Wrap Up|| June.

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Hey!

June hasn’t been the best month for me in both my personal life and with blogging/reading. I won’t go into too much detail about that, but I did do a post about it a week or so ago that you can check out if you’re interested in knowing what’s been going on with me and why I haven’t been having the greatest time, I’ll link my post at the end of this one. My reading kind of drastically slipped this month, which is pretty sad! I’ve been in this really bad reading slump, so I was only able to finish three books this month and still in the process of finishing another. With this reading slump I’ve been watching more TV and listening to more podcasts. I’ll talk about TV shows/podcasts first and then jump into the books that I read this month.

The husband and I started to watch The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu, which is so good! We’ve been flying through episodes and already halfway through season two. We’ve also been watching this show called Baskets on Hulu too, which is hilarious but also sad. We also started to watch the new AMC show NOS4A2, which is really good! I know it’s based off a book, but we just dived into the show instead of reading the book. I watched the entire season one of Jailbirds and Girls Incarcerated on Netflix in a single day each. I also watched season two of Girls incarcerated. The husband and I together also watched the new season of Black Mirror, which was underwhelming compared to past seasons.

I also managed to completely clear out my DVR of shows I’ve been recording for months and never watched. I’ve also been watching other shows that are on regular TV like 90 Day Fiance, Masterchef, and America’s Got Talent. The new season of Big Brother just started, so there’s that too. So while I haven’t been reading, I’ve been watching A LOT of things. Instead of audiobooks, I’ve been listening to podcasts this month. As far as podcasts go, I just finished listening to The Shrink Next Door (6 episodes & an update) which was CRAZY!! I am now listening to Dr. Death, which is also pretty insane. I have about two more episodes of that to listen to and then I can move onto the next podcast, which I have no clue what that will be yet.

Anyway, now onto books! Here are the books that I read this month. I know I’m posting this a little early, but I don’t see myself finishing my current read before the month ends, sadly. You can find a full list of these books and the other books I read this year over here. All will be linked to Goodreads below and I will also link to individual blog posts for them if I did a review.

Physically Read Books:
These are the books that I read myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of June.

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Virtually Yours by Sarvenaz Tash – 3 out of 5 stars – Review
I received Virtually Yours from the publisher via Netgalley. It was a cute, fun, and quick read. It didn’t blow me away, but I still liked it. It was interesting and worth the read.

Naturally Tan by Tan France – 4 out of 5 stars
I am a big fan of Queer Eye on Netflix. I love those boys! So of course I want to read their books and started with Tan France’s book Naturally Tan. I loved his story and I really enjoyed his book a lot. So many laugh out loud and cute moments and some serious ones as well. I am so excited for the new season of Queer Eye in July!

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston – 5 out of 5 stars
Red, White & Royal Blue is so hyped and I was actually really terrified going into reading this, because you all know how majority of the time I end up not loving hyped books. HAPPY to say that I really loved this one. It was cute, it was fun, it was hilarious, and it was also sad. I loved the characters so much and I really need a sequel to see what everyone is up to now, haha.


Currently Reading Books:
These are the books that I started to read in the month of June, but didn’t get a chance to finish them yet.

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Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa

I was hoping to read Soul of the Sword in June, because while I do now own a physical copy, I was also sent a copy from the publisher via Netgalley for review. Life happened though, so sadly I didn’t get to finish it before the month ends/release day. But to be honest, it was approved like a week before release date; so that made it a little difficult. If by some miracle I actually do finish it before the actual end of June, then that would be great though. I will be doing a review of this as soon as I finish it. So far I am really enjoying it and happy to be back in this world with these characters.

What books did you read in June? Have you read any of the books that I read? Feel free to link me to you wrap up post, so I can check it out!

I’m thinking of posting my June book haul either tomorrow or Monday. It’s mostly done, I just need to take some pictures for it. I usually post my haul before the wrap up, but no pictures yet and maybe I’ll get another book before June 30th? Who knows. 😛

In case you missed it;
Top Ten Tuesday|| Summer TBR.
Why I’ve Been in a Reading/Blogging Slump.
Top Ten Tuesday|| Most Anticipated Releases.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Random|| Quick Update.

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Hey!

I haven’t updated in a week (so bad of me, ugh), but thought I would do a little update of what’s happening.

I started to watch this show on Netflix called “Wentworth” and honestly it has taken over my life. Think of Orange is the New Black but 100 times better and a lot more serious. It’s a UK (or Australian) show I believe and I swear, they make the best shows. I even stumbled upon this meme and seriously…this meme is everything and speaks so much truth, haha.

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I am LIVING for this show. I thank my younger sister for telling me about it. I’ve been watching a half a season to an entire season in a day. Last Friday I kid you not, I stayed up until 5AM just to finish season three, lol. I highly recommend checking out Wentworth though, especially if you like OITNB. In my opinion it’s so much better than OITNB though. I don’t even know how I will be able to go back to OITNB after this.

I also went back to rewatching 7th Heaven again. I took a break from my rewatch, but am now back on it because I don’t want to watch every single episode of Wentworth (there are five seasons currently on Netflix) yet. I’m not ready to be done with them yet, so I’ve been switching between the two, lol. I think there is another season coming out this year though!

