June Wrap-Up and July TBR


Hello everyone!

For the proud Canadians out there, happy Canada day! For me, the month of June was busy. It is also the first full month that I’ve been blogging. Today I want to tell you guys about what I’ve been up to this month, blog-wise and (if you stick around) life-wise.

Books read in June:

  • Want by Cindy Pon (Audiobook) is my greatest anticipation and biggest disappointment this month.
  • It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini (Kindle) is a heartwarming story about a boy’s struggle with depression. Loved it.
  • Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon (Kindle) is a page-turning rollercoaster of a teen romance novel. I was hooked by page one. Check out my review here.
  • My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga (Audiobook) is my favourite book this month. If you have a heart, you will love this.
  • Legend by Marie Lu (Kindle) is a typical YA dystopian romance/sci fi novel. I didn’t love it or hate it. Check out my review here.
  • The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss (Kindle) is the second book in the Kingkiller Chronicle series (after The Name of the Wind). I liked it, though it is slower than expected. Review is here.

Novel progress:

My current project is a new-adult contemporary novella titled Together We Will Live Forever (tentative.) It tells the story of Olivia, a neuroscience grad student and an aspiring artist, and Matt, a single father who works at the art gallery.

This week, I began outlining the fourth draft of the novel. Afterwards, I will be recruiting beta readers. If you are interested, keep your eyes peeled 🙂

Want to read some snippets?

Favourite book quotes (Thoughtful Thursdays):

“If you want to know the truth of who you are, walk until not a person knows your name. Travel is the great leveller, the great teacher, bitter as medicine, crueler than mirror-glass. A long stretch of road will teach you more about yourself than a hundred years of quiet introspection.”

– The Wise Men’s Fear, Patrick Rothfuss

“So yes. It had flaws, but what does that matter when it comes to matters of the heart? We love what we love. Reason does not enter into it. In many ways, unwise love is the truest love. Anyone can love a thing because. That’s as easy as putting a penny in your pocket. But to love something despite. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and perfect.”

– The Wise Man’s Fear, Patrick Rothfuss

You don’t think in depression that you’ve put on a gray veil and are seeing the world through the haze of a bad mood. You think that the veil has been taken away, the veil of happiness, and that now you’re seeing truly.

– The Noonday Demon, Andrew Solomon

“Maybe growing up means disappointing the people we love.”

― Everything, Everything, Nicola Yoon

“I wonder if that’s how darkness wins, by convincing us to trap it inside ourselves, instead of emptying it out. I don’t want it to win.”

— My Heart and Other Black Holes, Jasmine Warga

Other notable posts:

July TBR:

Sophie’s life:

Carl and I drove across Canada from Toronto to Vancouver. We stopped by the beautiful Lake Louise, where he knelt down to propose. Yes, we are now engaged.


How is the month of June for you? What are your favourite books this months? Do you have any goals for July (reading, writing, or otherwise)? What’s on your TBR?





20 responses to “June Wrap-Up and July TBR”

  1. Congratulations Sophie! That is so sweet!!!

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  2. First off, I love the entirety of this post. It’s super motivational/inspirational. You’ll definitely enjoy reading The Hate U Give, and your July TBR looks fabulous. Congrats on your novel progress! Are you by any chance doing Camp Nanowrimo?

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    1. Thank you! I will be doing Camp Nano this month. It is timely because I am about to start a new draft of my novel 🙂 Are you doing Camp Nano?

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      1. I’m participating as well! Definitely keep me updated on how Camp goes for you.

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      2. Will do! Hope to hear about how camp nano goes for you as well!

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  3. Aw I’m sorry that Want was a disappointment! I’ve actually been SUPER excited to read it!! Have you written a review on it that I could check out? 😊

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    1. Hi Jackie! I have written a review that I will post this upcoming week. However that is just my opinion. There are lots of positive reviews out there about the book but I didn’t like it =/

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      1. That’s great, I’m looking forward to it! And that’s fine, I’m just curious because I don’t think I’ve heard negative things about it so far so I’m interested to see why you didn’t like it! 😊

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      2. I think I am picky about books haha, and also I was listening to the audiobook with my fiancé who is even pickier than me!

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  4. Ohhh congratulations on getting engaged, Sophie, this is so great! Also, the picture is absolutely stunning, it must have been such a magical moment ❤
    It seems like you had a lovely reading month – I haven't read Legend but it is on my TBR and I'm very curious about the book. I know lots of people who enjoyed it, but I haven't read much dystopian books lately so I am a bit nervous to get back into the genre.
    Your novel sounds really good, at least from the little synopsis you gave us! I hope everything goes well with the writing 🙂
    Also, what an amazing TBR for the next month – I haven't read The Hate U Give but heard only amazing things. CAn't wait to hear your thoughts about that one. Hope you'll have a great month 🙂

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    1. Thank you!
      I wasn’t too fond of Legend but there are many people who do like it. If you do read it, I hope to hear how you like it!
      Hope you have a good month too 🙂

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      1. Ohh, well I’ll let you know for sure when I get to it 🙂

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  5. Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks Avatar
    Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks

    Ah, so sorry to hear that WANT was a disappointment. I really, really enjoyed it when I read it but I felt the flaws in it could definitely break it for some readers. I hope you enjoy THE HATE U GIVE when you get to it next month. It’s a magnificent book. 🙂

    ~ Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks

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    1. That’s all right! Sometimes people don’t like the books that I like, and vice versa. I am looking forward to reading The Hate U Give 🙂
      Thanks for dropping by!


  6. Wow! Congratulations on the engagement, Sophie! That’s so awesome and sounds super romantic!

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    1. Thank you 🙂 it was amazing!

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  7. oh wow congratulations!! That’s so sweet! 😀

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