June wrap up

Welcome back to another of Phoenix’s wrap ups! I feel like the beginning of this month, I read very slowly, and then I read a lot of books at the end of the month, so that’s nice! Anyways, how??? is??? it??? already??? July???

I read 14 books this month, which is pretty good for me!

Can't Say It Went to Plan by Gabrielle Tozer
Project LIT Mountain Brook - O'Neal Library
Amazon.com: Ruinsong (9780374313357): Ember, Julia: Books
  • Can’t Say it Went to Plan by Gabrielle Tozer. This is actually an ARC that I finished at the very end of May but I didn’t have time to put it in my May wrap up so now it’s here. It wasn’t a bad book, however it was very slow at the beginning and I think I was just expecting something a little different ⭐⭐⭐
  • Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake. This book overall was pretty good, however the whole plot of the person leaving notes in Ivy’s locker, basically blackmailing her to come out was not good and not a good lesson. But – Ivy didn’t actually come out because of that blackmail, and other than that part, it was actually a really good book! ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Ruinsong by Julia Ember. You can see the few fantasy books beginning to get mixed back into my reading…overall this was a fine book, I mean it was a unique concept but also nothing special (that sounds so brutal, geez) and I enjoyed it but wasn’t over the moon about it. ⭐⭐⭐
Amazon.com: Can't Take That Away (9781547605309): Salvatore, Steven: Books
Amazon.com: Between Perfect and Real (9781419746017): Stoeve, Ray: Books
Amazon.com: May the Best Man Win (9781250625120): Ellor, ZR: Books
  • Can’t Take That Away by Steven Salvatore. I really enjoyed this book. I honestly love a lot of stories where it’s a group of friends helping the MC get something (especially queer groups of friends) and so this was really fun! ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Between Perfect and Real by Ray Stoeve. I thought that this was a super awesome book, and it felt very different from any other book with a trans teen coming out to their parents. I thought that it was just told so well and just an amazing story overall. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • May the Best Man Win by Z. R. Ellor. This book was…interesting? I am honestly really conflicted on it. It had a cool plot and it was diverse but also…Jeremy, one of the MCs, was kinda a jerk? And the writing at times just wasn’t my favorite. However, Jeremy did acknowledge what the things he was doing were wrong and he was slowly getting better throughout the book, I think. ⭐⭐⭐
Amazon.com: Summer Bird Blue (9781481487757): Bowman, Akemi Dawn: Books
Amazon.com: Odd One Out (9781101939536): Stone, Nic: Books
Amazon.com: Starfish (9781481487726): Bowman, Akemi Dawn: Books
  • Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman. Okay, the first thing I wanna say: I expected to cry a lot more. People describe sobbing over this book and I was a little scared but…I didn’t? I’m not a very emotional reader anyways, so that might be part of it, but still. I expected to cry more. Also, can I just say, yes for aroace spec rep??? YES. It’s soooooo rare and if I were gonna cry, the parts that it was mentioned is where I would most likely cry. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Odd One Out by Nic Stone. This book was…I don’t know? Like I honestly don’t know my opinions on this book. On one hand, it kept me hooked and it was interesting but on the other hand…well my mind keeps going back to the unchallenged biphobia. ⭐⭐
  • Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman. Dawn Bownman’s writing is a masterpiece. This writing was seriously so amazing, and the book itself was amazing as well. I especially enjoyed the descriptions of the art at the end of the chapters. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Amazon.com: Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating (9781645672579):  Jaigirdar, Adiba: Books
Amazon.com: You're Welcome, Universe (9780399551413): Gardner, Whitney:  Books
Amazon.com: The Ones We're Meant to Find (9781250258564): He, Joan: Books
  • Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Abida Jaigirdar. This book was AMAZING. I really enjoyed The Henna Wars, which I read last month, but this one was 100% better, I loved it SO MUCH. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • You’re Welcome Universe by Whitney Gardner. I really enjoyed this book. I like how it really shows that graffiti is art because a lot of people just think it’s vandalism and don’t really appreciate it. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He. I…woah. I am thoroughly conflicted and confused about this book, that twist just sorta blew my mind? ⭐⭐⭐
Amazon.com: The Art of Running Away (9781631635779): Sabrina Kleckner: Books
Seafire by Natalie C. Parker: 9780451478825 | PenguinRandomHouse.com: Books
  • The Art of Running Away by Sabrina Kleckner. This was a really sweet and nice middle grade book and I enjoyed it immensly. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Seafire by Natalie Parker. This one took me a while to get through because fantasy slump but it was a fun one to come back to when I didn’t have anything else to read and I did overall enjoy it. ⭐⭐⭐

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Here’s what I’ve done for this month!

