Monthly wrap-up – June 2020

Hi friends!  ☀️ Can you believe it’s JULY? I can’t.

in real life

The months pass by and seem to be all the same… well, almost. June has been another warmer, summer-like month here and it’s been lovely to catch some sunshine, to be able to spend some time with my love that I hadn’t seen since lockdown started early March. It’s been a month of working remotely, trying to keep anxiety at bay and failing and just, well, life.

I don’t want to write that July will be different, because I feel like we can’t know anything, lately, but I have been feeling a little more hopeful, a little more enthusiatic and a little more… well, happy. I hope this continues.

As always, friends, please never ever forget to educate yourself on the world’s happenings (here’s a very helpful thread with some links!) and to take care of yourselves, first and always.

on books

I am not going to lie: I am disappointed in myself, okay. I only read 4 full books this month and…. well, it’s been an all-time low. I know, numbers don’t matter, but I can’t help but feel disappointed by that.

I’m trying to take it easy and just… well, cut myself some slack, but not going to lie: I hope to read more in the next months, too. Even if I know that most likely won’t happen.

📖 Books I read

GRACE AND FURY ☂️ I liked that one, a lot! It had been a while since I’ve been so addicted by a story. I loved the siblings’ bond at the heart of it, liked the world and can’t wait to read the sequel now! » read my full review.

THE SULLIVAN SISTERS ☂️ I expected this to be a thrilling mystery… I got an exploration of family and siblings ties wrapped up in complex secrets. It was a good read, just… not what I expected. » read my full review.

THE PLACES I’VE CRIED IN PUBLIC ☂️ If you take one book recommendation from this post, let it be this one. Holly Bourne is one of my favorite authors and this book was stunningly heartbreaking and just so, so good. Be aware that this deals with a very emotionally abusive relationship, but if you can handle it, read! this!

 

I KISSED ALICE ☂️ I’m a little… on the fence about that one. I was expecting a lot, it was one of my most anticipated reads, and… it fell flat in some parts. I liked one of the characters more than the other and expected a bit more from the romance-part, but still, this was a fun read.

  • Goodreads Challenge: 32/60 books 🔥 A little ahead.
  • Year of The Asian Reading Challenge: 3/10 books.

📖 Currently reading

I’m excited to start this lovely book! It’s one of my most anticipated reads and so far, it’s been really promising.

 

in-real-life

Writing this, I realize just how disappointed in myself I am for this entire month, wow.

As you can guess, I haven’t been writing a lot this past June. I’ve been working on a first draft with my sister, co-writing, actually, but with work and everything else we haven’t been able to get a whole lot of things done. I’m sad and disappointed in myself, but I guess it’s life for now.

I don’t want to give up and there’s just so much I want to write and do, both with this project and other previous projects, I just need 20 more hours every single day.

  • Words written : 3 734

on the blog

I guess June has been a little bit of a slower month, blogging-wise…. mostly because I’ve been questioning the value of my work for half the month? Anyway. I’m so thankful to have had wonderful conversations with bloggers on some of my blog posts and always so happy whenever someone tells me they enjoy my post and my work.

Thank you. You’re the best and I appreciate you all SO MUCH!

On a more exciting side of things, the Book Blogger Awards have officially started! We are very, very excited to be co-hosting these awards to celebrate book bloggers’ incredible work and I really think book bloggers deserve all the love and support. I hope you’ll consider taking some time to nominate your favorites this month… if you need something to compell you to do so (I really hope you don’t, but well… we all appreciate a little extra, I guess), know that there’s also an opportunity to win a book there!

⏩ FIND OUT ALL ABOUT THE BOOK BLOGGER AWARDS 2020 RIGHT HERE!

If you enjoy my work, you can support me on ko-fi right here if you wish to. I also happen to have an Amazon wishlist.

📖 Book reviews

Click on the book covers to be redirected to our reviews.

