Happy 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:
- Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
- Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
- Zero by Morgan Dark
- Wild by Cheryl Strayed
- When We Collided by Emery Lord
- A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
- 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!
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.
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!
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:
- A Letter to Daisy Buchanan
- Top Ten Tuesday: Why I Love Hiking Mountains
- Bookish Goals for Summer 2016
- 5 Fascinating Fictional Fathers
- Book Courtship Tag
- Some Thoughts on the Final Episode of LOST
- Top Ten Tuesday: Movies I Watched As A College Freshman
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!