JUNE 2016 // Wrap-Up

JUNE 2016Happy July! Since June has come and gone, I thought it would be fun to revive the tradition of doing monthly wrap-up posts. I did them a lot before going to college, but then I got so busy that they sort of fell to the wayside. But have no fear: summer is officially here, and that means MORE FREE TIME TO BLOG! *fireworks and happy dances galore* Here’s what I was up to in June:

16130In June I read a total of 7 books:

  1. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
  2. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
  3. Zero by Morgan Dark
  4. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
  5. When We Collided by Emery Lord
  6. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
  7. Holes by Louis Sachar

My favorite book of the month was Ron Chernow’s incredible biography Alexander Hamilton. Never before have I felt so invested and entrenched in the life of a historical figure as I did while immersed in this dramatic, unbelievably true narrative of one of the USA’s Founding Fathers. This biography is a masterpiece!

June (1)

So far this summer I’ve done a lot more than I originally thought I would, both socially and productively. It’s been so nice spending time with friends I haven’t seen since winter break, and I’ve enjoyed having time to just relax, read, and work on some personal projects that I’ve been meaning to get done for a while.

You can never have too many confetti cannons!

In June I went to two fantastic concerts. In the beginning of the month I saw Florence and the Machine with my parents, and Of Monsters and Men were the opening act. Later on in the month I went to a seven-hour long concert with some of my friends and saw SO MANY artists perform, such as Troye Sivan, Melanie Martinez, Charlie Puth, Nelly, and Halsey. The only concerts I had ever been to before this were to see Walk the Moon and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (the latter of which my mom and I have seen every year around Christmastime for the past six years or so). Seeing this many artists perform in such a short amount of time was amazing, and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to see them all live!

Apart from hanging out with friends and doing bookish things, I’ve mostly spent my time interning at a local Child Advocacy Center. It’s nice to have a regular schedule again– as you can probably tell, I love routines!

June (2)

It feels so great to be back blogging again after months of being too busy with schoolwork to post much of anything. I missed it dearly! Since I’m planning on doing Camp NaNoWriMo this month and probably won’t have a lot of time to blog, I made sure to write and schedule a bunch of posts in June so this blog is still being regularly updated with new content.

In June I participated in the #fullybookedjune16 challenge on Instagram, which was a blast! I posted a photo every single day, which I’m super proud of myself for sticking to. If you want to stay up to date with my bookstagram, follow me @nutfreenerd!


Here are some notable posts from my blog this past month:

I also participated in my first ever joint book review! I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to do a joint review of When We Collided by Emery Lord with Peyton @ A Bookish Mess. Click here to check it out!

How was your June? What books did you read? What fun things did you do? Let me know in the comments section below!



15 thoughts on “JUNE 2016 // Wrap-Up

  1. Modern Romance was one of the few non-fiction books I read this year and I absolutely enjoyed it! I listened to it on audio, though, and it was narrated by Aziz Ansari himself so I think it really added to the book. How did you like it?

    Also OH MY GOD. Florence and the Machine + Of Monsters and Men in the same concert would’ve killed me, they are two of my favourite bands. I watched Florence as well last year and was utterly high on their songs for about a month after that; they are so GREAT live. ❤

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    1. I really liked Modern Romance! It was refreshing to read something by a celebrity that was more than a memoir. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good funny memoir, but it was nice to read something a little different but still with Aziz’s hilarious flair.

      YES they were both amazing! ❤ I've had a major concert high since then haha I burned two Of Monsters and Men CDs for my car and I've been listening to them basically on repeat when I commute to work. Nothing beats hearing their music live, though!


      1. SO true. I actually think the subject matter was one of the strongest points of that book – it was so interesting and packaged in a very easy to follow way for us non-sociologists, haha.

        Oh my gooood, OMAM is HIGH on my to-watch-live list. They had a concert here recently I think but I didn’t get a ticket on time. Also I watched like four concerts last year and it broke my bank. 😛

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      2. haha I know why do concerts have to be SO EXPENSIVE?!?! I have friend who goes to concerts all the time and I have absolutely no idea how she affords it… I need to find out her secret ways haha 🙂


      3. JEALOUS. I think I’m the most concert-going out of my friends, but that’s not because I have lots of money – it’s because I kind of move around things so I can afford them. I don’t go to that many, though, and definitely not every month. 😛

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  2. I am so jealous of all that you have done so far and the summer has just begun! I think that Wild sounds like a really interesting book and I think that it might be a movie as well. Happy reading and enjoy the rest of the summer! 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much! 🙂 Wild was fantastic, and I’m looking forward to watching the movie soon. It should be interesting to see how they handle the switches between the main story and when she talks about her life before hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Anyways, I hope you have a lovely summer as well! 🙂


  3. What did you think of Holes? I didn’t like it too much. Seems like you got a lot done this month! Can’t wait to see where this next month takes you 🙂


  4. Oh my gosh Florence + the Machine AND Of Monsters and Men sounds amazing!!! Those are two of my favorite bands. Glad to hear you liked Alexander Hamilton- I want to read it sometime, but it’s super big! 😀
    Thanks for stopping by Adventuring Through Pages!


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