💻 Book blogging

📚 Book discussions & tags

 

I have been handling blog hopping… okay, I guess for the first half of the month, but I don’t always have enough time to do it all. Know that I see you and appreciate all the work that you do! Here’s my little selection of blog posts I appreciated reading this month.

📚 Books & Reading

💻 Book Blogging

📝 Writing, Lifestyle & Other Posts I Loved

 

Is there a blog post you are particularily proud of this month? Feel free to send it along with your comment!


How was June for you? I hope you had a lovely month and please keep on taking care of yourselves and your loved ones.

What were your favorite books this month? Any writing projects going well? Tell me everything in comments!

 

 

 

 

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92 thoughts on “Monthly wrap-up – June 2020

  1. I’m sorry to hear that the month has been a bit underwhelming for you. June 2020 just was not It. I hope you enjoy reading Song Below Water – I truly adored it 💕 And I am jumping over to look at the review for Sullivan Sisters because it was on my radar and your comments have me curious. Happy reading and hope July is better ❤️

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    1. Thank you so much, Bec, this means a lot ❤
      I'm really enjoying A Song Below Water so far, I'm glad you enjoyed it so much! 😀
      Thank you! I hope July will be kind to you ❤

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  2. You’ll feel better about your 4 books Marie when you learn that I READ NO BOOKS AT ALL LAST MONTH! 🤣🤣🤣 **laughs and then cries** 😭😭

    And LOOK AT ALL THOSE COVERSSS!! SOO MUCH LOVEEE – SOO FUCKING PRETTYYY!😍😍

    Loved your wrap-up, Marie. You write beautifully – and I didn’t know how much I missed these posts until I read this one. LOVE YA!! 😘🦋😇

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  3. Looks like a good reading month! I hope july is even better! I hope to read A song below water sometime soon as well, it sounds so good!

    (www.evelynreads.com)

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  4. Hi, Marie!! First of all, I’m so, so, incredibly happy that you enjoyed my discussion post!! It really means a lot to me. ❤ // This month was a good one readingwise but also on a personal level. Yesterday, I graduated from high school despite Covid-19. It was a magical day and a good conclusion to this month.

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  5. I’m glad June was a better month for you, and I hope July is even better! I’m definitely starting to feel a little more hopeful myself, and like things might start to get back to some semblance of normality soon, so I hope that’s the case!
    And Grace and Fury and The Places I’ve Cried in Public are both on my TBR, so I’m glad you enjoyed them. I’ve still only read one Holly Bourne book, even though I’ve heard good things about a lot of her other books (and even have some of them on my Kindle)!
    Have a great July 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, I’m so happy to hear it’s been better for you, Laura ❤
      I hope you'll love both of these books, they were lovely. Holly Bourne is one of my favorite writers ever 🙂
      Thank you!!

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  6. I’m glad you’re a little more hopeful ❤ I think it really helps that things are opening up a bit in Europe. It makes me a little less anxious about this whole virus, now here's to hoping the anxiety about the rest of my life eases up too!

    Four books is still a lot! I think quality is more important than quantity and it looks like you read four good books! I'm really curious about The Places I've Cried In Public. I wasn't wowed by How Do You Like Me Now, but I really liked It Only Happens In The Movies. I guess I just have to read all Holly Bourne's books to figure out if I like them or not, since I can't make up my mind on what i've read from her.

    I'm really excited about the Book Blogger Awards! Can't wait to see who gets nominated and who wins 🙂 I love finding new blogs to follow that way!

    I hope you have a great July! ❤

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    1. Thank you so much! I hope your anxiety will lessen, too, I’m sending you all the love. ❤
      I hope you'll give more of Holly Bourne's books a try, they're all really wonderful. and thank you! I hope if you have some time, you will nominate your favorites too 🙂
      Thank you! ❤

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  7. I wanted to read I Kissed Alice because I heard the term rom-com being thrown around. If it was a rom-com, I apparently didn’t get the humor. It wasn’t bad, it just didn’t live up to what I was expecting, and therefore, was a bit disappointing.