Despite not up to my normal level, I wrote a few more blog posts this month (more than last month, I mean, which wasn’t very hard to beat). All of these posts were super fun, though, and I really hope you check them out if you haven’t already because they’re some of my best yet (in my opinion).

This is my favorite post to date, I think it’s my most important post as well!
My first book review in a very long time–for an awesome book!

June goals:

  • Blog some more?
  • Hang out with my friends
  • Don’t think about school after it ends
  • Follow a few more blogs

July goals:

  • Write a pretty big chunk of my book
  • Do at least half of my summer work (don’t you dare leave it all for August)
  • Read 12 books
  • Catch up on book reviews on goodreads
  • Try to play some more softball (if your body doesn’t continue to get hurt in various ways)
  • School’s out! Yep, in June. My school goes a little longer than a lot of other peoples (though we don’t have school until September)
  • I started a new WIP! Don’t know if this is a good or bad idea because…I already have another WIP, but I’ve barely written any of this one anyways. I’m really excited for it though, because it actually has fake dating in it! I’m really looking forward to incorporating this into the plot since it seems like there are a LOT of fake dating books coming out recently and I wanted to write my own.
  • My team’s softball season ended. While I wasn’t able to play in the final games, given my injury, I still had a great time being on that team and I loved all my teammates. We ended up third (out of four teams) but it was still a really fun season, despite me being injured.
  • …More baseball stuff happened? Most of you have probably figured out that I’m a big baseball fan by now, but we’ve reached the halfway point of the season and things are going pretty well (depending on which team you root for haha. But then again, most of the things were expected. Except for…the Giants and the Red Sox?)

What was your June like? Have you read any of these books?
Thank you so much for stopping by and have a great July!


22 thoughts on “June wrap up

  1. my current theory for it being July already is that time simply does not exist. but again, that is a working theory.
    omg you read so many great books this month!! im currently reading may the best man win and I agree with what you said about Jeremy. I’m struggling a bit at times, but we will see.
    also thank you SO MUCH for sharing my posts!! I literally appreciate it so much ❤
    IM SORRY DID YOU SAY FAKE DATING?????????????????
    hope your injury is doing better and best wishes for July!!

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    1. Your theory seems to explain the reason for it being July extremely well, so I’m going to go with it.
      I know, I was really happy about it! I honestly didn’t expect it, I’d read so few by like halfway through the month. Ooooh, yeah, May the Best Man Win was a tricky one. It’s honestly already very hazy in my mind because yah I can’t remember anything about books and it wasn’t that memorable for me in the first place, but Jeremy was….quite the character (literally). The one thing that I did like about Jeremy’s character, though, was that he sorta acknowledged he was being a jerk…like at times, he was kinda like, ‘That was a really mean thing to do. I should probably not do that.’ and it did seem like at times he was trying to stop? But still, overall I don’t like my characters acting like that.
      I would honestly probably share ALL your posts in my wrap ups, were I not trying to make it a mix of blogs and not share too many from one blog because I love your posts.
      I DID SAY FAKE DATING I DID I DID IM WRITING A FAKE DATING BOOK AND IM VERY EXCITED. Granted, it’s not very far along because I’m also writing ANOTHER book but I am writing it. My realistic fiction writing skills are not very good yet, but hopefully they will get better.
      My injury is in fact getting better, and it was confirmed as of today that I can in fact play softball again!!! Thank you so much and I hope you have a great July as well!


      1. ah, i’m glad i have a second very scientific opinion on the theory.
        ha yep. that’s certainly one way to put it. that’s true, it made him more like able at times. and it made for a really interesting character arc so.
        stoppp you’re too kind. but seriously thank you so much, you saying that makes me smile so hard
        OH MY GOD ITS A FAKE DATING BOOK EEEE omg that’s literally so exciting!!!!!
        glad to hear that!!! ooo yay!! is there like a summer season you could play on or is your season over or do you have to wait like next year to play again!! hopefully you can get back in the game soon!!

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      2. Yeah, exactly. It still did annoy me, though, that he just…kept being a jerk even when he acknowledged that he was being a jerk. Like, if you realize it in the act or even before the act, just stop??? Please???
        That wasn’t me being kind though it’s just the truuuuuth!!!! I am glad to get you to smile though haha.
        Yesssss. Well I’m glad that I have some people excited for it when (if?) I finally decide to share it. Though, let’s just say that it’s going to be very different from most fake dating books.
        Well, there’s no summer season but there is a fall season (which I think starts at the end of August) and there’s a softball camp that I’m probably going to next week, so that’s nice.


