now I AM SO ADDICTED and I think I developed my first PlayStation injury. I grabbed the controller so hard, my back and neck muscles are so tense. LOL.

Back to reading! I am a bit behind my reviews, a few of them are already up. This is what I read in June:

Aurora Burning was absolutely way better of the first one, and Aurora Rising was already fantastic. There are a few hilarious parts where I laughed out loud – I will never forget this part:

Area.ñ-[Bewbage+æ{where.æ=brassieredensity}] = PAIIINNN.

The plot is so fast paced. Our squad will go through a lot and the reader as well will not be able to catch a breath. And finally, Zila!! She is my favourite now and it was so good that we were able to get to know more about her and her past. Finally, the last chapter is a masterpiece of cliffhanger.

The Once and Future Witches – This is one of my many “unpopular opinion” reviews, and I will refrain from giving it any ratings. This book will go under the category “it was me, not you”. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy this one and I couldn’t connect with the story. What was clear to me, from the beginning, is that The Once and Future Witches is a completely different beast from Harrow’s previous work – The Ten Thousand Doors of January – which I really enjoyed. While in this novel, Harrow maintains her lyrical and unique writing style, she turns to way darker topics, such as domestic violence, sexism and stories of women fighting for their freedom and equality. I felt it had less fluidity and sometimes I struggled to keep paying attention to the plot. The first three chapters are a great introduction to the story and characters, each one of them written from each sister’s perspective. After the three sisters reunite, there is a continuous jump of POVs and sometimes it just gets chaotic, leaving out details about side characters and for some reason I struggled to follow. Again, I know I will be in the minority here, so it wasn’t the book, it was me. 

Divine Blood – DNF at 64%….

I am sorry, I tried, I really tried but I couldn’t connect with the story. I can understand why this book is popular. It has everything – broody and handsome angel, sexy and sweet werewolf, fierce and powerful female character – but this book and I didn’t connect. I just felt a bit overwhelmed, this world building was vast: angel, werewolf, elves, dwarfs, mage, sorceress… I probably wasn’t in the right state of mind for this one, while I was constantly absorbing new information about this massive world system, I was not able to grasp or focus on character and plot development.

In conclusion, my favourite read of June was Cinderella is Dead, which I got an e-arc of but I will definitely buy in paperback.

What I watched:

Didn’t watch lot of tv, except Korean TV. I have been re-watching The Big Bang Theory, I love that show, and also because I wanted something light to watch. I super enjoyed the final of survival show Road To Kingdom and can’t wait for the actual Kingdom line up of idols. The Boyz are so talented and I can’t wait to see what they will come up with for the final show. This will be my favourite performance from them:

What I listened to:

I am and always will be a massive fan of X1. This group had so much potential and I am still mad they disbanded so quickly. One member, Cho Seung Youn (also known as Woodz) came back with a new album and this what I have been listening to:

And lastly, I have been helping out with the UKYABA – UK YA Blogger and Vlogger Awards. With the help of the amazing team I made this YA Quiz video:

Hope you like it, share it, and try it and let me know what you think!!

Talk with you the next time!

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