June Wrap-Up & July 5-Star Predictions TBR

It’s already the end of June! What?? However, I’m happy with how fast time is flying because it means that I’m just a little closer to finally being done with school. Yes, even though school just started two weeks ago, I’m already thinking about summer break, or at least semester break, because come on, who needs school when there are so many books to read, you know?

I read nine books in June, which is the most I’ve read in a month so far this year. Most were read during the remaining weeks of my summer break, and I just can’t help but imagine how much more I could’ve read if school hadn’t started this month. Though I’m still really proud because all of the books I read in June were at least 250 pages long. I even read a 600-page book, and I’m six books ahead of schedule on my goodreads goal of reading 75 books this year. In terms of enjoyment, I’d definitely say it’s an improvement because most of my ratings were four stars and I even had one five star.

Notable Life Stuff

I made the most of my remaining summer break. Even though my summer break started in March, I didn’t have the opportunity to read a lot and blog a lot during its duration because I went on a two-month-long study tour that started in the beginning of April and ended in late May. When I got back to the Philippines, I knew that I had to make the most of the remaining three weeks of summer I had. So I spent it writing as many posts as I could, getting so much better at blog hopping and reading a ton. I’m so proud of myself!

I went back to hell.. I mean school. Now that school has started, I’ve been trying my best to balance studying with blogging, reading and blog hopping, but I know that I’m not gonna be able to do that for long, so my blog hopping will severely decline. I’m gonna limit my blog hopping to only Fridays and the weekend from now on. I’m sorry I can’t like and comment on all of your posts now, and I gonna miss reading all of your posts so much.

▪ I like my teachers so far! I don’t know if my teachers this year are actually good, or if it’s just that I’m putting in more effort to listen, so that I have less studying to do when I get home and more time to read and blog. But either way, they have been good at explaining lessons, and I like participating in their classes.

Books I Read in June

I read three out of the five books I put in my June Pride Month TBR. Who am I?? I view myself as a mood reader who never reads the books she puts on her TBR, but this month, I actually put in the effort and I basically finished all of the books on it. The other two out of the five I mentioned were books I won in giveaways, and they sadly didn’t arrive in time for me to read them during Pride Month. Those books were Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston and I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver, the two gay 2019 releases that I’m anticipating reading the most and I still haven’t read. *sobs*

These Witches Don't Burn by Isabel Sterling

These Witches Don’t Burn (These Witches Don’t Burn #1) by Isabel Sterling ♦♦♦♦ || I enjoyed this way more than I thought I would, and I honestly think that it’s highly underrated. If you’re looking for a teen drama with a witchy spin, then this book is for you. Plus, it’s so gay. (lesbian MC, bi LI, trans male SC in m/m relationship, two other side f/f couples)

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Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman ♦♦♦½ || Reading the first chapter of this felt like reading a dream, and then the tragedy struck, and it was like being transported to a nightmare. This book is a detailed portrayal of grief, featuring an unlikable and angry main character. I loved its discussion of sexual fluidity, and how everybody was so accepting of Rumi being on the ace aro spectrum. However, I lowered my rating of four stars to three and a half stars because I realized that the plot was a bit repetitive. I’m excited to read more from this author though!

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Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake ♦♦♦♦ || This is the most nuanced discussion of rape culture I’ve ever read. I appreciate that this talked about how rape can be subtle. Sometimes a boyfriend or even a pillar of society can commit rape, and that is why women are never believed. The ending of this isn’t a happy one, but it’s the happiest we can get at this day and age. Rather, it’s a reminder of the happy ending we could get, if we keep on believing and fighting for the woman.

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Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon by Mary Fan ♦♦♦½ || I don’t have much to say about this other than it was pretty enjoyable, and I loved the Chinese inspirations. I found the romance unnecessary though.

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Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars #1) by Elizabeth Lim ♦♦♦♦ || I enjoyed this so much! The writing reads like a fairy tale, and the story is reminiscent of one. The love interest and romance are kinda cheesy, but in a good way. I think that the plot did lose a little bit of its luster after the halfway point though.

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The Diviners (The Diviners #1) by Libba Bray ♦♦♦♦ || I reread this via audio in preparation to read the sequel. I love how this author writes 1920’s New York. The amount of research that must’ve gone into it makes my head hurt! Plus, the mystery is so spooky, and I loved the banter between Evie and Sam.

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The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf ♦♦♦♦♦ || This is my second favorite book I’ve read so far the year, but sometimes I view it as my first. This and We Set the Dark on Fire are at war for the title in my heart. 

