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June Recap

Life lately
I seriously can't believe that it's the last week of June and July is only a couple days away! It's been a jam-packed month but I definitely gave myself (and my wallet) a break when I needed it most. But honestly couldn't ask for a better start to my summer. There was BookCon, the ballets, book events, dinners / ice cream / breakfast dates with friends, beautiful days spent in the city and of course, my birthday week (with today being my actual birthday!).

I'm going to do a full "life lately" post soon but if you follow me on IG, you know I've gone to dinner almost every night this week as mini birthday celebrations. It's been a much needed respite from the stress I've been feeling on and off this month. It made me think of this quote I've always loved: "When I find myself fading, I close my eyes and realize my friends are my energy." And that's exactly how I felt after each dinner. Just a bit more energized and awake and happy in the company of people who get me.


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  • Still Me (Me Before You, #3) by Jojo Moyes - 4 stars; I never felt like Me Before You needed to continue past the first book and I couldn't shake that feeling when I read After You, which I ultimately wasn't fond of. But I decided to give Still Me a chance and I'm glad I did. This was the Lou story I wanted post-Will. The first book will always be my favorite but this was a good way to close off this chapter (seriously, there shouldn't be any more after this!).
  • DROPKICKromance by Cyrus Parker - 4 stars; I am so into these modern poets right now. I enjoyed this one a lot and I won't lie, I get a kick out of the fact that he's a former wrestler from NJ. There are number of gems in this. 
  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang - 5 stars; THIS BOOK IS WORTHY OF ALL THE HYPE. Yes, all caps were needed and yes, you should read this book immediately. It's heartwarming and sexy and just totally different from any romance I've read before. Loved it so much. 
  • Siege and Storm (Grisha Verse, #2) by Leigh Bardugo - 5 stars; Continued my re-read and I actually enjoyed S&S more the second time around (I originally gave it 4.5 stars).
  • Ruin and Rising (Grisha Verse, #3) by Leigh Bardugo - 5 stars; And then finished my re-read! I can't say enough how glad I am I did this. It's rare for me to reread a book much less an entire series and I'm so happy that years later, I still love it just as much. 
  • The Lady by Anne McCaffrey - 3.5 stars; When I found out my favorite childhood fantasy author had once written a book about horses, I had to pick it up. I was initially wary because of one character's extreme thinking (not the MC) but I soon realized she was a contrast to the rest of the forward-thinking, rebellious women in the book. It's actually a bit ahead of the times in some ways and I felt more engrossed by the latter half. Not a favorite but I liked it. 
  • Circe by Madeleine Miller - 4 stars; I enjoyed this book so much! I love Greek mythology but I did worry it might be too dense or too focused on the lore but it was so well-written and a breeze to get through. The author did a wonderful job of breathing life into every familiar and not-so-familiar character while adding her own spin. I hope she does more Greek mythology type books!
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