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  8. This was a weird month Marie. With all that’s happened in the US and the COVID still forcing us to homework. It’s difficult to focus on reading honestly. And you are cohosting the awards!!! Amazing!

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  9. It’s been a hard year! We’re facing renewed lockdown mandates now in our area as Covid cases are rapidly increasing. I’m beginning to feel like a Gentleman in Moscow confined to a life sentence in that hotel!

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  10. I feel like June was heavy on a lot of people, myself included. I’ve found blogging has been somewhat a but of a chore, don’t get me wrong I’ve still found joy in it, but some days trying to write anything has been hard. Most times I’m struggling to put a post together minutes before it goes up.
    I think reading 4 books is still a great accomplishment! ❤️
    All we can do is hope that the second half of the year will be better than the first half! I almost want to treat July 1st like a new year, fresh start 😅
    Here’s to a good July!

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    1. I’m so sorry to hear that it has been feeling like a chore lately. When that happens I find it better to take a break altogether for a little while. I hope you’ll feel better about it soon ❤
      Thank you so much! I hope that July will be better and brighter ❤

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      1. I hope so too! I still have to finish my goals post (that I aim to post today 😅) and that’s been really hitting me and I’m finding it hard to write it and ‘check in’ with my goals because this year has been trash.
        You’re welcome! I hope you have a great July too! ❤️

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  11. i love you so much, marie!! i hope you’re not beating yourself up too badly about your reading and writing in june — things happen, and you’re juggling so much with work amidst this covid mess so please be kind to yourself! ❤ i'm sad to hear that i kissed alice fell a bit flat, but i am SO excited to see what you think of a song below water aahh! thank you for sharing my post, and reminder that you and your words are so so important, always 💕💕

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  12. i can’t believe it’s already July and more than halfway through 2020, June honestly went by so fast!! i’m so sorry that you were disappointed in your reading and writing, but i completely agree — a lot of my motivation levels fell flat in June. :(( i’m so happy to hear that you’ve been feeling more happy and hopeful, though!! 💖 i can’t wait to hear your thoughts on A Song Below Water because it’s definitely one of my most anticipated reads as well 😊

    i hope you know how wonderful your blog is, please don’t question the value of your work here in the community because what you do is truly amazing!!! you write such great posts and are such a kind, sweet person i’m so happy to have met. 😭❤ i hope you have a beautiful July!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Ash ❤ I hope your motivation has been better since July has started up again ❤
      Thank you so, so much, this means so, so much I don't deserve you😭😭😭😭😭

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  13. This year is going by so fast and I’m not sure I mind. I hope 2021 is a better year. On a lighter note, Song Below Water has one of the most gorgeous covers. It’s going on my mermaid shelf when I finally get nicer book cases. I hope you have a great July reading month!

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  14. The Places I’ve Cried in Public is on my TBR already, but it’s definitely getting moved higher after reading your praise! I’m sorry June wasn’t the best month for you, but I still think you accomplished so much ❤ Don't feel too discouraged! There's always next month 🥰 I hope you are doing okay, and I wish you all the best for July!!

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  15. ahhh, congrats on getting to reunite with your partner!! i’m so happy for you 🥺 i’m so sad that you didn’t like I Kissed Alice very much though. it’s one of my anticipated releases, and i’m eagerly awaiting more of your thoughts on it.
    it was such an unproductive writing month for me too 😅 ahhh, i barely did anything to flesh out my ideas. but i’ll just chalk it up to the fact that i was focusing on other things :((
    wishing you a wonderful July, marie!! ❤

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    1. Thank you so much!! ❤ I was kind of disappointed, but I think maybe my expectations were too high 😦
      I hope we both can focus a little more on our writing projects this month, we need to root for each other!! ❤
      Thank you so much ❤

