June Wrap-Up // Books, future plans and NEW GRAPHICS eek!!!


I feel like I’ve only just started my blog BUT NO – IT’S BEEN 4 MONTHS ALREADY *gasps*

I’m also more than halfway through my semester at uni WHICH IS CRAZY and it makes me nervous as hell because I’ll be writing an exam at the end of the month PLUS two term papers! The thought alone makes me want to go cry in a corner.

July will be a super stressful month for me but once that is over, I’ll be going on vacation! YESSSS!

future me at the beach once my exams are over

I’m rambling again so how about we just get into my June Wrap-Up! Shall we?

books i've read

I have managed to read 5 books this month. In addition to that, I’ve also DNFed three (!!!) books!

Jackie? DNFing books??? Yeah, I’ve started doing it because I don’t see the point anymore in forcing myself through books I’m not enjoying!

Anyway, that means that I “read” 8 books in total!








Would anyone be interested in a DNF review for any of these books? Or some mini-reviews? Let me know!


I don’t know what’s up with me but I barely watch TV anymore! I mean, I guess you could say it’s a good thing right? No more spending the whole weeked binge-watching 5 seasons of a new show hahaha.

What sucks is that I’m missing out on so many amazing shows! I haven’t even seen Season 6 of Game of Thrones BUT WE’RE ABOUT TO BE HIT WITH THE NEW 7TH SEASON! SEND HELP!!!

The only thing I started watching (or I better say RE-watching) is Avatar: The Last Airbender! Although I do have to admit that I’m only on episode 5 hehe *scratches head*


posts by fellow bloggers

  • May @ Forever and Everly (<3) posted her 4th Writer Woes where she talked all about developing characters for your story (and me being the good student that I am jotted down everything ASAP)
  • Analee @ Book Snacks made a long list of LGBTQ+ books to read in honour of Pride Month (JUST BECAUSE PRIDE MONTH IS OVER DOESN’T MEAN YOU SHOULD STOP READING LGBTQ+ BOOKS so go ahead and check out that post!!!)
  • Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek talked all about the pressures of book blogging AND WOW I THINK WE CAN ALL RELATE
  • Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books talks about how to grow your blog and I feel like everyone can learn from it – whether you’re a newbie or not!

Am I allowed to showcase my own posts? No? Well, I’m gonna do it anyways 😛 I HAD SO MUCH FUN writing my Favourite Hate-to-Love Ships AND my Very Fangirl Book Haul posts BECAUSE I LET OUT MY INNER FANGIRL AND I TRULY EXPRESSED MYSELF IN THOSE POSTS so go check them out because they were fun to write! ❤


(no new graphic because I’m lazy)

I had to set a new goal for my Goodreads challenge for the third time because I am so close to reaching 50 books!! I’ve set it to 80 books for now but I’ll probably turn that into 100 books around fall/winter time!

2017 Reading Challenge

2017 Reading Challenge
Jackie has
read 47 books toward
her goal of
80 books.

As you might now, I am also participating in the Summer 2017 Bookish Bingo Challenge! I’ve only read 5 books that fit into the categories so far but that’s fine! I don’t plan to read from all of the categories (because I don’t have time for that and I don’t own books for every category) but I am hoping to get as many bingos as possible!

Summer Bingo June Update

  • Over 5 Years Old: The Hound of the Baskervilles – this is over 100 years old so I think that counts 😛
  • A Sequel: The Dragons of Nova (Loom Saga #2) – SUCH. A. BRILLIANT. SEQUEL. WHERE IS BOOK #3 I NEED IT NOW
  • Name in Title: Anna and the French Kiss – ANNA is the name, duh!
  • Travel: The Map That Leads To You – a book about travelling Europe!
  • Outside Your Comfort Zone: Ten Dead Comedians – because I don’t usually read mysteries!!

plans for july

Since NONE of my plans I set for June worked out the way I wanted them to — aka start writing, get through my Netgalley ARCs, write more discussion posts and change my blog design (although I’ve finally started with these new graphics yesterday) lol – I decided to set new goals for July!


