June Wrap Up // 2020

June has been the most stressful month I’ve had in a very long time. And I’m about to rant a bit so feel free to skip to the book part.

As I’ve mentioned before I had a lot of work to do for university and that included applying for internships. I’ve recently discovered that this will still be a major source of stress for me as a lot of publishing companies are not accepting interns anytime soon due to covid, so for now it seems I must carry on sending applications… This uncertainty in my future is kind of killing me and one of the biggest struggles this month was turning off the anxious thoughts so I could actually truly relax.

This has led to somewhat of a blogging slump/burnout but I hope to slowly return to posting regularly in July because my blog is a huge source of joy for me and I miss it. The same for my bookstagram. I love it and I couldn’t seem to take any decent pictures that I actually wanted to post this month….

In spite of all that I had a few truly wonderful days that I may have enjoyed even more because of how awful the other days were actually. My birthday was amazing, by the way. My mom, grandma and I went to the Lisbon aquarium, or Oceanário, which is one of my favorite places in the city and we went to my favorite bookstore in which I obviously bought some books… and then we saw some more of my family. It was just overall a fantastic day. I also spent a few days with my dad and we went to the pool and spent some afternoons watching tv on the couch just relaxing and I really liked it.

Now, let’s talk bookish…

June is my birthday month and I always buy a few more books than usual but I bought WAY TOO MANY books (which I didn’t realize until it happened?), but one the other hand a lot of them were a total bargain and I really thought about them all carefully. So, NO REGRETS!

This month I was mostly interested in physical books and I even read some I’ve already owned for years. It was mostly fantasy as usual, but I also read a few thrillers and scifi. Plus, I finally read the ARCs I wanted and I’m very glad about that and then I requested a few more (which I said I wouldn’t damn it me) but I won’t have to read those until August or September so it’s fine.

Other than Blood Rigths, these are all 4 to 5⭐for me. (Currently reading and loving Aurora Burning!)

Airframe was such a great thriller and I loved taking my time with it. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is also a great (YA) thriller and I’ll talking about it again soon…

Also, I was so hesitant to reread Aurora Rising and start Aurora Burning because I was scared I would love it, or hate it, and then have to wait another year to read the finale but that’s just silly. When I actually sat down to read, I really enjoyed them! Does this ever happen to you?

Ebooks & Audiobooks:

  • Black Magic Sanction by Kim Harrison | 4.5⭐
  • Pale Demon by Kim Harrison | 5⭐
  • The Deck of Omens by Christine Lynn Herman | 3⭐
  • Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco | 3.5/4⭐ (audio)
  • Hella by David Gerrold |3⭐
    • CR: Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin (audio)

Black Magic Sanction & Pale Demon are part of The Hollows series and they’re not only some of my favorites of this month, but probably my favorites in the entire series so far.

Stalking Jack the Ripper was delightful on audiobook, I was super invested in the mystery and in the main character, Audrey Rose and I will be writing a review at one point or another. Serpent & Dove is great as an audiobook but I’m not that invested into these characters or story yet and I’m finding hard to pick it back up…

Overall, I’m actually really happy almost everything I read. My least favorite was The Deck of Omens which I came close to dropping.

This month I reviewed: Airframe by Michael Crichton & Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I also posted:

Reading Challenges:

  • Series to Finish 2020: 2/10 series finished and 8/35 books read.
  • A to Z 2020: 21/26 (missing letters: Q, U, V, X, Z).
  • Contemporary Romance 2020: 9/10
  • Library Love 2020: 11/12
  • Netgalley & Edelweiss 2020: 15/10

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