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  16. Aww Marie, I hope July goes much better for you. Oh my god Grace and Fury has literally been siting on my shelf since the time it came out and I’m really hoping to get to it soon. Also, I’m so excited for A Song Below the Water because I’ve heard nothing but good things!!!
    June was great for my writing and my reading was decent but hopefully I can step up both in July. I’m quite proud of a lot of my posts this month but I would especially love to see your thought on Changing the Classics for Required Reading in Schools if you have the time 🙂
    https://itsnotjustfiction.wordpress.com/2020/06/08/changing-the-classics-for-assigned-readings-in-schools/

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    1. Thank you so much, Charvi ❤ I hope you will be able to read Grace and Fury and A Song Below Water soon, they're both really good! 🙂
      I'm happy you had a good month overall and are proud of your work, you should be! Thank you for linking to your post, I'll check it out this month for sure ❤

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  17. Aw, thanks so much for including me in your wrap up Marie! That’s so kind of you.

    I’m sorry to hear it was a tough month. Please try and be compassionate with yourself. I am trying to accept for me that there are times when I am super motivated and really killing it and there are times when I’m just… not… and the fact is both states are okay. I tend to think if you’re really struggling to get things done that’s your brain’s way of telling you that you need a little break. Also (then my TED talk will end, sorry) I’ve been doing this writing course lately and the teacher said something that has really stuck with me – she says that when it comes to planning our lives we put WAY too much pressure on what we can achieve today, this week, this month when really it’s much better to think in terms of what can I achieve this year, in the next five years and so on. So it’s a matter of thinking where do I want to be this time next year, for example, and then building on that rather than putting a ton of pressure on yourself to have written however many words by the end of the month. It’s all about the long game.

    I don’t know if any of that made any kind of sense, haha, but it’s a way of thinking that has been helpful for me lately when I’m beating myself up for having an off day.

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    1. Thank you so much for this, Lydia, honestly this comment really helps me, a lot. I know I put way too much pressure on myself to achieve things, all the things, right now, but I know I reasonably need to pan things out onto a couple of months for it to be… realistic, in a way. This is such a great advice.
      Thank you so, so much ❤ I hope you'll have a wonderful July, take care of yourself ❤

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  18. June was a terrible month for me! I did read a decent amount of books I guess, but I didn’t blog at all, and emotionally my life was a rollercoaster and exam season was really bad (and it’s not even done yet) … I’m just glad the month is over! I’m ready for July to be better – I’m also feeling way more optimistic about this month than June! I’ve heard great things about A Song Bellow Water so I can’t wait to know your thoughts on it 😀

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  19. I’m glad to hear you’ve been feeling a little more hopeful lately! I feel like that’s so important right now, and I hope it carries forward for you 😊
    My writing in June was pretty disappointing as well…fingers crossed that both of us get to do more writing soon!!
    Thank you so much for sharing my post, and happy July! ❤️

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  20. I hope your July goes really well, Marie! You saying that you felt hopeful for what’s to come in this month made me feel a little more hopeful too, so thank you. 💛 I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on A Song Below Water! I think the premise looks so good and I hope you enjoy it. xx Sending you all the love and positive energy for the new month!!

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  21. I’m SAD I Kissed Alice was a bit disappointing, it sounds so damn good (also, that cover is so cute, I can’t even). I’m looking forward to your review. 🙂 (If you do review it, I mean.) I feel like we had similar experiences in June – I read nine books, which is probably my all time low (I’m a pretty fast reader.) I was so sad about it, and I’m still not over it, haha. At least they were good books, but ugh, I hope July will go better (and for you too!) I’m happy to hear you’re feeling more hopeful about this month, hopefully, it will be a good month!! I’m speaking it into existence!! 🙂

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    1. It was entertaining, but… I think my expectations were a bit too high, unfortunately 😭 I’ll have a review up this month! 🙂
      I hope that July will be a better reading month for you too, Veronika, thank you so much!! ❤

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  22. Don’t be too down about not reading as many books as you thought you would, Marie! You’re amazing and you can always try to read an extra one next month, or by the end of the year. 😊 And congrats on being a bit ahead of schedule!

