June Wrap Up

It may not have slipped your notice that is now July. The month of YALC and our annual heatwave (pretty please). Here’s how I spent the first month of summer: June.

What I Read

๐ŸŒณ Uprooted – loved the world, loved the plot, hated the characters. Anyone else?

๐ŸŒณA Curse so Dark and Lonely – curse was pretty dark and everyone seemed quite lonely, so all in all a success!

๐ŸŒณ Some of Moby Dick – I don’t know if I’ll get back to it or not, but let’s just say the riveting talk of whaling doesn’t have me hooked.

What I wrote

๐Ÿงก Becoming by Michelle Obama – I wrote up my review for this fantastic autobiography!

๐Ÿงก My Unpopular Bookish Opinions – this post was soooo fun ๐Ÿ˜‚

๐Ÿงก Are Our Ships Empowering Readers – a rare discussion post appeared on my blog where I spoke about whether the ships in YA are portraying healthy ideals to impressionable readers.

๐Ÿงก Asking for It – everyone should read the book, the message is so important. And you can find out why in my review!

What I Read Online

๐Ÿ’š If you Liked this, Try this LGBTQ+ Book – LGBTQ+afie your next read with these suggested equivalents for popular novels.

๐Ÿ’š Are Book Reviews Underappreciated – I never really thought about this before, but what a great topic!

๐Ÿ’š What do Your Bookshelves Say About You – what can you gleen about a bookworm from their book shelves?

๐Ÿ’š The National Day Challenge – I got tagged in this and it sounds really fun! And so unusual!

What I Did

๐Ÿฅ€ I Spent a Week Working As A Wildlife Conservationist – I went to the lovely Exmoor coast (featured above) to work for a week looking after animals and plants (all described in the attached post!)

๐Ÿฅ€ Had a sunny picnic – it got to the balmy heights of 35 degrees here in London so my friends and I grabbed a picnic blanket and some questionable snacks, that may have been left out in the sun the weekend before, and headed for a sunny hill.

๐Ÿฅ€ Did a 10k– I did my first official run, in what was apparently a challenging and not beginner friendly route. Yuck, all the hills.

๐Ÿฅ€ Visited another Castle – is there a month when I don’t visit a castle, somewhere? This time it was the lovely Arundel.

June Wrap Up

Are we really half way through the year??? I’ll just quietly go have my mid-year crisis now…. But given that the month is up I thought I’d not just let it slip by without doffing my hat to it, as per, so here’s my first ever wrap up!

I’m sort of making this up as I go along and have decided I’ll first talk about my posts with my top four posts this month! Just in case you’re wondering these aren’t selected in any scientific way, just ones I’ve enjoyed writing, chatting to other bloggers about and just generally having sit on my homepage.

  • 10 Series I really Should get Back To – I may suck at finishing series(es??) but apparently do quite a good job at writing about not finishing them! This one had the most views this month and was really fun, although a little guilt inducing, to write!
  • Mid Year Freak Out Tag – Might have nearly made me hyperventilate (because, hello, mid year?? Since when…?) but it was fun looking back on books I’ve read in the first half the year and drooling over upcoming releases.
  • My review of The Exact Opposite of Okay – a fun read and great to write! I spoke to a lot of bloggers through this post, swapping recs and comparing notes which was great ๐Ÿ˜€
  • 10 Things I Consider before I DNF a Book – Am I the only one who considers proximity to their next read when deciding if I’ll DNF a book…? A short list of 10 things that effect my DNF reading habits.

And now on this totally well planned wrap up I’m going to list blog posts I really loved this month! (Really wish I had taken notes throughout the month and not just decided to write this today…)

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Here are four things I did this month that I really enjoyed. Just in case you wonder what I do when I’m not sitting behind a screen.

  • I left my home of three years! Having finished my degree I left my university city for the last time and it was quite sad given how at home I felt there.
  • I went to Brussels! Me and my friends took the Eurostar to Belgium (which was the cheapest place we could get to on the Eurostar at just ยฃ30) and it was brilliant. We saw pretty buildings, visited an underground middle aged street and I ate so much chocolate that I felt ill- all in all, a pretty great trip!
  • My house and I went on a road trip up to the North(ish) and visited Warwickshire! We couldn’t afford Warwick Castle, sadly, but had lots of milkshakes and much banter.
  • I went on another (smaller) road trip to visit two of my friends where much bacon and pizza was eaten and more banter was ensured. It was very sunny and we spent the whole weekend picnicking in the park and chatting.

Because next month is going to be super exciting on my blog here are four things happening in July that I’m looking forward to!

  • YALC! It’s Young Adult Literacy Convention in London next month and I’m super excited to meet authors, eat sugar and fangirl to the extreme!
  • I’m participating in my first ever group read (hopefully…). I’m going to attempt to participate in aย Children of Blood and Bone readathon because it’s something I’ve been meaning to read for YALC and would like to give a readathon a go!
  • Graduation! I’m officially finishing my education by picking up a pretty piece of a paper from a fancy guy in a nice gown and I can’t wait.
  • The World Cup! I don’t normally like football but for some reason The World Cup is different? I’ve been enjoying watching the matches so far!

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And there we go! A wrap up! It might have seemed a little scatty and I may have winged it a little but hopefully this is somewhat like what a wrap up is usually like? If you have any posts from June you really liked (including your own!) please share! And tell me about all the exciting June activities you’ve partaken in ๐Ÿ˜€