Wrap Ups

Monthly Wrap Up: June 2020

Hey everyone, welcome to my wrap up post for June. I know it’s coming a bit late (and I can tell you that it’ll be way shorter than the previous ones) but here we are. June wasn’t at all what I expected it to be. I’d say it was a mess in many ways, actually. Before we dive in the books read this month, I’ll make a quick recap. If you don’t want to read my little rant, please scroll down till you see the “books I read this month” banner.

But before starting, I can’t not mention the horrible racist events that took place in June. I stand with the Black community, and any kind of discriminatory behavior can’t be tolerated, period. Please click here for resources on how to help.

Life Update

After avoiding it for about a year, the dreaded reader’s block finally came to me. I wasn’t expecting it at all and it threw me off completely, so on June I was only able to read three books. This made me really disappointed since this was the month I was anticipating the most when it came to new releases, and I was only able to read one of those because I had an ARC. Suddenly I had time and desire to do anything but reading, and so I decided that it was okay to give myself a break from books after reading over 50 so far in the year. Now I can say I’m slowly getting out of the block and I hope to be reading like I used to soon.

Another thing that happened was that I left my side account on book twitter, that one that was more on the “fan” side rather than my main that focuses on book blogging. I opened that account in August 2019 and had a good time in it, but it got to a point where I couldn’t stand the toxicity in it anymore. Cancel culture was a big deal in my feed, and I started to notice that in order to be accepted in the community you had to hate some people (celebrities, to be specific). When I didn’t unfollow a celebrity (that mind you, didn’t do anything) per request of a mutual, I was bullied and unfollowed massively. People were attacking me just because I stated my right of deciding who I can follow/unfollow without anybody’s influence, and I deactivated. It was a wakeup call on how vile that community is, but also a breath of fresh air because I don’t want to be a part of that kind of toxicity.

And finally, I got seriously sick towards the second half of the month. These past days have been horrible to me and I’m just starting to feel a little better, hence why I’m blogging again. If it weren’t for previously drafted posts, I wouldn’t have posted anything in the second half of June. I got to know how much being physically sick can affect you emotionally, and it was awful. I just hope I can recover soon and never go through what I went through last month. Even if my reading slump hadn’t been there, this situation would also stop me from reading. But here were are, and I can only hope for better days.

Books I read this month

If We Ever Meet Again by Ana Huang (ARC)

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I read this for my first blog tour with Xpresso Tours. What caught my eye about this book was the travel to Shanghai, I wanted to learn more about the culture but I quickly noticed this book didn’t offer that experience. Despite the main character being of Chinese descent, you could barely notice, and the cultural part of it all was kind of ignored. I had a good time reading the romance and I liked the found-family feeling of the friend group, but it wasn’t a book I particularly loved. You can read my full review here.

Unravel The Dusk by Elizabeth Lim (ARC)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

One of my most anticipated sequels of the year! I had the chance to read it early and I couldn’t be happier about how everything turned out at the end. This book is action-packed and not a single page goes to waste, just like the first book. But I think the epic-ness levels on this one were so much higher. Unravel The Dusk features great mythology, strong female characters and an iconic worldbuilding. If you haven’t checked this duology please do!

You Should See Me In A Crown by Leah Johnson

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I decided to read this book in the light of the recent and unfortunate events happening to the Black community. I noticed that I didn’t read much books from Black authors and decided to do better, so I started with this one and I don’t regret it at all! This is a light-hearted book about chasing your dreams but also about fighting for what is right, dealing with serious and important topics (racism, homophobia, anxiety) while delivering a fresh and original plot. I adored Liz Lighty, the main character, and I encourage everyone to go and pick this book because you’ll learn a lot and have a great time reading it.

Posts

Milestones

  • The blog reached 400 followers!
  • I’m now a contributor for The Nerd Daily! **happy dance**
  • The blog reached 30 posts!

