Hiatus Rewind: April – June

*crawls out of the depths of my hiatus den*

*squints at the sunlight*

I’m still alive! Somehow I don’t know how but here we are, my hiatus has now come to an end, Bookending Summer kicks off today! Anyhoo, what have I been up to these past few months? Glad you asked, as it’s time for a hiatus rewind!

Books Read

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson (April)

Seven Days of You By Cecilia Vinesse (April)

The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L Armentrout (June)

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (June)

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse (June)

American Panda by Gloria Chao (June)

Guilty Pleasure by Laurell K Hamilton (June)

Eliza And Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia (June)

Frost Blood by Elly Blake (June)

Books Borrowed

N/A

Books Bought

Editions bought are linked to Goodreads, so if you wanna check them out, click away dragons.

April

Dear Dylan… by Siobhan Curham

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han

This Savage Song by V E Schwab

Our Dark Duet by V E Schwab

May

The Boy Who Steals Houses by C G Drews

American Panda by Gloria Chao

To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Trial of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

June

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Girls Heart Girl by Lucy Sutcliffe

Frost Blood by Elly Blake

Books Won

N/A

Treasures From My Travels

My hiatus meant I also took a step back from blog hopping, as when I go about my blog hopping duties, it makes me want to write. I love reading blog posts but I also get inspiration from them and just generally, it’d make me staying on hiatus harder. So if you suddenly see me popping up in your notifications on posts which are a few months old…it’s because I’m catching up on some blog hopping.

Life Updates

My hiatus wasn’t all sunshine and happiness. My mental health seems to have been having a tantrum particularly in May, even now I’m still struggling a bit. However its not all gloom here cause after 2 years of writing fanfiction, so I wouldn’t let my writing muscles get cramped. I have a WIP I’m super duper excited for, just know it’s gonna have a German Shepherd in and I am ridiculously excited for it!

I didn’t read anything in May due to my mental health but erm June….yeah I don’t know what happened either. Apparently I wanted to read books back to back, though I tend to read books in either one or two chunks now. Rather than over a period of days.

I finish college on the 12th July and honestly…I’m not ready. Well I am but also not. Since then comes the next step of I-don’t-know-what-I’m-doing-and-we’re-getting-closer-to-me-turning-19 *banshee wails* Anyway I’ve handed in my final assignment which is wild, so for the last two weeks I’ll be prepping things for our showcase. Basically we show off our work that we’ve done throughout the year/s and we can also create work just for the showcase.

I’m planning on creating a post talking about my time in college, not sure when that’ll be out, so keep your eyes peeled loves!

Bookending Summer starts today so if you’ve not signed up yet, there’s still time, sign ups don’t close for another 2ish weeks yet. More info on that will be linked below! As for my posting schedule…we’ll see. I have some collab posts I want to post and I’ve got a growing mountain of tags to get through so we’ll see how that goes.

I’m also changing up how I rate books, I finally figured out a rating system! Oh and my reviews are going to live over on my Goodreads. Unless it’s an ARC, review request or part of a blog tour I’m kinda scrapping reviews from my blog. I’ll be talking more about that in an upcoming post though!

Announcements

Bookending Summer 2019

HAS STARTED!!! Check out the announcement here, for all relevant info on this event. In brief, it’s one of the quarterly events Sam and I created for book bloggers. The tidyathon is running again and we have some twitter chats planned! 

Bookish Collision

Just a reminder that you’re welcome to join this discord server! It’s a place for all book lovers, whether you’re a book blogger, bookstagrammer or booktuber. Hell if you’re just a reader you’re welcome to join, you will need either a twitter or goodreads which can verify you are indeed a reader. (just because we don’t want trolls ruining our bookish fun!)

The whole idea of the server, is to bring the bookish community together. We can also support everyone better, across the platforms which is great, spreading love is so important in this community. Particularly across platforms I feel, you can also make friends too.

At the moment we’re still a smol server, but we truly hope you’ll swing on by and join in the fun. ❤

Join Bookish Collision

Rewind The Posts (April – June)

April Goals (ft My Tidyathon List!)

Rating Systems (The Bloggers In The Attic)

My Name In TBR Books Tag

Fantasy Starter Kit (Novel Newcomers: Dany @ Ambivert Words)

Ways To Organise Yourself & Blog (BEspring19)

Q&A With Yours Truly

Book Blogger Two Truths & A Lie Tag

Blog’s Life: Past, Present & Future of Book Dragons (BEspring19)

Wishing I Could Read You For The First Time (BEspring19)

You’d Be Better As A Book (BEspring19)

Taking A 2 Month Hiatus

Out Of My Comfort Zone Tag

Talking Art, Movies, Food & More (Novel Newcomers: Charvi @ Not Just Fiction)

Talking Blog Goals, Books, & More (Novel Newcomers: Aki @ The Bibliophile District)

Bookending Summer 2019 Announcement!