    Honestly, I have been feeling the same way about the value of my work. 😦 In order to help with this, I am just trying to tell myself not to take it too seriously, and I’m trying to make sure I only do things that make me happy. That might mean that I’m not always doing the “popular” thing to do, but at least I like it. 🙂

    I am very excited for the Book Blogger Awards! 😊 I’m so glad you and May are hosting this year, I think that was an amazing idea! Good luck with your remote job, your reading next month, and the rest of the year, Marie! ❤

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    1. Thank you so much, Xandra, you’re so sweet, this means a lot! ❤

      I'm happy to hear that you've been doing what makes you happy and focusing on that, it's really the focus I need to have, now. I think it's the most important, to love what we do ❤

      Thank you so, so much for your sweet words, I hope that July has been and will continue being kind to you ❤ ❤

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  23. i’m glad to hear your mood has perked up in the last couple weeks, marie! life has been tough around here, but i am too feeling slightly better – not about the world in general or things around me, since brazil is still at a very chaotic stage when it comes to the pandemic -, but i am trying to keep myself busy so i don’t have room to worrying thoughts, hahah.

    i was very excited about i kissed alice, but hearing your thoughts, i’ll make sure to tone down my expectations!

    i ended up not commenting on the actual book blogger awards post but i am so thankful for you to be hosting it! i am excited because this time i’ll have time to write my nominations post, unlike last year, when life was pretty crazy. i know how much work goes into it and considering everything you have on your plate, i am really thankful for your effort!

    wishing you a great july! 💞

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    1. Thank you so much, Lais ❤ I'm so happy that you're feeling a little better as well, and know I'm always here and by your side should you need to talk or anything.

      Ahh thank you! I hope you'll have fun writing your nominations post and discovering other bloggers, as well. Thank you, this is a… well, not going to lie, kind of big amount of work, but boosting book bloggers is worth it ❤
      I hope July will be lovely to you! ❤

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  24. I’m sorry you didn’t get as much accomplished as you hoped this month, but I think you did an amazing job with blogging this month! 😍 You both should be so proud of your posts! I also struggled with anxiety this month, but I found a lot of hope and peace through my faith in Jesus. I hope you have a wonderful July all-around, and you get to soak up all the sun!

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    1. Oh thank you so, so much, Charis, you’re so sweet! ❤
      I'm happy that you found some peace despite the anxiety struggles this past month and hope this continues and that July will be wonderful to you, you deserve it ❤

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  25. I’m definitely enjoying the sunshine! Summertime is my favorite because of how warm and beautiful it is outside, not to mention all the pretty flowers blooming all over the place!

    I actually had a really good reading month! I read only 6 books, but I was currently reading a whole bunch of other books that I was enjoying, even if I didn’t get a chance to finish them all before the month ended! I already finished some of them in the very beginning of July and it really set the month off on a nice note! I’m really hoping that this might be my best reading month yet!

    I know that external validation can only do so much, but I really want you to know that I value your work so much, Marie! I love when your posts pop up in our inbox, and I’m so happy when you leave a comment (that’s always so thoughtful and kind). Your discussions are always so well thought out and set up to expand conversations instead of just giving your own opinion on the matter, I even really enjoy your reviews, with your mood boards and brevity, that helps me discover immediately if a book is right for me or not! I hope that you have a lovely July and that you’re able to see how wonderful you are, the way that I definitely can! 💕

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    1. Ahhh yes me too, this makes me so happy. I feel much happier in summertime I’m a flower, I think aha ❤

      I'm happy that you're hopeful about your reading month, Malka, that's awesome. I have been a little more hopeful this July, too, let's hope this continues! 💕

