Wrap Up

June 2019 Wrap Up

We’re halfway through the year! Isn’t that wild?

June was another great month. The Raptors won the NBA championships and I’ve never seen Toronto vibrate with that kind of energy; I attended my first wedding in my friend group; I met Fredrik Backman and he signed my copy of Beartown; and I got approved for some ARCs that I never thought I’d get!

As for reading? It definitely wasn’t my most successful month, but I was lucky enough to read some fantastic ARCs!

Here’s what I read in June:

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4 Bubble Teas, Contemporary, Elizabeth Acevedo, HarperTeen, Review, Young Adult

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

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With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Published by HarperTeen on May 7th, 2019

Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Pages: 400

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“The world is a turntable that never stops spinning; as humans we merely choose the tracks we want to sit out and the ones that inspire us to dance.”


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4 Bubble Teas, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Kate Atkinson, Reagan Arthur Books, Review, Science Fiction

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

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Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Published by Reagan Arthur Books on April 2nd, 2013

Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction

Pages: 531

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“What if we had a chance to do it again and again, until we finally did get it right? Wouldn’t that be wonderful?”


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4 Bubble Teas, Angie Kim, Contemporary, Mystery, Review, Sarah Crichton Books, Thriller

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

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Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

Published by Sarah Crichton Books on April 16th, 2019

Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller

Pages: 357

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“Or perhaps the newspapers were right. Perhaps Elizabeth had been desperate to get rid of her son, and now that he was dead, she finally had a measure of peace. Perhaps she had been a monster all along.”


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5 Bubble Teas, History, Non-Fiction, Review, Simon & Schuster, Susan Orlean

The Library Book by Susan Orlean

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The Library Book by Susan Orlean

Published by Simon & Schuster on October 16th, 2018

Genres: History, Non-Fiction

Pages: 336

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“The library is a gathering pool of narratives and of the people who come to find them. It is where we can glimpse immortality; in the library, we can live forever.”


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4.5 Bubble Teas, ARC, Emily Nussbaum, Entertainment, Essays, Non-Fiction, Random House, Review

Advance Review: I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution by Emily Nussbaum

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I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution by Emily Nussbaum

Published by Random House on June 25th, 2019

Genres: Non-Fiction, Essays

Pages: 368

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“There was something alive about the medium to me, organic in a way that other art is not. You enter into it; you get changed with it; it changes with you.”


ARC received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


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4 Bubble Teas, Feiwel & Friends, Mary Lambert, Poetry, Review

Shame is an Ocean I Swim Across by Mary Lambert

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Shame is an Ocean I Swim Across by Mary Lambert

Published by Feiwel & Friends on October 23rd, 2018

Genre: Poetry

Pages: 176

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“I looked over the boat at my reflection in the water. 
I looked kind of happy
for someone who was drowning.”


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5 Bubble Teas, ARC, Fantasy, Harper Voyager, Historical Fantasy, R.F. Kuang, Review

Advance Review: The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang

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The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang

Published by Harper Voyager on August 6th, 2019

Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fantasy

Pages: 560

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“People will seek to use you or destroy you. If you want to live, you must pick a side. So do not shirk from war, child. Do not flinch from suffering. When you hear screaming, run toward it.”


ARC received via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review.


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3.5 Bubble Teas, Dystopian, Ling Ma, Picador USA, Review, Science Fiction

Severance by Ling Ma

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Severance by Ling Ma

Published by Picador USA on August 14th, 2018

Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction

Pages: 304

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“A second chance doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. In many ways, it is the more difficult thing. Because a second chance means that you have to try harder. You must rise to the challenge without the blind optimism of ignorance.”


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3 Bubble Teas, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Non-Fiction, Peter Godfrey-Smith, Philosophy, Review, Science

Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness by Peter Godfrey-Smith

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Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness by Peter Godfrey-Smith

Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux on December 6th, 2016

Genres: Non-Fiction, Philosophy, Science

Pages: 257

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“When you dive into the sea, you are diving into the origin of us all.”


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