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[Monthly wrapup] June Stats Fever! 2018 I'm Not Even Sure Where June Went?

Well… June has been one tough month. My blog was broken for most of it, we had serious health tax problems that are not even our fault (and we’re still having them), my grandma got mysteriously sick (and it’s still unresolved), and I also had a very exhausting trip to another country. So it’s safe to say that it was not an easy month and that I still haven’t recovered. What’s weird is that I’m not even sure of the passage of time anymore – due to the trip, I took to taking many naps and my daily schedule kind of got messed up, so now I’m never sure which day it is or what’s going on!

Blogwise, thankfully, the WordPress reader issues got fixed! And the blog follows grew, so thank you all! And thank you all, again, for sharing my posts when the blog was still broken. As for reading, I didn’t quite read all that much somehow – even despite reading a lot during my trip abroad, but I did read a couple of amazing books. Also, do you remember how I hauled less and less in the past two months? Well… I’m back to normal. I hauled a lot this month -.- but some of them were amazing opportunities I couldn’t pass up! #sorrynotsorry

What have I accomplished in June?

  • hauled 17 books again 🤦🏻‍♀️
  • read only 10, so here we are, back to the inexhaustible TBR 😂
  • interviewed Cait @ PaperFury!
  • got two of my really REALLY anticipated sequel ARCs! They were quite hard to obtain as well because internationals get muted on NetGalley so we have to contact the publishers directly now… which in turn send a NetGalley widget anyway. Argh don’t get me started on this…
  • traveled to Estonia with my choir
  • tackled way too many personal life problems
  • SURVIVED
  • so yay..?

But let’s get to the stats! Like I said, I read some amazing books this month, and here they are.

~ 5-Star Miracle Books Read ~

The Calculating Stars (Lady Astronaut #1) Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

Both of these books were amazing and they both empower women, but in different ways. The Calculating Stars was an amazing scifi about an alternate timeline where women are fighting for their right to become astronauts. I liked it in EVERY way and I fangirl about this book here. And Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows seems to be loved around the blogs, and for good reason! It’s not actually made up of erotic stories (although it includes some), but it tackles some very real and very important problems about the woman’s place and especially a woman’s pleasure and how it’s a taboo in certain conservative societies. Recommended to everyone, unless you’re really against reading any sort of content that openly talks about pleasure. Otherwise, I recommend it wholeheartedly and it might even be one of my better reads of the year.

~ 4-Star Steady Good Books Read ~

Real Quanta: How the World of Particles Is Becoming More and More Commonplace Sarah & Katy and the Book of Blank

Real Quanta was a great popular science book, explaining how quantum mechanics is not really as impossible as we imagine it to be and how it’s actually part of our everyday lives without us even noticing – increasingly so because of all of our technology! I will shortly be posting the review. And Sarah & Katy and the Book of Blank was a lovely middle grade story that I’ll be posting a review of next week as well.

~ Okay Books Read ~

Body Swap The Anomaly The Innocent (Beneath the Alders, #1) Cirsova: Heroic Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine (Cirsova: Heroic Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine #5)

Body Swap was a fun YA about being young VS being old and how all of that is not that different, really. The Anomaly was a thriller about a conspiracy theory and, well, archaeology, I guess? It was a little disappointing and I’ll be going through the reasons why in the middle of the month when I post the review. The Innocent was an enjoyable literary family saga, and Cirsova #5 was a solid dose of weird prehistoric adventures.

~ Totally Meh Books Read ~

Wife in Name Only The Huge Hunter, or, the Steam Man of the Prairies

Wife in Name Only would have been an interesting read, if not for being a product of its time and being basically drenched in sexism and collonialism – you can read me elaborating on this here. And I’d rather not even talk about Steam Man of the Prairies, cause it was a racist piece of… (#sorrynotsorry for saying it) from roughly the same century, but none of that can be excused by obsolescence. Some books should never be reprinted.

~ The Stats! ~

june stats fever 2018

You might remember from last month that I already went over both my challenges! Now I’m just going to be looking by how much xD the brown bar is how much I had pledged… The rest is all on the top. I’m glad I’ve been doing so well, but I also almost don’t believe it. Yay!

~ On The Blog In June ~

I was most excited about the first four books I reviewed on this list, and also for The Calculating Stars. Of course, do check out the Q&A with Cait and if you want a new way to get more motivated about your ARCs, do visit this month’s State of the ARC, cause we’ve now got an ARCs bingo! And whichever way you feel about him, please check out my discussion about Ron Weasley. All images contain links to the posts:

 no fourth river  

thousand perfect notes   freeze frame revolution

#NewBloggersWelcome   c g drews

wife in name only   ron weasley

calculating stars   

~ Books Hauled ~

Like I said… I finally hauled. But I’m not even sorry! The books are really good. I was really blessed to be able to haul the ARCs for Creatures of Want and Ruin and The Fated Sky, both sequels to books I really loved – Creatures of Will and Temper and The Calculating StarsThen I also hauled three books by Peter Watts, the author of The Freeze-Frame Revolution, which I greatly enjoyed. Apart from that, there were a few great sales, and okay, FINE, I roamed the NetGalley Read Nows a little bit 😅

