Wrap Up: June 2020 | Reads and Reviews

I wasn’t kidding when I said my mood was all over the place last month. Apparently, my mood also bled into my blogging because I didn’t do jack last month πŸ˜‚ I was there one moment and then the next, *poof*, I was gone Houdini-style. Sorry about that y’all! I’ve been reading so much lately that my mind basically said, “nah man, too much” and that was that.

Now, I did do some reading last month, not as much as I wanted, but more than I expected tbh. There were some other things I had to attend to last month, namely Hannibal on Netflix. We’ll get to that later, though.

First, let’s glance back at June to see what I read.

Huh, looking back now…I read so much more than I thought! I went waaaaaay off course of my original TBR for June but I suppose that’s the point of mood reading 🀣.

I had intended to reread the entire first trilogy of Red Rising but after finishing the first book, I was feeling differently. Instead, I read Jo & Laurie and Recursion, both of which I enjoyed quite a bit. I’ll probably get to Golden Son and Morning Star sometime this month though. Hopefully…

I read Where the Crawdads Sing with my bookclub group and we were so into it that on our third week of reading we scheduled two meet-ups because we just HAD to finish. It was THAT good. Now I get why it was such a hot commodity for a minute. Highly recommend πŸ˜‰

Yes, I did plan to post more reviews. Yet, here we are.

A Song Below Water | Bethany C. Morrow

I had a lofty idea to tag at least 5 bloggers in this new section, but seeing as I only went on WordPress about 3 times in June, that idea remains just that, an idea. I promise to do better, you guys. I really do. I didn’t make it to 5 this time, but I did make it to 2. These were the posts that stood out to me in my short blog-hopping visits last month:

Books By Black Authors That I Recommend | Kristi @ Confessions of a YA Reader

How to WAKE UP! In more ways than oneΒ | Elsie @ Elsie LMC

June was brimming with highlights, I’m happy to say!

  • In the wake of the Black Lives Matter/civil rights protests, I tried my best to engage with the issue as comfortably as I could manage. In fact, I joined a very peaceful protest and march. It was absolutely amazing and my heart filled with joy to see all the support from passersby, veterans, and even a few police officers
  • I finally finished Red Dead Redemption II and, yes, I shed a tear for my dear ol’ Arthur Morgan. A ruffian with a heart of gold (well, my version of him anyways).
  • My baking was on an upswing. During this time I made maple orange cinnamon rolls and banana nut chocolate muffins. They were both divine πŸ‘ŒπŸ½πŸ‘ŒπŸ½πŸ‘ŒπŸ½
  • I got a reading chair! Finally!
  • June 17th was my birthday! I don’t celebrate it, not really, but my friend took me to get a pizookie and some wine the day before. That was all I needed πŸ’•
  • The Last of Us Part II came out June 19th! And though I recently finished and didn’t love it as much as the first, it’s certainly not bad as many gamers and reviewers are making it out to be. While I wasn’t happy with the story construction, there’s still a lot to love about the new installment
  • I started watching Hannibal on Netflix, and my god, what a gem. Perfect for those of us that enjoy a bloody good show πŸ˜‰ Soooo addictive. Also, Hannigram 😏

My blogging might have taken a tumble last month, but my reading was all right. Less than usual, more than expected. I wanted to read Little Fires Everywhere, but my mood was taking me to different places. Maybe this month will be different.

I’ll share my TBR for July soon, but I think the theme will be the same. The mood has taken over, and I might just need to go with the flow to avoid a reading slump!

As usual, thanks so much for stopping by. Until next time πŸ’•

15 thoughts on “Wrap Up: June 2020 | Reads and Reviews

  1. Ahh I’m so happy you enjoyed my post and thank you for the mention! πŸ˜„πŸ’ž I have never heard of maple orange cinnamon rolls but they sound like all good things rolled into one 🀀 That reading chair looks cozy! What’s the first book that will break it in? πŸ“šβœ¨ My sister and I finished the first Last of Us game today! Loved every second of it, don’t know how long will take us to get the second one as we currently don’t have a PS4 but we’ve resolved to get one solely for that at one point πŸ˜‚ Hope you have a great July! βœ¨πŸ’•

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    1. Of course! πŸ’• The recipe was for maple cinnamon rolls but I thought it was a little too sweet so I added orange zest. VoilΓ , a new recipe 🀣 The first book to meet the chair was Agnes at the End of the World! I would have liked it to be Red Rising but I wasn’t in the mood when the chair arrived LOL. Girl, yaaaas, I’m so glad you enjoyed TLOU. That game is and will always be one of my favorite game of all time. A masterpiece. And I’d consider waiting for the PS5! They’ll probably remaster TLOU II for that and then you will have the brand new system and graphics since there are only a couple more releases on the PS4 before the new gen takes over πŸ˜ƒ Though PS4 has some really great games so any system is a win haha. Happy July!!

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  2. I don’t do TBRs as I’m a mood reader, basically I don’t stick to them ever so I don’t bother making them. πŸ˜‚ I watched the first season of Hannibal years ago and I remember it being sooo good! I definitely need to re-watch it before I continue with the show. I’m glad to hear that you are enjoying it! πŸ˜€

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    1. I honestly don’t know why I did this month LOL. I’ve already diverged from it 🀣🀣 Yes! Rewatch Hannibal. It’s absolutely amazing, I tell you πŸ’•

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    1. It’s such a good series (despite Rowling now πŸ˜”). Wish I had been allowed to read it when I was much younger. I’m sure I would have loved it even more. And good luck with that reread πŸ˜„

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      1. I know….I wonder if JK’s comments will cause the Fantastic Beasts movies to end sooner especially after Crimes of Grindelwald was not well received.

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      2. They might just, but Rowling is very influential and she has a lot of power over her intellectual property. So, who knows πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈ Guess we just gotta sit back and see what her shenanigans bring LOL

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  3. I also disappeared during June, so I understand you πŸ˜› You did very well reading-wise tho!! What did you think of Always and Forever, Lara Jean? (talking about Lara Jean, I bet everything you baked was absolutely delicious!!) Oh, and happy belated birthday! I’m happy you had a nice time with your friend ❀

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    1. I don’t think I liked it as much as the first two but it was a pretty good send-off for the series. And realistic too! Loved that it wasn’t a perfect happily ever after ending. And thank you Marta! πŸ˜„πŸ’•

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