After making amazing plans for June and have them all cancelled, I’ll try to take things easy on July. I do plan to read some very exciting ARCs and you can expect reviews on them for this month. I’m also going to keep working on the secret project along with my fellow book bloggers. And I’ll figure out the rest as I go :’)


That’s all for this post! What did you read in June? What do you plan to read in July? Let me know in the comments!

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37 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap Up: June 2020”

  1. Ah, the dreaded readers block that no one can prevent. Hope you’re able to read more soon!
    I also really loved You Should See Me In a crown!

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  2. In June I read Crooked Kingdom and in July I’m participating in the Totally Spiesathon 😀

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  3. June has been a mess for a lot of people – me included! I’m sorry you had to face the brunt of the cancel culture craze on Twitter; it has been brutal and I’ve been anxious every day over what new drama would arise.
    I hope you’re focusing on your health because that’s what comes first. I’m sure July will be a better month for you!

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    1. Thank you Vee! Since I’m getting better and even reading more, July is definitely starting off on the right foot. I was not expecting June to be such a mess but I’m glad it’s over now.
      Cancel culture is awful, if you’re not an angel that follows the rules of the fan community, then you’re a disgrace. It’s ridiculous. I’m just happy I deactivated that account and now I only use my book blogging one, since everyone is very welcoming in that community 🙂

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      1. Yay I’m so glad to hear that! And I’m definitely looking forward to hearing your thoughts on Gilded Wolves via Twitter 🙌🏼
        Even within the book community, cancel culture is huge. And it can be difficult to navigate when there seems to be new drama and a new target every week. I try and stay out of it to the best of my abilities but it does make me really uncomfortable sometimes. I’m glad you deactivated that account and I hope you don’t have to deal with negativity like that ever again!

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  4. Readers block is horrorible! It sounds like you read some good book in June despite it. So well done Cielo and I hope that you can get back into reading soon 🙂
    Cancel culture on twitter is so toxic and it seems to have escalated recently. There seems to always be some drama or controversy going on at the moment and I’m so sick of it tbh😐

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    1. Thank you Sarah! I’m slowly getting back into reading, and trying to only read the books I REALLY want to read, I think that key at overcoming reader’s block.
      Cancel culture is horrible! I understand that you cancel a person for the right reasons (them being hateful or discriminatory towards someone), but canceling someone just because they don’t agree with you on your tastes is immature and ridiculous. I hope this can change soon because i’m also sick of it :/

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  5. I’m glad you’re starting to feel better!! Also, a lot of fan twitter corners are incredibly toxic, I used to be part of it too and deactivating was so freeing haha
    Hopefully I can read You Should See Me In A Crown soon because its on my tbr and I’ve only heard great things about it, I don’t know if July is going to be a great reading month for me but hopefully it will! (Planning to start with All Boys Aren’t Blue, super excited for that!)

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    1. Thank you! Yes, a few years back it wasn’t like that, but slowly I realized that you had to follow a certain rules and hate and love some specific people to be accepted in. I just couldn’t stand staying there and receiving more hate, it’s just not worth it. I’m free now as well, lol!
      I hope July is an amazing month for your reading! I’ve heard amazing things about All Boys Aren’t Blue so I hope you enjoy it 🙂

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  6. Congrats on 400 followers! But sorry to hear that you had reader’s block/slump, I hope it is over soon. Glad to hear you liked You Should See me in a Crown, I so want to read this one!

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  7. I’ve been having a readers block for like……. a year LOL luckily reading Mexican Gothic kind of snapped me out of it. I’m excited, You Should See Me in a Crown is in my TBR 🙂

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    1. Mexican Gothic kinda did it for me too! I wouldn’t say i’m reading as much as I used to in the last months, but the book definitely helped me to pick up my pace. I couldn’t stop reading it because I got soo invested in the story

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  8. I started You Should See Me In A Crown and it was so good! I couldn’t continue because I have to read some ARCs, but I want to do badly.

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  9. i’m glad you enjoyed you should see me in a crown! i’ve loved watching everyone fall in love with it and liz, she’s the best ❤ and i'm so sorry to hear that you got sick and had a bit of a reading slump in june! i hope things are a lot better in july for you 💕

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