June Wrap Up & July TBR // The month where I got out of slump

We’re halfway through the year now and personally, I’m both excited and terrified at the prospect.

June was an exciting month; personally it was an exciting month since I got out of my weird funk, finally getting excited about work again and read a lot. I felt alive, all things considered, and had so many things planned. Unfortunately, for my country June marked the beginning of the second wave so we’re back to tighter restrictions now. Let’s hope this will not got me back into burnout ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

  1. THEREโ€™S SOMETHING ABOUT SWEETIE by Sandhya Menon // ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  2. BLUE OCEAN STRATEGY by W. Chan Kim ๐ŸŽง // ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  3. THE LIVES OF SAINTS by Leigh Bardugo ๐ŸŽง // ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  4. THE BEAUTIFUL ONES by Silvia Moreno-Garcia {e-ARC} // ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ.5
  5. THE RED THREADS OF FORTUNE by Neon Yang // ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ.5
  6. TO MAKE MONSTER OUT OF GIRLS by Amanda Lovelace // ๐ŸŒŸ
  7. THE FOXHOLE COURT by Nora Sakavic // ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  8. THE RAVEN KING by Nora Sakavic // ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  9. THE KING’S MEN by Nora Sakavic // ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  10. XOXO by Axie Oh {e-ARC} // ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ.5

Guess who got her reading mojo back??? ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ

June was an unexpectedly fantastic reading month. The first two were carry over from the previous months, but the rest were new. I immediately listened to THE LIVES OF SAINTS after Noura’s review and it was as amazing as she said it would be. The narrators (one of them is Ben Barnes) are just sooo good and the bite sized format helped me concentrate that I could listen to it at work. Then I started THE BEAUTIFUL ONES as it was an eARC; it was a pleasant surprise with it slow, atmospheric build up. For Pride month I decided to continue with the Tensorate series so I read THE RED THREADS OF FORTUNE, which was even more action packed than the first book. I also picked up THE FOXHOLE COURT and as you can see, I ended up binge reading the series. This never happened before, so you can know that I fell hard for it. And finally, I picked up XOXO and almost finished it in one sitting because it’s just that good. It was fast paced and adorable, being the perfect celebrity romance book.

  1. THE DARK WIFE by Sarah Diemer // Currently reading
  2. SHE WHO BECAME THE SUN by Shelley Parker-Chan {e-ARC}

For my current read, I decided to pick up THE DARK WIFE which has been recommended by everyone as it is F/F Hades/Persephone retelling. Unfortunately, I’m pretty sure I left my heart and brain at Palmetto with the Foxes because despite having all the elements, I just couldn’t get into the story ๐Ÿ˜ฆ It has beautiful writing, but also significantly more slower paced and after the thrill and rush of AFTG, I am just too impatient ๐Ÿ˜… Let’s just hope this book hangover won’t continue to July, because I really NEED to get to SHE WHO BECAME THE SUN in July since it’s its release month and I want to be in the mood for it because I know it’s going to be a new favorite. In addition, this summer has been unusual as the weather as been rainy and moody so I want to pick up something adventurous and fast-paced. If you have any recommendations, do let me know!

So let’s talk about June.

I don’t know what makes me find the “spark” again, but it’s probably because at the beginning of the month, I decided to get out of the office and had joint visits with my field team to the hospitals. It breaks the routine of being in the office and having zoom calls and talking with doctors are actually so cool! It certainly made scheduling my “admin” work a bit harder, but also makes me appreciate the “down” days in the office and the comforting routine of crunching numbers in front of screen. It was the best of both worlds and after the first week I already felt myself feeling happier ๐Ÿ’ƒ

I also got my second shot this month and with that, I’m fully vaccinated! It’s a relief and the second one is definitely smoother than the first one as I didn’t experienced any side effects (I was drowsy after my first shot). I also finally had my graduate ceremony after passing defense in October. It was online and it was underwhelming, but I was just happy to soak up the last moments of being in my university environment.

Unfortunately, the cases are going up in my country. It seems like the beginning of a second wave, due to high mobility during eid and foreigners as the government didn’t restrict movement and has lax control of quarantine process. It’s really scary reading stories from twitter and instagram- everyday, I see people asking for help of bed and convalescent plasma, showing how many people got infected this time around. Many people from my office also got infected and we implemented stricter measures now, but we’ll see later how things will turn out.

In terms of media, I spent most of my time reading and listening to music so I didn’t explore other media. I watched Elite short stories (my favorite is Guzman, Cayetana, and Rebe misadventures ๐Ÿ˜‚) but haven’t watch the actual 4th season. I binged Rurouni Kenshin with my sister though and it was really fun! It’s both nostalgic and relieving to see that I still enjoyed the story and awed by the stunts! I tried So Not Worth It as it has Youngjae (GOT7) but just wasn’t in the mood for it so I’m keeping it for later. I have my eyes on Doom at Your Service and My Roomate is a Gumiho, but it’s not available on Netflix yet and I already missed half episodes on TvN. I also been listening a lot to ORBIT by Hwasa and it makes me want to give a try for The King: Eternal Monarch.

Aside for ORBIT, I listened to a lot of music this month! Surprisingly, most of my listen were girl groups which is also a new trend ๐Ÿ˜‚ My favorite are ILLA ILLA by B.I, PARADISE by Dreamcatcher Soyeon, BONNIE & CLYDE by Yuqi.


25 thoughts on “June Wrap Up & July TBR // The month where I got out of slump

  1. i am glad to hear you enjoyed the foxhole court series so much! i read the first book in 2019, i wanna say, but i didn’t like it that much. i still told myself i’d continue on with the series, because maybe it was jsut the first installment that didn’t grip my attention too much, but i have not gotten around to it and i don’t know if i will any time soon tbh. i know it’s a popular series, but i didn’t really like any of the characters, so i’m not *super* compelled to pick it up.
    i am sorry to hear about the situation where you live and i do hope things get better soon. it’s been pretty scary in brazil too and i just want vaccination to roll faster. i’ve already gotten my first dose, but besides my grandparents, no one else in my family is fully vaccinated yet.
    i have watched season 4 of elite and tbh i don’t recommend it that much. the short stories were definitely a lot better!
    hope you have an amazing july, tasya!โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

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  2. YAY for having a good month and getting your mojo back, sorry that restrictions are back on for you as well — hope that your mojo sticks around in spite of them. I also read a bunch in June (still baffled); and YAY you enjoyed The Beautiful ones!

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