June Wrap-up // I Haven’t Left the House in Four Months…

We’re halfway through this god-awful year, and I really want all the misfortunes to end!!

Even though #BlackLivesMatter isn’t trending anymore, we still can’t forget about it. Here are petition links, places to donate to, ways to educate yourself, and more. Israel is committing genocide against Palestine, and this carrd contains a crash course on Israeli-Palestinian history (in case you want to know more), and donation links to help. There are countless other horrible things happening in the world (things are… not good here in the Philippines), and this website contains a masterlist of resources for every movement going on right now!

I don’t have much to say in this section, because quarantine has made my life extremely boring. Plus, I focused on reading and blogging in June. So here are the few things I have to say in bullet points:

  • I officially haven’t set foot outside the house in four months!! I feel like other people wouldn’t be able to handle it, but good thing I’m extremely introverted. 😌 It sucks that every day is pretty much the exact same though.
  • I completed Chloe Ting‘s Slim Thighs Challenge and 2 Weeks Shred! I don’t think I got any results from slim thighs which was disappointing, but it is what it is. I highly recommend 2 weeks shred though! Some of its exercises are extremely hard (especially if you do them back to back), but I got physical results from them and they got more bearable overtime. Plus, it’s super easy to commit to since it’s just two weeks!
  • I sadly did not do much writing. I had some breakthroughs in June, but I still haven’t developed my WIP as much as I would like. I’m trying not to be too hard on myself since I was focusing on other things though! Also I’d love to tell you what my WIP is about, but to tell you the truth, I don’t know either. I’m working on it okay. 😔 Don’t judge me.

I read 10 books in June, which is pretty high for me! I’m also happy because all of them were diverse!! But let’s just ignore the fact that I read almost nothing from my June TBR…

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Miracle Creek by Angie Kim– This was such a great courtroom thriller, and I can’t imagine the research that must’ve gone into it! I like how the writing never told you what to feel, and simply provided the cold, hard facts concerning the events that led up to the trial. The twists were good, though I think I missed some of them since I listened to the audiobook.

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong– Again, I listened to the audiobook, so I missed a few things. The best word to describe this book is raw though, in its portrayal of a m/m relationship, the immigrant experience, and the narrators’ ancestors’ experiences in Vietnam.

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge– I don’t think I can or even should review this, since it’s nonfiction about racism written by a Black woman. But I highly recommend it if you’re looking to educate yourself on racism in the UK, white feminism, and more. Though maybe pick up other stuff if you want an emotional and personal account of racism—this book is on the technical and factual side.

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender– I didn’t enjoy this as much as everybody else, but I did like it. This is probably a matter of preference, but I feel like the characters could’ve been fleshed out more. I loved the gender questioning rep, inclusion of multiple queer characters, and discussions on how the LGBT community sometimes isn’t a safe space though.

The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow– This book just wasn’t for me. Objectively, it contains great messages pertaining to hope and resistance, and the romance is super healthy. However, I just didn’t care about anything that was going on, and I found the references to so many books (one of them being the Book Series That Must Not Be Named) kinda cringey.

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Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation by 墨香铜臭– This book did not completely take over my life, which was very disappointing. I guess knowing most of what would happen from watching the live action ruined my enjoyment? Also I didn’t like how the female characters were treated, and I don’t really get why everyone loves the main ship. 😶

The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski– I understand the mixed reviews for this, but at the same time, do not hate on Sid and Nirrim, the sapphic couple that doesn’t have a soft dynamic we’ve been waiting for. 😤 I have faith that the sequel/s to this book will be better!

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson– I only have two words to describe this book: Black joy. It takes a very generic storyline, peppers it with diverse characters, and subverts tropes in the best way. We need a Netflix adaptation of this!!

The Dark Tide by Alicia Jasinska– This wasn’t terrible, but I do regret reading it when I could’ve been reading better books. Maybe the worldbuilding could’ve saved it, but it wasn’t in-depth enough. Plus, the f/f romance lacked transition.

The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth– This is the lesbian romcom we’ve been waiting for!! It was also so nice to read a book where the characters being gay wasn’t a big deal.

What I posted in June:

I finally posted more than four times in a month! Six isn’t much of an improvement but it’s something, and I hope I can post even more in July. 🥺

Also, I reached 700 followers—thank you so much!!

July is the last month of my five-month long summer break (I’m still thanking the gods above that I was granted one), and I’m Not Looking Forward to school in August. Though maybe it’ll be more bearable because it’s online, who knows. Anyways, I’m gonna beat myself up if I haven’t outlined at least part of my WIP by the end of the month. 😗✌🏻

How was June for you? What were the best and worst books you read? Have you not set foot outside the house in months like me?

