Monthly Wrap Up: June 2022

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 otherโ€”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? ๐Ÿ˜‚ 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” booksโ€”she practically converted me from being a non-angsty romance reader to loving her angstโ€”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!**

Panda rating: 5 pandas

5 pandas

Book cover image for Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender.

Panda rating: 4.5 pandas

4.5 pandas

Our Violent Ends
(ARC) The Devil You Know


Panda rating: 4 pandas

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(ARC) A Little Bit Country
(ARC) So Not Meant to Be
(ARC) Take the Lead


Panda rating: 3.5 pandas

3.5 pandas

Book cover image for Defiant Heart by Brighton Walsh
Book cover image for The Kaya Girl by Mamle Wolo

(ARC) Defiant Heart
(ARC) The Kaya Girl


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Book cover image for Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

2.5 pandas

Book cover image for Dreams Factory (graphic novel)

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Book cover image for Slip by Marika McCoola and Aatmaja Pandya (graphic novel)
Book cover image for The War of Two Queens by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Here are a few posts from the book blogging community that I’ve enjoyed reading this past month:

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 ๐Ÿ’œ

29 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap Up: June 2022

  1. Amazing wrap up, Dini!! I loved your photos btw. Theyโ€™re beautifully shot and Iโ€™m hoping the life adjustments will continue to go well.
    Also, I wish I could read as much as you ๐Ÿ˜‚ 14 books would be an amazing feat for me in a month. Glad you had some faves you enjoyed in June!

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    1. Thanks so much, Andge! Being in such an aesthetic space definitely makes it easier to get good shots even for an amateur such as myself. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I’m definitely lucky to still have as much time as I do to read but I used to have so much more and I do miss itโ€”it’s an adjustment but I think it’s probably good for me to have a healthier read/life balance ๐Ÿ˜‚ I hope you’re having a great July so far!

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  2. Dini!!!! Itโ€™s still a great month of reading!! Haha. I do hope you start to find your footing soon. Totally hard to let go of not having alone time. Are you planning on staying for a few more months, still? Also, very lovely photos! ๐Ÿ˜ I hope you have a fabulous July! ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

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    1. It’s definitely still a great month of reading, I know! ๐Ÿ˜‚ And yes, my ticket back is actually in September now so I’m staying on for a fair while longer ๐Ÿ™ˆ I’m already really looking forward to going back to my books though! Hahaha… I hope you’re having a fabulous month as well, Leslie ๐Ÿ’œ

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      1. Oh goodness!! September is so far away! You can do it though and then you can get back to your books and read a ton more. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sure you are having a good time though!! โค

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  3. How much longer are you in India? I know getting out of my comfort zone is always rough, so kuddos. Personal growth usually tends to follow during those times, too, though, which make it worth it in the end for me. I hope the trip is full of blessings for you.
    I’ve seen several people talking up O’Roark’s books over the past couple weeks. I’m definitely hoping to get to the series at some point soon.

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    1. I’ll be in India until September! It’s definitely been an adjustment being here but I do think that it has been good for me to get a healthier balance in my life, lol. Hopefully some positive life changes will come of this! Thanks so much, Ali ๐Ÿ’œ And YES! I would defo recommend O’Roark’s booksโ€”I wasn’t a huge fan of the first in the series but 2 & 3 are *chefs kiss!*

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  4. I don’t know how I would adjust to not having my own space. I don’t live alone, but I spend most of my time alone in my room. I can understand that being difficult, though it seems that there are way more pros than cons to your life in India.

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  5. Great job in June! I’m glad you are enjoying India and getting out of your comfort zone. It’s something I need to work on lol. Your food looks amazing. ๐Ÿ˜

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  6. I am such an introvert, I’d be exhausted after a month of hanging out with people. I do live with my partner but he doesn’t count, he’s like part of the furniture ๐Ÿคฃ If I go out and socialise I need a few days of quiet time to recover.

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    1. Omg, Ellie, I’m much the same! It has definitely been a HUGE adjustment for me and I definitely have moments where I just go all quiet and into my mind cave because I’m so peopled out but it’s also been really great to be around one of my closest friends again. I know it’s just until September so I know it’s not going to last forever but the first month has defo been a challenge! ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  7. Hope you’ll be able to adjust to having someone around all the time soon. I’d struggle with that as well, but I hope you’ll get used to it quickly. It’s nice that you got to catch up with your friend. And looks like a nice overall reading month! Hope you’ll have an amazing July!

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    1. It’s definitely been challenging but I think we’re getting there, lol. There are still some days I just want to escape into my mind cave and just be an antisocial bean but it’s also been really good having such a close friend around again. I hope you’re having an amazing July so far too, Lindsey! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Aww, thanks Andie! And YAS, I would defo recommend O’Roark’s books! The first one in the Devil series wasn’t a hit for me but these two? *chefs kiss!* ๐Ÿ˜ I hope you have a fantastic July too!

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    1. I’ll be here until September ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m lucky I have one of my closest friends to stay with while I figure out my next steps cos I have no idea what’s next for me ๐Ÿ˜‚ Thanks, Annemieke!

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