June was a rather glorious month of milestones. I AM A PLEASED HUMAN, CURRENTLY. I finished my goodreads goal of 150 books (!) I got a tumblr and after Tina shared it I got a flood of followers that I’m ever so grateful for (!!) and my instagram hit 1,000 followers (!!!) and I wrote a book (!!!!!)
Do I deserve cake? I totally deserve cake. And possibly the ownership of a small planet over which I can rule firmly but cruelly. Earth looks promising.
On the reading front though? Um, meh. June has not been so good. Neither has July so far (yes, all four days of it). I was discussing this on instagram, but I feel 2015 has been quite unexciting. The debuts haven’t made me commence a pineapple flail. And 98% of my 5-stars have gone to previously loved authors (most published years ago). Am I reading the wrong books?? I will be asking for recommendations! SO PREPARE.
I’m still currently avoiding the library. I need to read what I own, right?! But but but THERE IS A LIBRARY SALE COMING UP. I am so ridiculously excited.
- HOW TO LEAD A LIFE OF CRIME: So I snagged a used copy from my library throw-out pile for 50 cents. FIFTY CENTS, PEOPLES. There’s a rip on the dustjacket but who even cares?! It’s hardcover. I love this book so much and recommend everyone read it, like, now.
- ENDERS (Starters #2): I admit, I have about 4% interest in read it but 50 cents for a hardcover?? In red (which I love)?? I couldn’t say no. I have problems. Also that eye-on-the-spine is freaky.
- FREEDOM RIDE: Thank you Walker books! Basically it was about racism in Australia in the ’60s and also a kid who mows lawns and does exactly nothing else interesting.
- DUMPLIN‘: Omg, you, guys, THIS BOOK IS INCREDIBLE. If you were nervous about it (like me, because of disliking the author’s first book) do not fear. It’s feministic and fabulous and full of sparkles. Thanks Penguin for the ARC!
- REMIX: This was a surprise ARC from Walker Books. It felt New Adultish? The book and I had a raucous argument, but at least the cover is awesome.
- FRANKIE AND JOELY & TALK UNDER WATER: Thank you UPQ for the review-copies! I’m kind of excited about these because AUSSIE AUTHORS. Yes I’m biasedly loving towards my own country. Not ashamed.
- A STORM OF SWORDS PART 1 (A Song of Ice and Fire 3): I love this series so much, and by “love” I mean “it causes me excruciating pain because everyone gets hurt or dies or eaten by zombies and it’s so horrible but so good”. It’s a complex love, okay?!
I am still reeling but I REACHED 1,000 FOLLOWERS ON INSTAGRAM. Oh gosh. I NEED FLAIL NOW. So I shall be doing a giveaway soon, keep your eyeballs peeled.
I read 20 books in June. I also quietly awarded myself for finishing A Clash of Kings because it’s monstrously huge and also monstrously boring. (Book 3 is so much better.)
- BEST BOOK? Definitely House of Hades (! LITTLE NICO !) and Son. I feel like I’ve been reading Lois Lowry’s quartet for two million and nine years. But it is done.
- WISH I’D NEVER READ? Oh gosh, The Alex Crow was so confusing. I felt like I was drowning in watermelon juice and not understanding why.
- DID I LAUGH? I snickered at my comics. When one puts growling Wolverine in a room and then makes spiderman do his laundry, things get funny. Not even joking. That happened. It was glorious.
- COVER LOVE? Extraordinary Means! Also Uprooted.
- CHALLENGES? YES. WIN. I finished The Giver quartet for my Finishing Off Series challenge. And I read Uprooted for the Fairy Tale Challenge.
- MOST EATEN GENRE? Is comic a genre? IT IS NOW. I really love comics (the art is spectacular) and they make me giggle like nothing else. Granted I never read them in order because my library has the most obscure collection. But still. Contemporary is a close second.
- RATINGS? For the first time ALL YEAR, I had a month with zero 5-star ratings. Oh the paaaain. Still I read eight 4-star books and that’s nothing to sniffle at.
WHAT YOU CLICKED ON THE MOST:
- Can I Guess What Style of Book Covers You Adore — I’m glad my quiz went down well!
- Why I Always Finish Books — We all clearly have a lot of thoughts about this and it is magnanimous.
- Am Currently — And everyone seemed pleased to read my more life/personal post. You nosey blogglings.
INTRIGUING SEARCH RESULTS:
- “boy editing” — I would like to edit boys, too, if we’re going to be honest.
- “i hate adult books” — well aren’t you a delightful little Grinch. I mostly hate them too, so we really ought to be friends.
- “is it dangerous to be a bookworm” — yes, yes it is. It’s monstrously fearful and we really ought to get bravery awards for attempting it.
- “paer fury” — hmmm, not quite. But I’m glad you got here all the same.
- “sneezing while hiding” — but seriously, how did this lead you to MY blog? And maybe don’t hide in dusty places?
- “i’m an adult who never was a teenager” — I suspect you should write a memoir, because that is quite the phenomenon.
There are a freakishly glorious bunch of cover reveals and I just have to share them, okay?! All covers linked to Goodreads. DROOL WITH ME NOW.
I need them all. And most don’t come out until 2016. SO HOLD ME WHILE I CRY OVER THE WAIT.
- Alliyah @ Risk To Write lists why reading is awesome.
- Kim @ The Midnight Garden talks about fandom hate (specifically with Game of Thrones) and how we can all just chill a bit.
- Rachel @ Secret Scribblings reviewed my Mini Book Necklaces!! SQUEE. She is so kind.
- Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight talks about part-time perfectionism. I relate.
- Looking for Alaska has a director for the movie!
I have a rather small but humbly fabulous little etsy store. I origami there. And each month I have a special and this month? It’s 35% off my bookish flowers. SO GO CHECK THEM OUT. And unless you ask for the exact shade of a blade of grass in the Tibetan mountains in the summertime, I can do custom colours.