68 thoughts on “June Wrap-up // I Haven’t Left the House in Four Months…

  1. it is so crazy that we’ve spent around four months in quarantine!! i’ve been handling it pretty well, i used to think that i was an extrovert but now i know i’m definitely not lmao. i’ve been wanting to do a Chloe Ting challenge for a while but don’t ever have the motivation to, although i’m hoping to try one in july – i might do the 2 week shred!! i didn’t get much writing done in june either, i hope we can both work on our wips more this month! 💖

    ahh 10 books is such a great number, and i’m so happy that you enjoyed you should see me in a crown (we really do need a Neflix adaptation 😭😭) and the falling in love montage. congratulations on 700 followers – you deserve it and more!! i hope you have a lovely july ❤❤

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    1. yeah, i’m so glad i’m not an extrovert lmao. i wouldn’t be able to cope with my life right now if i were 😅 writing is so hard. like… so hard. but i hope we can both make lots of progress in July! i highly recommend doing 2 weeks shred! i was supposed to do it again, but my motivation left me on day 3, oops

      thank you so much!! 🥺🥺💗 i hope you have a lovely July too!

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  2. Aaah, congrats on 700 followers Caitlin!! Here’s to many many more!!

    Ugh, yes quarantine is absolutely insane. I’ve been mostly inside too, with the odd outing to the grocery store every few weeks, but my city is in the mid-phases of opening up, so who knows where it’ll go from there? I am convinced that everyone will be stupid and continue to go out in large groups without masks, so I’m sure everyone will be stuck inside again in no time. I was thinking of doing Chloe Ting’s two-week ab shred, and maybe I’ll get the motivation for that sometimes this month 😂

    Ooh, good luck with your WIP! I can’t wait to hear more about it whenever you’re ready! I hope you have a fantastic July and enjoy the last bits of your summer break!

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    1. Thank you so much, Chana!! You’re the best 🥺🥺💗💗

      At least you’ve gone out a little.. I haven’t gone out at all 😭 & ugh, people are so stupid & insensitive is it so hard to wear a mask 😭😭 i wonder if we would’ve beat this pandemic long ago if everybody had just worn masks when told to. lmao i was supposed to do the 2 week shred again, but my motivation completely left me on day 3 🙃 we can do it together for motivation if you want, hahaha

      (also i think i’m working on a new WIP idea lmao, but i’m happy because i’m making faster progress with this one, hehe)

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      1. Yesss, good luck with your new WIP!!! And um yes, I’m totally up for doing the 2 week shred together if you are! I hear that suffering in company is a lot more enjoyable 😂

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  3. I read Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race this month too! I’ve always gotten most of my information about racism from American writers and sources and I realised while I was reading just how little I actually knew statistics-wise in my own country.

    Congratulations on 700! That’s amazing ☺️

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  4. i’m only a few chapters in but a netflix adaptation of YSSMIAC would be incredible!! and my copy of the falling in love montage came and i’m super excited to get into that ❤ and wow, good job on 700 followers, i genuinely thought you had more since your blog is marvellous ❤

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  5. I have been leaving home only to go to work but other than that, I have been stuck inside which I love because I’m not the type that goes outside often. Last month I listen to the audiobook of Becoming by Michelle Obama and it was surprisingly good – I say surprisingly because memoirs are not my thing. Everything has been very quiet otherwise 🙂

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      1. Becoming was my first memoir which is a genre I don’t read. I did enjoy her childhood and adult life. Life in the White House was too political for my taste but I did enjoy it. But I didn’t rate it since is a person’s life, how do we rate that!? Thank you, things are crazy where I live because they closed everything down again. I hope you’re also safe!

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      2. Thank you!! Yes, it feel so weird to rate a person’s life 😂 I just… had no opinions on it? Like, I listened to the audiobook & I found out more about her life. That was that. The book didn’t give me any emotions or opinions lmao. I don’t know if it’s my problem or the writing styles problem or what 😂

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  6. I can’t believe we have been in quarantine for 4 months! Congrats on the 700 followers!! I also read you should see me in a crown and it was really good! I hope you have a wonderful July❤︎

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  7. My area has just gone into lockdown again, so I can relate to the not leaving the house. Also, I’ve started the 2 Weeks Shred. It’s killing me 🙂 🙂 🙂
    You’re so right that ‘raw’ is the way to describe On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous. That was such a hard hitting book.
    Congratulations on 700 followers, and I hope you have a great July!! ❤

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    1. You can do it, Sabrina!! It’s hard but it’s pretty effective & it makes you feel productive, hehe. (& did your area go into a lockdown again because people were stupid & didn’t wear masks? lmao)
      It is!! It’s a shame that I feel like I only experienced it partially by listening to the audiobook. Thank you so much, same to you ❤

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      1. Haha, thanks for the encouragement. It definitely does make me feel productive. We were never even advised to wear masks so… kind of. I think it was more people not following social distancing guidelines and sharing it between several households + international travellers returning and “running away” from hotel quarantine.
        Thanks <3!