I will be buddy reading…

You guys are probably thinking REALLY JACKIE? THREE BUDDY READS? I THOUGHT JULY WAS GOING TO BE STRESSFUL ENOUGH FOR YOU. Well… yeah. Apparently, I seem to love torturing myself and putting more stress on myself than necessary! *sweats*


  • Pre-write a lot more posts so I will be less stressed and have time to study (also don’t post every day to MAKE IT EVEN LESS STRESSFUL) (see what I’m trying to do here???) (taking off the pressure???) (#genius)
  • ACTUALLY WRITE MORE (girl if you don’t do it I will PUNCH YOU)
me @ me


  • NO MORE TBRS – after reading A.J. @ Lacy Literacy’s A Farewell to TBRs post, I have decided to do the same! I was never one to set TBRs for myself and I’ve only started doing it when I created my book blog! But I am A MOOD READER and I hate constricting myself to a TBR so GOODBYE MONTHLY TBRs……… YOU WON’T BE MISSED! 😛

That’s it I think! Wow, so many goals again Jackie CAN YOU STOP

My Wrap-Ups are always so long but I actually loved writing this one! I used to hate it because it always took so much time lol but anyway, I hope you enjoyed it!

Usually, I always do a ‘Songs I’ve listened to’ thingy in my Wrap-Ups but I have decided to list them in a Fierce Fangirl Friday post because there’s so many that I need to talk about!

Thanks for reading!


How many books have you read in June? Do you set monthly TBRs? What were your favourite songs to listen to this month? What is one book you read in June that you would recommend to others? Any future plans? Let’s chat in the comments!

*sings* my milkshake brings all the boys to the year and th- just kidding, this is just the credit for the milkshake graphics 😛

94 thoughts on “June Wrap-Up // Books, future plans and NEW GRAPHICS eek!!!

  1. What a great wrap-up! It feels good to be part of the book blog community, doesn’t it? I started last May, and I don’t regret it so far. 😊 Good luck for your semester!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I love this community so much! Everyone is so friendly and open, it’s amazing ❤️
      That’s good to hear! I don’t regret it either! It can get exhausting at times but it’s still one of my favourite things to do! Thank you Ysabel! 😊

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  2. Hi!
    I love how you organized the books you read into great/good/bad. I am interested in reading The Map that Leads to You 🙂
    I’ve read 6 books in June. One that I would recommend is My Heart and Other Black Holes, which is a story about two teens’ experience with depression. I plan to continue reading, writing and growing my blog in July.


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    1. Thank you so much! The Map That Leads To You was such a lovely read and it’s perfect for summer! 😊

      Ooh, that sounds so interesting! Thanks so much for sharing, I’ll definitely check that out! Good luck with all of those goals, Sophie! ❤️

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  3. I’VE READ NINE BOOKS IN JUNE… Even though I wanted eleven. 😥 But I’m still happy! And all the smol shout-outs made me smile sooooo much. Especially that (<3). XD ❤ ❤ ANYWAYS. If you need to NOT buddy read, that's totally okay!!! School is important, girl. (Let's not mention that I'm super super excited though…) GOOD LUCK ON YOUR EXAMS and vacation sounds fun. 😉 I've watched less TV too! I mean I never watched much to begin with… but then all my focus turned to The Computer™. YAY FOR NO MONTHLY TBRS!!! I just (unsucessfully) track some books I've added to my TBR from the month — but I am TOTALLY a mood reader! And yes yes we will do more word wars (when you're not studying) and we will write write write!!!

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    1. HEYYYY 9 BOOKS IS STILL FANTASTIC!!! Maybe you’ll reach 11 next month 😉

      Awww, of course I’d give you shoutouts! If I could I’d list ALL of your posts because they’re so fun and awesome ❤️

      NOOOOO. No no no we are DEFINITELY going to buddy read!!! Our buddy read is the one I’m most excited for so that one will definitely happen 😊

      But thank you!! School is super stressful right now but I’m working on making it less stressful!

      Hahaha same I spend hours on my computer nowadays!!! Blogging is so time-consuming and then you add school and homework and writing AND IT’S JUST SO OVERWHELMING. Anyway XD


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      1. I WOULD GIVE YOU SHOUT-OUTS ALL THE TIME IF I COULD. Especially when I hear something about 19-year-olds. XD

        HAHAHAHA your reaction. 😂 I’m happy you’re so excited!!! I’m excited as well. 😛

        Just make a list of all you need to get done each day and slowly make your way through it! ❤

        BLOGGING IS SOOOOO TIME-CONSUMING. I'll have to come up with some sort of schedule to keep me on track when school comes again. XD

        THE WORD WARS WILL BE WONDERFUL. #alliteration

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      2. AWWWW YAY 💜 and me when I hear something about 13-year-olds! Wait, you’re 13 right? Or 14? Ahhh I’m confused!

