June Wrap-Up + July Reading Month (2018)

I can’t believe 2018 is half over already! I’m sure many of you share the same sentiment too. I feel like I haven’t done all that much this year in terms of working toward my personal goals. I’ve decided to try harder in the latter half of the year, so let’s see how well that goes. I also have a lot of new ideas for the blog and I want to start posting consistently at least from now on. I want to change things up with my Bookstagram as well and I’m starting to get more active on Book Twitter too. For now, let’s discuss the reading month I’ve had so far and my exciting plans for July!

June Wrap-Up 2018

What I Read

I started with the Marvel-A-Thon this month and finished 4 books for Phase 1 of the challenge. Unfortunately, this is where I started feeling demotivated to read because I had read a lot of hard-hitting and emotionally-gripping stories back-to-back and I just wanted to take a break from my TBR. Since I’m a big mood reader, I wanted books that would be different from the ones I read. I started on a couple more since then but I haven’t finished them yet, so I can’t count them towards my June tally. Although the numbers aren’t great, all of them were 5-star reads for me, so I’m quite happy with that.

I first picked up Rick Riordan’s third book in The Trials of Apollo series, The Burning Maze. I have been loving Apollo’s journey thus far and I feel like Rick just gets better with each of the books he puts out. This was by far my favourite in the series because the plot was well-constructed, the character arcs were amazing and it packed a huge emotional punch. I then went on to Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale. This is set in German-occupied France in World War II and it was such an enlightening read. I really liked how it focussed on the role of women in the war and how they used the bigoted views of the Nazis against them. However, this book affected my mood severely as it was quite tough to read at times. Next I read The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed with Sahitya from My World of Books. This was my favourite read of the month and tackled tough topics like sexual assault, misogyny and privilege. It also had several different perspectives and was incredibly diverse, which made it even more compelling. Finally I finished The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang, which I read along with Etinosa from Uwadis. This was the first adult fantasy I’d picked up in months and I thoroughly enjoyed it. There were a few scenes that I didn’t quite agree with, but overall it was one of the best first books in a series I’ve read and I can’t wait for the next one!

June Read 2018

Highlights

  • Reached 300+ followers on the blog, 380+ on Twitter and 200+ on Instagram. Thank you all so much for the support!
  • Got together with my blogging sisters, Shruti, Charvi and Aditi, and decided to host the Indian Lit Readathon, the response to which has exceeded our expectations. Thanks again!
  • One of my Bookstagram pictures was featured on my favourite Indian book subscription box, The Bookling’s Crate’s feed and I also received a comment from the author (Sara Holland, who wrote Everless). I’ve never felt prouder of my photography skills!
  • I made two new wonderful friends who are #DiverseBloggers as well – Sahitya and Neha. Please go show them some love!
  • New favourite author on Twitter – Akemi Dawn Bowman. She has some of the best threads about mental health and I think everyone should follow her because she is the sweetest!

Memorable Posts


Anticipated Releases

  • The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James (July 3rd: US release date) – a sci-fi love story with secrets and intrigue
  • Fawkes by Nadine Brandes (July 10th) – featuring gunpowder, a plot to overthrow the monarchy and masks
  • Lovely, Dark, and Deep by Justina Chen (July 31st) – a story about a girl determined to fight her sudden allergy to light
  • Sea Witch by Sarah Henning (July 31st) – a dark and enchanting tale that recounts the origin story of Ursula from The Little Mermaid
  • The Darkest Legacy by Alexandra Bracken (July 31st) – the highly anticipated 4th book in The Darkest Minds series set 5 years after the events of the original

July Releases 2018

Tentative TBR

I have decided to do two readathons this month instead of three. I decided to skip the Summer Biannual Bibliothon primarily because it would be too hectic for me to try and do so many readathons. I’m also not very pleased with some of the organizers’ decisions this time and although it’s a lot of fun, I don’t want to support a readathon that doesn’t make me feel included. I have decided to aim for a grand total of 9 books this time – 4 for the Indian Lit Readathon and 5 for the O.W.L.s readathon. Technically, the O.W.Ls readathon already took place in April, but I was too busy to take part in it then. The N.E.W.T.s readathon is being hosted in August, so I decided to finish my O.W.L.s and then take those subjects forward for N.E.W.T.s. I’m being joined by Cam @ Camillea Reads as she wasn’t aware of the readathon when it happened and I’m so glad for the company! She’s also an amazing #DiverseBlogger and Bookstagrammer, who recently graduated (so proud of her!), so go check her out and show some support! I picked only ARCs and copies for review that I’ve received for my O.W.L.s readathon because I really need to catch up on those.

