June 2019 Wrap-Up!

by - Saturday, June 29, 2019

I know I sound like a broken record, but wow did June go by fast. Faster than fast. A TON of things happened this month, some amazing, some not so great. Let's dig in!

June Reads

I read nine books this month! Not bad at all! I had 2 five-star reads, a couple of four-star reads, and a few three stars (perhaps a few more than I wanted this month...) I read one book that was on my June TBR, then threw the rest to the wind. I had a few too many ARCs to get through, I suppose. And then ALA happened... so anyway, here's what I read:

Lovely War: This was a beautiful tale of love and war, romance and tragedy, failing and rising. The tales of two beautiful romances are told through alternate perspectives of Aphrodite, Ares, Apollo, and Hades. I really enjoyed this book, and on my original review, I gave this five stars. However, I later realized that I hadn't enjoyed it quite as much as Berry's book The Passion of Dolssa, so I docked it one star. You can read my full review here.

Spin the Dawn: I've been putting off reviewing this book for some time, mostly because I have very mixed feelings about it. I should have loved this book. The writing is great, the world building is immersive, the love interest is swoon-worthy. I don't know what happened! I've been turning over my reasoning for a little while, and I should have an actual review coming soon.

The Escape Manual for Introverts: This was a cute, funny read. I think all introverts would get a kick out of it, despite it lacking some depth. You can read my mini review here.

Lost You: I've been reading quite a bit of slower books this month--and last--so I really wanted to pick up a good thriller. Unfortunately, this was a disappointment. The story was bogged down with exposition. And it was depressing. But it did keep me reading, so that was impressive. 

Sweetie Vol. 1: This book seriously stole my heart! It has such a fun premise (a girl who loves to practice stunts in her free time), and the characters are AMAZING. Read a slightly longer gushy review here.

The Downstairs Girl: I snagged this ARC at ALA, and I'm SO HAPPY I got it. This book was AMAZING. It was meant to come to the airport with me, but I was so enthralled with the story that I finished it before I got home...oops. Sorry not sorry. This book gives a look into what it was like to be Chinese in the 1890s, when segregation was just starting to be a thing, yet the Chinese were not allowed to be citizens. It poignant and enthralling. The voice of Jo Kuan (aka Miss Sweetie) is one of the freshest voices in YA I've read in a long time. Full review to come.

A Monster Like Me: This sweet MG contemporary at times feel like fantasy--that's how vivid Sophie's imagination is. This book is at times heartbreaking, and at other times I broke into giggles. There were a few slow parts, but in the end I shed a couple of tears because the ending is just so beautiful. Very glad I picked this one up.

Reactive: This is technically a re-read for me, since I beta-read this book last year, but I've never read the finished product until now...and I loved it. Of course I did--I loved it originally. But it's so action-packed, the romance is so wonderful, and the emotions and voice of Lune, the MC, are so intense. I read this in preparation for Becky's upcoming sequel Adaptive. Both reviews will be coming soon.


This month I did something big and scary and a little exciting. I put aside my WIP and decided to learn more about my craft. It was really terrifying making this decision. I didn't want to feel like I was giving up on something that has consumed my life for the past two years. But after I decided to put Collected Memories aside, I felt so light. I began writing short stories, began experimenting again. I borrowed a ton of writing craft books from my library.

Unfortunately, I got so busy the last two weeks of June that I couldn't keep up my writing habit. That will change in July, hopefully. We shall see.

On the plus side, I am not a published writer! I worked an internship for a magazine called the Ensign--a Christian-themed magazine--January through April, and one of my articles was published. It's called "Tabitha" and you can read it here.


So. Much. Happened. June was crazy. Let's see if I can remember it all.
  • I've been hired by Shadow Mountain Publishing as an admin assistant for their marketing team! I'm so excited to be able to put my foot in the publishing door. Beyond excited. I start July 1!
  • I went to Washington D.C. for ALA! I've never been to D.C., so that was definitely an adventure. I saw so many sights, my favorite being Mount Vernon in Virginia.
  • I had my phone and wallet stolen on vacation. It was a scary experience, and one that has taken some serious adapting. No more Kindle books, no more audiobooks, and my social media activity has seriously plummeted. I'm still working everything out, but if you follow me on any of my social media platforms, just know I'm trying my best!
  • I went to ALA! This was my actual reason for going to Washington D.C., and it was SO much fun! I went with my mom, and I think that was just the best. We mailed so many books home, many of which I am SO EXCITED TO READ! I'll probably be posting a lot more reviews in the near future, so keep a look out!
I'm still recovering from everything, from the slight trauma and the excitement of it all. Hopefully I get into a good routine next month.

On the Blog

Most Popular Blog Post

I'm so glad this post got some love--this book seriously deserves it. It's an under-the-radar retelling of The Princess and the Pea. It's slow paced, but the world building and characters arcs are so worth it.

Because I went on vacation this month, I didn't get as much blogging in as I wanted, but here are some other fun blog posts I published this month:
I didn't get to blog hop as much as I wanted after I lost my phone, but I still managed to collect some of my favorites from around the blogosphere:

Thanks for stopping by my June wrap-up! It's always fun looking back on a month. Let me know how your month went! I'd love to hear!

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  1. Congrats on the job! That's so exciting! And wow, 9 books is great!
    Genesis @ Whispering Chapters

  2. Sounds like you had a crazy month!! I'm so excited for you for getting that publishing job and for having your work published in a magazine! Sorry your wallet and phone were stolen, though---what a shame that it had to ruin your perfect month!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    1. It was kind of a bummer, but everything else that happened this month was awesome--a good trade, I think :)

  3. Oh no, I'm sorry your wallet and phone were stolen. That's a total shame. I am glad you got to go to ALA and enjoyed it. Congratulations on your new job! I hope you are enjoying it so far.

    Tina @ As Told By Tina

    1. Thanks Tina! I am enjoying my job, it's a lot of fun :)

  4. I hope you are loving your new job. Getting such personal and necessary things stolen as super scary and having to replace all your cards and ID is time consuming and stressful. ALA sounds amazing and maybe someday I'll be able to attend. The Downstairs Girl is now high on my list as it does sound intriguing.

    1. It is really stressful, but luckily I was able to figure it out pretty quickly (it's good that my husband is so on the ball about that kind of thing too :D). I think you'll love The Downstairs Girl--it's fantastic!