        WOOHOOOOO!!! I already put Illuminae on my nightstand 😝

        That’s what I’m trying to do! But then the list gets fuller and fuller and I’m like OKAAAYYYYYY what now? XD

        Me too! I think I’ll have to take a hiatus next week because it’s so hard to keep up right now! I always tell myself to schedule things like 2 weeks in advance but that never works out XD

        YAAAAAS #alliterationsROCK

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        I would’ve done that!!! If I was at home. 😂

        Um… then you just gotta… I got nothing. XD

        Aw, we’ll miss you! But that’s a good choice — school first! And DUUUDE I WANT TO WRITE MY POSTS IN ADVANCE! I did that when I’d just started…and then fell behind. OOPS.

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        I’ll miss everyone too! But I think it’s for the best! I got a few posts for this week but I think I’ll be *what’s the verb form of hiatus….. hiatus-ing?* the week after that! 😭

        AND SAME. I used to be so good at that but now… *scratches head*

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        You can always schedule posts… but it takes time to write them too. XD AND IT’S OKAY!!! WE UNDERSTAND!!! Will you stay away from WP completely or just not post?

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        Exactlyyy… I think I’ll do a mix of both depending how much time I have! I definitely don’t want to stay away completely because that’d mean I’D MISS ALL OF YOUR AWESOME POSTS AND THAT’S JUST NOT COOL. So I’ll definitely drop by every once in a while! 🙂

        I still have a few posts scheduled though and I’ll announce my real hiatus soon so I’m not completely gone yet ❤

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      7. OUR BUDDY READ AHHHHH!!! I was busy yesterday so I didn’t read but I plan to start tonight! I was going to email you but the wifi situations SUCKS SO MUCH I COULDN’T USE MY WORDPRESS APP OR RECEIVE/SEND ANY EMAILS *cries*

        I shall email you in a few 😉

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      8. How did we ever survive without wifi??? I feel bad for relying on it so much but at the same time IT’S SUCH A GREAT INVENTION XD

        Ahhh you’re so far already, I’m going to start right away! (Aka after getting through all my comments and writing an essay 😂)

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      9. Ikr! I was like “omg look at me complaining about wifi problems when some ppl don’t have clothes or shelter or food” but at the same time I was just SO FRUSTRATED.

        Yes, reply to those comments and write that essay! I have another book to read so I can pause Illuminae as well. XD BUT IT’S SO ACTIONY AND EXCITING.

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  4. Oh you had such a great month, Jackie! I’d be curious to know your thoughts about Anna and The French Kiss but oh, I get the laziness of writing reviews SO much hahaha 😛 Best of luck for your exams! ❤ ❤

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  5. I absolutely love all your posts so much!! I’m curious to know your problems with Anna and The French Kiss but whatever, I understand the laziness of writing reviews!!!💗

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  6. I read 6 books in June, and my favorites was The Upside of Unrequited and Kafka on The Shore 🙂 I used to do a monthly TBR, but after my blogpause in May I haven’t done a list. Maybe I will start doing TBRs in the future, but I don’t know yet.

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    1. 6 books is great! And I got Upside in June but I didn’t get a chance to read it yet! It sounds awesome though!

      For me TBRs are way to stressful because I keep trying to read all the books on there but it never works out because I’m in the mood for something else! I think I will do seasonal TBRs ie. a Summer TBR because that seems less constricting! 😊

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  7. Great reading month and congraz on your 4 months old blog. XD University is starting in August for me and I will be a freshman, i.e. 1st year. I’m really scared and excited about a new start. Anyways, I’m planning on getting rid of my monthly TBR list too since I’m a mood reader like you. I don’t really like to constrict myself and instead, want to read whatever books that I feel like reading at that moment in time. Good luck for your exams! 😀

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    1. Thank you so much Joanne! ❤️

      It’s so weird how school and university starts and ends differently for everyone XD And yay for being a freshman! I am about to finish my first year this month and I’m so excited! Good luck with your first year, I’m sure it’ll be great! What are you studying? 😊

