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!
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:
- 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?
- 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!
- 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!