My Indian Lit Readathon TBR –

  1. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (Book that was controversial/banned, book perfect for a rainy day and book that has won an award)
  2. The House of Kanooru by Kuvempu, translated by B.C. Ramachandra Sharma and Padma Ramachandra Sharma (Book with an Indian name in the title, book by an author from the same Indian state as yours and book translated from an Indian language)
  3. The Pregnant King by Devdutt Pattanaik (Book with a queer main character, book with an ethnic design on the cover and book based on Indian mythology)
  4. The Home and the World by Rabindranath Tagore (Book set during India’s freedom struggle)

My O.W.L.s Readathon TBR –

  1. Astronomy – Read a sci-fi book – The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas
  2. Charms – Read a fantasy book – Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
  3. Defence Against the Dark Arts – Read a book featuring secret societies – The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy
  4. Care of Magical Creatures – Read a book having a magical creature on the cover – Revenge to the Tennth Power by Jack Chaucer
  5. Transfiguration – Read a book involving shape-shifting – God’s Forsaken by David Brevik

Comments

How has the first half of the year been for you? What plans do you have for July? What books are you most excited for in the latter half of the year? Let me know in the comments section below.

23 thoughts on “June Wrap-Up + July Reading Month (2018)

  1. My month went all to the exam XD But I’m glad you had a great one!
    Hannah’s book is waiting for me since forever. I purchased it quite a time ago but never find the strenght to start it. Don’t know why but I had the vague feeling that had some romanticization in it and I was in the long mood of “you will have to wait, book.”

    I read Fawkes thanks to an eArc… and I don’t want to break your spirit but for me it was a no. Anyway, I’m so glad you liked Nowhere Girls. Everyone I knew loved it and I’ve been trying to read some of my books to reach this one

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    1. Hannah’s books definitely need a lot of time to get through and if you’re a mood reader you really have to be in the right mood or else it’ll be disastrous. I hope you get to it soon though because the story is so amazing! 😍
      Aw, no, that’s too sad about Fawkes. I mostly decide based on synopsis of the book and it had a very interesting one. I don’t think I’ll pick it up anytime soon though.
      I’m very sure you’ll end up loving The Nowhere Girls too! It is fantastic in terms of diverse rep, plot, characters and all the themes it tackles. It’s my new favourite contemporary. ❤

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  2. You are so sweet for doing this… You have a wonderful platform and I’m very grateful for the shout-out…
    Reading intense books back to back must have taken a lot of energy… Glad you’re still reading, I would’ve been in a slump by now… Next time, we shall try buddy reading some fun entertaining book so that we can share all the jokes 😊😊😊
    I don’t know if I’ll be able to participate in the Indian lit readathon but I’m going to try reading one.. I don’t have The Pregnant King but I do have another book of his called Shikhandi and other stories which fulfill the same challenges… I’m hoping I’ll be able to read it..
    You have a very interesting TBR for July and I’ll look forward to your thoughts on Spinning Silver…

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    1. You have a wonderful blog too, Sahitya! I’m so glad that Marvel-A-Thon brought us together. ❤❤❤ It’s quite a mystery why I didn’t fall into a slump but I’m glad I didn’t. 😅 Yes, let’s read some fun stuff once in a while to break the flow!
      Yay, I’m so glad you have Shikhandi and Other Stories! I’m very curious about queer characters in mythology and I hope Pattanaik’s books shed some light on that. 😊

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      1. I’m so glad we met too 😊😊😊
        And yup, I’ve had that book for quite some time but never read it… so v can read these 2 books and discuss how many of these stories did we even know about …

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  3. I can’t wait to pick up The Poppy War and The Nowhere Girls! I’ve read nothing but excellent things about them, so I’m very excited. 😊

    Great wrap-up post! I hope your July is even better!

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  4. Vicky Who Reads

    Aww, thank you so much for the shoutout! I’m so glad you enjoyed my post and I hope change will continue within our community. Thank you so much for sharing, and it looks like you’ve had such a productive and awesome month! Here’s to another!

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  5. I can’t believe 2018 is half over, either. Where has the time gone??

    And wow, so much to comment on with this post! I’m really glad to hear that you… well, “loved” might not be the right word to describe The Nightingale, but I think you know what I mean. And I agree, it’s a tough book to read. I was crying near the end of it myself. Were you surprised by who was narrating the first-person scenes when she finally revealed her identity?

    Funny you mentioned Akemi Dawn Bowman. I actually read her debut novel Starfish not too long ago and really enjoyed it. Maybe you might like it as well? 😉

    I definitely want to read Spinning Silver over the summer, too. And without going into too much detail, some of the other books I’m planning to read soon include Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee, Circe by Madeline Miller, and N.K. Jemisin’s Dreamblood Duology (both books, together in an omnibus edition).

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    1. I actually guessed halfway who the narrator might be (more like an intuition) although I had no idea how she ended up in that situation. It was definitely a heart-breaking story! I’m really looking forward to reading Starfish by her. I’ve heard nothing but good things from a lot of reviewers. 😊 That TBR sounds great! I hope you can read all of them and love them too. Happy July, Sara! ❤

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  6. Oooh The Poppy War and The Nightingale are on my list of books to check out. Seeing your 5-star reviews for them makes them even more appealing to me! 😀 Wishing you a lovely reading month for July as well!

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    1. I really loved Alexandra Christo’s To Kill a Kingdom and if the Sea Witch is anything like that, I will definitely enjoy it! 😊 I’m starting to hear mixed things about Fawkes though. 😞 Hope you have a great reading month in July as well! ❤❤❤

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    1. I really wish more people would start being sensitive towards the aro-ace community, so I had to share it! I added it to my TBR mostly after high praise from you, Lia! 😊 You’re my go-to person for feminist books.

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