That Month Of Stories // June Wrap Up

I’m back with wrap-ups! I guess I just gave up on wrap ups for the past few months but that’s because I was busy, you guys, saving the world from weird green aliens and going off on missions to Mars and shit. As if I would abandon my blog for anything less, much less atrocious reasons like laziness and mood. Rubbish.

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My parents have reported to me- rather rudely, I might add- that I’ve spent way too much with my laptop the last couple of weeks- which is just a ridiculous complaint. How do you not spend time with your only child in this world full of darkness and misery? Someone call Child Protective Services.

My point is, despite that clearly unnecessary observation, I’ve legit not seen any shows or movies except one movie? I cannot live with this version of myself, guys. I shall rectify that mistake very soon so fret not, my dear pigeons. I have, however, listened to some great music and I’m postively dying to talk about it so much that I’ll do a separate post about it (hopefully, you’ll love it).

But, first-

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LEMME TAKE A SELFIE

Kidding. I meant, of course, BOOKS. But first, let’s talk about the 7 books that I’ve read this month!

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Captive Prince trilogy by C.S. Pacat:

I’ve talked about this trilogy a few times before recently so if you decide to throw me in the trash for being repetitive, at least go and read this. Even though the trash can is where I truly belong. Ummm, I feel weird recommending this trilogy because, well, the first book is just not that comfortable to read. It’s highly graphic, violent, adult and has some deeply uncomfortable scenes. However, take it from me, this trilogy is worth it.

Things I loved About It:

  • A+ Hate to Love m/m romance
  • So. Much. Angst.
  • IT’S DARK
  • Laurent is such a Slytherin but oh my god, he’s candy on the inside
  • Ok, not really, but SOMETIMES he’s completely candy on the inside
  • OOH HE’S LIKE SOUR CANDY. Bitter at first but then you enjoy it.
  • Attention span who? I don’t know her.
  • These books are smart af. Those plot twists are actually going to leave you shook.
  • Game Of Thrones vibes except fewer people die. I think.
  • Damen, my dudes. Damen.

A quick shout out to Lily for recommending me this trilogy!

4. Saving June by Hannah Harrington: 

This book actually surprised the hell out of me. I mean, I sort of knew I’d love it because someone whom I completely trust with bookish stuff recommended it to me but I was still not prepared for how fresh this book was going to be.

You would love this book if you like-

  • Spontaneous road trips
  • Musical references everywhere
  • Excellent female friendship
  • Snarky, musical boys
  • Well written grief

Saving June speaks, you know? It talks about friendship and love and music and depression and diversity and black, devastating grief. It’s sort of what I was expecting from Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour but instead, found it in this book.

“You know, just because you think bubblegum pop on the radio represents all that is wrong with society, that doesn’t mean there’s not someone out there who needs that shitty pop song. Maybe that shitty pop song makes them feel good, about themselves and the world. And as long as that shitty pop song doesn’t infringe upon your rights to rock out to, I don’t know, Subway Sect, or Siouxsie and the Banshees, or whichever old-ass band it is you worship, then who cares?”

5. A Thousand Perfect Notes by CG Drews: 

I finally read Cait’s book! If you don’t know, the author of this book is none other than paperfury, who’s practically a legend among us book bloggers. Confession: Cait is actually one of my biggest inspirations when it comes to writing. She writes so much (as much as she reads- and if I’m not wrong, her Goodreads goal is 200 books). Her writing posts are some of my favorite of her blog and to actually read a physical creation of her dark, devious mind? I’m b l e s s e d.

Reasons Why You’d Love This Book (I’m in a list mood, don’t @ me):

  • The MC, Beck, is just a soft cinnamon roll who deserves bETTER (how dare you @ Cait)
  • Beck’s little sister, Joey, is an EXPLOSION of energy and adorableness and LOUD and FOOD and I just love her?
  • The love interest, August, doesn’t like shoes and doodles on her skin with blue sharpies, knows weird cake cafes, rescues stray animals and likes weird bands and honestly, all of us need an August in our lives.
  • This book will actually make your heart ache
  • Also, MUSIC and OBSESSION and PASSION. Okay, so I know next to nothing about Classical music, much less actual piano bUT the way music is described in this book is just so epic and rocky, I love it.
  • Cake

3. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell: 

I know, how am I just now reading this book? Clearly, my priorities need to be reordered. Anyway, I loved Carry On! Which surprises exactly no one! GOD, SIMON AND BAZ, AM I RIGHT AJSDKF? SOMEBODY GIVE ME WAYWARD SON!

