What I Read in June, July & August 2021

September 2, 2021
What I Read in June, July & August 2021

[AD-Affiliate] Wow, it’s been a while since I sat down properly to write out my thoughts or do a bookish reading wrap-up for a month – well, in this case, three months! I think my last post on the blog before my unexpected hiatus was a What I Read in a month. 

Perhaps I should take the time to explain my unexpected hiatus first. You see, I got hit with a massive reading slump but also a life slump too. For the past three months, I’ve been struggling to find the motivation to do anything but work, sleep, and binge watch TV. It was really frustrating as I was on such a good run following my passions and hobbies this year, and then it just came to an abrupt stop. 

However, at the start of August, I decided to give something a try… I started streaming on Twitch and it’s like a light switch was flicked in my brain, and all my creative energy reappeared. I wanted to read a little; I wanted to write, watch streams and make grand plans for content creation for the rest of the year. The workaholic in me even broke, and I’ve started to actually set boundaries between my work and life. 

It’s been a positive influence for sure, and I’m so grateful for what Twitch has given me, especially for the confidence to be on camera – psoriasis and all. This is why I’d like to also give a shoutout and thank my friend Layla, who blogs over at Readable Life and streams over at ArthursArcadia, as they really gave me the push to give it a try. 

I’m so glad that I did, as it’s given me the creative push to come back to my blog, which I’ve missed so much, and so happy to be back. 

What I Read in June, July & August 2021

Daphne & Velma: The Dark Deception by Morgan Baden 

Some of you may remember that I buddy read the first Daphne & Velma back in April with Layla. I was obsessed, and this book brought me so much nostalgia for the Scooby-Doo series, and I loved the reimagining of the Scooby-Doo gang’s origins.

This was why, back in June, I was incredibly excited to pick up the second Daphne & Velma in the series for another buddy read with Layla. The Dark Deception took me a while to get into, with the mystery of precious gems appearing on Crystal Cove beach; once I started to understand the mystery, I couldn’t put it down! 

If you’re a fan of Scooby-Doo and in search of some nostalgia, then I highly recommend this series.

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The Unveiling by Erin McLuckie Moya

As a freelance beta reader, often, when I get to work with an author once, I’ll often pick up their previous works if they’re available. This is why towards the end of June, I picked up The Unveiling by Erin McLuckie Moya as I’ve read so many of her manuscripts already that it seemed right to pick up the only one I hadn’t. 

The Unveiling is set in an alternative world to our own where it is revealed that humans aren’t humans… instead, we all descend from mythical beings and can be demons, angels, vampires, witches, fae and all sorts! With the revelation, testing centres are set up to reveal the true bloodline and, as a result, any powers that a person has. 

I found the entire concept entirely fascinating and loved the appearance of Angels since these are mythical beings that we don’t often get to see in fantasy. 

Exciting Times by Naomi Dolan

Back in June, I signed up to be a part of Amy’s Bookshelf Book Club and although I’ve not been as active as I would have liked, I did manage to read one of the books that had been selected. 

One of the books was Exciting Times, and it certainly appeared to have been a marmite kind of book, but I thoroughly enjoyed it for me. When I first picked it up, I only intended to read a chapter or two but somehow finished that reading session with only a quarter left to read. The writing style is engaging, and the main character’s voice, although she is unlikeable, just makes it so you can’t tear your eyes from the page. After all, who doesn’t love the use of unlikeable and unreliable narrators?

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The Gauntlet and the Fist Beneath by Ian Green

At the beginning of August, I was invited to take part in Head of Zeus’ blog tour for their latest release, The Gauntlet and the Fist Beneath by Ian Green. The book is a high fantasy debut and the first in a series. 

I’ve already written all my thoughts on this novel on the blog, and you can find that post here. 

Fruits Basket By Natsuki Takaya Volumes 1 – 5

If there is one series I know that I can return to no matter what, it’s Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya. I first read this series when I was around 11 years old after borrowing it from my local library, and I’ve never looked back. 

This series just brings me so much joy and comfort that I can’t put it into any more words other than that. I adore this series, the world, the characters and the stories. I think I’ve reached for this series at exactly the right time as I feel like I’m finally pulling out of my reading/life slump now.

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What I Read in June, July & August 2021

That’s my What I Read in June, July & August 2021. Have you read any of these books? What are your tips for getting out of a reading slump?

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  • Reply Jenny in Neverland September 3, 2021 at 10:53 am

    I’ve not read any of these books but thank you for sharing your thoughts! Thankfully I’m not in a reading slump at the moment, so I’m always looking for new books to buy. When I am in a slump though, I find going back and re-reading old favourites is sometimes the only thing that can help and allow me to continue reading even if I don’t reaaally feel like it!

    • Reply @cupofwonderland October 14, 2021 at 12:26 pm

      Re-reading old favourites is definitely the way to go! Planning on picking back up some old favourites soon in hopes to finally pull me out of the year long slump that has occurred.

  • Reply Anika September 3, 2021 at 11:20 am

    Sorry to hear about the reading and life slump, but glad to hear you’re getting some motivation back. And welcome back! Lovely reviews, Exciting Times is on my list, I look forward to the writing style.

    • Reply @cupofwonderland October 14, 2021 at 1:16 pm

      Thank you! Exciting Times was definitely an interesting book and know it won’t be for everyone but I think you’ll enjoy the writing style.

  • Reply Amy September 3, 2021 at 4:08 pm

    We all need to zone out of life to binge tv sometimes, I do that too! I don’t know how I feel about revisiting Daphne and Velma after so many scooby doo-less years but it may be nice, I might have a nosey at the books! Good luck with Twitch too 🙂

    • Reply @cupofwonderland October 14, 2021 at 1:17 pm

      Thank you! Daphne and Velma was a lovely blast from the past!

  • Reply Della Driscoll September 4, 2021 at 9:00 am

    Sorry to hear about your reading and life slump but I’m happy you’re feeling better! I’m excited to rea d more of your posts – love this selection of books x

    • Reply @cupofwonderland October 14, 2021 at 1:17 pm

      Thank you x

  • Reply Corinne September 5, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    Reading slumps happen, but thankfully the books will still be waiting for you when they’re over!

    Corinne x

    • Reply @cupofwonderland October 14, 2021 at 1:17 pm

      Exactly! Something I need to remember!

  • Reply Cristina Rosano September 8, 2021 at 11:57 am

    Sorry to hear about the slump of the last few months, but glad to see you back! I only watched Fruit Baskets, but really want to pick it up and read it! Love the sound of the gauntlet and the fist beneath x

    • Reply @cupofwonderland October 14, 2021 at 1:19 pm

      If you loved the show Fruits Basket then you’ll love the books for sure!

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