July 1, 2020

June Recap

Life lately
How is it the end of June already?! I thought being home most of the time would make the months feel slower but instead, I think they're flying by even faster! But June was great and not just because it's my birthday month (although that's a big reason). 

In general, I didn't think we'd be doing any celebrating this summer and so far that hasn't been the case. We had lunch in the backyard for my cousin's birthday, Father's Day, and my birthday. These family get togethers once a week are everything to me, now more than ever. I indulged in some shopping, got to hang out with Alexa (!), step inside a bookstore, and just have these tiny moments of taking baby steps towards normal (but don't be mistaken, I am still very paranoid and cautious). But I'd say summer is off to a good start so far and I hope these upcoming months will only get better and better.



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  • Kindred by Octavia E. Butler 
    - 3 stars
    I read this for my Reading Women 2020 challenge. It's a thought-provoking book that definitely tackles difficult and sometimes uncomfortable topics head-on. But there were parts of the story I wish the author had probed on further which is why it got 3 stars from me. 
  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Sisterhood, #1) by Ann Brashares - 3 stars
    More to come on this at a later date but every month starting in June, I'll be re-reading a book in this series with Alexa and Kristin. There were a lot of things about this book that didn't hold up for me but the best part is still the friendship. 
  • Queen Move by Kennedy Ryan - 4 stars
    To be honest, I didn't realize this was a companion novel to her Kingmaker series! I just saw she had a new book out and I immediately bought it. It was so good! Sexy, super romantic, and so much depth. 
  • Angel's Blood + Angel's Kiss (Guild Hunters, Books 1-2) by Nalini Singh - 4 stars
    I'll be doing a full review of this series in a later date for something Alexa and I are working on but wow. So far I'm definitely hooked and loving this world Singh has created. I can't wait to read more!
  • Rage & Ruin (The Harbinger, #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout - 4 stars
    I love that I can consistently count on JLA books to entertain me. This installment continued to expand the world and show how the heroine Trinity grew and faced challenges (both personally and against villains). I have a lot of thoughts on the direction and I'm excited to see how the series will end. 
  • Places I Stopped on the Way Home by Meg Fee - 3.5 stars
    Meg Fee's writing is undoubtedly beautiful. I knew that from her blog and it's apparent in her book as well. But I'll be honest, there were times when this book felt very.. self-indulgent. Her experiences will undoubtedly resonate with other people but while I did ultimately like her collection of essays, I personally didn't relate to a lot of it.  
  • When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore - 3.5 stars
    McLemore's take on magical realism is just so haunting. I've read at least 4 books by her at this point and I'm always struck how she conveys her characters' experiences and feelings. This isn't my favorite by her but it's still very glad I read it.
  • Lucy's Chance (Red Rock Ranch, #1) by Brittney Joy - 3 stars
    I'm in one of my horse book moods again! This was so short (under 200 pages) but it was cute. I think if it had been longer and the story/characters were developed more, I would've rated this higher because I liked the MC and setting a lot. 

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