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June stats fever! And Sunday post #13

So actually, I am as aware as you are about how I did with my reading this month. I’m going to find out! I’m linking up with the usual crew for the Sunday meme at Kimba’s book blog, to make this a Sunday post as well.


So I’m not doing that bad with my stats then! Having read 10 books in June (3 less than in May), I’m barely keeping my head above the water in terms of the GR challenge (and slightly late as well), but I’m sure I can catch up later. Doing alright with Mount TBR, and… it could be better with Blogger Shame. I’ll have to hit those old ARCs next month.

~ On The Blog In June ~

I’ve posted 14 times in June. Here’s a recap if you’ve missed any of the posts, I’m not including Sunday posts.





~ June Book Haul ~

I got 18 books this month, so that’s not so bad, right? I recall getting 23 last month. So that’s progress. Right..? 😀

Books I bought

The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family Young Babylon Ape House  

Books I got for review

Here We Are Now Kat and Meg Conquer the World Straight Expectations: The Story of a Family in Transition House of Shadows

Above Parr: Memoir of a Child Prodigy Deer Life Happiness: A Memoir: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After  Momo Freaks Out Canopy Harvest

After Many Years Ghost Towns of New Jersey Darlings of Dress Darlings of Dress

I don’t feel like going in too much detail about these, as I’ve told you about most of them throughout the month during book hauls. But I will talk about the last four, because I don’t think I’ve mentioned them, and they are actually loads of fun! So After Many Years are short stories, lost and recently found by people, written by L.C. Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables! So all you Anne fans should go and buy it here. And the last three are unbelievably beautiful books by Schiffer Publishing – they’re both a book and a photo album! Ghost Towns of New Jersey is a lovely travel guide, whether you’re traveling from the couch, or in reality – it’s got stories and wonderful photos for the first option, and actual tips, hours and booking info for the second one. You can buy it hereDarlings of Dress is a similar kind of book, full of beautiful pictures of clothes up from the Victorian times. It’s exquisite! You can buy it here. And Cincinnati Cemeteries is dedicated to old cemeteries, with photos as well, and it tells eerie legends of those places! You can grab it here. By buying from Book Depository from these links, you are supporting my blog. I thank Schiffer publishing and Edelweiss for a chance to read these darlings.

~ General Happy News! ~

First of all, I have finally created my Facebook page! If anyone of you likes catching up with blogs through there, please follow me here! You can share your pages as well and I’ll follow on my personal account. I’ve also finally added my WordPress follow button too – and I know I’m repeating myself – but if you haven’t followed, now you can do so on the sidebar 🙂 thanks!

And in other news… This!

That’s it for my reading in June. How are your reading goals? Share your monthly recap posts with me too!

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.

61 thoughts on “June stats fever! And Sunday post #13

    1. Thanks for visiting, Kristen 🙂 you actually visited before me, haha 😀 I hadn’t seen any notifications, just went straight for your blog xD Sunday habits! 😀
      And nooooo! You can’t lower your Goodreads goal 😀 that’s not how it works!! 😀

  1. I think you’re doing pretty good with your reading goals. I’m super behind on my GR goal, and I know I won’t be able to achieve it this year. But I’m not worring about it as much as I used too. I do my best and that’s all I can do, right?!
    Nice to see you on FB too. 😀
    Have a great week and happy reading!
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  2. Ahh Gemina looks SO BEAUTIFUL THERE. And I love the colours of the books in that photo (especially that last book on the bottom of the pile omg. ) And yay for the new pretties! I’m loving the cover of Deer Life and Happiness!! 😀 Also that’s awesome you posted sooo much in June. I don’t even know what I did in June but obviously not blog a lot haha.
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    1. Hi Cait! Thanks for dropping by 🙂 what you did was YOU MOVED xD that’s a big thing 😀 and then you wrote stuff? So that’s there too.
      Tell me about it! That beautiful book on the bottom!! It’s got the prettiest cover in the world! I’ll have to make more pics with it 🙂 even if it’s not an English cover, it’s just so beautiful, it has to be seen!