      Oh that’s a very good idea! I just think monthly TBRs are pointless for me because I never stick to them anyways — so come join me! 😜

      Thank you ❤️

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      1. Oh don’t be scared! I remember being super nervous on my first day but it was totally fine! It’s everyone’s first day and nobody will have a clue about anything so don’t stress about it too much! Get to your classes early (nobody wants to be late on their first day — but it’s totally fine if you are because IT’S YOUR FIRST DAY), don’t be scared to speak to new people and get to know them better (I made some really good friends on my first day of uni haha) and always ask if you have a question! Nobody is going to hurt you XD I hope that kind of helped? ❤ ❤

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      2. Thank you for the advice. 😀 😀 Prep lessons have already started and I was really busy travelling back and forth between school and home last week. I haven’t met any new people yet but I hope that I will be able to at the orientation. Fingers crossed! I’m glad that the professors are friendly and is very motivated to help us. Phew… I was really scared they will just leave us to figure things out by ourselves.

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      3. You’re welcome 😊 oh that sounds stressful! Will you have to keep travelling between school and home when you start or are you going to move somewhere closer to uni?

        Aw no, the profs are super nice! They’re going to help you in every way they can since you’re all new to the whole thing! Good luck ❤️

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      4. I will be travelling between school and uni. Since I live in Singapore, it isn’t that far to travel from one end of the country to another. I live 30 mins away from the university so it’s still manageable to travel back and forth whenever I have lessons.

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      5. Same! It’s like you don’t know whether you should stay in the train and continue on to the place you have to go to or just exit and take the return train back home because you are going to be so late for the class/appointment, there isn’t a point to go there anymore. :/

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      6. I keep wanting to hop on the next train home whenever I’m caught up in a breakdown but at the same time, I always never do that. I still head to class/work though I’m already 1 hour late. At least my teachers and colleagues are able to see that I tried to come though I was caught up in something. Moreover, I will usually think ‘More reading time since I’m stuck on the train.’

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  8. SO…WAIT. I’ve only been following your FABULOUS blog for a whilleeeee and WAIT…you’ve been blogging for 4 months. EXPLAIN *glares*

    I set my Goodreads challenge to 60, but I was so close, so yesterday I changed it 100?! WHO KNOWS!

    Also, I’m DEFINITELY A MOOD READER TOO! I sometimes have Monthly TBR’s but they don’t dictate ALL I’m going to read. Sometimes, it’ just 1 or 2 books I’ve REALLY want to read and the rest are just ME BOOKS.

    OMG, you’re buddy reading so MANY BOOKS! ❤ I buddy read the first time this month with the fantastic MAY with Strange The Dreamer and TRUST ME SHE'S SO MUCH FUN TO BUDDY READ WITH!!!!!


    EEEP, Hope July IS GOOD and FUN and you achieve your goals xx

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    1. WHAT IS THERE TO EXPLAIN I think you’ve summed it up pretty well 😉

      Ahh yes, I feel like I’ll reach 100 books as well! I don’t know why I set it to 80, I guess I didn’t want to be TOO confident XD

      YAY FOR BEING MOOD READERS ❤️ I think I’ll do seasonal TBRs in the future so I have like an option of books I want to read but I won’t feel too constricted because it’ll go over several months! If that makes sense XD I’m all about the ME books 😂

      AHHHH YAY I HOPE YOU AND MAY HAD FUN BUDDY READING IT!!! I don’t know why I agreed to THREE buddy reads especially since July is my exam month BUT WE’LL SEE.

      Thank you so much Mahriya omg I think I just teared up ❤️❤️❤️

      Thank you!!! I hope July will be fantastic for you as well!

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      1. I’m sure you’ll be fine! 100 sounds so intimidating at first but next thing you know you’ll have read them all XD

        Agreed! It sucks because sometimes I’ll be like super excited for a new release and I’ve been anticipating it for MONTHS and then I receive it in the mail and I’m like… HUH. I don’t want to read this now 😭

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  9. I’m having anxiety problems because it’s already JULY. LIKE EXCUSE ME SUMMER YOU AREN’T ALOUD TO DO THAT TO ME. And I’ve been meaning to tell you for a while now: your profile picture is SO AMAZING. I love love love it. Those watercolor-y sundae graphics are very cute and are also making me hungry! I’ve read most of those posts you liked from this month and yessss they’re so so good. Especially the character development one by May!! Well I basically fall for every post May writes since they’re all the best….