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  8. YAYAYAYAYAY FOR ALL THE FOLLOWERS!!!! YOU DESERVE IT SO MUCH!! Much excitement for you *throws glitter*

    Another yay for all the books you read. I basically need to read all of them welp. Assistance needed hehe.

    We should make a pact and do more writing hahah. I started a while ago and lost my mojo and now I need to get back to my like 7k first draft…

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  9. I’ve set foot outside my house though sometimes I go a week or more without leaving my village, since I’m back at work now I do leave my house and see people *shudders* Also CONGRATS ON ALL THE FOLLOWERS YOU DESERVE THEM ALL AND SO MANY MORE 🎉 I don’t remember much of June ooops, I did read one book though which was Cress xD I’m hoping to read more than one book this month so we’ll see. Eeek hope you have a wonderful July lovely ❤

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    1. ahh, at least you’ve been able to go out. i haven’t gone out even once in 4 months 😂😭 Thank you so much, Clo!!! 🥺 I hope you have a wonderful July too!

      Ooo, what’d you think of Cress? It seems to be everyone’s favorite book in the series, but I was kinda disappointed 😅 I hope you can read more!

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      1. Thank you Caitlin!

        Ahahaha Scarlet’s still my fav book in the series. I am not a fan of Thorne or Cress, and my fav scenes in Cress where when the characters were together…but I think a lot of ppl really like Thorne and Cress I’m just here for Wolf and Scarlet at this point and Cinder xD

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      2. exactly!!! scarlet is the best book in the series scarlet and wolf are the best couple idk why that’s an unpopular opinion 😭 thorne and cress were kinda boring plus i’m pretty sure thorne’s an adult & cress is a minor so…

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  10. reading the intro made me go…”this is really the summer of misfortune”

    ahhhhhh i wish we could go outside and everything could go back to normal but the world is terrible!! but the only good thing is you and your blog growth 💖 you read so many great books this month!! and asfgjhjkl i need you to yell at me to work out but i’m so proud of you for completing the chloe ting challenges!!

    wishing you the BEST july!!

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    1. aha, I just remembered My Summer of Love and Misfortune. I guess that’s my summer just without the love 😔 & i need to be yelled at too, i have no motivation to workout anymore lmao 🙃 but you can do it, tiffany!!

      thank you so much!! you’re the best 🥺🥺 wishing you a great July too ❤ ❤

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  11. ok but i have no idea such a thing as the slim thighs challenge existed and i need it in my life, hahah. my thighs are literally humongous like you don’t even understand, hahah.

    ahh, i’ve currently been reading the sound of stars and i really like it. granted, i feel like i had already high expectations because of the demi-ace protagonist & the fact it had a lot of music references, but i understand that the book references can be kinda cringey, lol.

    CONGRATS ON 700 FOLLOWERSSSSS!!!!!!!! ahhh, that is such a great numberrr, i am so proud of your growth, caitlin 🥺

    hope you have an amazing july!

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    1. if you do it, i will be cheering you on!! though maybe try 2 weeks shred first, because that one’s actually effective and it’s full body lmao.

      i’m glad that you’re enjoying it! it’s definitely a book that could work for other people. and thank you so, so much, lais 🥺🥺❤ hope you have a great july as well!!

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  12. congrats on 700 blog followers!!! it’s absolutely what you deserve 💓💓 and every time you mention chloe ting, i get the strong urge to get back into her workouts (but every time i’m about to do one i get my period so 😭) and lmao — “i’d love to tell you what my wip is about but i’m still working on it” is so relatable… i don’t even know how to describe my project beyond just like. tropes. but like i said if you ever want to do a writing sprint together i’m all for it!!

    i hope you have the best july, caitlin ❤

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    1. thank you so much, May 🥺💗 oh gosh that’s so sad :(( I’m also not doing her workouts anymore lmao. all my motivation left me after i completed 2 week shred once 🙃 i’d love to do a writing sprint!! i haven’t really found time to dedicate to writing yet, but i’ll definitely dm you ❤ & i saw the snippet of your writing & wow it's gay 😌 wishing you the best july too!!