Creatures of Want and Ruin Body Swap The Anomaly The Innocent (Beneath the Alders, #1)
The Face of God Wildwood New Moon (Luna #1) A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1)
Starfish Maelstrom (Rifters #2) Behemoth Primrose Street
Dispatches from the Heart: Transplanting One Heart and Transforming Many Others An American Princess: The Many Lives of Allene Tew Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows The Fated Sky (Lady Astronaut #2)
The Sugar Queen

~ Next Week ~

Next week I will have another #NewBloggers guest post by Nicole @ FYFA! This time about how to harness Tweetdeck for all your tweet needs. And then a review of a middle grade book called Sarah & Katy and the Book of Blank.

 tweetdeck book bloggers  sarah and katy and the book of blank

As usual, I’m linking up with Caffeinated Reviewer and the Sunday post, also with Stacking the Shelves at Tynga’s Reviews and Feed Your Fiction Addiction.

And that’s it for my June! What about you? Share your links with me in the comments!

I’m Evelina and I try to blog about books that matter, with a bit of fun there too! Disability and equality will be topics you see a lot, but there’s also a lot of scifi, fantasy and… GIFs. I’m also the proud founder of #ARCsAnonymous.

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Norrie
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Hope your grandma gets better soon! ❤️

Loved that Q&A sesh with Cait!

Yay for surviving June! Hope your July will be wonderful

Brian Joseph
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Sorry to hear about your month especially your grandfather. I hope that he is better soon.

You read an impressive list of books. Real Quanta sounds very interesting. I am looking forward to your review of it.

James
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Wow. Looks like you’ve had a mad busy month. Hopefully things are getting back to normal for you and that your grandma is soon on the mend. I wish I could plough through as many books as you do. Book goals? Certainly. And on tangent, Real Quanta sounds fascinating. Love anything to do with physics and astronomy, it all just blows my mind. Sounds like a good one for the TBR pile.

Greg
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Sorry it was a tough month! Hopefully this one is better. 🙂 Body Swap looks like a lot of fun! Starfish looks good too just from that cover. will have to dig deeper!

Hope your grandma is okay!

lauren
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offt a lot of books you hauled, good luck w your reading 🙂

And i hope ur gma is doing ok

Sam@WLABB
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Sorry June was such a rough month. I hope things look up for you in July, and that they figure out what is wrong with your grandmother. Read 10/17 hauled. That sounds pretty good to me. And YEAH for survival!

Jenea's Book Obsession
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Jenea's Book Obsession

You hauled some really good books!

bookworm
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I hope July is wonderful for you. The Calculating Stars sounds like a good one and I have seen Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows around, it sounds good also. Have a nice week 🙂

Mary @StackingMyBookShelves!
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WOW, you have amazing blog posts. I am not this organized. Maybe it is because of school and maybe it’s just me. I hope you get to that never ending TBR list. Mine never seems to go down just up. Have a wonderful week!

Mary my #SundayRoundup #25!

Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy
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I’m jealous that you got Creatures of Want and Ruin, I requested it months ago on NetGalley but my request is just hanging there, lol. Hope you have a wonderful (and more relaxing) July, Evelina

Tracy @ Cornerfolds
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I’m sorry you had such a rough month! I hope your grandmother feels better soon! That’s a scary thing to go through. :/ Luna and Primrose Street both look really interesting! I hope you love all of your new reads!

Laurel-Rain Snowc
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Wow, you did haul a lot of books! If I read as many as I added to my shelves, it would be good…but I’ve had lots of months where the numbers didn’t work out that way.

Enjoy your week…glad the blog issues are resolved.

Hope for good news for your grandmother.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Charvi
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Wow you’ve had a pretty busy month. Congrats on surviving, I feel like we acknowledge this feat quite less! I’m glad you enjoyed Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, I’ll skip on that since I’m a teeny weeny teenager lol. I’m really excited for the Indian Lit Readathon! I had a great month cause summer vacations but blogging wise it was okayish. Hope July is better for both of us!

Also, best wished to your grandmother!

Annemieke
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I’m sorry to hear you had such a shitty month. Taxes stink. As do the whole paper crap surrounding it. When husband and I got married I had to repay my whole health benefit to the government from that year, and then my husband got the exact amount send to him. Just because we got married. Le sigh. I hope things with your grandmother will be figured out soon.

Yvonne
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I hope your grandma gets well soon. I’m sorry June was a hard month. I hope July is better. Your books look really good. Enjoy them.

JJ @ This Dark Material
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Hey now, “survived” is a really admirable bullet point! 😉 In all seriousness, those are some great high points! I’m sorry that taxes and family health issues are still giving you stress. I hope that those clear up soon so things can settle back to normal ♥

Aj @ Read All The Things!
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Wow, you’ve been busy. Sorry some parts of June were a struggle. It looks like you read some great books, though. I almost always haul more books than I read. It’s an issue. Have a good week!