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

Lair of Dreams (The Diviners #2) ♦♦ || Well, I found my first two star read of the year, right after saying that I hadn’t rated a book two stars yet in 2019. This wasn’t bad, but it was just 500 pages of nothing happening. I still love how well-written the setting and diversity is, but I definitely won’t expect plot from the rest of the books in this series from now on, because I think foreshadowing is its strong point. Evie and Sam fake date in this book though!

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The Courage To Be Disliked: How to free yourself, change your life and achieve real happiness by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga ♦♦♦ || More of a three and a half, but I decided to lower my rating because of phrases like “trauma does not exist” and “people choose to be unhappy.” I don’t think I’m gonna employ any of this book’s advice in my everyday life, but I liked how the authors explained their points. 

Blogging 

In June, I took blogging more seriously than I ever have since I first started my blog in late February. I created a posting schedule that I’ve been pretty good at sticking to so far. Plus, I blog hopped consistently. I’m hoping to keep this energy going for the rest of the school year!

Most popular post of the month: 

I Bought Books After Ages of Not Buying Them || Book Haul
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Reviews:

Blog Tour Review: Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon by Mary Fan

Review: These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling || Unapologetically Witchy & Gay

Review: The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf || Finally! The First 5-Star of the Year

Tags & Top Ten Tuesdays: 

Popular Books That Didn’t Live Up to the Hype: Top Ten Tuesday

Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019 || Top Ten Tuesday

The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag! (2019)

Recommendations: 

If You Liked This Queer Contemporary, Try This Queer SFF!

Last Month’s Wrap-up & TBR: 

April + May Wrap-Up (3-Star Ratings Galore) & An Unrealistic June TBR

July To-Be-Read

I touched on this in my Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag, but 2019 has so far been a disappointing reading year. I haven’t found a lot of new favorites, and I think that it’s time to change that. All of the books on my July TBR are books that I think could be a five star, or at least a four star read. However, if my copies of Red, White & Royal Blue and I Wish You All the Best finally arrive in July, you best believe that I’m gonna sink my teeth in them immediately!

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The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War #2) by R.F. Kuang || I just started this today and it’s already so good! According to other people, this book will absolutely destroy me, and I’m ready for it. Thank you to the publisher for sending me an e-arc via Edelweiss!

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Descendant of the Crane by Joan He || As a Chinese girl, I am officially fake for not having read this yet. It literally came out in the beginning of April and was at the top of my anticipated releases for the year. Many people have screamed about this book’s plot twists, and as someone who can’t guess twists to save her life, I’m intrigued. I’m reading this next month! It’s gonna happen!

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Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson || This sounds like a good ‘ol fantasy that I’ll love with my whole heart! I have heard a few negative things about it, but the general consensus is that this new release is wonderful. Also, the copy of it that I won in a giveaway just arrived, and it’s beautiful.

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Foundryside (Founders #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett || I’ve been trying to get better about branching out into Adult SFF, and this book sounds like a good place to start. I’ve heard the most amazing things about it!

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Vicious (Villains #1) by V.E. Schwab || If I had to choose the book with the most potential out of all of these potential reads to become a favorite of mine, it would be this one. Not only is this on tons of people’s favorites lists, but its concept sounds right up my alley. And I’m sure you’ve all heard of V.E. Schwab. I’ve read two of her books, and I absolutely loved one and was incredibly disappointed by the other. Nonetheless, I still have a lot of faith in her writing and story-telling ability.  

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Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer #2) by Laini Taylor || I recently bought a physical copy of Muse of Nightmares, so I no longer have an excuse to put off reading it. As a lover of the world in Strange the Dreamer, I’m so hyped because this apparently expands on the world and answers a lot of questions from the first book. Basically, I’ve heard the most amazing things about this finale, and I can’t wait to read it. 

What was your favorite book of June? How was your Pride Month?

38 thoughts on “June Wrap-Up & July 5-Star Predictions TBR

    1. thank youuu! I really am too :)) I think your reading year has been sooo much better than mine so far though, so it’s fine if June wasn’t the best for you! I really hope July is better for you !! ive heard nothing but good things about them, especially Vicious, and I can’t wait to read them 💕

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    1. that’s so good to know! I’ve actually heard a lot more praise about Starfish compared to Summer Bird Blue, and seeing as I already enjoyed SBB a lot, I can’t wait to see how much more I do Starfish!

      I hope you love sbb when you get around to reading it 💜 I am such a fan of this author’s writing already

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  1. Congrats on reading so many books this month! I loved Summer Bird Blue and GMOS. A lot of the books you read look really good and I may have to add them to my TBR. 😉

    I hope school continues to go well! I’m glad you like your teachers so far and that you made the most of the last part of your summer. You wrote so so many blog posts this month oh my gosh that’s amazing!! I’m super glad I’ve found your blog and can’t wait to see all it holds in the future.

