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.
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?
- The Closed Door is about Matt.
- The Asian Who is Bad at Math is about Olivia.
- Human Fear is about Matt, Olivia, and Charlie (Olivia’s dog.)
- A Purple Heart is about Zelda (Matt’s daughter.)
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:
- On being an introvert where I talk about something dear to my heart.
- Favourite books in 2017 (so far) is a Top 10 Tuesday post.
- The Unique Blogger Award is a tag where I talk about my dreams and ambitions.
- The Great Audiobook TBR is what I listened to on my cross-country trip across Canada.
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?