Hi guys, and welcome to my June wrap up!
June was pretty… eventful. I actually didn’t read a lot, I didn’t listen to a lot of music and I didn’t watch a lot of movies and tv. But some great things did happen to me and a lot of things changed. Things that have also led me to make a blogging announcement. I’ll explain everything in my post below, but first let’s talk about what I did read/listen to/watch in June!
Flame in the mist by Renee Ahdieh
I absolutely adored this book. Flame in the Mist is pitched as “Mulan retelling meets 47 Ronin” and while that definitely drew me in, make no mistake: Flame in the Mist is so, so much more than that. Set in Feudal Japan (not the China of Mulan), the only big, crucial thing Flame in the Mist has in common with Mulan is a girl pretending to be a boy. Other than that, Flame in the Mist is its’ own original, delicious self. The writing style is vivid and gorgeous, the characters are so unique and lovable and the romance is my favorite kind of enemies-to-lovers trope in all its’ glory. The only downside for me was the pacing, but despite this, I’d still highly recommend it to anyone interested in Japanese mythology, Feudal Japan, gorgeous writing and swoon-worthy romance.
Rating: 4 stars | Check out my full review here.
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
When Dimple Met Rishi was cute and adorable and the perfect diverse and summery read. I loved it, but I have to say it was also not 100% what I expected. Perhaps my expectations were too high, but I still feel like it had some flaws. Biggest of all being that the antagonists were too stereotypical, I missed some better developed secondary characters and I had expected more coding, since that’s what these characters were supposed to be doing all summer. But all the love for a story featuring two Indian-American main characters! And I must say that Rishi Patel is now one of my favorite book boyfriends of all time, because he is just the sweetest.
Rating: 4 stars
Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
Since this was pitched as a YA “You’ve Got Mail” and I have a thing for pen pal romances, I jumped on this. And while it was definitely a fun, solid contemporary, it wasn’t a favorite for me. I think this had to do with the fact that there wasn’t actually a lot of focus on an actual pen pal romance, or the pen pal elements we got were verrry limited. It turned out to be more of a summer romance contemporary, which is completely fine, but just not what I was looking for.
Rating: 3 stars
Top Ten Tuesday
- 27 June 2017: The Ten Best Books I’ve Read In 2017 So Far
- 20 June 2017: Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start Forever
- 13 June 2017: The Best & The Worst Literary Dads & Father Figures
- 6 June 2017: Ten Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books I Recently Added To My (Ever-Growing) TBR
Something Different Sunday
- K-Dramas I’ve Fallen In Love With (read)
Well, I’ve still been listening to a lot of K-pop and we had a lot of great new releases the past month: the new G-Dragon album, the new Monsta X and the new Blackpink, which have all been on repeat pretty much every day.
In non-kpop news, I’ve been in love with Crooked Teeth, the new album by Papa Roach. I’ve also been listening to some Sleeping With Siren and Good Charlotte, since I got to see them in concert this month (yay!). Other than that though… I’ve been a bad music listener. I know Fall Out Boy has a new song out, but I honestly only listened to it once so far so I need to get on that!
Some of my faves this month:
Monsta X – Shine Forever
BlackPink – As If It’s Your Last
Also, I can’t not mention BTS Festa. As you may know, I’ve recently fallen in love with K-pop boy band BTS and I couldn’t have become a fan at a better time – since they had their 4th anniversary this month and celebrated with over two weeks of daily content, such as videos, pictures, dance practices and of course some new music. And I LOVED every minute of it.
Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
Do Bong-Soon is a young woman born with superhuman strength, which is passed on through the women in her family. Though she tries to keep this hidden, a young rich CEO witnesses her strength one day and promptly hires her as his bodyguard. Around the same time, a series of kidnappings take place in the area where Do Bong-Soon lives, and she is determined to catch the culprit.
This is definitely a much lighter, fluffier drama which is filled with a lot of humor, even though it’s balanced with a creepy kidnapper plot. I greatly enjoyed this one and appreciated how it tackled typical gender roles and expectations. Also, the main couple is just too adorable. They are called the ‘puppy couple’, so that already gives you an idea of how adorably cute they are!
