June Wrap-up

Wahey everyone! Has the month been good to you? June has been a super busy month for me – from going away for a weekend with my parents to flying over to Australia for 6 months to stay with my aunt and uncle – you know, normal things 😋

I think July will also be a busy month what with Camp Nano in July – I’m maybe two scenes away from finishing my actual first draft!!! July will be springing right into revisions, which I’m extremely happy for since I have a list of things I want to change/add (like changing the nice, easy, one 3rd person pov to four 3rd person povs because why not?). July will also be about posting more on my blog – trying to keep up with my new arc release dates and posting reviews of old ones but I will be alternating them because I want to get a hold of it before the end of this year 🤞

So I’ve had a really good month with arcs and even though that’s amazing I think I need to try out this thing called an arc ban until I finish a couple old ones (barring my pending requests).


Approved Requests


Pan’s Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun: I love love love this movie so much (I spoke about it briefly in an earlier post) and did you see Cornelia Funke’s name??? I don’t think I’ve spoken about her work in a while which is a shame because they’re so good. So I plucked up allll my courage and requested this baby and I was accepted?? Like what??? So I downloaded it and then started to read it and realised I would probably read it all in one go – mostly because I just love the movie so much but also Cornelia Funke.

Download Nows


The Thousand Steps: I really liked the cover and it’s set in the Western Cape? Where I’m from? So I thought that was really cool and I’m interested to see if the author has managed to integrate South African languages/terms into the book (as a writer who wants to do that because that’s how I grew up – code switching 24/7). And this is about a future Cape Town, post-apocalyptic so I’m really hoping that it’s good. I need more SA YA authors to root for.


House of Rage and Sorrow: Do you see this??? Now I have a chance to reread the first book (and actually post a review this time, super smart, DB). BUT DO YOU SEE THE COVER?? AND THE TITLE??? THE title I just like to look at all the time because it’s such a good title, okay? I also majorly fistpumped the air when I saw this was on Download Now and my dad’s like 🤷🏻‍♂️🤷🏻‍♂️🤷🏻‍♂️ which I think is pretty common when you get happy about arcs or general book blogging work around other people and they don’t quite understand.


The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived: A cutie-pie!! Look at the cover! And the dragon? I’m happy that there’s slowly more and more middle-grade and children’s lgbqt+ stories being written because it’s good to normalise it and important for children to read these types of stories.


Reading Quirks: Cute, funny, and definitely, definintely relatable. This will be a fun one to read (also please ignore that I used the word ‘fun’ twice in this paragraph, I was writing all of this with jetlag – yay).


Approved requests


Darkwood: Can you tell I requested this because of the cover? I’m kidding (partially). I also really liked the summary – it had this interesting take on the whole fairy tales plus magic, which sounds so cool. And I’m always up for girls beating the odds and just winning at life.


Monty Python Speaks:  I’m definitely interested in this one as it’s a memoir/autobiography and also I’ll be able to watch the different movies/skits, so I’ll get the references they mention in the book. (Link is to Amazon since Goodreads only has the original version?)


Patron Saints of Nothing: I’ve actually started to read this (need to add it to my Goodreads Currently Reading) and I’m only a few chapters in but I’m really enjoying it. I’m becoming very engrossed in Jay’s family and am keen to see how he explores more of his heritage.


I’m a Gay Wizard: The cover drew me in because you know I like to have some nice and colourful covers – also if I’m just scrolling on Netgalley (which I’m not allowed to do right now please help) so it’s either the title gets me, or I know about the book thanks to all the wonderful bloggers out there (keep on blogging, please!), or what mostly happens is I go oooh at the cover. And then the plot was interesting further? Like, yes, I want wizards at school. GIve me that!


The Avant-Guards: DO you SEE this cover? Also, I’m pretty sure this year will be a record year for how many comics/graphic novels I’ve read, and that’s really something! I did page through the first chapter and I do like the graphics.


Wages of Death: Mercenaries? Sounds interesting to me.


Michigan vs the Boys: I requested and hoped so much I would get an arc because it looked so interesting and I liked the idea around a girl (Michigan, as it goes in the book) who stands up for what she believes in and what she’s passionate about.

Download Nows:


The Grave Digger: I’m hoping this is a cute historical fiction middle grade read (which is interesting as I’m generally not a historical fiction reader) as I also want to start reading more middle grade books? There’s a lot that’s good for kids to read and develop their love of reading and reading skill.


The Black Mage: This looks like a good book. It’s also about wizards at school, which is right up my alley.


June Posts:

Poetry Mini-reviews


I hope June was a successful one for you and here’s to July being even better!



15 thoughts on “June Wrap-up”

  1. I’m so jealous of the amazing books you’ve gotten approved for! Okay I have to be honest, I haven’t been requesting much, but I’m still sad about being rejected for Pan’s Labyrinth. I’m really looking forward to reading what you think of it! Now excuse me while I go request all of the books on this list ❤

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    1. I have no idea where all the approvals came from, but I don’t mind them? My review of Pans Labyrinth will be 60% just talking about the movie/flailing over the narration. Hey, you request the books, I add all the books to my tbr that you recommend. It’s only fair.


  2. Ahh congrats on almost being done with the first draft !! Onto the next step will be nice and refreshing for you 🙂 I hope your July will be as good as June was!

    Ohhhh!! I definately wanna read reading quirks!! Sounds so nice and fun xD also- books always seems more interesting when it’s events are within your living location isn’t it? Hahahah

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  3. Ooooo hope you have a fun 6 months staying in Oz…(I feel like this might be a really British thing to call Australia but we’ll roll with it) And woooo for nearly finishing your first draft, so happy for you DB!

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  4. I feel the burn of being rejected for Pany’s Labyrinth, I loved the movie so much, and I love Funke so much so it was like a match made in heaven lol. But omg it was such a bad idea to come look at your post, I want to read everything on it now lol. I can’t wait to read your review for some of these!!!! (And ooooh Australia, how amazing)


  5. I’m reading later the Patron Saints of Nothing! I’m excited to know how the book represents the issue in my country. And also how the characters are also presented.

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