June's wrap-up post is a little late, but it's finally here!
Books I reviewed in June
Again, I only managed to review two books. However, they were both really beautiful and moving and I loved them both. I'm actually pretty proud of my reviews for these books, so please do check them out if you haven't already! AND READ THESE BOOKS. SERIOUSLY, READ THEM.
- The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler (★★★★★)
- The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle (★★★★)
(Clicking on the links will take you to my reviews!)
Also on the blog in June
I was one of the blog hosts for Queer YA Scrabble! I had great fun hosting and I posted a bunch of mini interviews with authors of LGBTQ YA and excerpts from some LGBTQ YA books! You should definitely go have a look at those posts if you missed them.
- Queer YA Scrabble: Intro
- Interview with Lisa Williamson
- Excerpt from Trust Me, I'm Trouble by Mary Elizabeth Summer
- Excerpt from Pitch by Will Parkinson
- Interview with A. R. Kahler
- Interview with Kira Harp
- Excerpt from The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson
Things that happened in June
I finished my third year at Oxford! One year left to go, and then I'll face my dreaded final exams and (hopefully...) graduate! I'm pretty nervous about next year already. 😥
I spent the last couple weeks of term hanging out with my friends, punting, frantically writing essays, and playing Long Live the Queen and Sunless Sea. Both really excellent games! Sunless Sea is a sort of companion game (of a very different type) to Fallen London, a 'choose your own adventure' browser game that I used to be obsessed with five years ago set in a sort of fantasy, alternate Victorian London. Both games are incredibly atmospheric, with really really great writing. Sunless Sea is particularly immersive and... haunting. The graphics are just gorgeous.
I watched all of the BBC miniseries of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell... all except the last episode. Which I've been too busy to watch yet, but I will definitely do so soon! I haven't actually read the book, though I do plan to, but the TV series is so good. Bertie Carvel, the actor who plays Jonathan Strange, IS JUST SO AMAZING.
After term ended, I gallivanted off to Romania for a week with my dad and my aunt and I only just returned yesterday. I've had a really great time. The weather was mostly lovely and warm (except for one day when it was SO COLD AND RAINY and I was not adequately prepared), and Romania has some really pretty towns and castles.
I also have a little more time to read now so in the past week I've finished three books! Which is more than I've done in the past two months. I'm hoping to finish reading another one today.
And now I'm sitting in Heathrow Airport waiting for my flight back to Hong Kong! I have a teaching internship that starts next week and ends in mid-August. I'm pretty excited to start that!