June Book Haul and Wrap-Up

I know, I know. I’ve been pretty MIA this month. Let me explain.

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I’m currently going through a major transition in my life – I graduated college in May, and I entered the working world soon after. I started my full-time job as a software engineer almost exactly three weeks ago, and everything since has been a whirlwind.

Once I get home from a day of work, I find myself too drained to read since I’ve just spent hours and hours of nonstop coding and discussing system architecture. I thought that I’d have more free time to read once I started work, but I didn’t consider the free mental energy I’d have. I therefore haven’t been reading much, so I don’t have content to write blog posts on. It’s been making me pretty sad honestly, but it’s been hard to muster the mental energy to delve into a book. That being said, I have an idea on a way for me to be more active and write more blog posts more easily – skip to my “End of the Month Thoughts” section in this post if you’re only interested in reading that! 

Although I didn’t read a lot this month, I did buy and receive a lot of books. Even when busy, I can’t stop myself from buying books obsessively. 🙂


June Book Haul

Here are the books that I bought or received in June!

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
I’ve been eyeing this autobiography by Mindy Kaling, but I’ve just kept putting it off because autobiographies aren’t part of my typical reading genres. However, I do love Mindy’s humor and strength, so I jumped on this book when I saw it on a discount at my local bookstore! I’m really excited to read it.

Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam #1) by Margaret Atwood
I actually haven’t read any books by Margaret Atwood – I know that I should start. Oryx and Crake has a really interesting dystopian premise, so I thought it would be a good book to get started with. It seems a bit dark, but I know I’ll be in the mood for this sometime!

Roses by Leila Meacham
I was intrigued when I was reading this book’s description at my local bookstore. It’s a historical fiction based in Texas. I haven’t heard of it before, but it’s highly rated and has a unique premise. I’m looking forward to reading it!

Legacy by Susan Kay
At the bookstore, this book’s pretty turquoise spine grabbed me. This book is a historical fiction focused on Queen Elizabeth I that has some raving reviews. I actually haven’t read any historical fiction about Queen Elizabeth I, so I’m really interested in learning her story!

Bunheads by Sophie Flack
A fun fact about me is that I did ballet for four years when I was a kid! I only stopped because my family moved to a new city, and we weren’t sure where I could continue. That being said, I will always look back on my dancing years fondly, so I automatically picked up this book when I saw it at the bookstore! I’m so ready to delve into it.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkin
I’ve seen this book around everywhere! So many people have bought and reviewed it; I’ve just been so late on getting this because I heard the ending is lackluster for a thriller. That being said, I went to a thrift store that was selling a bookstore ARC of this for only $3. I was shocked because ARCs shouldn’t be for sale, but I later learned that the bookstore donated it. Of course, I picked it right up!

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
I was surprised by the number of nice, hardcover Sarah Dessen books I found at the thrift store. As I mentioned in a previous monthly wrap-up, I want to read more of her books because the couple that I have read were really good! So… I picked up all of her books that the thrift store had…

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
Like this one.

This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
Oh, and this one.

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
Yes, I wasn’t kidding about getting a good number of Sarah Dessen books. I’m pretty happy about these purchases!

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasglow [ARC – September 2016]
The lovely Trisha @ Vive Les Books sent me this ARC because I couldn’t go to BookCon and she got an extra copy of it! This made me incredibly excited and grateful because this book is on mental health and looks incredible. You should all check out Trisha’s blog if you haven’t already – she’s such a great reviewer, and just a wonderful person! I’m really looking forward to reading this!

My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier [ARC – November 2016]
I was so, so happy when I saw this in my mail! This book is a psychological thriller surrounding a protagonist whose little sister is psychopathic. I’ve been dying to read this ever since I read reviews on it by Australian book reviewers since it was released there already. I was dismayed when I found out that it would only be released in November in the US. Since I couldn’t wait for so long, I requested this ARC from Soho Press and crossed my fingers that I’d get it. After about a month of waiting and coming to terms that I would need to wait until November to read this, I saw this sweet package in my mail! I’m incredibly excited to read it!


Books Carried Over to July from June

The two books that I started in May that I thought I would finish in June are actually being carried over to July… I’m going to try to finish The Library at Mount Char at the very least!

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
This book is so good so far! I really wish I was able to find more time and energy to finish it in June – I’ll just have to enjoy it even more fully in July.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
This is the book that I’m reading with my boyfriend! I won’t be finishing this in July because my boyfriend is going to be out of the country until the end of August, but we’re really enjoying it so far!


