I commented last month how much things can change in the space of a few weeks, and the same thing occurred in June. Despite starting it on a high, it’s ended in such a way that I’m glad to leave the month behind and start fresh in July.
I’ve got my goals and I’ve got a plan of action: this is going to be my month for focusing on what I want to achieve this year. We’re over halfway through 2019 (how?) and I realised just the other day that I’m still in the same place I was at the start of the year.
It’s time to start prioritising the things I care about. After neglecting the novel for the entirety of June, it’s top of the pile for things to tackle in July. I completely ignored the blog last week in a way I’ve never done before, so back to content, promotion and engagement. No more waiting for things to happen: July me is going to take control!
Well… it sounds impressive when I write it like that.
And as a first port of call, I’m taking a look back at what I read in June. I’m a book behind where I want to be at the moment, but I pleasantly surprised myself realising I’d read more than I thought.
City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
This continued my re-read and I, once again, forgot how much I loved the characters and their interactions. I’m getting more pleasure out of them the second time round than when I first read them all those years ago.
Freezing Point by Grace Hamilton
There’s a full review coming for this one, but it ultimately disappointed me. Weak characters who managed to survive disasters in ways that were a touch to convenient; this book had a hint of naivety about it.
Pendragon by James Wilde
The title alone made me read this one. A dark, heavy read that made you just want to breathe when you finished it, processing everything. Intense, but I’ll definitely continue the series.
Hexarchate Stories by Yoon Ha Lee
Despite being gloriously confused in the original trilogy, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to read this collection of short stories. I loved them! It was refreshing, it was fun and it gave great insights into my favourite characters.
The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes by Ruth Hogan
Another that surprised me. While still being full of charm and heart-felt messages, there is an emotional undercurrent to this book that I wasn’t expecting. It was deeper and more touching than I anticipated.
Mage Born by Stephen Aryan
One that has been on my bookshelf for ages. An enjoyable read: not the strongest, but it was solid with a good premise and likeable characters.
City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
I was reminded in this one that it was the secondary plots that held my attention, not necessarily the Jace/Clary plot. Still, no complaints: another entertaining and enjoyable re-read.
How about you? What have you been reading?