Wrapping up June 2018 {a month of frustrations and a broken laptop}

Another month finished means another monthly synopsis to be written and posted. I’m sorry. I don’t make the rules, honey. But slight sassiness aside, I recently shared my midyear breakdown (spoiler alert: in more ways than one!) on my blog, and while I have already thoroughly discussed my 2018 so far in terms of events that transpired and books I’ve read, I still have a ton of bookish and non-bookish things to talk about!

For starters, I opted against mentioning what I’ve reviewed and what I’ve posted within the month of June. Had I done otherwise, my already lengthy midyear breakdown would have been a lot more tedious to read. I was also unable to really discuss my plans for the next couple of months. But fear not, loyal readers I am endlessly thankful for! This monthly synopsis should tackle all those bits and blahs.

So let’s get started, yes?

While May ended on a relatively positive note, June was an incredibly frustrating month for a number of reasons. One of them being the fact that my laptop broke (and is still currently broken), and I still don’t have the finances to pay for its repairs (note: the world is cruel and unjust). I had hoped to remedy this by taking on freelance writing jobs, and although I was able to secure a supposedly stable writing gig a week ago, I was unceremoniously kicked out of the job just yesterday due to inarguably questionable reasons. I’m not one to state the obvious but: it sucks. Having said that, however, you can easily help me raise my laptop repair funds by donating to my ko-fi account. That’s $3 per cup of coffee for you, and a huge saving grace for me! And if you do decide to buy me a coffee, my heart thanks you!

Despite this tragic incident, I was surprisingly able to post new blog content more frequently than usual, which is a huge, HUGE win on my part (because god knows how long I’ve been in-and-out of the blogging game). Moreover, I put myself on a slight reading ban in order to focus on reducing my review backlog into a more manageable (and less shameful!) number.

Naturally, my self-imposed reading ban failed spectacularly because I ended up reading eight (8) books anyway. Nevertheless, I did successfully make a dent on my huge review backlog by drafting a total of thirteen (13) book reviews within a month. I have yet to post all of them on my blog, BUT YAS QUEEN YA GIRL DID IT!!! Additionally, I also ended up watching more than usual. I finished all five seasons of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and I am currently on the second season of Jane the Virgin. Both really entertaining TV series so I highly recommend that you check them out!

What I’ve read and reviewed!

Read before June 2018:

Read in June 2018:

What I’ve read but have yet to review!

  • Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking [tentative rating: 2 stars]
  • Reign of Mist by Helen Scheuerer [tentative rating: 5 stars]
  • soft in the middle by Shelby Eileen [tentative rating: 2.5 stars]

* Star ratings are subject to changes when I finally get to write my book reviews down.

What I’ve written!

Under blog tours:

Under features:

Under miscellaneous:

What I’ve seen around!

As all of you know, I am somewhat of a blog lurker, and I like sharing fantastic posts that I think deserve to be read by more people! With that said, here are some posts that are definitely worth checking out:

Book reviews:

  • Cha’s review of Fling Club by Tara Brown: I received a NetGalley ARC of this title, too, and Cha’s critique has really helped set my expectations once I get to actually reading the book.
  • Cassie’s review of Uprooted by Naomi Novik: Prior to reading this review, I didn’t even know about the book at all! It sounds really promising.
  • Isabel’s review of Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li: A book that tackles the inner struggles of a family-owned Chinese restaurant? I’M SO THERE.
  • Joshua’s review of Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young: Honestly, I enjoy reading 1-star reviews of this title (largely because I am dumbfounded by its undeserved hype), but Joshua’s take on this Viking-inspired YA debut is absolute gold.
  • Toria’s review of When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon: I picked this up last June but quickly put it in the backburner (for the time being!) because gah, I’ve read too many contemporary romances. Still, it’s always nice to see other reviewers enjoying this one.
  • Tasya’s review of A Thousand Beginnings and Endings edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman: Tasya’s review has succeeded in making me put this Asian anthology at the top of my TBR!
  • Carol’s review of The Captive Prince series by C.S. Pacat
  • Hollie’s review of Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
  • Justine’s review of A Thousand Beginnings and Endings edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman: Another beautifully written review about this anthology! I am so jealous of everyone who’s already read it.
  • Bea’s review of Just Listen by Sarah Dessen: I read this novel when I was still in high school (read: ages ago!), and I really enjoyed reading Bea’s take on it.
  • Ari’s review of Getting Schooled by Emma Chase: This seems like a fun, swoon-worthy title I cannot wait to pick up!
  • Nadia’s review of I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman: Yep, Nadia did it. I am totally salivating over this book. Added to my TBR!
  • Kate’s review of The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang: Honestly, I was a wee bit wary about this novel, but when I saw that Kate really liked it, all my reservations were tossed out of the window! From hesitating to “YAS GIMME GIMME!” real quick, yo.