    I hope you have a wonderful July ❤

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    1. Thanks, Olivia! I really loved those two as well, especially GMOS hehe. I hope you enjoy the books I read if you do decide to read them!

      Thanks! I hope you have the most productive summer. And I know! I used to only post like once a week on my blog because I started blogging at such an inopportune time :”) I’m looking forward to writing a lot more :)) Omg, Olivia you are so kind 😭😭💖💖💖💖 I am so glad that I found your blog too, and I basically commented on one of your posts just fangirling about it, and I was so surprised when you actually checked out my own blog. I don’t deserve you and your kind comments! I wish you a wonderful July as well 💛

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      1. Ahh, thanks! WHAT THE WHAT YOU’RE SO KIND TO ME.😭❤️thank you for being the sweetest human like I do NOT deserve your kindness?? (I think I’ve said that before, but I WILL SAY IT AGAIN AND AGAIN)

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    1. Actually, June kinda was! I just realized that now.. gosh, I’m so used to being unproductive and being disappointed I guess 😂

      It’s basically all fantasy because I feel like i’ve been neglecting my fave genre, and I can’t wait to see how it goes as well! I’m crossing my fingers that I love it 🙂

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  2. i’m glad you had a good reading month! i barely read anything in june, i think i just hit a reading slump unfortunately 😦

    also, good luck with school!!! i’m definitely going to miss you, but school is more important 😤💪

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    1. thank you!! i honestly could have had a month like that all summer but i just had to go to a study tour. i mean, it was fun but still hahaha

      thank youuu!! oof i already said that i was going to take a bit of a hiatus off of blog hopping, but here I am commenting on every post on my reader. idk but I just love blog hopping so much? i know it’s something that a lot of bloggers struggle with but i’m just a blog hopping addict i guess. but you’re right, school is more important, and I’m really hoping to make the most of this school year! I wish you all the luck with school as well 💖

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  3. Good luck with all of your school stuff– I hated going back to school and was always counting down until the next holiday but I’m glad you are liking your teachers!!
    I’m glad you liked Spin The Dawn– I heard the plot in the second half of the book wasn’t as good as the beginning but it still sounds like an interesting book with a beautiful cover!!
    Aahhh… I’m so glad you liked The Weight in our sky!! It is one of my TBR and I really want to get to it!!
    I hope you love The Dragon Republic— and I hope it doesn’t hurt you too much!! I’m kind of scared to read it but also very excited!!
    My favourite read of June was Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets To The Universe!!
    I hope you have a great July!! (almost put June there– I don’t even know what month it is haha)!! ❤

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    1. Thanks! Omg this is my situation right now because even though are next official school break is in October, I neeeeed it like right now. Ugh I’m just imagining all the reading I could do if I didn’t have to spend so many hours of my life in school 😂😭

      Ah, yeah, but I don’t think the plot became disappointing per say. Just less good, but idk why I just loved spin the dawn so much ?? Like it’s definitely not perfect but idk the amazing -ness of the first half kinda makes up for it!

      Omg the weight of our Sky is amazingggg!! Hope you get to it soon :DD

      Ahahaha… too late because tdr is already kinda hurting me :”) ive just forgotten how dark the series is and how sad rin’s predicament is. Oh whale, it is really good so far though, and some new characters and plot lines are introduced that are *chefs kiss*

      I read ari and Dante a while ago and totally didn’t like it because at that point I just hated every contemporary I read :”) I definitely want to reread and see how my thoughts change though! Especially because it’s so many people’s all time fave book!
      I wish you an amazing July too! Thanks so much for this kind comment 💘💘💘

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      1. I know school gets in the way of everything!! 😂
        Ahh.. that’s good that you loved it– it does sound like a lovely book!!
        Ahh.. I hope I get to read it soon too!! 😊
        Oh no!! It is a really dark series and it covers a lot of atrocious things but the writing is amazing and the story keeps you so invested!! I’m glad you are enjoying it and liking the new characters!! 😍
        I did really like it– the writing was beautiful and the characters were so real. So I hope you enjoy if you choose to reread it or maybe it isn’t for you 😊
        Thank you so much!! 💛💛

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  4. Happy July!!

    I felt much the same way about Summer Bird Blue (which I also read this month!). And I’m very excited to read Girls Made of Stars…whenever that happens. Uh oh, your review of Lair of Dreams makes me worried about picking it up – I want to continue the series but I haven’t felt a strong urge to do it, and it’s so long??? Hmmm

    I hope you’re able to find some amazing books in July to make up for your meh reading experiences the rest of the year! I’ve heard great things about Foundryside, so hopefully that’ll do it! 😀

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    1. Happy July to you too!!

