June was a pretty wild ride, eh?
I had big plans for June — namely, to read at least 100 pages per day and to complete 30 books in 30 days — but neither of those things happened, and that’s okay. June was a hard month on a lot of people and I spent a lot of time on social media, sharing things and doing my best to educate myself.
If you follow me on Twitter, you may also have seen that June was a pretty big month for self-growth for me. I called myself out for a couple of different things (like not prioritizing diverse ARCs highly enough and keeping people in this community at a distance), and all that reflection wasn’t always easy. ? So, I guess I’m on this little ramble to say that it’s okay if we don’t always meet our goals. ♥
That said, I got into a pretty good reading streak at the end of the month and still ended up with some numbers I’m really pleased with, so let’s just jump right into those!
I also wanted to start doing monthly reading statistics again, so those have made their reappearance in this wrap-up post!
books completed: 19
average rating: 4.05/5
pages read: 5,021
✨ = review copy | ? = reread | ? = buddy read
? = audiobook | ? = Kindle Unlimited
? = graphic novel/manga/comics | ? = poetry
? = POC rep | ? = LGBTQ+ rep | ? = disability and/or MI rep | ? = fat rep
? graphic novels, manga, etc. ?
? adult & new adult ?
- The Whites of Their Eyes
??? | ★★★★★ | review
- Take a Hint, Dani Brown
✨???? | ★★★★★ | review
- Just Like That
✨??? | ★★★★★ | review
- The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water
✨??? | ★★★★☆ (3.5 stars)
- The Mime Order
?? | ★★★★★
- The Worst Best Man
?? | ★★★☆☆
- Camp Carnage
?? | ★★☆☆☆
- Benny Rose, the Cannibal King
??? | ★★★★★
- Upright Women Wanted
✨?? | ★★★★★
- The Monsters of Elendhaven
✨? | ★★★★★
- A Collection of Dreamscapes
✨? | ★★★★★ (4.5 stars)
- Finding Faeries
✨ | (no rating) | review
? young adult ?
- Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You
✨?? | ★★★★★ | review
- You Should See Me in a Crown
✨???? | ★★★★★ | review
- What Unbreakable Looks Like
✨?? | ★☆☆☆☆ | review
? middle grade ?
? left unfinished ?
- No rating-less DNFs this month! What a shock ?
- 365 Days (2020; Netflix) ★★☆☆☆
I… what did I even watch.
- ? The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016; Netflix) ★★★★☆
This was a rewatch for me, and I actually liked it better the second time.
- ? Event Horizon (1997) ★★★★☆
This is ALWAYS worth rewatching.
- ? Underworld (2003) ★★★★☆ (3.5 stars)
I hadn’t seen this in ages and I had totally forgotten how bad most of the acting is. Whoops.
- ? Jaws (1975) ★★★★☆
Funny enough, I rewatched this a few days before the 45th anniversary of its release, without even realizing the anniversary was coming up. It was pretty solid timing, and the sociopolitical commentary held up REALLY well. *side eyes entire current administration*
- Scare Package (2019; Shudder) ★★★☆☆
This was an okay horror-comedy anthology — funny, but definitely took some cheap shots in the last segment.
- another month of mainly just listening to audiobooks, aside from our “bedtime” playlist, which I’ve never thought to mention before — it plays all night because I can’t sleep in a quiet room, and it’s mostly Gregory Alan Isakov, Flora Cash, Hozier, Joshua Radin, Birdy…
- More ACNH. Who’s surprised? Not me. AND THE NEW UPDATE DROPPED THIS MORNING AND I AM LIVING FOR DIVING COMING BACK!!
- Sea of Thieves — I’ve been playing this most evenings with my spouse and my dad, and it’s so fun.
- OTHER POSTS:
(click the thumbnails to see the videos!)
- Kaleena @ Reader Voracious posted a list of Black Lives Matter resources & reading recs
- Misty @ Misty’s Book Space reviewed one of my favorite horror anthologies, Slasher Girls & Monster Boys
- Fadwa @ Word Wonders posted a list of books with pansexual main characters
- Shanah @ Bionic Bookworm announced the next Off the Grid Readathon dates
- May @ Forever and Everly shared 9 tropes she’ll always love (and I agreed with basically all of them)
- Sofii @ A Book. A Thought. posted a list of 30+ upcoming queer releases
- Leelynn @ Sometimes Leelynn Reads reviewed What Unbreakable Looks Like and gave some much-needed own-voices perspective on the treatment of Black culture in the writing
— destiny ♥
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