Write-ups and discussions:

Miscellaneous:

  • Lara is in search of bloggers to guest on her new weekly feature, Meet the Blogger. Check it out!
  • Fellow Filipino blogger Fay just recently graduated from our university! She wrote a thesis about #romanceclass, which you can learn more about here. Congratulations, iska! Padayon!
  • Karlita has rounded up all the pre-order + swag giveaway incentives for the rest of the year and compiled them in this incredibly helpful post. Make sure to read it!

Plans for July?

First things first: finally get my laptop repaired! Seriously, I cannot stress how much of a priority this is to me – not just because of blogging, but also because I have to face another college semester starting on August. Here’s to hoping that a pot of leprechaun gold magically falls unto my lap one of these days!

On a more sober note, July will most likely be a month of preparation for me. Preparing for what, you may ask?

August will most definitely be an extremely hectic month for me (cue multiple “no doubt” delivered in Jake Peralta’s voice). For one thing, my birthday falls in the second week of August(!!!), that is, the 14th of the month. In celebrating my birth month, I have decided to organize the first ever #AUGVOCACY: August with an Advocacy, which will champion for a culture of reading in the Philippines. Sign-ups were closed just recently, and more than 20 Filipino readers, bloggers, and authors signed up!

To Erica @ Living a Hundred Lives, Shannel @ Rambles of a Reader, Mae @ Wanders Between Pages, Justine @ Bookish Wisps, Kate @ The Backwards Bookshelf, Karlita @ Tale Out Loud, Alexia @ The Bookworm Daydreamer, Shaine @ Wanderer in Neverland, Erika @ The Nocturnal Fey, KB @ Bookbed, Nicay @ The Nerdy Side of a Queen, Aimee @ Aimee, Always, Tyv @ The Youngvamp’s Haven, Inah @ The Bibliophile Confessions, Pau @ Perks Be With You, Patricia @ Book Geek Musings, Cha @ The Literary Siren, Mari @ Andico Mari, Bianca @ The Ultimate Fangirl, Kess Costales, Danielle, Shaira, Gail D. Villanueva: Thank you for joining my humble advocacy-centered project! Your support means the world to me, and I am extremely excited to see how this all comes together.

While #Augvocacy2018 will keep me busy for the first two weeks of August, the last week of August will be dedicated to the second ever #MistPH blog tour, which I am organizing as well. The blog tour will feature the highly anticipated sequel of Helen Scheuerer’s debut novel, Reign of Mist.

I was genuinely stunned by the sheer number of responses during sign-up period. Nearly 50 people were interested in participating! And I had to make the tough call of selecting just 35 blog tour participants, whom will be the largest group I’ll be handling for a blog tour (thus far).

To Shannel @ Rambles of a Reader, Sarah @ Book Hooked Nook, Tanya @ Motif by Tanya, Crimson @ Crimson Talks Books, Mostly, Shaine @ Wanderer in Neverland, Cam @ Camillea Reads, Cara @ The Little Miss Bookworm, Megan @ Under the Book Cover, Jen @ A Bookish Peach, Sakhile @ Sakhile Whispers, Morgan @ Mashleas Reads, Liz @ Throneofshatteredbooks, Alysia @ Enchantment of Books, Jamie @ The Last Page, Sarah @ The Clever Reader, Sofia @ The Literary Casanova, Kate @ The Backwards Bookshelf, Karlita @ Tale Out Loud, Faguni @ F A N N A, Imo @ Amidst the Pages, Lili @ Utopia State of Mind, Susy @ Susy’s Cozy World, Lara @ Bellibone, Amy @ Tomes with Tea, Magdalyn @ Booked All Night, Jessica @ Rambling of a Book Nerd, Kryzia @ accioblog, Mae @ Wanders Between Pages, Erica @ Living a Hundred Lives, Asha @ A Cat, A Book, and A Cup of Tea, Susanne @ floralcars, Jacquie @ Rattle the Stars, Mahayla @ The Nerdy Elite, Amy @ Zany Bibliophile, Justine @ Bookish Wisps: Thank you so much for being an important part of this blog tour! I really, really hope that this would be a fun and memorable experience for all of us. Happy reading!