Jenn @ Bound to Writing
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Sorry to hear that you didn’t really have a great month. I hope everything works out for you and your family 🙂

Anna @Adventures with a Book Nerd
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Oof, you did have a busy month! Hopefully July is a little more calm for you. 🙂

Flavia @ Flavia the Bibliophile
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That’s so good to hear about Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows! I kept seeing it around but wasn’t sure whether to add it to my TBR or not. But it’s added now, thanks to you! 😀 <3

Lynn
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I wasn’t aware that Netgalley did that to international readers 😮 I’ll have to look into that!
Great haul! I hope you’ll enjoy all your new books!
I really want to read The Calculating Stars and Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows!
Have a wonderful week! I hope health tax problems will be over soon and that your grandmother feels better asap!

sjhigbee
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Oh my goodness! Well, I certainly hope that on a personal level July is better for you than June was, Evelina. As for your books – you are doing really well. I love the look of The Calculating Stars – thank you for the headsup that it is a stormingly good read:). Take care and have a good week, if you can.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
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So sorry you’ve had a crap month. I hope they figure out what is wrong with grandma. Let’s hope July rocks for all of you!

Stephanie Jane
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Fingers crossed July is better for you than June was?
That’s a fab looking book haul 🙂

Kaleena ★ Reader Voracious
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I hope that July is a better month for you and that your gran’s health improves. You had a great reading month and holy haul, batman! 😛

Jackie B.
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Welcome back! I’m glad to hear that some wonderful things happened in June, even if overall the month feels like a bit of a dud. Don’t you worry– this community is here to support and love you! For what that’s worth… So many great blog things happened this month, too! Yay the WP Reader issue is fixed! Brilliant posts all around. Plus, I think your haul is looking really good. There are some wonderful books in there. Have you never read A Darker Shade of Magic?! <3 <3 <3 I hope you adore it. What hauled book do you hope… Read more »
Jen
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I’m so sorry that June was such a hard month. Hugs! I’m so glad that your blog is up and working again. But I’ll be thinking happy thoughts for your Grandma and I hope she is doing better now. I also got A Darker Shade of Magic last month, here’s hoping we both love, fingers crossed!

tiffany @ readbytiffany
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Oh no! I’m so sorry about your grandma 🙁 and overall sorry for a sucky June </3 I'm so proud of you for surviving and still contributing so much to the book community! You did amazing in terms of reading and posting (even if you feel that 10 books in a month is a little because that is such an impressive feat to me)! Fingers crossed for a better July because I can't wait for you to have a kick-ass comeback 😉

Literary Feline
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I hope your grandmother is doing better, Evelina. I was sorry to hear things haven’t been the greatest as of late for you either. Hopefully things will settle down for you and life will regain some semblance of normalcy. I am looking forward to Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows and am glad to see you enjoyed it. 🙂 Your new books all look good! I hope you enjoy them, Evelina. Have a great week!

Rachel
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Sorry June was such a difficult month, but I hope that you are feeling better soon. It looks like at least you got a bunch of reading done!

Hanna @ Booking in Heels
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Oooh, I have Punjabi Widows on hold at the library, ready to pick up on Monday. I tried to search for The Calculating Stars, but it weirdly directs me to a DVD about the making of a Hercules film, so I guess they don’t have it…?

Glad you’re getting back into the swing of things after a tough month 🙂

Wendy @ Falconer's Library
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Wow, June was CRAZY for you, and you STILL got all those amazing posts up!?!? I can’t wait to dive into them, especially the Cait interview and Ron discussion.

Sigh. I like Estonia, and I hope your choir had a good time. I keep seeing pictures on FB of old friends at Latvia’s song & dance festival/100th anniversary of independence. Really makes me miss the Baltics this summer.

I hope July goes better for you and your family.

Karla Strand
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Really enjoying your blog! Sorry to hear you had a challenging month but you got through it 🙂 Hope July will be better. And endless TBR… I feel your pain. haha

Tina
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It sounds like you had such a busy month. I hope your grandma is doing better. I hope July is going much smoother for you.

Cee Arr
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Survival is always something to celebrate *hugs* <3

Olivia-Savannah Roach
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Ah that does sound like an exhausting month. I hope you had a good time in Estonia regardless. I really hope your grandmother will recover and be okay, and that you will be able to get through those tax problems. Also, yay for the blog being fixed and growing regardless! That’s always good news x

Sim @ Flipping Through the Pages
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I am sorry that I am so late this time in visiting your blog. Past few weeks had been quite busy.
Seems like you had a great busy month reading wise. I am really amazed how you managed to read so many books in a month 😛
Sorry to hear about your grandmother. I hope she is fine now?
And wow, I am so glad that you loved and read Erotic Stories 😀 I knew that you would love it. Can’t wait to read your review 🙂 I hope you are having a lovely July too.

Danielle Hammelef
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So sorry to hear about your grandma! I hope she is better and doctors can figure out what happened. I also brought home more books than I can read this month, so my TBR keeps growing too. I hope your July is better!

Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction
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Hope July has been a whole lot nicer to you than June was! As you can see from the fact that I’m just now commenting, I’m behind as well!!