June is a wonderful month for avid readers! There are readathons organized for Pride month, and a LOT of other readathons going on. Unfortunately for me, June is the month of my exams. So I’ve never read that much, and I doubt this year will be the exception. I wanted to join a readathon, nevertheless, and the #MakeYourMythTaker seemed interesting because the whole concept around creating your character and perhaps giving it a TOTALLY mind-blowing story was very cool. I’m awful at explaining rules, though, so make sure you watch Ashleigh’s video if you want to join!
WHAT’S GOING ON WITH ME?
Well, May was … a bit harsh. Thankfully it’s over, and hopefully, things will get better and easier, but still. Too many things going on, especially in my personal life, and I didn’t feel motivated (which is why I barely posted this month). Staying home for so long is also killing my last two brain cells, and I can’t stand it much more (I’m lowkey glad I actually have to go to university to take my exams). The way I found to keep my mind distracted was to keep busy, and that’s how I ended up working so much on my internship report (I’m actually quite proud of it, even though it needs some editing) and finding Avatar: The Last Airbender (and obsessing over it). I do have some moments of joy from May, though. I’m super excited about the news of the Percy Jackson adaptation, and, on a more personal note, I got admitted on the Master’s course I really wanted, so the pressure of passing all my exams to finish my bachelor’s degree is ~huge~ (as a reward, I got ACNH and I’ve been loving playing it!).
BOOKS I READ
I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn (3,5 ) – This was really adorable! Kimi’s relationship with her mom is going through a hard time, and she has never met her grandparents, but getting to see how she connects again with her family and with herself was really lovely. Just like her, I also keep most of my fantasies inside my head, but to see her standing up for what she believed was very empowering! And the romance was super cute as well.
Ghosts of the Shadow Market (5 ) – This has likely been the best book of extra tales set in the Shadowhunter world so far! It follows characters across generations, and I completely fell for Anna Lightwood and that little scene about her (that I was then super excited to read more of her later), and also about the Circle (but I wasn’t much interested about that), and then about the Blackthorns (super interested again, but also sad) and Kit (you’re seriously missing out if you haven’t read this one). Also, it gives a glimpse of what happens after QoAaD so one thing’s for sure: Cassandra Clare will write more books set after that!!
Crier’s War by Nina Varela (4 ) – I have huge expectations for the sequel of this book and the path it will follow! Admittedly, it took me a little while to warm up to Crier and Ayla’s feelings for each other (it just seemed so sudden, I don’t know) but their moment was so SOFT and yes, I lowkey melted. Also, their conflicted feelings about everything made me frustrated at times but, given the circumstances, understandable. I also liked the worldbuilding and how everything’s developing and the SCHEMES and that ending was so WOW and it even reminded me of The Midnight Lie BUT then it took a turn I wasn’t expecting … Soooo it was a great read!
Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare (5 ) – I LOVED IT, obviously??? This took me *slightly* more time to finish than I had anticipated, but I got really attached to the characters – more of the same when it comes to Cassandra Clare’s books. The scene I had read about Anna in GOTSM got me really excited to read more of her, and it didn’t disappoint! I got really surprised at how some of the character’s paths turned out to be, honestly, and the book raised some questions. The epilogues always leave me wanting more, though! And the short story at the end melted my heart!!
Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise (all three parts) & Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Lost Adventures (4 ) – After finishing the show, I did a quick research to know in which order to read/watch everything else, and I quickly got invested in the comics. The first three are about the events following the show, and the fourth is a collection of mini-stories that happened in the show that we didn’t get to see. Everything is super funny and I’m loving getting so much more content about these characters, but I gotta admit the main relationship makes me so frustrated!!
The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar (3 ) – I had such high expectations for this book, and it was definitely overall cute, but there just too many things that kinda made me not like it as much as I could. The whole business competition thing and the sister bond between Nishat and Priti were what I liked the most, especially the sister relationship because they were really supportive of each other. However, I had a hard time with the characters, I really didn’t like Flávia and even at times I couldn’t connect with Nishat.