    1. Haha, I mean I sorta changed it? Not really though. I added some more graphics into my post, I used to just write the headings in my post but now I actually have graphics for them. Other than that, I didn’t change anything! Thank you so much! Haha that’s okay we all read at our own speeds and I did read a lot this month. Thank you! Have a nice July!


  2. Great wrap-up! Oof I gave Ruinsong two stars but I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought it was underwhelming…but man the cover was so pretty, shame
    And congratulations on starting that WIP! Askdjfhskjdfh you’re not alone though, I’m working on mine but I have several unfinished drafts and endless ideas that I’m in the middle of…oops

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    1. Thank you! Yeah, haha I tend to stay away from giving books two stars for the most part, because I wouldn’t say that the book was bad, it just…wasn’t very interesting in a lot of parts. I enjoyed it overall, the actual way it was written, though, was meh, haha.
      Thank you! Yeahhhh, exactly I mean given that I’m writing a book that I’m more invested in at the same time, I don’t think that I’m going to go very fast in this one, but at least I have an idea and a start. Ha, I mean that is totally what happens to any writer anywhere. Just drafts upon drafts upon drafts.

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  3. ahahah i love the iconic “another of phoenix’s wrap ups” … ah sorry that ruinsong wasn’t anything much special, i was really curious about it with the retelling aspect! so happy that you enjoyed starfish, it sounds like such a heartfelt book and ahhh towmtf, despite it not being the best, i’m glad that the twist still got you haha!! i’m so jealous of your school break ahh, mine just started haha, hope you have a restful one and a lovely july!! <33

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    1. I mean, my wrap ups are basically what I’m known for, so we’ve gotta have ‘another of phoenix’s wrap ups’ (though them being what I’m known for may be a self imposed comment…). Yeah, Ruinsong was a cool aspect and a cool plot, the writing though felt really slow and drag-y at times. Starfish was a very good book, definitely. Haha yeah wow the twist was crazy in TOWMTF but overall it was just extremely confusing and sort of slow at the beginning. Haha well at least yours just started, that’s nice! How long is it? Thank you, I hope you have a great July as well!

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  4. Great wrapup, and thank you for mentioning my post!! I am an expert in ditching wips to start on with this new idea (more like ‘vibe’) I just got with zero plot lol. Happy reading!

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  5. June was ok, but the Loki series so far for the entire June was amazing! I’m so excited to see the rest of the Loki series!

    It sounds like your WIPs are amazing and I can’t wait to read them someday!

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  6. Seems like you got a lot of books read last month!
    I’ve seen The Ones We’re Meant to Find pop up on a few people’s TBRs but that it’s also getting a lot of mixed reviews so I’ve been holding off a little adding it to any of my lists.

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  7. phoenix!! congratulations on reading 14 books, and having such a productive month! i loved all the blog posts you published this month! your fake dating WIP sounds amazing, even though i know practically nothing about it lol, but if you do decide to share i can’t wait to read it! thank you so much for including my post ahhh 🥺<3

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    1. Thank you! Aww that means so much, thank you Ahaana. Lol when you hear ‘fake dating’ and instantly think something sounds amazing, no matter what…relatable. I hope I will be able to share it with people someday, but so far since I have approximately ten pages and am not going very fast, I’m probably not going to be sharing it quite yet. Your post and the idea for the project was great, so no problem! Have a great July!

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  8. lol i’m really late to this post but how?? is?? it?? already?? THE END OF JULY????? time literally does not exist 🥲 anyway, i really enjoyed reading this wrap-up, and it seems like you read a lot of good books in June!! i really loved Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating too – i found it very cute and heartwarming, despite Hani’s friends frustrating the HECK out of me 😩 and i’m glad to hear you enjoyed Akemi Dawn Bowman’s books, i really love her writing too 🥰 and lol i actually did not like The Ones We’re Meant to Find – it was very confusing for me, but i’m glad it seems like you liked it more than i did!

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    1. I KNOW!!! Time is moving so fast, I cannot believe it’s already nearly AUGUST. What???? Thank you, I’m so glad you enjoyed! Yesss, Hani and Ishu’s Guide was totally adorable and I agree, Hani’s friends were SO ANNOYING!!! Why couldn’t they just understand, Hani told them so many times and they just never got it!!!! Akemi Dawn Bowman’s writing is really cool. Yeah, I agree with you about The Ones We’re Meant to Find…it was super confusing and weird at the end and honestly I didn’t enjoy it much either, I’m just sort of lenient in my ratings.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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