    1. Thank you! Hey, why didn’t you link up with Death By Tsundoku and Jane @ The Greenish Bookshelf? There was an Anne linkup 🙂 I don’t remember seeing your post. You could still do it and join us 🙂

  3. It sounds like a good month! 14 posts would be a *very* successful blogging month for me! *hangs head in blogger shame*

    And as you know, I adore that photo of Gemina +others.

    1. Thank you!! Yeah, I just made a calendar so I could plan ahead 😀 I mean, everyone has their own rhythm, you don’t have to post if it’s too much for you. Meanwhile, I’m sorry I don’t visit your blog enough! I will make up for it, go check it out today or tomorrow 🙂 keeping the tab open!

  4. Wait! There are Ghost Towns in NJ? That’s where I live Seeing Gemina is just making me think of how long we have to wait for Obsidio.

    1. Yes! Ghost towns as in abandoned towns. I especially advise you to grab that book then, cause it’s got directions and visitor hours listed, as well as photos. It’s great for planning trips 🙂

    1. Thank you! I go crazy about stats myself, and I love seeing other people’s. I guess it’s the math geek in us 😀
      Looking at your own stats can be so much fun too! I hope you take the plunge soon 🙂

    1. It totally is! I feel very bittersweet when I am congratulating myself on that 😀 you have a great July too, and thanks for visiting 🙂

  5. You got some interesting looking books this month. I love that you are so excited about non-fiction books. That is so refreshing! Yay for getting on Facebook. I have a page set up for my blog but I don’t use it much. I have mixed feeling about facebook tbh. I am behind on ARc reading as well. I should probably stop requesting so many of them. Anyways, good job with your challenges!
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    1. Yeah, haha, Facebook is.. like the last thing for blogging. Like, I just don’t know why..? But it just feels that way.
      And stopping requesting ARCs? Yeah, as if that’s a possible thing to do 😀 maybe not for me, haha 😀

  6. Wahhh, has anyone ever told you how sick those widgets/graphics you integrate are? Does those infographs work with WordPress? 😮 You continue to impress me in regards of books read and bought though! Glad to see you received Gemina!!! I only read Illuminae, but I see that you’ve been having quite the emotional adventure with it so far! Hope July will be filled with awesomeness!! Happy reading! 😉

    1. Hahah, Lashaan! Thank you 😀 it’s really simple! I learned this in my previous job. Yes, I run my blog on WordPress, so it does integrate 🙂 it’s really very simple! Just register for – a lovely website where you can make those graphs very easily. And then when you’re done, you press “Share” and it gives you an html code that you just copy and paste into your text post editor 🙂 there are like 4 different types, so you must find which embed works for your blog, but aside from trying 3 times, it’s really easy 😀
      I’m glad you think it’s so cool though!!
      Are you planning to read Gemina, and did you like Illuminae? Do you have a link for your review for Illuminae? I would like to read it 🙂

  7. 10 books is pretty good. I read a little less than that but it was still an improvement over May lol. Kat and Meg Conquer the World looks like fun.

    Gemina is awesome!! Hope you enjoy. 🙂
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    1. Aw, Kim, thank you so much, I’m so happy you’re following me! I don’t use Facebook too much myself (apart from work and pages xD), so I will just stick to Twitter and WP for your blog 🙂 Thanks on this lovely comment as well 🙂 I hope you have a great reading and blogging July as well!

  8. Looks like you had a pretty good month, even with being behind with your Goodreads goal! If it makes you feel any better, because misery loves company, I haven’t even started my Blogger Shame challenge! I’m so ashamed! ha! Hey, I still have 6 months, right?

    I just picked up my copy of Gemina from the library and can’t wait to read it! Loved Illuminae so have high expectations for this one!
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    1. Hahaha 😀 yes, that DOES make me feel better! 😀 that said, I hope you do start your Blogger Shame Challenge soon. How many do you have to go for that one?
      Ooh, cool, when you post your Gemina review, throw me a link please! I’d love to check it out. I’ve started reading Gemina myself this Saturday 🙂

        1. I’ve recently read and immensely enjoyed The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman. Also Deathless by Catherine Valente is a good choice 🙂

          1. Neil Gaiman? I love him thanks to Stardust and will surely read his book. Thanks for the recommendation! :-*

  9. Wow looks like you read much more than me! this month I completed my Goodreads goal (of only 25 books…) but now I can read without stressing myself out because I want to complete I giant goal. I wish you the best of luck with your TBR and goodreads challenge!

