Wednesday, July 1, 2015

What June Brought

Ah, yes. Summer is officially here to stay. The time of sunburns and loads of free time. Besides the sunburns, June was a pretty good month. With the help of readathons, I got out of my annoying reading slump, so I did okay reading-wise, but with the aforementioned loads of free time, I was expecting to get a little-that's sarcasm, just to be clear- more reading done. I attempted to study during part of June for the ACT, but of course I still was pretty unprepared. I'm not devastated by my score and it was what I was expecting to get, but now I really have to get myself to devote more time to studying everyday for a few more months until the next ACT test to get the score I really want. I already have tons of reading plans for July and August, but I have a trip midway through July, so it probably will screw it up a bit because I'm horrible at reading anywhere else other than my house.

Here's what I read:
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi(I actually read most of this in May, but I finished it in June, so in terms of my total pages read this month, I will only include the 70 pages I read in June. This is my third time rereading it, and never get tired of it.)
The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar(Very cute and very much what I was expecting, but it had some unexpected deeper moments.)
Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales(I didn't love it like This Song Will Save Your Life, but it was still very good. Check out my review here.)
Saga Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples(PURE AWESOMENESS. I'm 90% sure I will be making a post to point out the reasons you should check it out.)
Saga Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Saga Volume 3 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Total pages read: 1, 196

Well, technically I have two books I'm considering DNFing still, but I'm not ready just yet to give up on them.

Here's what I received(physical books only):
Saga Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples(Bought via Amazon)
Saga Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples(Bought via Amazon)
Saga Volume 3 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples(Bought via Amazon)
A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly(Traded for from Maura)
The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr(Sara was kindly giving this and Roomies away on Twitter by first come-first serve, and I was lucky enough to reply fast enough! So thank you Sara!)
Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando(Received also from Sara)
Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone(I supposedly won this somewhere, but I have no idea from where. Thank you, mystery person!)
Edgewater by Courtney Sheinel(Received unsolicited from Abrahams)
Uprooted by Naomi Novik(Traded for from the lovely Helena)
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith(Won from the awesome people over at the Novl. You can still enter to win them too, just check out their twitter if you're interested. I'm super thankful to them for sending Jennifer's books to me! They look so pretty together!)
This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith(Also won from the Novl)
The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith(Also won from the Novl)
Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith(Also won from the Novl)
The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey(Won from Jen at Jenuine Cupcakes)
Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins(Traded for from Fallon)

Here's what I watched:
Well, admittedly, I usually watch more TV in the summer, but I did resist the temptation a little this month.
Fringe(I watched the first season around October-ish time last year, and finally started watching the second season and also finished it this month. SOOOOO GOOODD.)
The Bachelorette(I'm really regretting the decision to watch this. Looking at you, Kaitlyn. And the producers.)
Mask(I tried watching the first episode multiple times, but all the seriousness was killing me. I finally got through that first episode and then binged the next five episodes. I'm glad I continued with it, even if melodramas aren't usually my thing. I do partially wish the main character had a bit more of a backbone, but overall, she isn't bad.)

Here's what I listened to:
My music tastes have been all over this month, so I will just include some of the highlight artists of the month.
Florence + The Machine(It seems I can never be unhappy with their songs.)


  1. YAY TO SUMMMMERRRR. The perfect season to bum around, and it's okay!

    I'M SO HAPPY YOU LOVE SAGA. IT'S FUCKING AMAZING. So much wonderful characters, humor, and WTFness.

    OH MY GOD, YOU'RE WATCHING MASK TOO???? ISN'T IT JUST SO ENTERTAINING? It's so ridic, but not as cliche as I thought it would be like there's actual humor to it!

    1. Yesss Saga is just complete perfection!! I'm so glad you told me I should read it :D And Mask!! I usually hate the kdrama cliche of rich woman dying, and poor person who resembles her exactly taking her place(aka Bride of Century) buttt I gave it a chance and I really like it. It IS ridiculous, but I'm SO relieved there are moments of humor in it.

  2. oooh you got so many good books! here's to happy reading in the month of july!
    and speaking of the bachelorette.. i watched one episode yesterday and it was pretty awful. i don't watch much of the bachelor franchise any more, i'm past that phase but i was curious just because i did follow a little bit of chris's season and really liked kaitlyn but then there was that whole thing with having to pick between kaitlyn and britt and just ick. i think that really set the tone for the season. i don't think kaitlyn is a horrible person or any of the guys are horrible but it's just the production which makes it so ridiculous time and time again. i just can't any more.

    haim, bleachers, and one republic are some of my favourite bands. i never got into florence though but i was thinking of maybe checking her new album out since i know tons of people love it.

    have a good july kierra!

    1. Yeah, I mean I understand that the producers are trying to create more drama to gain more attention, but I don't think it's fair when it comes at the expense of making the audience dislike the bachelorette and guys. I just discovered the Bleachers, actually, and I'm so glad I did! They're awesome! You should check out Florence, especially if you enjoy sorrowful(some songs are upbeat too)songs.

  3. i just came across your blog and i love it! keep it up :D


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