Friday, June 30, 2017

Month in Review: June 2017 (+ a personal note)

Month in Review:
June 2017

June was a crazy month, but somehow I managed to read 15 books? Granted, there were a few graphic novels thrown in there that I'm able to speed through fairly quickly, but still. I credit this to finishing school and going on a complete book-reading free-for-all. It's been great. But responsibilities are soon catching up.  How was your June!?

On a more personal note: I don't normally share many personal things about my life because, you know, the internet can be weird sometimes, but I figured I should this time. I mentioned last month that my mom had been dealing with some medical issues, and with that I was referring to her being diagnosed with cancer earlier this year. This isn't the first time someone in my family has had cancer, but fortunately this time I do not think it will be life-threatening. She has two primary cancers (meaning that they are unrelated): lung and breast. She also had thyroid cancer about five years back, so she seems to be quite a popular target! She had a surgery in March to remove the cancer from her lungs (which worked, yay!) and is now doing four rounds of chemo (she just had her second round yesterday), which will be followed by a double mastectomy in September. I've been home taking care of her and it's a little overwhelming, especially since there are so many life things going on and I was planning to move in the fall, but my reason for deciding to say all of this is because I wanted to emphasize how blogging and books have honestly been my lifelines and have kept me sane throughout all of this craziness! So thank you to every reader, book blogger, author, etc. - you have all helped me the past few months whether you know it or not, and I love knowing I always have a wonderful community to come back to in the hard times.

Now, moving past all that... let's get into my monthly wrap-up!

Books read: 15 (!?)

The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil, #1)The Duke of Bannerman PrepChurch of Marvels
The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 1: The Faust ActThe World of TomorrowYvain: The Knight of the Lion
The Strange LibraryA Wild Sheep Chase (The Rat, #3)Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook
Courtesans and Fishcakes: The Consuming Passions of Classical AthensWintersong (Wintersong, #1)

The School of Good and Evil by   
The Duke of Bannerman Prep by Katie A. Nelson  
Church of Marvels by Leslie Parry  
The Wicked + The Divine by   
The World of Tomorrow by Brendan Matthews  ★ (Review to come!)
Yvain: The Knight of the Lion by M.T. Anderson  
The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami  
A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami  
Lost Boy by Christina Henry  ★ (Review +giveaway coming 7/3!)
Courtesans and Fishcakes by James Davidson  
Wintersong by S. Jae Jones  

Have you read any of these? What books did you read this month? Comment below!

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  1. I'm so sorry to hear about your mom's cancer battle. I hope her treatments go well! Looks like you had an awesome reading month - it's amazing when books can help us escape, even just for a little while.

  2. Wishing all the best for your mom, and glad that reading and blogging have helped you deal with everything that's been going on.

    I've been traveling a lot in June (it's conference season) so haven't blogged as much as usual, but hope to get back to it soon.

  3. Wow, 15 books - congrats! I don't think I managed this much this month (we'll find out tomorrow, when I do my recap!), but last month I did 13, so I'm not sure I'm beating that :D
    Sorry about your mom's health troubles, I hope she gets better real soon!

  4. I'm so sorry to hear about your mom's struggle with cancer. I couldn't even imagine. We have a lot of cancer issues in my family so my doctor already warned me that I'm high risk...which is EXACTLY what you want to hear, right? Yeesh.

    I'm glad that reading and blogging has helped you deal with the stress of all of that struggle. It's a great outlet to have. It lets you "escape" for a little while.

  5. I'm so sorry to hear about your mother, omg, that would be super tough. I hope the chemo goes well and there's not complications. 😞 *sends good wishes* Also so excited to see you loved Wintersong!! I have that to read and I'd heard mixed things but it sounds super cool.😍

    Also reading 15 books is SO COOL and Im keen to read The Duke of Bannerman Prep someday, eep.