Thursday Thoughts

Other Hobbies Besides Reading?
I discussed what other hobbies I have besides reading (e.g. video gaming), and I invite others to share their hobbies. It’s so much fun hearing all of the hobbies that other book bloggers and avid readers have! If you haven’t already commented on this Thursday Thoughts post, I’d love to hear what other hobbies you have.


End of the Month Thoughts

I haven’t been as active in the blogging community or reading as much as I had previously said, and I want to apologize for that. Since things have more or less settled down at work with a consistent workload, I’m going to try my best to get back into the book blogging and reading groove.

I know that I’m extremely behind on replying to comments and reading posts, but I’ll get to those as soon as I can – it may be in a week or even a month, but I will definitely get to them eventually. Thank you so much to everyone who has stuck around while I’ve been going through some very different and interesting life experiences!

Since I’ve been so preoccupied with this current life transition and mindless hobbies such as video games, I was wondering if you would be interested in reading blog posts here that are life transition/career related or even video game related? One big reason why I haven’t been posting many blog posts is because I haven’t been reading very much – I’d also rather not post a Thursday Thoughts (which tend to be related to reading) twice in a row. However, I would be more than happy to write blog posts on my college-to-work transition, or on my experience being a woman in the tech industry, or even on my experience with the video game Overwatch and my obsession with Pokemon Go.


Here are some questions I have for you:

  1. Would you enjoy reading blog posts on other aspects of my life (e.g. life transitions, career experiences, video games), even if they’re not related to reading? Feel free to let me know if you’d like me to only stick to book-related posts – I’d completely understand! Maybe I could even create separate blogs, such as one dedicated to lifestyle/career and another to video gaming. What do you think is best?
  2. Is there anything significant (or even seemingly insignificant) events that has occurred this past month for you? Since I’ve been gone for so long, let me know if there’s anything that I’ve missed!
  3. Have you ever gone through a major transition in your life that turned out completely different than you had imagined? I’d love to hear other people’s stories!


17 thoughts on “June Book Haul and Wrap-Up

  1. thekatybennett

    I’d personally love to read posts about your life and changes etc and other aspects of you! I’m starting university in September, so you’re a few years ahead of me 🙂 also I downloaded Pokemon Go today and I’m already obsessed so you’re definitely not alone there…

  2. mez_blume

    Hi Jorelene! Yes – I think it would be invaluable to hear about your journey as you adjust to the new pace of professional life, particularly the ways you find *(as I’m sure you will) to integrate the things you love that make you you — namely, literature!
    For me, pleasure reading time (along with writing & journaling) have come in waves in seasons. My first real job was certainly one season that sucked up just about all of that time & left me feeling a lil’ bit dry & restless. But eventually, I found a better balance of work/life, & tried to see the two not so much as competitors, but intertwined. After all, the work place is a wonderful arena to pick up humorous incidents, characters & situations for future writing! Life never goes as you expect, & reality is almost always stranger than fiction. I’m personally glad not to be writing my own story, or it might have turned out tragically a number of times!
    So enjoy the ride, & don’t worry if this season is a little less literary than you hoped. It’s likely to take a turn again before you know it! Enjoy the poetry of the every day;-)

  3. AdoptaBookAUS

    Don’t say sorry! Getting into a new job and adjusting to the hours and brain power is a weird time 🙂 Ever time I’ve changed jobs my reading habits have changed as well 😀
    Hope your enjoying work and all your new books XD

  4. Life of a Female Bibliophile

    I love reading about what’s going on in other bloggers life besides their main blogging subject. It gives me chance to connect with them better and learn more about the personality behind the blog. 🙂 Don’t feel too bad about the blogging changes. It’s hard to adjust to a new job (Congrats!) plus all bloggers understand that life happens. As long as you’re still enjoying yourself and blogging at your own pace that what’s matters.

  5. Lois

    I am definitely all for reading posts on non-bookish topics. I think it adds a nice touch to kind of get to know the person behind the blog and also you speak of the college to work transition and I think that’s a topic everyone can relate to. It’s been a year since I graduated and I’m still trying to navigate this transition whilst figuring out what I want to do. Congrats on the new job by the way. I can’t report much about this month. It’s been pretty quiet really. I’m basically just working and trying to save up as much money as I can for my September New Zealand trip.
    You definitely have had a productive book buying month haha. I’ve seen a lot of hype surrounding Sarah Dessen but deciding which book to read first is the challenge. 😛
    I hope July is being kind to you. 😀

  6. Clara Cheng

    I’m glad I’ve stumbled upon your blog by chance! And yes, I couldn’t agree more, working has definitely drained out my energy to read too, and plus I’m such a slow reader that my progress has not been satisfying ever since, unless I have holidays. Haha.

