JUNE 2020 WRAP UP || FT. MINI REVIEWS & BLOG UPDATES

Hullo, bookdragons!

We’re still in the hellscape of 2020 but at least we’re in the seventh month now yay πŸ™ƒ (this is sarcastic enthusiasm in case you didn’t get that. sarcasm just doesn’t work on text) Also we must rejoice that I finally posted a monthly wrap-up after almost a year of being too busy/lazy to write one!

Last month I finally finished all my uni requirements so now I have time to rest before I go back to studying again. This means that I’m going to drown myself in fiction to forget about academia altogether. TYPICAL ME.

Let’s get to the wrap up now!

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READING

Technically, I read 18 books in June. I expected to read more but I’m happy with my progress nonetheless. I kinda got sidetracked by anime and ATLA (I’M WATCHING IT FOR THE FIRST TIME AND WILL DIE FOR THESE CHARACTERS) but that’s fine by me. I’m hoping that July is going to be a better reading month, especially because I’m planning to read as many Rick Riordan Presents books as I can. If I were a different dragon, I would turn this into a big readathon but my brain cells can’t cope with details and organization right now I’m so sorry 😭. However, if you want to buddy read any RRP book with me just send me a DM on twitter and we’ll work things out.

With that said, here are mini reviews of my June reads:

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Just a bit of background: I first read the Charlotte Holmes series three years ago and loved it so much. At that time, only two books were out and I kind of forgot to read the others when they were released (oops). I decided to try the series again this year and finish reading all four books.

A Question of Holmes is the last book in the series and it ended up being my favorite. I love how Charlotte and Jamie worked through their feelings in this book. The theater mystery also kept me on my toes (ever since I read If We Were Villains I instantly found myself loving theater mysteries). I’m glad it wasn’t overly done because the inflated dramatics in the previous books infuriated me so much.

The bittersweet ending punched me in the gut. Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes have carved themselves a spot inside my heart. This series is far from perfect but it’s something that I treasure despite its flaws.

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I talked about this book a little bit in my previous post ft. a lot of screaming and screeching. This book is just so good okay? The West African-inspired world is so lush and detailed. The fantasy elements really took me out of reality and it ALSO HAS MY FAVORITE TOURNAMENT TROPE. I like the chemistry of the main characters, Malik and Karina, as well. They have the badass girl/soft boy dynamic and I just fell in love with them both.

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin is a story about family, sacrifice, power, and love that will take your breath away. If you’re looking for a new fantasy series to get into, this one is for you.

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RIN CHUPECO DID IT AGAIN! The Never Tilting World is set in a broken world where one half is thrust in constant darkness and the other is plagued by endless heat. There are four main characters and POVs in this book and I loved how their voices were so distinct from each other. The relationship of Lan and Odessa gave me all the feels (and a lot of pain) and I also adored the dynamic of Arjun and Haidee. At first, I found the pacing slow but the payoff was worth it. While reading this book, I had this constant feeling of anticipation in my gut that made the experience worthwhile.

The second book in the series, The Ever Cruel Kingdom, is going to be released in November and I can’t wait to delve into this world again, especially after that cliffhanger.

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This is the first N.K. Jemisin series I’ve read and the queen certainly DID NOT disappoint. I read the ebook tie-in on Kindle which contained the books in the trilogy (The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, The Broken Kingdoms, and The Kingdom of Gods) and a novella (The Awakened Kingdom). I found myself amazed by Jemisin’s mind because this series is masterfully done. To be honest, I still can’t wrap my mind around all the greatness.

Aside from the brilliant world-building and politics, I applaud the mythology that Jemisin created in this series. The pantheon of gods in this book is just….*chef’s kiss* If you want to read an adult fantasy with fickle, unpredictable, angry, crazy gods, PICK THIS UP. There’s so much to unpack but we’ll be here forever if I keep talking. Just read this trilogy and find out why I’m losing my mind over it.

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The Promised Neverland is one of the most popular anime of 2019 so of course I had to watch it (you can watch it on Netflix). I didn’t know anything when I clicked on the first episode so my heart actually jumped when I found out the actual plot. I’m being really vague here because I don’t want to say any spoilers in case you haven’t watched it yet. It’s really best to dive into this anime without knowing anything about the plot.

Anyway, when I finished the first season I got really impatient so I started reading the manga. I managed to read 11 volumes in June. I really love the art style and the pacing is SO GOOD. Every arc is also unpredictable. This manga keeps on giving me the best twists that’s why I’m savoring the experience by not reading too fast.

If you haven’t tried reading any manga, I suggest you pick up this one. It has one of the best concepts I have ever come across with and I have no doubt it will hook any bookdragon’s interest.

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BLOGGING

This month I published ONE precious blog post which may be laughable to some but I’m very proud of myself since I used to publish zero posts for the past year. ONE POST IS A HUGE IMPROVEMENT OKAY NOBODY’S GOING TO CONVINCE ME OTHERWISE.

Check out my Midyear Book Freakout Tag post here:

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I still can’t go back to blogging regularly because I don’t want to burn myself out. I don’t think I’ll be able to publish multiple posts in a week like before. Right now, I just want to focus on reading without the thought of blogging weighing me down. Don’t get me wrong. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS BLOG but I still don’t have the drive to go all out right now. I hope y’all understand.