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      Awwww thank you so much!!! ❤️ and same! When I made those graphics I was like OKAY PEOPLE WHERE ARE MY MILKSHAKES I NEED THEM TO LOOK EXACTLY LIKE THEY DO ON THE PICTURES!!! Sadly, no one wanted to make them for me *cries*

      Yayyy!! Same I ADORE May and her super awesome and creative posts! I wish I was like her XD

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      1. Hahahhaha #confusedbuddies #juststopmothernature XD

        Sameeee 😂. I asked if I can steal her personality and she declined. SO WEIRD RIGHT?? (jk I’m the weird one lol) And yeah my brain likes to go on permanent ‘brain farts’ (ew I’ve always hated that reference why WHY am I saying it) where I can’t think of blog post topics….lol. I guess it takes a vacation sometimes!!

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      2. Hahaha 😂😂😂

        Oh May, please let us steal your personality!!!! Yeah me too! I tend to scroll through other people’s blogs when that happens and see if I get inspired! And now that you mentioned it I REALLY HATE THAT REFERENCE TOO *shudders*

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  10. Great Post! You had a good month! I wanted to read Blade and soul! It’s too bad that it didn’t lived up to its premise. I loved your new graphics! They look so cute! I also stopped setting monthly TBR because I’m also a mood reader like you. Good luck for your exams! 🙂

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  11. Wow- I adore your new graphics! ❤ ❤ I really should start decorating my own blog to be honest (my blog is already one year old and it still isn't dressed with any designs, oops).
    You seem to have had a productive June, and I hope you can meet your July goals too!

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  12. Omg for real – June flew right by! (I like the dessert graphics you have – those are so cute!!)

    And omg how dare you not watch any TV?!! I’ve just started watching Peaky Blinders and Glow this past weekend and both have been really good so far! I recommend ’em!

    And congrats on almost hitting that 50 books for your challenge – that is so bad ass!

    And I am the same way about TBRs – I am a mood reader so I never set up books that I will read in a month because I would likely always change it 😛

    Sounds like you’ve had a great month and I hope you have an awesome July as well!!

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    1. It’s crazy how we’re halfway through the year already! And thank you ❤️❤️❤️

      I know I feel so bad but I just don’t find the time anymore 😦 I’ve always wanted to start Peaky Blinders ahhh especially because Cillian is in it! And it looks so intriguing!

      Thank you!! How many books did you read so far this year?

      I’m glad to see that so many people can relate! I don’t even know why I started doing monthly TBRs in the first place when I knew exactly that I wouldn’t stick to them! I’ve been pressured by this community 😂

      Thank you Bridget! I hope your July will be great too! ❤️

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  13. Oo! Avatar the last Airbender. Woman, I haven’t watched that show in years, but I should binge it, too. It was so good!! And goofy. Hahaha! I remember Aang when he was still young and childish. Good times. Good times.

    Hahahaha! You’re giving up TBRs? That’s really funny because I literally just started setting TBRs. :p I used to NEVER do them. I would just go ahead and pick up which ever book sounded interesting at that time. However, that led to a lot of the books I previously bought getting put off and put off and put off for books I more recently bought. As a result, my physical TBR is… getting out of hand. I hope a monthly TBR will allow me to get that back under control. (My bookshelf will thank me. :p )


    1. Oh my gosh, I just found a couple of your comments while sorting through my spam folder ahhh!!! So sorry that I’m only getting to them now 😦

      but yes, Avatar TLA is one of my favourite shows EVER and I can binge it anytime! and my physical TBR is getting out of control either way and I found that setting myself a monthly TBR doesn’t help me control it so I just don’t do TBRs anymore! I’m a mood reader anyway so I probably wouldn’t stick to any of the books I’d choose! 😀

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      1. Hee hee! No worries, Jackie. You are definitely not the first blogger to lose comments in spam. Trust me. 😛

        I have tried setting a monthly TBR, but then end up changing it half-way through the month. 😂

        Speaking of Avatar, I should go back and binge that sometime soon. That was a good show.

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