    1. I feel like that’s a good idea to do that 🙂 I am a little stressed with my 100 book goal 😀 then again… Cait from Paper Fury reads 250 a year? Don’t even ask, I have no idea :DDD
      And thank you so much!

        1. Haha 😀 I can’t really understand that either! Because I am struggling for my 100 right now! In my (our) defence, my boyfriend says that those people usually don’t have to work 9 (or 12… like yesterday…) hours per day. And do the dishes. And clean. And don’t always have migraines or chronic diseases ( 🙁 ). I’ve also heard audiobooks contribute a lot! I’ve been listening to audiobooks while taking showers and doing the dishes, and cleaning too xD (being optimal!!! Woohoo xD) and it really helps, it also helps in the way that I LOVE cleaning now, cause it’s my reading time 😀
          Then it’s not just being a slow reader. It’s also book choices. For example, literary and Kidlit, or even Literary or YA. YA is just written in such a way where you can read fast, and it’s often geared towards action and dialogue. But if you’re reading literary, then it’s usually the kind of writing that makes you pause and think. I’m not trying to discount YA here, but it’s just.. hard to compare different genres. Or like, if you’re reading classics? Classics can take a while because of older language, you need to get used to it and make sense of it.
          It’s a miracle I read as many as it is, when I think about it. English is not my first language. It’s a learned language for me. But I do so much reading in English now that I think it’s the same as my own language in terms of speed…

    1. Thanks! Yes, good luck to you too 🙂 although you know, I’m still behind on my GR goal :DDD
      Maybe you just need a good push, namely – a good book 🙂

      1. Haha thanks! That’s alright. 🙂 I totally agree! I just started A Tyranny of Petticoats yesterday (an anthology of YA historical fiction about girls in history) and I’m LOVING it so far. Hopefully it pulls me out!

        1. Wow. That sounds amazing, I gotta say! Will there be a review? Please give a detailed one! I’m super curious cause it totally sounds good 🙂

          1. There hopefully will be! I’m almost done with it and I’m still loving it. All of the sotries are absolutely amazing and so interestingly unique! I’d definitely recommend it. 🙂

      2. Oh, and I was wondering- how did you do the stats bars? They’re awesome and I was really curious to know!

        1. The stats bars are easy 🙂 register for – it’s a service where you can just create these sheets with them and “share” – the sharing function has an embed option. So you just sort of embed like you would an insta pic or a tweet 🙂 they’re fun, they are adjustable and have several designs. I learned about it a few years ago through work, we used it in so many of our results presentations 🙂

          1. Oh awesome! I’ll definitely check that out, thanks! Yours look awesome, I’m so glad I remembered to ask. 🙂

    1. Thank you Jordan, and thanks for visiting! I wish I was doing better though, I am still behind, grr! Maybe I can still catch up 🙂

    1. Thanks! I’m really proud of that Gemina, to think that it travelled all the way from Australia in my friend’s luggage 🙂

  10. Gemina is one of my all times faves! I hope you love love it! That bottom book in the stack is BEAUTIFUL *heart eyes* I’ve never heard of it but I want it just for that spine XD 18 books! Give me your hauling powers XD I so want to get a huge haul but I’m restricting myself as much as I can cos I went crazy with book buying last year and need to read them all somehow! Great post <2

    1. Haha! My hauling powers hinge on:
      – NetGalley (free)
      – Edelweiss (free)
      – Story Cartel (free)
      – (my wishlist, when it goes lower than 3$)
      Thanks to that, I only spent 6$ on those 18 books last month 😀 you’re welcome!!! 😀 except it won’t make it easier for you to read them xD I struggle with that too, lol.
      And that pretty book is Salman Rushdie’s Midnight Children 🙂 it’s the Lithuanian cover. I think we’re the only country that made a cover like that. It truly is gorgeous!
      And I’m sure I’ll love Gemina 🙂

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