It’s a while since I’ve done a monthly wrap-up. I’ve been going in to school a couple of times a week for key worker children whilst setting and marking online work for my class daily. The more time goes on, the more I miss my class and realising that I won’t get to teach them again this year has been hard to accept. I also lost my Dad back in April which was really tough as I wasn’t able to go to his funeral in Ireland. It may seem strange, but I don’t think I’ve been able to process this emotionally yet, apart from huge feelings of anger and guilt that I couldn’t be there. I’m going home to Ireland at the start of August when I’ll be able to visit his grave, so I think it will hit home then that he’s no longer here.
I’ve been able to visit bookshops again recently which was wonderful even if I did find myself walking around with my arms folded to try to stop myself from touching books unless I intended to buy them.
Books I’ve read:
I’ve read thirteen physical books this month and listened to four audiobooks. I was sent The Wysman (e-ARC) and Mermaid’s Rock: The Floating Forest for review. I’m also taking part in the 20 Books of Summer Challenge so have read The Princess Who Flew with Dragons, A Girl Called Justice: The Smugglers’ Secret, The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone, Sky Pirates: Echo Quickthorn and the Great Beyond and The Titanic Detective Agency for the Challenge so far. The others have been books from my TBR that I felt in the mood to read. The audio books I listended to were: Howl’s Moving Castle, A Witch Come True, Skeleton Keys: The Haunting of Luna Moon and Runaway Robot. I’ve been going for walks most mornings and listen to audio books, so I’ve listened to more than I normally would.
Books I’ve bought:
I bought eleven books in June, ten physical books and one e-book (Freedom). I’ve read three of them so far, and am reading The Jumbies for the Middle Grade Marvels Book Club.
MG Takes on Thursday
I’ve also started a new meme to celebrate my one year Blogiversary. It shouts out about my love of Middle-Grade books and is called MG Takes on Thursday. The books I celebrated in June were:
- Where the River Runs Gold by Sita Brahmachari
- Ghost by Jason Reynolds
- The Ghouls of Howlfair by Nick Tomlinson
- The Middler by Kirsty Applebaum
The books I’ve posted reviews for in June are:
- The Wysman
- Mermaid’s Rock: The Floating Forest
- The Princess Who Flew with Dragons
- A Girl Called Justice: The Smugglers’ Secret
- The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone
- The Wild Way Home
- Dragon Detective: School’s Out
I’ve been trying so hard not to request too many books on NetGalley, but it’s VERY hard as there are so many great books I want to read and I have been auto-approved by a publisher who has some fantastic books which I can just read – oh the temptation! The books which I currently have to read on NetGalley are:
- Dragon Mountain
- The Time Traveller and the Tiger
- The Midnight Swan
- Kidnap on the California Comet
What books have you read this month? Have you read any of these?