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  13. Congrats on 700 followers! That’s so amazing ❤ and yay for posting 6 times too, you're killing it 🙂 Wow 4 months in the house is so crazy when you really think of it… I'm almost the same, I've just left for a few walks and I went to the grocery store once and it was scary lmao, but I'm glad your introverted self isn't going crazy haha. Hope you're having a great July ❤

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  14. I feel you, my life has become pretty uneventful in the last few months 😅 I barely did any writing in June as well because this month was weird and had me very unmotivated. I wish you all the best luck with your writing though ❤

    I just finished reading The Sound of Stars and I’m so sad because I didn’t end up liking it. I thought it would be 3-stars at least, but for some reason, it was soo slow for me and I barely cared by the end of it 😔
    Also congrats on reaching 700 followers, you deserve it!! 💗

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  15. Here’s hoping that the second half of 2020 will be at least marginally better than the first half 🤞 (really low bar there)
    Yep, I felt the same about The Sound of Stars. I just found myself heavily sighing throughout most of it. But I’m so glad you enjoyed You Should See Me in a Crown (which I also loved!) and The Falling in Love Montage (which I can’t wait to read!).
    Happy July, I hope this month treats you well ❤

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    1. Same, I really hope things get a little better, or at least don’t worsen! & I really should’ve taken The Sound of Stars off my TBR once I read your mini-review 😅 I hope you can read The Falling in Love Montage soon!!
      I hope July treats you well too ❤

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  16. It’s weird because for me June was very much suddenly being thrust into “normal”? Wowow five month break I remember you mentioning it maybe at the start of it but ahh good luck for school starting! I really want to read The Midnight Lie, the sapphic romance has me excited.

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    1. Oh, haha. At least NZ is handling the pandemic well! thank you! i don’t even know why i’m sad that school is starting, i already got a 5 month break 😔 i hope you enjoy the midnight lie! the sapphic romance in it was definitely my fave aspect!

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  17. I relate to that title honestly. Since lockdown started I’ve left the house like three times and even then only for like a 15 minute walk oops! I just thrive when I’m at home I’m such an introvert!! I won’t lie though I’m kind of nervous that my anxiety will spike once I go back to school and everything but hopefully not!
    Felix Ever After and You Should See Me In A Crown are both on my tbr and I can’t wait to get to them. Sorry the former disappointed you though!
    Congrats on 700 followers Caitlin!! And hope you have a great July💗

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  18. Congratulations on 700 followers, Caitlin! That’s very well deserved. It must be so frustrating that every day is so similar. I honestly felt the same way a couple of months ago when the lockdown was in full force in the UK. A great list of books read, and I’ve enjoyed all your blog posts in June. Have a wonderful July!

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  19. 😊💕 It looks like you did a lot of great things in June, and that sounds very productive to me! But yeah, I guess compared to our past with the outside world, there’s a lot of things we would normally do outside that we can’t do now, so it feels like a lot isn’t happening. I have also been doing some of Chloe Ting’s workouts, and it does get more bearable after a while! I’m glad you saw some results, that’s awesome! I guess that’s the most productive thing I’ve been doing lately. 😅

    I’ve been outside of the house a few times, for supposedly safe family gatherings, but then my uncles weren’t social distancing and we had a COVID-19 scare 🙃 but we’re all okay. That’s why I haven’t been doing much lately, it took a lot out of me emotionally. Otherwise, I’m doing fine! I’m currently reading The Sound of Stars, and now that I’m looking at your review and others, everyone is also saying it’s “not for them”, and I think I agree? I like the idea of it, but I guess it’s too slow, or the pacing is weird.

    I’m so glad to see you’re making some progress on your WIP! 😊 I started a new WIP recently and I completely forgot how difficult it is to build the world and outline from scratch, so I totally understand how you’re feeling, haha. Good luck with that, and I hope you’re able to get more of your outline before the end of the month! (and if you ever need to talk about writing issues or anything I am always here for you!) 💕💕 I hope you have a great July, Caitlin! And congratulations on 700 followers, you very much deserve it 🥺💕

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    1. Oh, same! Technically I’m reading, blogging & maybe writing, but the most productive thing I’m doing is Chloe Ting 😅 & yeah maybe that’s why I don’t feel like I’m making the most of quarantine!

