June has been a very weird month. I spent three weeks at the hospital for my eating disorder, and they wanted to keep me for another one because I wasn’t getting better but I decided to go out anyway. I also lost my grand-mother while I was there, who I used to see every day and who I loved more than anything, and it was all a nightmare. However, I am still determined to get better and to take care of myself. I have tons of new ideas for this blog and I have to say that I missed blogging a lot while I was away!
July is supposed to be a better month as I am leaving for London on the 26th for YALC, an English book fair. I just can’t wait to go back to this city which I adore and which always makes me feel at home. Despite all the bad things that have happened, I’m really trying to make the most of the second part of 2018.
But anyway, let’s wrap-up June!
❥ WHAT I READ
Once again, I haven’t read as much as usual. I think it’s time to say that I’m officially in a reading slump, which is the end of the world for most bookworms, but I’ll take it as a time to relax and do other things, such as recovering from the loss of someone I loved. I still ended up reading nine books, which is still good, just not as much as I used to do.
Here is what I read:
- Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amy Kaufman, 3.5/5 stars
- Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake, 3.90/5 stars
- The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde, 4/5 stars
- The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, 3.5-4/5 stars
- To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo, 5/5 stars
- From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon, 3.75/5 stars
- And a book for work.
My favourite one definitely was To Kill a Kingdom – I can’t stop recommend it to everyone. Honestly, if you love YA retellings and fantasy, go for it. I promise, it’s amazing. (Okay, maybe don’t count me on that but I really loved it.) My biggest disappointment for June though, was Obsidio – I was way too let down by it and I’m still so sad about it because I only read amazing reviews.
I really hope that July will be filled with more reads and that I’ll find back my love for books. I mean, it isn’t gone away but something is still missing.
❥ WHAT I LOVED
- Pray for the wicked
I have a very funny with the band Panic! At The Disco. Well, maybe not that funny. Let’s just say that some years ago I didn’t want to start listening to it but then at the end of 2017 I found out about two songs by them, and fell in love. I still didn’t really like their other songs, no idea why, but I was still obsessed with some of them. And then, finally, they released this album and I have only been listening to it ever since it came out. I may have a problem. I now have a whole playlist on my phone with all their songs and I love to read about Brendon Urie, the lead singer. My favourite songs may be Say Amen (Saturday Night), Hey Look Ma, I Made it and Old Fashioned but it’s so hard to choose because I love them all.
- Tess Christine
As I was at the hospital I spent a lot of time on YouTube and somehow ended up following Tess Christine. I don’t watch a lot of fashion youtuber anymore but I weirdly became obsessed with her. I watched almost all of her videos and she inspired me to take care of myself, to buy clothes and make-up and to love myself most of all.
- My family
I had to add this here, as we all felt the need to spend more time together after what happened to my grand-mother. It’s hard because someone is always crying but I can say that we already got closer and that the time we spend together makes it easier for us to accept her death. At least she is still there to show us what true love is, who is our really family and friends.
❥ WHAT I WANT TO DO IN JULY
I have a lot of goals for July, but I know that I can do it all. I mostly want to read again and to be active in the book community again (meaning on my blog and through IGTV), but also to study and enjoy the summer. Here is a list of all the things I hope to do during this month:
- Keep getting better,
- Get back to blogging and reading,
- Start writing again,
- Talk more about mental health and eating disorders online,
- Finish writing my thesis,
- Use IGTV,
- Enjoy some time with my friends and family.
And here we go! Here’s to another wrap-up written and posted on my blog. I really love doing those to always remember what I did, what I used to love, what made this month so magical… It’s so important for me to be able to see that I have been happy and that bad days always come along with good ones.
Let me know in the comments what you read this month, how many books, which one was your favourite and what made you happy during June!