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June’s Monthly Round-Up

I finally feel like I’m coming out of my post-Magical Readathon slump, even though I didn’t really pick up a book until about 20 June. I do feel like I’m getting back into my groove now though (just in time for the August Magical Readathon to come around and kick my ass all over again) so hopefully I’ll have a few more books on my July round-up next month. Still, four books in 10 days isn’t bad at all. Here’s what I managed to finish in June.

What I Read

  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo (Review) – 4 stars
  • The Body Lies by Jo Baker (Review) – 3 stars
  • If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio (Re-read – original review) – still 5 stars
  • Circe by Madeline Miller (Review) – 4 stars

Upcoming Reads

ONCE AGAIN, I was planning on finishing the If You’ve Got it, Read it challenge by reading The Little Friend by Donna Tartt and By Order of the Peaky Blinders, and ONCE AGAIN, I didn’t read them. I was recovering from a slump, and then I started the K-Pop Readathon where neither of them really fitted. I’m not going to say I’ll read them next month because I probably won’t. I’ll be finishing the K-Pop Readathon (it runs mid-June to mid-July) by reading Black Chalk and The Majesties.

Missed some posts?

  • Here’s my monthly round-up from May, and my Stacking the Shelves post for last month too. I don’t know if I’ll have a Stacking the Shelves post this month since I haven’t added anything to my TBR for the first time …. well, since I started this blog?
  • In the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests that have been happening globally since the death of George Floyd, I shared some recommendations for books on race, both fiction and non-fiction. There are some links for places to donate and petitions to sign at the bottom of this post, too.
  • I decided to take part in Noura’s K-Pop Readathon, and shared my TBR (plus my Spotify playlist featuring all the songs used as prompts!) – the readathon is only halfway through so there’s still time to join if it strikes your fancy.
  • I did the Stuck at Home Book Tag, since I had no reviews to post because I wasn’t reading, oops.
  • My fifth Friday’s Further Reading post went up, which again, was more video than reading material, but all very bookish; highlists from UEA’s Literature festival and a recording of the National Theatre’s production of Small Island.
  • I took the Do I Have That Book? challenge, scrambling around my bookshelves to find a book for each question.
  • I took a trip down memory lane, all the way back to January and checked in on my New Year Resolutions Tag.

Here are some other things I’ve been enjoying this month.

On the small screen

You guys, I am hooked on Itaewon Class on Netflix. It’s taking me a while to get through because my attention span is terrible, and the episodes are an hour long and subtitled, so I’ve been watching them in 20 minute bursts, but holy moly, it’s so good. The first episode alone had me shook. Highly recommend.

Making (sound)waves

Remember last month when I was like, oh hey, Daechwita is a banger and BTS are good, I like them?

Multiply that by 100, and now it’s not even just BTS. I’ve listened to so much K-Pop in June. It’s replaced everything I usually listen to, and then some, because I’m even listening to music at times when I’d normally have podcasts on, or nothing at all. It’s on all the time. My housemates are so tired of me. Anyway, stream Stay Gold.

What else have I been upto?

Last week I finally got to see someone other than the people I live with! One of my friends came over for a socially-distanced takeaway in my garden which was lovely. One of the perks of lockdown is I’ve had a lot of time to sample Uber Eats and after two years of living here, I’ve finally settled my favourite Chinese place. The little things, you know?

While I’m hoping I actually get to see my bestie in person soon (for the first time since we went to Prague at very beginning of March!), in the meantime we’ve been continuing our weekly weekend movie-and-wine nights. We finished the Harry Potter series and moved on to Lord of the Rings, which we’re set to finish this weekend. In amongst fantasy films, we also video-called whilst streaming BTS’s Bang Bang Con: The Live, and true to form, did it with a glass of wine in hand despite it being only 10am. Look, we’re really Going Through It right now, a 10am wine is needed sometimes. Bang Bang Con was so good though, truly the highlight of this crappy month.

Before you go…

Here are some Black Lives Matter resources; further reading, petitions, and places to donate:
UK based charities

What was your favourite June read?
Anything else you’ve been loving this month?

7 thoughts on “June’s Monthly Round-Up”

  1. Ooh, looking forward to your thoughts on Circe! I so wanted to love that book but I had a lot of issues with it that I found hard to articulate at the time. But I’m glad you’re breaking out of your reading slump!

    1. Ah, never mind, I’m blog hopping backwards today and just realized yours was the review of Circe I read earlier! (The 0 stars was maybe a typo in this post?) I did agree with your stance about liking the elements of the book but feeling something was missing. The something missing is the part I’ve had so much difficulty putting into words! It was a 3-star for me overall because I felt so conflicted about WANTING to enjoy the novel for its individual pieces but not actually getting that enjoyment from it as a whole.

      1. Thanks for pointing out the 0 stars – oops! I draft these before finishing all my reads sometimes and I must have forgotten to update it.
        I absolutely agree – there were a lot of aspects I enjoyed but as a whole there was still something lacking for me.

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