A part of me still finds it hard to believe that June is already over because it means that it’s almost been one month since I’ve come to India! Since I’ve been here, there have been some really great moments but also challenging ones. It’s been so lovely to see one of my closest friends after years of not seeing each other—she has built a successful business for herself and it’s so awesome to see her thrive and be an absolute boss babe. I’ve really pushed myself out of my comfort zone and it’s been fun and nice to have someone to talk to face-to-face to reminisce and to talk about the future!
That said, for years (even pre-pandemic), I’ve been quite “solitary” and haven’t had many people aside from family around me, so the biggest challenge for me has been in adjusting to constantly having someone around. Losing my alone time has been tough at times and even though it’s been great to have company, I’ve also missed the quietness of my own room and having my own space to just be. I feel like I’ve adjusted pretty well so far though but I know that it’ll probably still take us all a bit more time to find our footing!
I managed to read 14 books in June. This was definitely the “slowest” for me in terms of reading and I mean, I shouldn’t be surprised what with all the life changes. I was overly optimistic about how much I’d be able to stick to my ‘usual schedule’ and while I miss my reading time a lot, I know this is probably a healthier balance? 😂 It was a decent month for ratings with the majority being 4-4.5-star range. My favourite reads were definitely Elizabeth O’Roark’s “Devil” books—she practically converted me from being a non-angsty romance reader to loving her angst—but Felix Ever After definitely belongs on the list too! Shirtless men for the win? (jks, kinda, sorta)
**BOOK COVERS are linked to Goodreads. The TITLE TEXT is linked to my review if available!**
Here are a few posts from the book blogging community that I’ve enjoyed reading this past month:
- Rachel @ A Bookworm’s Paradise discusses how Pride & Prejudice does enemies-to-lovers different than modern YA books
- Andge @ Down the Rabbit Hole writes a very introspective review for Portrait of A Thief by Grace Li
- Want to make more bookish friends? Malka @ Paper Procrastinators shares the Top 5 Ways to Gain More Bookish Friends
- Briana and Krysta @ Pages Unbound have recently made a few great posts about BookTok. Briana talks about why a lot of book bloggers aren’t on BookTok and Krysta talks about why she’s not interested in BookTok
- Now that the world is ‘reverting’ to pre-pandemic times, Kate @ Your Tita Kate talks about how return to office affected her bookish life.
- Did you watch the Netflix show ‘First Kill‘ and enjoy it? Julie @ Struck by Stories shares 5+ Sapphic YA Paranormal books to read if you’re as obsessed as she was with it!
- If you’re feeling slumpish, Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog shares a list of books to pull you out of a reading slump
- After reading this interview with Racquel Marie on Fadwa @ Word Wonders‘ blog, I’ve become more excited to read Ophelia After All asap!
- As book lovers we all love to read—duh! J @ Midnight Book Blog wrote a very relatable post about why she loves to read
- Hayley @ On This I Ponder listed a few Taylor Swift songs that are perfect for The Summer I Turned Pretty. I still haven’t watched the show but I think TS’ vibe does fit it so well!
That’s a wrap for June, friends! What was your favourite read? I know it’s been a rough one for many and my heart hurts for all of you but I hope you were able to find a bit of joy at some point this month. If you ever need an ear, I’m here, so feel free to shoot me a DM anytime. I hope July is a better month for everyone! Happy reading 💜