      Oh thank you so, so much, this honestly means so much 😭🥺 Hearing that just makes me feel happy and worthy and, I don't know, like my voice matters and honestly I needed to hear that. Thank you, this means the world 🥺

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  26. I’m so glad to hear that things have been happier, generally, but I’m also so sorry to hear you’ve been dealing with questioning the value of your work!! That is always hard and I can definitely understand that, but I hope you know that I value you and what you do SO HIGHLY and I am so thankful for not only everything you do, but hope to reach your level of blogging, one day. ❤ ❤

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    1. Thank you, Nicole, this really makes me want to cry (in a good way!!! 😭🥺). I’m just so, so grateful to have you in my corner, this means so, so, so very much, thank you!! 😭
      I hope July has been kind to you so far ❤

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  27. Ooh I love the cover for A Song Below Water!! Hope you’re enjoying it, hehe. Teach me your ways on how to be more active in the blogosphere Marie, it always seems like you’re up to date on everything!

    I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy, and that you have a wonderful reading month in July!

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    1. It is one of the best book covers I’ve ever seen, I’m in love. It’s so stunning! ❤
      Ohh I'm definitely not up to date, I'm struggling a lot especially lately 😅
      Thank you so much, Aila! I hope you've been doing okay, take care of yourself! ❤

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  28. Yay seems like you had such a great month!!

    Sorry about You Kissed Alice, I’m also highly anticipating but it’s sad that it didn’t live up. I’m also SUPER pumped for A Song Below Water, we need more mermaids in YA books tbh,,,

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  29. June has been really strange for me as well, let’s hope July at least brings some more sunshine and positive vibes 💗 Sorry to hear that you didn’t like I Kissed Alice as much as you wanted to, it’s always sad when some parts fall flat 😢

    My writing has also been so stagnant last month, for some reason I was so tired of revision, so I didn’t do anything. Good luck with your writing, hopefully, we’ll both get back to it! ❤

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  30. Don’t be disappointed in yourself! Things have been tough for everyone mentally and/or physically lately on some level, and any progress you’ve made is an achievement! And please don’t feel like you need to question your work… I’ve said it before, but you’re one of the main bloggers who got me into book blogging and the book community outside of booktube, and even though I don’t always make myself known on your blog, you and your blog are both so important to me! ❤

    My June also didn’t go as well as I would have liked it to, but I’m just gonna push ahead and hope for a better July. I have plans to edit some fanfiction and read further into a couple of series I started last month on audiobook, so we’ll see how it goes. I hope you’ll be happier with your progress in July! Amazing wrap-up post as always! ❤

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  31. the sullivan sisters cover is gorgeous, my eyes are blessed.

    sorry to see ‘i kissed alice’ didn’t quite hit the mark, i’ve been really excited to read it too 😦

    really hope next month is better for you mentally; I’m sure bummed about starting next sem through online school b/c i miss college sm and every day is kind of like the last,,, it can get kind of depressing. hope you’re taking care ❤

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    1. right? I love love love that cover so much!
      I hope you’ll end up enjoying I Kissed Alice, it was a good read, just… not exactly what I expected it to be 😦
      Thank you so, so much, I hope you’ll have a lovely month and take care of yourself, I’m sending you all the positive vibes ❤️

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  32. I’m sorry to hear that june wasn’t everything you wanted and more. my reading has been at an all time low as well. It probably has to do with how my mood’s been feeling. According to goodreads, I’m about 7-8 books behind schedule, which doesn’t help at alll. I see that you’re starting to travel now, which looks amazing! While I can’t travel anytime soon, with the mess that’s going on in the us right now, but I hope to be able to travel again soon. I hope that July is turning out to be different that anticipated in a good way! xxx

    Melina | http://www.melinaelisa.com

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    1. Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear that Melina, I hope you’ll get your reading groove back 😦
      and I hope things will get better, I’m sending you all the love and positive vibes ❤

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