Goodreads Reading Challenge
Yellow Stars: 49 Blue Stars: 0 Red Stars: 5
- The Bookish Bucket List Tag
- It’s Monday! What are you reading? II
- How I Came Across My Favourite Book Series
June is my month of exams and as I’ve mentioned before, the pressure is very much real, and I’m highkey anxious about it. So I’ll likely focus on studying! I also want to read though, as I’m participating in the #MakeYourMythTaker readathon, but besides studying, reading and playing ACNH, I’m not planning much (maybe occasionally go out so that I won’t go crazy). I’ll definitely try to blog, but I can’t make it a priority. 😦
🐠 How did your month go? 🙂
Hello, friends! I hope you’re all having a wonderful day! ✨ I really don’t know where I got this topic from, wherever my mind got the inspiration from, but I’m in the mood for sharing! I’m also reading Chain of Gold, which seems very fitting as well, and I hope you enjoy my rant! 😛
Hello, friends! I hope you have had a great weekend and are ready to start a new week! Mondays are personally not my favorite day, because I’m always the busiest and the most tired 😴 I have a big week ahead of me, but hopefully, I’ll be able to read a lot!
Hello, everyone! I hope you have a lovely Friday and a lovely weekend! ✨ I’m sorry this is ~late~, btw. This past week I’ve finally decided to start writing my internship report and I’ve been crazy busy with that! I already skipped one posting day this week, but I really didn’t want to miss another! So today I’m bringing you The Bookish Bucket List Tag that Holly @ Nut Free Nerd tagged me to do! Thank you so much for thinking of me, Holly! 😀
- Link to the creator in your post (Madison’s Inkwell)
- Link to the person who tagged you
- Tag as many people you want
- Have fun!
What’s Going On With Me?
Even though April definitely passed quicker than March, I feel like I’ve lived so many different lives this month! Whenever I think about the beginning of the month, it seems it was years ago, not weeks. But I actually did a lot of things! First things first, I finished my internship – 250 hours of hard work! Now I have to write a report, and I’m dreading starting it! I’ve been trying to keep up with online classes, but I don’t really have much motivation (or energy). And I’ve also been taking care of applications for a Master’s degree. Blogging wise, I did an actually good job! And I read 14 books (I’m shocked!!) 😛
So now that I’m spending so much time at home, I actually realize that I love talking about myself? I’m sorry about the big rant that you’re probably about to get, but I’ve wanted to write some monthly favourites for a while. It’s not that I have that many, especially since I haven’t been doing much, and the categories (if I keep up with this) will likely change throughout the year, BUT I hope you still enjoy it! 😀
Title: The Dark Artifices
(Lady Midnight, Lord of Shadows, Queen of Air and Darkness)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Number of Pages: 669 / 699 / 870
The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel.
It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.
Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…
Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?
Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.
I never seem to go wrong with a Sandhya Menon book! They’re adorable, sweet, have swoony relationships and amazing female characters. I’ve enjoyed all that I’ve read so far and here’s another one to the list: Of Curses and Kisses. Admittedly, I didn’t seem to like Of Curses and Kisses *as much* as her other books that I’ve read, BUT it was still very entertaining. So I was super excited when I got tagged by Sahi @ My World of Books to answer the Of Curses and Kisses Book Tag!
Hey friends, I hope you’re having a wonderful week! What have you been up to? 😊 I’m still home and I’m still struggling with online classes (will the pain ever stop?). To get my mind a bit off the real world, I’m bringing you this wonderful Liebster Award. Thank you so much Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea for nominating me ❤ If you’re not yet following Caitlin, you don’t know what you’re missing out 😉
- Acknowledge the blog that gave it to you and display the award
- Answer 11 questions that the blogger gives you
- Give 11 random facts about yourself
- Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of their nomination
- Give these blogs 11 questions to answer