Breathing Dreams Like Air || June Wrap-Up/July TBR

After an extremely long hiatus that I have absolutely no explanation for other than lack of motivation, I’m back!

So, after I got out of school at the end of April, I thought to myself, “Hey! I can read all of the books that I wasn’t able to read when class was in session!”

Well, I started a book…

And it took my almost two months to finish it.

I guess I was just so spent from all of my finals that I just needed some time doing nothing but watching Netflix?

But now, I’m back with renewed motivation to read and review and whatever else I feel like putting on my blog.

What did I read/listen to this month?

  • The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh – Absolutely LOVED it. While I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did the first one, I still really loved reading this book. Both the story and its characters are extremely rich and diverse.
  • Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas (audiobook) – I know what y’all are thinking, “Halee, why did it take you so freaking long to read the third book in a series that you’re so in love with?” The answer to that question remains unsolved because I literally have no idea. I guess I just kind of forgot? Well, I listened to the audiobook, and the narrator was phenomenal; she absolutely blew my mind. Also, I LOVE ROWAN SO MUCH.

What did I watch this month?

  • Me Before You – While I enjoyed the movie while I was watching it, after it ended, I realized how very problematic the plot was. You don’t get many movies where disabled people are the protagonists, but when you do get one in this movie, you get a person who *spoiler* literally wants to kill themselves because they can’t stand the thought of being disabled. Not only that, this person dies, only to ensure that the able-bodied person can “live boldly.” I understand the character’s motivations, I just don’t think that it was very good representation for disabled people.
  • Gilmore Girls – I’m on the fourth season, and I fucking love this show. I used to really love Jess, but now he’s being kind of annoying, and I just want to love him again! For all the GG fans out there, who do you like better, Jess or Dean?

What did I make?

July 17 is my roommate’s/one of my best friend’s birthday, and I made her a little something special.

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I made her this canvas with a quote from one of her favorite books, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I’ve started making and selling stuff like this, so if you would like a customized one, visit my Etsy store.

What’s on the blog this month?

July TBR

I have told myself multiple times that I’m going to catch up on a lot of series that I’ve been slacking on within the last few years. I’m going to make another post about my Summer To-Do List, but here are some of my (hopeful) upcoming July reads:

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (audiobook)

The queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.

The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

They have no choice. If the demigods don’t succeed, Gaea’s armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus.

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them—and they’re stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake.

The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it “might” be able to stop a war between the two camps.

The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea’s army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.

How has your June been? What are your plans for July?

 

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