What else has been taking over my time you ask? How about the new mobile Harry Potter game that was just released. It’s so fun! Professor Snape hates me and I suck at potions class. I think he just intimidates me and I freak out and can’t do it correctly, haha. Because you basically do the same actions for flying class and for charms class and I am perfect at those. WTF!? UGHH. I still love the game though. I do hate that you have to wait for you energy to fill back up though. That’s about my only complaint.

I’ve also been back to playing Animal Crossing Pocket Camp a lot more on my phone again. So that’s also taking up some of my time. I go through stages where I’ll play it all the time and then not play it much at all. Now I’m back to all the time. There is also trying to squeeze in school reading and tests as well. I’ll have to do another lesson this weekend and it’s a long lesson. YIKES! I’m sure it’ll be fine though. I’ve gotten an A on all of my tests and currently still have a 4.0. 😛

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So many things are taking up my time right now, so I haven’t been reading as much as I want to. With not reading very much, it also means I haven’t really been blogging very much. I hope to catch up with your blogs and finally catch up with some of these tags I’ve been tagged to do. OH HEY! There’s a picture of Leaf cuddling with me while I read. I’m currently reading The Radium Girls and it’s so crazy and also so sad. 😦

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Check out the Goodreads Description below:
The Curies’ newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War. Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covers their bodies from head to toe; they light up the night like industrious fireflies. With such a coveted job, these “shining girls” are the luckiest alive — until they begin to fall mysteriously ill. But the factories that once offered golden opportunities are now ignoring all claims of the gruesome side effects, and the women’s cries of corruption. And as the fatal poison of the radium takes hold, the brave shining girls find themselves embroiled in one of the biggest scandals of America’s early 20th century, and in a groundbreaking battle for workers’ rights that will echo for centuries to come.

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Outfit of the day! There was this bird dress I seen on Amazon and it was calling my name for over a month. I finally decided I had to have it. I got it a couple of weeks ago and finally wearing it today! I’m pretty much living for this dress  It’s a really loose fitting dress, which I like. I’m wearing black leggings as well. I have some black tights, but I like how it looks with the leggings too.

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Last but not least, hands down, my favorite picture I’ve taken with my 60mm lens ball! I am so proud of this picture, haha. I haven’t had the chance to take my lens ball out anywhere cool quite yet, but I took this one in my backyard. We have a really tall palm tree back there and this shot came out so perfect! 😀 I can’t wait to actually go to some fun places and try out my two lens balls. I am hoping to try to go to the beach and try it out sometime.

That’s all for my little update! Sorry I haven’t been that active on here this week. Hopefully next week is a better week. I should hopefully have a ton of reviews to post soonish, because I have a ton of books that I need to start reading that I need to do reviews for. That’s a plus! And tags, I need to get to my tags! Book haul post soonish and April wrap up too.

In case you missed it;
Thoughts|| Hot Mess.
Book Tag|| 20 Questions.
Random|| Picture Update.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Fangirl.

Hi 🙂

This post is going to be two different challenges into one post, since I am going to use the same book for both. I am doing day nine of the 30 day book challenge and a topic from the POPSUGAR 2015 Reading Challenge.

Day 09A book you thought you wouldn’t like, but ended up loving.
Also, A book by a female author.

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I’ve heard so many things about Fangirl and noticed so many people loved the book. I read the description and it didn’t really sound like a book I would like, so I never read it. I continued to hear good things about it and I continued to go back and forth deciding if I should read it. I recently discovered that I could listen to audiobooks on an app on my iPhone that connects to my public library, so I decided to listen to Fangirl while working this week. I ended up liking it a lot more than I ever thought I would.

This was the first time I read (well listened in this case 😉 ) a book by Rainbow Rowell (although I do have two other books that have been on my TBR list), so it was interesting to finally see how she writes. I felt like I could relate to Cath a lot, even now. I loved the story and I loved the parts of Simon Snow that were included and the fanfiction that Cath wrote about Simon and Baz. Levi…oh Levi, he was perfect. I love my boyfriend to death (been with him a little over seven years), but I won’t lie, there were times I wish he were more like Levi, lol. All guys need a little Levi in them!

I am glad I finally gave in and read the book. I think that the book is relatable for a lot of people, especially younger people, fresh out of high school, trying to make it in the real world and through college. Finding yourself and what really is important in your life. I never did college like that (small community college in Fort Myers for me), but it was nice getting a small peek into that. Sometimes I did get annoyed with some of the characters and the story, but overall I really liked it.

I am also excited that Rainbow Rowell is releasing Carry On as a real book! I am excited to read more about Simon and Baz. Throughout the book I was wishing I could hear more about them. The little scenes about them were nice, but I wanted more of it. Carry On is supposed to be released this year in October, so that is something to look forward to!

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Have you read Fangirl? If so, what did you think and are you looking forward to the Simon Snow story?

  • You can check out my previous post from the POPSUGAR reading challenge about a book by an author with my initials over here.
  • You can also check out my day eight post about a book turned into a movie and completely desecrated over here.

Off to have dinner and possibly read or find a new show on Netflix. Have any Netflix suggestions?