The screening process was a lot more difficult than I anticipated. I eventually had to construct a standardized set of criteria. It should be noted that I make it a point to never ask for blog statistics. While that approach would certainly make sense from a marketing and promotional perspective, I think it is highly unfair to exclude smaller bloggers from fantastic opportunities. Smaller bloggers should be supported so that they could grow and further hone their craft. But I digress.

All these blogging plans, together with the start of my next semester, will require me to really focus on much-needed preparations. It’s a bit daunting, considering that I have very limited resources (and a broken laptop!) at the moment. But that little fear is greatly outweighed by the excitement I feel! Here’s to a productive July!

How about you? Is there anything you’re looking forward to this month? Let me know!

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44 thoughts on “Wrapping up June 2018 {a month of frustrations and a broken laptop}”

  1. Damn girl! July is definitely a prep month for you because August is looking so busy :O I’m super glad you’re getting your laptop fixed because it’s such a necessity for blogging and college! I can’t wait to see all the amazing things you do for Augovacy ^_^ It’s amazing what you’re doing ❤

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  2. I’m so sorry about your laptop! That really sucks and I hope you’ll be able to get it fixed! And omg you go girl your planning skills are SO GOOD. I aspire to plan as well as you do because I’m certainly not that good at planning.

    And thanks for the shoutout on my Privilege post! You are so sweet and such a great inspiration for INTL bloggers & US bloggers to be more accepting of the INTL community! I love what you’re doing with readers in the Philippines <33

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  3. Oh I’m so sorry to hear about your laptop and the job, that’s terrible, especially when they have questionable reasons :/ I hope you will be able to get it repaired soon ❤
    It's incredible that you have so many projects in the works, I can't wait to see Augvocacy and all of these incredible bloggers participating, this is great! 🙂
    I hope you'll have an amazing July! xx

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    1. Yeah, having a broken laptop has been incredibly inconvenient and the job thing didn’t really help as much as I hoped it would. But thank you, Marie! It warms my heart to see people interested in the little projects I’m working on. Have a great July, too!

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  4. I’m waiting to get paid, don’t know why I haven’t but when i do get paid, I’ll be donating to your kofi! Need to get that laptop fixed asap. Man do I need to read, I’m drowning in the books (eArc’s I need to read now and I’m taking on more) Thanks for the share! I do hope people sign-up.

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    1. Oh my god, thank you! That’d be the most wonderful thing. Money has been crazy tight lately so it would be a huge help to me!

      I know what you mean! I’m having the same e-book/e-arc struggle. But we’ll manage, I just know it!

      I haven’t signed up yet, and I swear I’ll fill it out once things quiet down a bit for me. Last week of my midyear term so it’s all study, study, study! Hope your July is wonderful so far, though!

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    1. Thank you! You didn’t like An Enchantment of Ravens either? OH THANK GOD. I really thought I was a lone wolf with this one. Have you posted a review? I’d love to take a look at it, tbh!

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            1. Yes, exactly! The premise was incredibly fascinating, and I was curious about the role Craft would play into the story, but it was actually very minimal. It just felt like the bulk of the book was spent exploring the wrong (and arguably less interesting) things! An Enchantment of Ravens had the makings of so much more.

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    1. Having a broken laptop sucks, but yeah, hopefully, I’ll be able to have it repaired before then! Fingers crossed.

      And no problem! I love what you write, and your reviews are always a joy to read!

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  5. Ugh girl I feel you about the broken laptop thing – I have had troubles with mine for months. I thought I had it fixed, but alas it broke again… And I’m also too poor to fix mine. 😂 Looks like you had a productive month regardless!

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    1. It’s such a major inconvenience, isn’t it? My laptop is pretty old though, so that’s probably why it’s more frequently susceptible to damages. I’m assuming yours is, too?

      Regardless, here’s to an even better and more productive month for the both of us!!!

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      1. It really is! My laptop is getting on in years too – it’s six years old now. It makes sense for more problems to crop up but it still is frustrating!

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    1. I’m waiting for my contemporary slump to be over, so I could pick up The Poppy War and know that the book I read after won’t bore me to tears. HAHA.

      And huhu, thank you for always being g whenever I impulsively decide to organize something! You are too wonderful for words.

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      1. Me too! I do bimonthly posts where I share all of the awesome posts that come across my dash. I love how happy and appreciative people are about it. There are so many content creators working so hard for their passions, I just wanna support them and lift them all up!

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