Hello, lovelies! Welcome to another Bookish Breakdown post, my monthly wrap-up where I talk about last month’s reading, as well as life updates, blog hopping links and intention updates!
After a very stressful past couple of months, I’m almost thankful that June has been nothing but busy in my day job (though, I wouldn’t mind feeling less drained). While I’m very thankful that my life has settled, we’re only halfway through our busiest season and I am feeling it hard (especially since we’re down six staff members). It’s left me in a weird funk sometimes, unable to really do much else. But, we’re surviving!
What I did:
- Visited my family for Father’s Day
- Started going back into the office part-time
- Met with 60+ new students for orientation in four weeks
- Got a stomach bug that lasted for a week
- Watched E3 and was disappointed (check out my post next month for details!)
- Read and wrote and edited
- Replayed Mass Effect and was ruined in all the best ways
- Finally caved and bought Valhalla
- Got to see friends in person for the first time in over.a.year
SentSending out my second newsletter this week (since I’m behind on everything).
Let’s check in and see how I did creatively this month.
What I Read
Son of the Storm by Suyi Davies Okungbowa (finished)
We Do This Til We Free Us by Marime Kaba (finished)
Eden by Tim Lebbon
For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten
The Jasmine Throne (started)
What I Hauled
Thank you to Orbit Books!!
Catalyst Gate by Megan O’Keefe
Touch of Iron by Timandra Whitecastle
What I Posted
In this section, I like to share posts that I personally wrote this past month that I either really enjoyed writing, am really proud of or wish might have gotten a little more attention.
Reading Challenges Update
2021 Discussion Challenge: 12/24
Backlist Books: 3/12
Monthly Diverse Reads: 4 versus 1 (Goal: Every month, read equal to or more diverse reads than those written by authors who (or feature characters that) match my identity, listing diverse books first.)
Sharing where I’m at on my yearly intentions, all of which I detailed in this post.
Really excited with how edits are going with BLOOD PRICE! Still don’t have a writing routine developed, but I have made good progress and am really enjoying reading this story again. Excited to prepare it for querying in August!
Read a little bit more this month and some good books, to boot!
Freelance Editing ✔️
Worked on two novellas that were really awesome.
Blogging continues to be one of my favorite passions. I wish I just could blog full-time. I fucking love it.
This was hard.
Allyship and Activism ✔️
Wrapped up my 1st quarter reads and excited to read So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo next!
While I still haven’t really focused on any of my smaller goals, I did start doing a new face care routine and bought some new products to hopefully help take care of my hair, so I’m excited about those!
Posts I Enjoyed
Curious what blog posts I really enjoyed around the blogsophere this month? Check them out here:
⚔️ Um, can everyone else freak out with me over Kat @ Novels and Waffles INCREDIBLE BLOG RELAUNCH! I am in awe.
🛡️ Amber @ The Literary Phoenix shares an important post about publishing’s obsession with only publishing books by Black authors centering Black pain, inspired by Nic Stone’s Instagram post, that’s well worth a read and watch.
⚔️ Also from The Quiet Pond, don’t forget to check out the AMAZING work they did celebrating Pride Month at the Pond!
🛡️Kate @ Your Tita Kate share a wonderful resource in how to include your book blog on your resume!
⚔️ Kal @ Reader Voracious shares a wonder resource on earning extra cash through budgeting, opportunities, services and more!
⚔️ I also really enjoyed Chana @ Paper Procrastinators post on the shitty aspects of Goodreads!
🛡️ Cande @ Cande Reads shares 10 books by Mexican-American authors to read during Pride!
⚔️ Elka @ Elka Scott shares a really vulnerable and really powerful post discussing the issues of OwnVoices and how it relates to publishing, Pride and bisexuality.
For July, my focus will be to survive the next four weeks of orientation, finish edits on BLOOD PRICE and prepare for a new semester, all while BUILDING A FUCKING ROUTINE, dammit.
I hope you all have a wonderful month! 🖤