      I’m so glad we had the same thoughts! And ahh, you should definitely read GMOS, no matter when. Just read it. The hype didn’t lie to me! Ahh, I think that I’m definitely in the minority about Lair of Dreams. I was really wrong in thinking that the plot might finally pick up in the second book because it definitely didn’t and honestly, you should just expect a great atmosphere from LoD and some well-done foreshadowing! I think my ultimate downfall was really just that I expected more plot to happen instead of more foreshadowing and great descriptions of New York. It’s definitely your choice if you want to continue or not though! Even though I didn’t really like lod, I still want to try the third book 😂

      Yes, I’ve heard the most amazing things about Foundryside & the setting of it sounds so fun! This comment was so kind, and I hope you have the best July as well 💙💙

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  5. I’m glad you’re liking your teachers better this year! I for one find it super difficult to engage in class activities and things if I don’t like the teachers. Also, your TBR for July looks amazing, I hope you love them all!!

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  6. “who needs school when there are so many books to read” is a HUGE mood all year round. but yay for your productive summer break and reading lots of great books, and good teachers can definitely make school much less painful!

    so many of the books you read in June are still on my TBR, so I’m glad to hear you enjoyed them. (Summer Bird Blue in particular, I want to get to before my fall semester starts in September!) and I wholeheartedly endorse DotC, Muse of Nightmares, and the Villains duology; I loved them all. one of my memorable reads in June was Kira-Kira, which I’ve wanted to read since elementary or middle school, since before I even kept a TBR! MG isn’t my usual cup of tea, but I’m pleased to say that the Japanese-American rep is fantastic and the ending broke my heart in the best way.

    I hope that your July reads are indeed 4 and 5 star reads, and that you have a great month overall 💕

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    1. This comment! 😭 Isabelle you are so kind!! 💗💗

      Hope you enjoy summer bird blue & all the other books you’re interested in reading!! So glad to hear that you enjoyed them! I really hope I’m able to read them this month :)) also, I’ve never heard of Kira Kira, but you make it sound so good! Thank you so much for the recommendation 💓💓

      Thank you!! I hope that your July goes amazing too!

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  7. Woaah, you read so many great books this month!! Most of them are on my TBR and I’m super excited to read them, Spin the Dawn and The Weight of Our Sky especially. Also total mood about school 😂 I’m about halfway through summer school right now and I’m already dreaming of what I’m going to do when it’s over.

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    1. Yes, I’m so happy! Especially after the dry spell that was April and May 😦 OMG those are like the two books I would recommend the most out of all the books I read in June yayayay hope you get to read them soon!! I know right? It’s giving me so much stress already & is cutting into my reading time—what is the point 😡😡 I literally just started & I’m already dreaming of summer break no joke 😂😂

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  8. I’m so happy to hear you’re branching out into adult SFF. I don’t have anything against YA- it just didn’t really exist when I was growing up. (I know I sound old- I’m only 31… that’s not old… right?!) We had middle grade and then went right to adult unless you liked the Sweet Valley High type books which I never read.

    Anyway- I hope you love Foundryside. I’m so jealous you’ll be getting to it soon. I want to pick it up so bad!

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    1. Yes, I’m so happy as well! No you’re not old hahaha it’s fine. But I never knew that it was like that! My mother probably grew up like that too and maybe that’s why she has no problem with YA books even now!

      No, it’s okay! Hope you get to read it soon ❤️ I hope you love all of your next reads :))

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  9. Ooooh this seemed like a month of some highs and lows. Lair of Dreams really did drag so much. I loved some things about it (um, Henry/Ling dynamic and Evie/Sam fake dating was so so much love), but as you said, it’s really a book of a lot of nothing. The next book does bring a lot more, but it still has a few stumbles. Your book haul does look amazing, and Warcross and Opposite of Always were great reads. Hopefully July goes fantastic, since your TBR looks quite good! 🙂

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    1. It definitely was, but it honestly was so much for fulfilling than the previous months of the year! My thoughts exactly! Ugh I thought the first book dragged a little, but this one truly did. But yes, Henry/Ling’s dream walking partnership and the banter between Evie and Sam were one of the few things I loved about this book! Ohh, thanks for the insight! I’m still gonna pick up the third book because I want to see how the series ends, but I’ll definitely keep my expectations for plot low. Ahh, yay, I’m so excited that you loved both of them since I did pay for them and now they take up space in my house haha! Thank you and I hope July is going amazing for you and that you love all of the books you read 💓

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      1. Yes!! Fulfilling months are just what you need sometimes to keep you on track. And YES. Those were easily the best part of the book when it got so so so slowwwwwww. And yes! The group parts really worked so well for the third one. I’ve got my hopes that the fourth book will be everything that we need for it, lol. Ahahaha yes! That always does reassure you. 😀

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