Hey all, Dani here.
We are definitely now officially in the summer season. I think it has been in the 90s pretty much for the past week. Damian and I finally caved and turned on our air conditioner…but so far it hasn’t been able to catch up with the heat that has settled in the house. So, yuck.
As I have been doing so far with each monthly wrap up this year, let’s start with the progress I’m making with each of my yearly goals
- Reading: Well, I read 19 books this month, and if I have everything up on my Goodreads then it says I am at 110 books read for the year…and my goal had recently been increased to 100, meaning that I am once again an over-achiever. Actually, what it means is that I need to increase my goal again. My question is what do I increase it to? 150 sounds like a good number, but then I think of the fact that it is only 40 books away and I’ve been reading close to 20 books each month. But I also want to try and focus a bit more on writing, and a lower goal could help promote that. Or do I go really crazy and say 200 books because of what I read in the first six months of the year? Help me out. Let me know what you think I should do in the comments below.
- Blogging: This continues to be an area where I feel like I am really growing, and I’m really happy about that. My new blog schedule seems to be working pretty well for me. I like doing recommendation posts again, and it has been interesting to figure out what to write for the discussion posts–side note: if you have any suggestions for discussion topics, feel free to let me know in the comments, or DM me on Twitter or whatever. I reached 600 followers in the month of June, so THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who has joined me on this bookish adventure. I did miss one day of posting in June, but overall Damian and I posted 32 times in June. Damian has gotten very hooked on miniature painting and cosplay costume creation the past couple weeks so he hasn’t found the time to write up more reviews, but they should be coming again soon. Overall I think we’re both doing great on the blogging front.
- Writing: I signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo, which takes place in July. I failed miserably at the last session of Camp NaNoWriMo, so my goal is lower this time around. I would like to write 20,000 words on my novel, which I would think is very reasonable, but I just haven’t been in the mood for writing and it kind of sucks. I think I just need to get a writing space set up in the house and stick to writing there a little bit each day.
- Conventions: We are one month away from Gen Con. So even though I’m definitely focused on having fun there and all of that, I’m also starting to turn my attention to Cincinnati Comic Expo in September. Damian and I will be working at the Colorworld Books booth, and it should be an amazingly geeky time, especially with the celebrity lineup they’ve announced already. It’s going to be a good time. I’ve also possibly talked Damian into a weekend trip to Indianapolis over Labor Day weekend because they are holding the first Harry Potter Wizards Unite Fan Festival event, and that’s only a three hour trip for us, so we might have a couple days of seeing more sights in Indy and playing some Wizards Unite. (Do you guys realize how hard it is for me not to just type Harry Potter Go any time I talk about this game? I literally call it Harry Potter Go in conversation.)
All right, with that wrap up done, let’s jump into the books I read in the month of June. As always if I have a review written up for the book I will include the link, just in case you are new to my blog or you missed it when it posted or whatever. Okay, let’s do this.
Nocturna by Maya Motayne – 4 stars
Urban Shaman by C.E. Murphy – 4 stars
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller – 4 stars
Roar by Cora Carmack – 4 stars
Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto – 5 stars
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin – 5 stars
Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa – 5 stars
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot – 4 stars
Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent – 5 stars
Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead – 5 stars
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – 5 stars
Going Off Script by Jen Wilde – 5 stars
How to Babysit a Grandma by Jean Reagan and Lee Wildish – 5 stars
How to Babysit a Grandpa by Jean Reagan and Lee Wildish – 5 stars
What is a Princess? by Jennifer Liberts Weinberg – 4 stars (a Step Into Reading Book)
Belle’s Story Collection by The Walt Disney Corporation – 4 stars (Step Into Reading Collection)
Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer – 5 stars
These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling – 3.5 stars
Kingsbane by Claire Legrand – 4.5 stars
The Shadowglass by Rin Chupeco – 5 stars
Dragon Goes House-Hunting Volume 3 by Kawo Tanuki and Choco Aya – 4.5 stars
Now it is book haul and OwlCrate Unboxing time. I’m actually going to start with the unboxing, because I was super excited about this one, and it did not disappoint. Of course I’m also very much looking forward to July’s box as well. It should be a really good one.
Fun fact: Damian has ended up getting one item out of each of the boxes for the past few months, and in this box he ended up getting the book ends. Why? Because I never have need of them; my shelves tend to fill up rather quickly. But they will look great on his shelves…or they will after we buy him a new bookcase because both of his are currently full as well. Good times.
All right, book haul time.
Also, here’s the birthday haul I got for Damian this year.
Okay fine, so I have some other haul items to share with you all, things that aren’t wholly bookish, but definitely fun and geeky. First up, Damian and I got some more LUSH Bath Bombs, because we really enjoy them. I was lucky enough to find Goddess in my local store, which is awesome because it was recommended to me. I was also able to pick up Kitsune, which is one I’ve been wanting to try, and then I got the beach ball one which was light and summery. Damian picked up Ginger Ninja because he liked the name, and the other one he picked up was because it was shaped like a rocket ship.
We also picked up these candy kits at our local grocery store because we’ve been wanting to try them. Damian made the ramen kit and I made the sushi kit, and then we just shared them with each other. They are pretty intricate and it takes a little while to make all of the ingredients, but they don’t taste bad and it was a pretty fun time.
Finally, TeeTurtle was having a sale and so we bought a few shirts…and Damian really wanted a reversible octopus plushie. I picked out the two crafting shirts specifically for Damian because he really enjoys making nerd and geek crafts. The others can technically be worn by either of us. It’s one of the great things about us wearing the same size shirts; our wardrobe practically doubles, which is excellent.
So, for my July TBR, you can check out my #AGameofBooksathon wrap up post, because I have my round two TBR there, but I have a few other books that I need to mention. Aside from those, I should also say that I am once again trying to jump back into creative writing, so I have signed up for the July session of Camp NaNoWriMo, and I am hoping to write at least 20K on my novel, so I’m trying to keep my TBR a bit shorter this time around to accommodate writing time into my life. Hopefully. Other than that, I’m going to let my mood determine what I read, so nothing else for the official TBR.
Well, that’s it for today, but I’ll be back soon with more bookish content.