I’m Actually Reviewing the Books I Read aka My Recent Reads (The Start of a New Feature On The Blog!)

Two facts about me as a reader: I read a lot of books every month (I’d say I read an average of 10-12 books each month), and I am very bad at regularly writing reviews, let alone in a timely manner.

This is becoming even more apparent when I’m writing my monthly wrap ups, and I often don’t have much space to go into good detail about the books I read.

When I saw the Recently Read feature go around the blogosphere, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to go into further depth into the books I read while actually publishing some semblance of reviews (while also looking like a good book blogger).

I’ll try and publish two of these per month, the first one mid-way through the month (which serves as a mid-month wrap up) and one just before/after I publish my monthly wrap ups (to wrap up the second half of the month).

Since I read 7 books and I am physically incapable of not rambling, let’s just get into it, shall we?

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My Very Late Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag – some stats, and lots of books!

It’s July, and we are somehow more than halfway through the year!

How.

This is one of my favourite posts to write every year, and I was just about to write this post when I saw that the lovely Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea tagged me to do this. So thank you so much, Caitlin!

I really emphasize on not including rereads in here, but sometimes you just have to.

So, let’s talk about the books I have read in the first half of this year!

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Rapid July Reading Plans ft. An Interesting June TBR Wrap Up + An Excitingly Lax July TBR!

Ya girl is back with wrapping up her June TBR and showing off her TBR for July!

If you saw my June wrap-up, you know that June was my best reading month of all time (in terms of quantity), but it was not my best month in terms of me actually reading from my TBR. (yikes).

And I’m not that mad about it? Because I read some pretty hefty books, and while I wish I read more queer books, I think I read a pretty solid amount!

So after all that chaos, July is gonna be a pretty chill reading month, and I’m honestly so excited about it. I don’t think I’m going to read that much especially in the second half of the month, because I just found out that I am going to be doing a whole lot of travelling this month (to Hong Kong, Malaysia, and China!) and next month too.

I also feel tired (and feeling a bit of reading burnout), and want to slow down my reading a little and to allow for some mood reading.

Thus in July, I am going to list a few books that I want to read but allowing myself to mood read to my heart’s content (with me mainly trying to catch up or to surpass some of my reading challenges, especially Year of the Asian, as well as catch up on all my anticipated releases).

I will be reading at my own pace, and honestly? That sounds ideal. I took 4 days to finish a book (rather than my usual 2-3) and I feel fantastic about it.

And I’ve already read/currently reading/about to pick up a few of these, and I’ll note where that is the case as well as jot down a few of my thoughts.

Also! If anyone wants to buddy read any of these books (or honestly, anything), please let me know, because I’d love to do a few this month!

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The Third Annual 2019 Book Blogger Categories: My Nominations ft. Me Boosting + Screaming about my Fave Bloggers!!

Even though I’m very bad at interaction, I love boosting and supporting my fellow book bloggers!

So when I saw May @ Forever and Everly’s (my fave!!) announcement post for the Third Annual Book Blogger Awards, I thought it was a perfect opportunity to recognise and boost all my favourite book bloggers! You should definitely check May’s post if you want to know more about the Awards.

But first, a few disclaimers:

Disclaimer #1: I love so many book bloggers and want to boost you all, and you not getting nominated here does not mean that I don’t love you and your blog! Believe me, my Libra self took two hours to decide and finalize my nominations, as I kept going back and forth between my choices. I am truly pained that I can’t include and boost everyone. I really do my best to nominate as many bloggers as possible, and have therefore really emphasized on making an effort to not repeat book bloggers for multiple categories.

Disclaimer #2: While I am blessed to call so many of these bloggers friends, this doesn’t influence them being on this list. All these bloggers are bloggers I truly love, and I am confident that my nominations would have stayed the same regardless whether I have friendships with these bloggers.

With those out of the way, here are my nominations!

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A Very Good June Wrap Up // A Great Reading & Blogging Month (feat. lots of diverse reads!)

It is now July.

Can someone explain this sorcery to me.

For real though: June is over, and I am both very sad and very excited!

Not because it was a bad month, but because it was a busy and high intensity month, and I am tired.

But June was such a great reading and blogging month (as well as a pretty good life month) which has me feeling all types of happy and satisfied.

This wrap-up is going to be a very long one, so I’m going to shut up so you can continue reading the post.

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Blog Tour Review + Aesthetic: Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim (ft. an INTL giveaway!!)

If you know me at all, you know that I ADORE Asian books and I will take any chance to boost them, especially in 2019, with so many great Asian books coming out!

When Shealea @ Shut Up Shealea announced that she was hosting a blog tour for this book, I jumped at the chance. Getting to read, review and boost one of my most anticipated, proudly Asian releases of the year? An absolute yes to that.

I was beyond ecstatic to be accepted into this all-Asian tour, and I’m beyond grateful to have a spot in the tour!

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Things I Love In Books aka my Bookish Buzzwords Revealed

Every reader is different, and has a specific type of taste, no matter how similar it may be to another/other readers.

We all have things in books that we love. Those words/tropes/elements that we actively seek out in books, or that we find we just love. You know, those books that you hear about that have a/those specific elements that you love in books to the point where you break the world record in hitting the “Want to Read” button as soon as you see it.

Or is that just me? Probably. Definitely.

So a few months back, I saw Lala over at Books and Lala on YouTube make a video called ‘Things I Love In Books‘. I found it really interesting and thought it might be fun to write up a post talking about things that I just absolutely adore in books. I’ve seen a bunch of posts talking about their bookish buzzwords (which essentially has the same core idea of Lala’s video) as well, so I figured it’s high time I write my own.

On to the post!

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