      Ah, I’m so sorry that happened! I’m glad it was just a scare, & that you got to go our though! Yeah, I don’t what it is with the book :(( I listened to it via audio, & I didn’t really like the narrators, so maybe that’s a factor? But I just didn’t care about the story, and I can’t put my finger on why 😭😭 i see why some people found it slow/found the pacing weird though

      ahh, it’s so hard!! I want to write fantasy, but it’s so hard to build a whole world out of nothing :(( thank you so much, Xandra!! I hope you have a great July too! definitely message me if you wanna talk about writing ❤ ❤

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  20. I don’t know how you’re staying sane not leaving the house! During quarantine I realized I was introverted, but actually now I think I’m back to be extroverted 😂😂 Girl I am sooo mindblown by how many books you’re reading! You are doing such an awesome job with your TBR! And CONGRATS on reaching 700 followers! That’s so amazing, and I’m so proud of you! 🥺😍

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  21. Wow Caitlin, I’m so sorry things are so crazy over there!! It’s pretty crazy in the U.S. too (where I live). I’ve barely been out of the house, but this year did force me to more since my sister graduated. But, I know how you feel, I didn’t leave my house at all for two months. Now I’m back in my house and not planning to leave anytime soon. You read so many books and wrote so many blog posts!! Wow!!!
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    -Izzy

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    1. ahh, i hope you make the most out of quarantine!! thankfully, it’s not very crazy here. i mean, the government isn’t handling the pandemic well at all, but everybody’s following guidelines for the most part. i’m pretty sure i could go out if i really wanted to—it’s just less complicated if i don’t!

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  22. I’m trying Chloe Ting’s 28-day challenge and I CAN’T COMMIT TO IT hahaha Really, the only reason I’ve been more or less doing it is because I’m doing it with a friend and I don’t wanna leave her alone xD
    I’ve recently read Felix Ever After and I totally get what you mean – I enjoyed it, but not as much as everyone else seemed to, and I can agree that many side characters didn’t feel “real”. I’m currently reading You Should See Me In A Crown and really, really liking it 😀 I hope July has been great to you!

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    1. oh, same!! i was supposed to do 2 week shred, but i have no motivation anymore lmao. i’m so glad that you’re liking YSSMIAC & ahh, you’re so right! the side characters really didn’t feel real :(( thank you, i hope July has been great to you too!

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  23. I’m kind of sad you didn’t love Felix Ever After, because I adored it; it was my favorite last month. 😅 I still have a few days left of Chloe Ting’s slim thigh challenge, and I’m still hoping I’ll see at least a teeny tiny result, lol. One can dream!! I’m not sure what I’ll do next (I started two week shred but I couldn’t do two workouts together, so I had to stop.) I’m interested in flat tummy and lean arms, we’ll see. Oh no, I’m sad school starts for you in August. 😦 Uni starts for me in September, and I’m not looking forward to it, especially because they’re currently going ahead with a normal semester, no online classes. :/ Either way, I hope your July has been good so far, and will continue to be so! 🙂

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    1. Ah, it’s probably just because contemporary isn’t my favorite genre! I highly recommend 2 weeks shred—you’ll probably get results from that! I was actually supposed to do it again, but I have no motivation anymore lmao. Maybe I’ll look into her other challenges after I complete the 2 week shred again with my friend (we’re supposed to be motivating each other 😅). Ah, I actually shouldn’t be complaining about it because I got a 5-month summer break, hahaha :((

      Thank you! I hope your July has been good so far too ❤

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  24. I find it really lucky that I’m a homebody too haha, I can see people being lethargic and impatient for staying home for so long, so I feel really lucky that it doesn’t affect me as much. It’s true that the routine got boring after a while though, which is why I try to do different things at least once a week!

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    1. Oh, it’s so nice that you try to do a different thing every week! I really should do that too, but I’m trying to spend time on all of my hobbies before school starts lmao. Yes, I feel so lucky that I’m extremely introverted idk how an extrovert would survive my situation, haha

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  25. I so get not wanting to talk about your writing ahah I’m so shy about it, too. I’d love to hear about it all whenever you feel ready though! and never judging you ever!
    I’m so sorry you didn’t love the sound of stars, i’m so excited for that one! too many references can get a bit cringy though, I get that :/ and ahhhhh so excited to read you should see me in a crown!!
    And congratulations on the followers, you deserve them all, you’re the best 🥰🥰

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    1. ah, yes, i’m so self-conscious about it :(( also things are so subject to change, & i don’t wanna share anything that’s not permanent 😅 tysm! 🥺💖
      yes, that’s exactly the problem! i dislike pop culture references so much 😭 and i really think you’ll enjoy YSSMIAC, i can’t wait to hear what you think about it!
      no you’re the best 😭💕💕 thank youu

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