Hunter x Hunter
I was in need of a new anime to watch and my brother recommended Hunter X Hunter. Badically, this is about a young boy named Gon, whose dream is to become a Hunter just like his dad who he’s never met. To do this he leaves home to enter the prestigious, difficult and dangerous Hunter exam and of course he makes both friends and enemies along the way.
Though it took me 3-4 episodes to get into the story, I am now officially 35 episodes in and HOOKED. I love this story so much – it started out as just a fun, cute anime, but it has become so much more than that. My favorite characters are Killua (a kid assassin, go figure) and Kurapika (a boy out for revenge). Yes, I have a type when it comes to favorite characters, is that obvious?
Before I fall
I only watched this one movie this month but I really enjoyed it. I’ve had the book, about a girl forced to relive the last day of her life over and over again, on my shelf for ages and I kind of gave up on reading it and watched the movie instead. I know, I know, SHAME ON ME! But I liked the movie so much that I may need to give the book a try though. I mean, once I’ve pulled myself back together, because boy did this movie turn me into an emotional sobbing mess! This didn’t turn out the way I expected, but I was really pleasantly surprised.
- I’VE GOT A NEW JOB! Obviously I’m super happy and excited about that 😉 I applied there beginning of June and after 2-3 interviews and some tests I was invited to start work pretty much right away. It’s an interesting and fun job with lots of variation and the fun part is… it’s actually located five minutes from my home! So no traffic stress which is just awesome!
- As I already mentioned a little above, I got to see Sleeping With Sirens and Good Charlotte live! I was soo happy about that, because Sleeping With Sirens is one of the main bands that got me through 2016 and I adore them to pieces. And they were so amazing live! Kellin’s voice is heavenly.
— Lindsey Habets (@LindseyHabets) 12 juni 2017
Also, we actually got a surprise performance by State Champs! After Sleeping With Sirens they came on stage and played Secrets. I only just discovered them this year and I was so shocked to see them there, but also so happy even if we only got the one song. And of course Good Charlotte was pretty amazing as well. Though I mostly went for Sleeping With Sirens, I have always liked Good Charlotte’s music and so I really appreciated I got to see two (three if you count State Champs) amazing bands at just one show.
- AND it wasn’t technically in June since it was July 1st, but I went to Werchter festival for a day and saw Blink 182, System of a Down and Linkin Park live. I’m a big Linkin Park fan and I love the other two bands as well, so it was a perfect day. It kind of felt like I was transported back to the early 2000’s…
Well… after a year and a half of blogging the time has come for me to announce my first ever… semi-hiatus.
As you read in my post above, I just recently got a new full-time job. While I’ve been getting by for a few weeks with a few scheduled posts, I’m starting to feel the struggle. I’m not used to a full-time work schedule anymore, so I may need a little time to get back in the swing of things. Add to that the fact that I’ve been feeling a bit slumpy for a while now, and I just haven’t been as present in the blogosphere as I want to be. Which makes me feel guilty, which in turn only worsens the slump. So that’s why I want to do a semi-hiatus.
What does this mean?
This is not a full-time hiatus. I’ll still be around. I’ll definitely still be reading and trying to get my reading groove back. I’m doing a buddy read of the Heroes of Olympus series with Uma from Books.Bags.Burgers which is already so much fun and motivating me again!
I’ll still try my best to visit your blogs and comment, even if it’s a little less than I usually do.
But I’ll be slowing down with posts for a week or two. Since Top Ten Tuesday is also on hiatus, it feels like a perfect time to do this now.
I’ll probably still write some reviews or other posts when inspiration strikes, but the main idea is to not pressure myself for a few weeks. So I can get my reading and blogging groove back, and get back in the swing of things.
Like I said, it’s only a semi-hiatus. I love blogging and my blogging friends too much to stay away completely or too long 😉 Seriously, you guys have no idea how much you all helped me get through the past few months! I love you all and THANK YOU!