Nevertheless, I will try to post as much as I can but I’m not sticking to any schedule. I will definitely write posts when inspiration strikes. I will not be letting go of this blog that’s for sure. I JUST REDESIGNED THIS LAST MONTH YOU KNOW.

I’m really thankful to everyone who keeps on supporting me despite my blogging inconsistencies. I love y’all with all my heart. Your encouragement keeps me going 😭

I’m gonna stop now before I hopelessly burst into tears. I hope July is going to be a good reading month for us!

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How many books did you read in June? What are you planning to read in July?

22 thoughts on “JUNE 2020 WRAP UP || FT. MINI REVIEWS & BLOG UPDATES”

  1. I actually read six books in June which is very impressive for me πŸ˜‚ ATLA IS THE BEST SHOW I think I should rewatch it because I miss those characters haha. I don’t know how July is going to turn out in terms of reading but I hope it’ll be good !!

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    1. six books in one month is already great! AND YES ATLA IS SO GOOD. it took me this long to watch it but now im completely in love. i hope you read some good books in july!

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  2. i also re-watched ATLA in june and it reminds me how much i love this series as a child!! it’s truly one of the best series. i only read 2 books in june, but i’m going to pick up the gilded wolves and chain of gold this month πŸ™‚

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  3. Congrats on reading 18 books in June!
    It’s always good to pause and take some time for yourself, so don’t feel pressured because we will all be here for you when you are ready to return!

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  4. i’m so happy to see you in my feed again, rain!! i’ve been hearing such good things about the inheritance trilogy and i’m really excited to read it πŸ₯Ί i’m glad you loved asowar too!! i hope you have a great july ❀

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  5. Omg you read so much in June, congrats! And so many great books as well. I’ve been looking forward to reading both A Song of Wraiths and Ruin & The Fifth Season. Reading your mini-reviews just makes me even more excited to finally pick them up. I’ve been rereading the entire Percy Jackson series this year and I had forgotten how much I love Rick Riordan’s writing ❀️ good luck on you not-quite-a-readathon of his imprint’s published books.

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    1. I’m do glad to hear that you’re rereading PJO! Uncle Rick is just the best. I hope you can read ASOWAR soon I have a feeling you’ll enjoy it.

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  6. 😊 I’m glad to see you back here again, Rain! I hope you’re doing okay! I totally understand not wanting to feel burned out. I’ve been feeling burned out for the past several months, and I’m ready to either take a long break or push myself to get back into the normal routine of things. Just do whatever feels best for you! πŸ’• 18 books is a great accomplishment in one month!

    It looks like you’ve ready some great books recently – I’ve been wanting to read The Never Tilting World for a while now, it looks so GOOD. Good luck with reading Riordan Presents, I can’t wait to see what you think of them! Have a great July ❀

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    1. Thank you for your support always πŸ’–
      It’s okay to take a break once in a while. Breaks make me more productive when I come back so I hope you get some rest as well. I hope you read some good books in June! You should read the never tilting world it’s SO GOOD.

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  7. Aaah I have missed your blog posts sis! One blog post is fabulous and it’s better to take things slow rather than dive back in and burn yourself out all over again ❀ Also still in love with your blogs redesign *swoons* I read one book in June and it was Cress *sniffs* I think Cress is my least favourite book out of the series so far, so we'll see how Winter fairs as it's also the last book in the series. July…I'd just like to read more than one book in a month again. May was a great reading month but then I crashed out in June *sobs* Sending you all my love and here's to us all making it through July ❀

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    1. im so sorry that you didn’t like cress! i hope the last book in the series meets your expectations. also, im cheering for you so you can read more books this month. but even if you don’t, you’re still awesome and valid, sis ❀️❀️❀️

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      1. awww ily sis! yeah Cress was sadly not for me 😦 but I hope the last book pulls through. Aaah thank you, I’m hoping I manage to read something we’ll see ❀

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  8. Waaah I’ve been meaning to read the Charlotte Holmes series since forever but I never seem to get the opportunity to actually do so. I’m so happy to hear the last installment is enjoyable and that you hold this series close to your heart. Makes me all the more excited to get into it! Also, I understand how you feel with The Promised Neverland πŸ˜‚ A friend recommended I watch the anime without any context and I did. I was hella shookt when I figured out what was actually happening! I haven’t gone past season 1 but I badly want to find out what happens next so I may have to get into the manga too. Is it completed or is it ongoing?

    I hope July has been treating you well so far πŸ’“πŸ’“πŸ’“

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    1. the promised neverland manga was just recently completed!!! i love the manga so much because it’s unpredictable and all the arcs are so well written. i hope you get to it soon as well as the charlotte holmes books ❀️

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  9. Ah so glad to have found your blog!! Also idk if you’ve already found someone but um,,, I’d be SO DOWN to buddy reread PJO with you??

    I’ve been wanting to start the Charlotte Holmes series for ages now, it sounds like such a fun time. And ahhh have heard so many amazing things about NK Jemison and high fantasy scares but I MUST know what the talk is about eeeppp

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    1. ahhh hello! im sorry but i think i will not be rereading pjo this year. i will be reading rick riordan presents books though so if you want to read any of them just hmu. and yess jemisin books are kinda intimidating they have long chapters but they grow on you through time.

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  10. A Song of Wraiths and Ruin seems SO great! I can’t wait to pick it up! I HAVE to start reading N.K. Jemisin books! I have bought The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms and I have heard so many great things about it!

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