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Fun fact (I mean, I think it’s a fact): As an avid watcher of Supernatural, I practically worship the song Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas. BUT DO YOU GET IT? The first book was Carry On and now the sequel is titled Wayward Son???? DUDES.

I even went as far as tweeting Rainbow Rowell with this theory and she LIKED my tweet but NEVER ACKNOWLEDGED IF I WAS RIGHT OR NOT! I mean, I totally appreciate you being mysterious and all, Queen Rowell, but wHAT DOES THAT LIKE MEAN? Am I right? Am I wrong? Is the Flat Earth Society actually onto something?

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7. The Fragile Ordinary by Samantha Young:

I enjoyed The Fragile Ordinary quite a lot! It, unfortunately, wasn’t something that you haven’t read before but it was still an interesting read. Comet, our protagonist, loves books in a relatable way, you know? The way we obsess over YA plots and book boyfriends and losing ourselves in fiction. I totally, completely related to her. Another interesting thing about this book was that it talked about the unhealthy codependency of couples- which is something that we actually never talk about? Sometimes, I just really gag at the whole concept/trope of one person coming along and suddenly that person’s the only reason why our protag/love interest is living their lives. That kind of love is scary. Samantha Young acknowledged this problem and highlighted the fact that all of these individual characters could stand up and fix their problems themselves without needing a person to magically solve everything and still show how much such people are important in their lives nevertheless.

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Like I mentioned, I just watched one movie this month and zero shows (sigh).

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

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Scary dinosaurs eating mean humans is nice. I stand by this system.

Real talk tho, I was king of disappointed in this movie? I don’t know, it felt more like a prologue than the actual thing. I just didn’t get the bang that Jurassic movies usually deliver. After the end, however, I bet the next movie is going to be fantastic so LOOKING FORWARD TO MORE DINOSAUR.

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Dear Hank and John

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I’m going to randomly give a loud shout out to Dear Hank and John, a podcast that John and Hank Green co-host.

I. Love. It.

If you’re a Nerdfighter, you know what I’m talking about. Both John and Hank are such absolute interesting humans. I love to know what goes on in their weird heads and to actually listen to a podcast where they talk about weird random things, philosophy, Mars and Football is just great. I really recommend just popping up an episode and listening to it, if you have time. You won’t be disappointed.

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I hope you both never get eaten by a dinosaur

Let me know what stories you ate up this month! Have you read/watched/listened to anything that I’ve mentioned above?



 

15 thoughts on “That Month Of Stories // June Wrap Up”

  1. I swear, whenever you mention the Captive Prince series, my heart grows several inches. :’) 💖

    I’m also so, so thrilled that you read Saving June and loved it, because it’s one of my favorite books?? And hardly anyone has read it or talks about it??

    And I can’t wait to read A Thousand Perfect Notes.

    Happy July, Nimika! 💛✨

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    1. Aww, you do deserve the credit, tho <3.
      Oh, you've read Saving June, too?? Same, I'm legit not seen many people talk about it! It's ridiculous but I'm loving the fact that our liking seems to be gravitate towards to the same books (hopefully, you'd enjoy ATPN, too!).
      Happy July, Lily! 😀

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  2. Oh I am so glad you loved A Thousand Perfect Notes so much – I can’t wait to read it, it sounds fantastic and I am also so in awe of everything Cait manages to do, writing and reading so, very much, I find it amazing! 🙂
    I LOVE John and Hank’s podcast, these two are brilliant humans and I love them so very much ❤
    I hope you'll have a wonderful July! xx

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    1. Omg,thank you so much, Marie, and same! She legit is a living legend lol. I’m so happy yu loved ATPN and, WHOA, I’m practically over the moon you listen to Hank and John’s podcast, too! They’re literally so brilliant.
      Have a wonderful month, too, and DFTBA! 😉

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  3. that looks like a really good reading month!! ngl i love captive prince series as well, so i get where ur coming from with this :>>>
    happy july, hope u’ll read even more!!

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