I am now absolutely sure someone is stealing time! It’s impossible we’re in July already. I usually post my wrap-ups on the last day of the month but… I forgot! Well, I had little motivation to write it because I knew it would be a long one, and then I forgot :p
First of all, my baby Yûki turned 6 on the 6th of June! She doesn’t look or act like it though, she still is the very energetic and mischievous little baby I was given all those years ago. She’s my biggest motivation to get up in the morning, and whenever I feel down, she’s the one who can make me move my bottom and get out there!
Secondly… I took the exams for the publishing degree I was eligible for and… I made it! I was accepted. 65 candidates, 25 places, and I’m not even on the waiting list!!!! This in itself is a massive achievement, but add to it my anxiety and the pressure that I put on myself for this to happen, and you have the miracle I achieved 😀 (nope, not being humble today!) 41 degrees in every room, lots of people with potential, and I got in anyway. I cannot thank enough all the people who sent me sweet and encouraging messages, the friends who support me and my ramblings about this all the time. It hasn’t sunk in yet, but it will eventually. I did cry, and called to confirm I wanted this place to be mine within two minutes after I received the results, which was very funny to the lady on the other side of the line. I feel right where I am supposed to be, and I wouldn’t be there without the help of some of the most amazing people. You’ll recognize yourself. Thank you.
On top of those nasty scorching days, there was a setback. Boom, a fainting spell in the middle of the job center! But after a couple of days wallowing and “this will totally ruin my plans of studying publishing”, I am now more determined than ever to work with my body, to not let it erase all the steps I have been taking, and to say fuck it, I’m walking towards my dream anyway.
Oh, and last but not least, we said goodbye to my pseudonym Donna and you met the real name… Meggy!
That’s it! I was a busy bee, I made the impossible possible, and I had fun days, bad days, happy days. June was THE challenge of the year. Challenged succeeded!
Books I Read
Taking into account all that happened this month, 9 books read is a lot for me! I was lucky to find some awesome reads, some fun reads, and mostly it was a great list!
Books I Reviewed
Open your Eyes: One to Watch by Rachel Amphlett @RachelAmphlett @emmamitchellfpr #BlogTour
5 Stars for the amazing third book in the Kay Hunter series! I need the key to TheKayMystery now!!!
Hold Them or Break Them: Promised Lies by Marguerite Ashton #BlogTour
A book with lots of potential that did not convince me and only received two and a half stars from me.
One 5 stars, one DNF and one 4 Stars, not bad for a quicky!
I’d walk 500 miles for: The One by John Marrs @johnmarrs1 @EburyPublishing
4 Stars for an intense and scary search of love!
Blood Sisters by Jane Corry @JaneCorryAuthor @HollandsAnnie @PenguinBooks #BlogTour
4 Stars for two sisters and a shadow…
Who’s your Daddy? The Serial Killer’s Daughter by Lesley Welsh @bookouture #BlogTour
5 stars for a creepy, riveting, and awfully good story of daddy and daughter!
Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire: Liar by K.L. Slater @KimLSlater @bookouture #blogtour
5 stars for the Queen of ending twists!!!
Yellow Lemon Tree: Broken Branches by M. Jonathan Lee @MJonathanLee @HideawayFall
4 stars for a cursed tree!
Three Minus One: Two Sisters, Kerry Wilkinson @bookouture @kerrywk #blogtour
3 and a half stars for beautiful cover and a mystery too light for me!
Promenons nous dans les bois: Wolves in the Dark by Gunnar Staalesen @OrendaBooks #BlogTour
All the stars and all my love to Varg Veum
How Do You Plead?: Guilty by Laura Elliot @bookouture @Elliot_Laura #BlogTour
4 Stars for being Guilty!
I had never either written nor published so many reviews before. Take that, hectic schedule!!!! I can’t believe I got 14 reviews out! It might not seem much for you, but for me, it’s huge!
New Books (won, purchased, for review, whatever)
Oh gosh, this part of the post is the longer to prepare!
The Book of the Month Award
If you know me at all, you already know that despite his flaws, Varg Veum wins this month’s award! Wolves in the Dark, while dark and disturbing, is fascinating, gripping, and offers you the chance to dig deeper into the main character’s past. A wonderfully written read!
A special mention to K.L.Slater and her Plot Twist Award for Liar!
What a month! I am proud of what was published in June, lots of words, lots of feelings, lots of fun!
My most important post being:
This Week in Books
Chocolate’n’Waffles is taking a week off!
There will be one more post tomorrow (thanks to scheduling) and then we will only meet again on WordPress on July 10th for a review I have been dying to share! There will be no blogging at all, if I can stay away, of course… Wish me luck! I need to slowly prepare myself to having much less time for blogging and right now, it’s freaking me out that I can’t visit all blogs unless I spend the entire afternoon at it.
I will be on social media because I’m addicted, but much less than usual and will take longer to reply to emails. You can always reach me as I’ll check my accounts every day, but I intend to devote this week to myself, the dogs and books only!
Have a fabulous first week of July and see you in six days!
That’s a wrap on June! What were you up to this month? Let me know, I’m nosy but I can keep secrets :p