    But definitely would love to see more of your blog posts, it could be anything as long as you’re enjoying while writing it 🙂

  7. Reg @ She Latitude

    Sorry to hear that work has been draining you, Jorelene! Hope things get better soon. <3

    I'm super happy to see the number of Sarah Dessen books on this list, haha. She's one of my all-time favourite authors and I loved The Truth About Forever as well as This Lullaby.

    As for Question #1 – Honestly, I'll be happy to see whatever from you as long as you're happy doing them too, haha. If I were you though I probably wouldn't be creating other blogs for it… I don't think I'd have the time to manage all three blogs and give them the attention and care I'd like to give them. BUT that being said, you know best what you're capable of so I'd say go for it if you want to!

    PS: How are you doing with Pokemon Go?? That game has taken over my life since the day I installed it. I've literally gone on walks specifically for Pokemon hunting, and I'm thinking I might walk home from work today just to catch a bit more. 😀

  8. Ishita

    I can understand the reading slump.. been there. Can I be honest? I am feeling slightly jealous of you… I am getting a bit nostalgic about my first few months in the IT.. I hated the grind of training and all the long hours at that time but now I look back at that time with fondness hehe ..
    I would love to read about your experience working in the tech industry here. All my friends working in the US have either come here through on-site opportunities or started working after completing their masters. So I would love to know more about working in this field here through the eyes of a recent college grad girl.

  9. cw @ readthinkponder

    Hi Jorelene!

    If it means anything, I completely understand the difficulties of transitioning from university to work. I think the transition one institution to another, which was very unfamiliar to me, was one of the hardest times of my life. I went from studying something that I really loved and something that filled me with PASSION that got me up every day to very mundane and monotonous work life. The job market was really bad when I graduated, so I had to settle for something that wasn’t as good as I had hoped. I was sad for a long time and felt hopeless, but even in my terrible job, I learned some things about myself that I would never have learned anywhere else. So although I wouldn’t say I am where I want to be at the moment, I’m trying to be patient with myself and letting myself grow in ways I didn’t expect.

    Anyway, I want you to know that if you ever need someone to talk to, I’m here! And I’ll understand. c:

    I can definitely understand the finding-time-to-read dilemma. Even after working for 2 years, I still struggle. After habituating to my work schedule though, I mostly read/listen to audiobooks when commuting or before I sleep. But even then, to read for more than an hour in a day is a blessing. But, small steps, small victories?

    And YES, I’m a new reader to your blog but can I just say that I’d love to learn more about you and your life and YAS videogames. <3

  10. Trisha @ Vive Les Books

    Adult Responsibilities are absolutely draining! I feel bad, I told you once you graduated reading will be easier 🙁
    But it’s completely understandable that you’re starting to spend more time with your other hobbies. I was in the same situation as you in June and July, I felt so disconnected while reading. I believe my disinterest was from reading the wrong books. I found that re-reading my favorite series took me out of the reading slump. Pokemon Go for sure was a huge distraction when it was released, but now that i’m reading again. I’m opening the app less and reading more. Also after catching Pikachu and the original 3, my mission felt complete ahah. But when Pokemon Moon and Sun comes out in November, my books will be put aside for a little bit.

    I would love to learn more about you Jorelene! So go and write about those video games and bad-ass working females in the tech industry!

    P.S. I’ve seen my boyfriend play Overwatch and it looks ammmazzzing. I’ve been playing League of Legends for about 5 years and it seems that Overwatch is dominating in the video game world. Majority of the time I’m a PC gamer (unless its Kingdom Hearts, patiently waiting for Kingdom Hearts 3 internally screaming) but I’ve heard Overwatch is better on console?

  11. irena_bookdustmagic

    I’d like to read about your life transition if you decide to write about that.
    I believe it’s hard for you, but please try not to stress yourself out too much about not reading the amount of books per month you want to, because life comes first, then blogging.

    I’ve also been lacking when it comes to blogging and visiting other blogs, but I tell myself that sometimes, life just happens.

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