it’s been a very long time since i’ve done any monthly recap, and even though i thought of just letting it go, and stop doing these wrap-ups, i decided to pick them up again. how could i stop one the most fun features to write on my blog?
anyway, i thought i should catch up, so here’s what my life looked like in the last three months:
april + may + june
i don’t remember being that active on the internet on april. the fact that i didn’t have a phone anymore (long story short, i dropped it in the toilet sink and stupid me immediately tried to turn it on, which was a big mistake) made me take a step back. social media was a lot of negativity and it was really bad for me. so i decided to focus more on reading. i also had a week-long break so i visited and spent time with family.
in may, studying took over my life. finals were coming (well, in june, but STILL), and ramadan was starting at the end of the month so we had to do some preparation. it also was my birthday month, so i definitely had some ~me~ time. and while it was hard to catch up on everything i had to do, i tried for the most part. i got a new phone at the end of may, so i was back to being fully active on social media.
on june i passed my finals, started my summer break (FINALLY), hung out with friends, spent time with my family during eid, read, and got back to drawing. to be honest, it was a productive month, and i’m surprised by myself (and satisfied, of course).
read these three months:
- THE DEAD INSIDE, by cyndy etler (ARC): ★☆☆☆☆ (DNF)
- ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE, by benjamin alire sàenz: ★★★★☆
- AND THEN THERE WERE NONE, by agatha christie: ★★★☆☆
- NOTEWORTHY, by riley redgate (ARC): ★★★★★
- WINDFALL, by jennifer e. smith (ARC): ★★★★☆
- GOODBYE DAYS, by jeff zentner (REVIEW COPY): ★★☆☆☆ (very problematic, see my review for full details)
- FLAME IN THE MIST, by renée ahdieh (ARC): ★★★★☆
- WRITTEN IN THE STARS, by aisha saeed: ★★★★★
- THE ALCHEMIST, by paulo coelho: ★☆☆☆☆ (DNF)
- HISTORY IS ALL YOU LEFT ME, by adam silvera: ★★★☆☆
- PERFECT TEN, by l. philips (ARC): ★☆☆☆☆ (DNF)
- DEAR MARTIN, by nic stone (ARC): ★★★★★
- RHINOCEROS, by eugène ionesco: ★☆☆☆☆ (DNF)
- I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN, by jandy nelson: ★★★☆☆
- AN EMBER IN THE ASHES, by sabaa tahir: ★★★☆☆
- THE SHIP BEYOND TIME, by heidi heilig: ★★★★★
- THE EPIC CRUSH OF GENIE LO, by f. c. yee (ARC): ★★★★☆
- THE TRAITOR’S TUNNEL, by c. m. spivey (ARC): ★★★★☆
on the blog:
- what do you look for in a blog?
- 7 ways to get out of the black hole that is called the reading slump (+ book recommendation)
- REVIEW + DISCUSSION: goodbye days, by jeff zentner (+ recommendation for books dealing with grief, anxiety and depression)
- the reading nook of my dreams!
- younicorn reads gets a makeover
- REVIEW + DISCUSSION: flame in the mist, by renée ahdieh
- sixteen candles: everything i’ve learnt so far
- things you can do this summer without using a phone
- REVIEW + DISCUSSION: an ember in the ashes, by sabaa tahir
- 26 diverse upcoming YA/MG releases that need more hype
panic! at the disco
look, i know i’ve been obsessing over p!atd for months now, but a while ago MY OBSESSION REACHED A NEW LEVEL OF OBSESSION. i really don’t know why, but i’ve become a hardcore fan of their music, especially their album, THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE DIRTY. it’s my favorite. love love love for that music. if you’ve never listened to panic! at the disco, you should do it. i hope your life changes.
i think my love for fantasy is coming back. as you can see this june i read a lot of fantasy novels, and i enjoyed most of them (especially THE SHIP BEYOND TIME that book was just PERFECT). and honestly i missed it. i’m so glad i’m back on track. i should catch up on it in the future.
spotlight of the month:
the epic crush of genie lo, by f. c. yee
THE EPIC CRUSH OF GENIE LO is one of the most amazing books i’ve read this year. it’s action-packed, fun, and it’s inspired by chinese folklore. this is the story of Genie Lo, an angry teenager who tries her best to get into the college of her dreams. but when a demon invasion threatens her sleepy town, she’ll have to do things she’d never thought she could do, like fighting demons, interacting with gods, alongside with Quentin Sun, the “weird” new transfer in her school, in order to save herself, her family, and her town. and IT’S SO GOOD. i highly recommend you to get it once it comes out (august 8th, 2017).
in july i hope to catch up with my ARCs (they’re getting out of control), but i also want to spend time with myself, my friends, and my family. plus i’m joining camp nanowrimo for july, and i have a lot of fanart ideas in my head. i hope i can do all of this lol. but let’s see how it goes! 🙂
how was june for you? have you read some good books recently? watched some good shows or movies? what are your plans for july?