How’s everyone been these past 2 months? Any good books read, or have you been hit with a slump? If you’re taking part in BEsummer19 I can’t wait to see your posts and/or your tidyathon progress! Due to me coming back when Bookending Summer starts, you may not get many posts from me. Since I’m gonna be tidying my goodreads hehe.

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39 thoughts on “Hiatus Rewind: April – June

  1. YaASS! Welcome back, Clo ♡ Your June reading month is a blast 🔥 What did you think about American Panda tho? 👀 I tried it but ended up DNFing. Andddd, I’m planning to participate on BE 🌻 I’m so pumped to write my posts 😂

    Congratulations on graduating, again! Sending you all the love and hugs in the world because you deserve it, love~ xx

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  2. I’m so proud of you for taking a hiatus but I’m so happy you’re back! Congrats and yay all around! I went on vacation a couple weeks ago now and it was so nice. I wish it was more than a week but honestly, I don’t know that I have ever had a solid week of just being away like that before. It was amazing. I’m looking forward to Bookending Summer with you! Glad you’re back!

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    • awww glad to know I was missed ❤ Oooooo vacation sounds nice, but I'd really love to be somewhere cold…I can't be doing with the heat honestly does my head in. Aaaaah Bookending Summer shall be a blast! So glad you're taking part! ❤

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  3. Zephyyyyyy 😍 also hi and welcome back, Clo!

    good on you for looking after your mental health (even if you did need some help staying on hiatus, ahem), and I hope things continue to get better 💕 post-college life and adulting definitely sound like a huge step, but you’ve got time, you’ll figure it out, I believe in you!

    ooooh you’ve picked up some awesome books; Monsters of Verity isn’t my favorite V.E. Schwab series but it’s not bad, and I’ve been wanting to read The Boy Who Steals Houses but still haven’t gotten around to it 😅

    looking forward to BE Summer and Tidyathon!

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    • Aaaah thanks Izzy, honestly don’t know what I’d do without you guys to help me stay on hiatus ❤ Thank youuuu I hope they do too, I'll get there.

      Actually the V E Schwab books my irl bestie got them on my behlaf when she went to a book singing of V E Schwabs and I gave her the money for them haha so they're both signed copies eeek! I've not read any of her other books but I really loved the Monsters of Verity maybe because it was during the first few weeks of me starting college they were like…my comfort blanket to escape in those weeks where I didn't have a friend at college. (who is now one of my best mates)

      Yus BE summer and the tidyathon shall be gold, hopefully and we all need our sunglasses hehe ❤

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  4. Welcome back, love !! ❤️
    YES finally you read Eliza and her monsters, please tell me you loved it as much as me!!!

    I also quite struggled with my own mental health this past month.. hopefully you are better now and if not totally, you’ll keep feeling better xx
    Wow, how time pass, eh … for me- my quarter of century is just around the corner aswell, less than 5months oh my god. 🤭

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      • Well, no absolutely not ! We have to have bad times i guess.. but its better to feel generally happy. Im feeling quite good this month, though we do started it on rainy and colder weather xD

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  5. Welcome back!!! I wanted to focus on Camp Nano this month and I’ll be interning with a family friend so my plate is full this month but I’ll read the posts for Bookending Summer! 🤗🤗 squishes you and hopes you feel better. Ugh, yeah, how to rate and review books is always difficult for me to think about (like why does it have to make us think so much?)

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  6. Welcome back Clo! Hopefully you’ve gotten your much needed and deserved rest these past weeks. We’ll be keeping watch over you to ensure you don’t get overworked, especially with the end of college coming closer and closer! I’ve been seeing glimpses of your work and I’m so incredibly proud of you! Even though it might sound incredibly scary, I’m 100% confident that you’ll do amazing ❤

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    • Thanks Michelle! Awh honestly, I’m glad I’ve got you guys keeping an eye out for me cause I don’t realise I’m overworking myself until it’s too late xD Ah ❤ ❤ ❤ I'm contemplating doing a blog post to showcase my college work through the two years mostly because it'd be fun to share my progress xD

      Life is scary but with the right people by your side, the scary part don't seem as scary 🙂

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  7. Welcome back! Sometimes it’s good to take a break.
    I think I’m going to read Shatter Me this month because I have the first four books and I’ve been planning on reading it forever.
    How did I not know about Bookish Collisions? I’ll definitely be joining.
    I’ll also be joining bookending summer!
    Congrats on nearly being done with college!

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  8. Feel like we’ve both finished hiatus at the same time!! ❤

    I really hope you like To Kill A Kingdom – I loved it when I read it, and met Alexandra Christo last year at YALC and she was lovely.

    19 isn’t too bad! I’m 22 and graduate this month too, but from Uni and have no idea what I’m doing still haha

    ❤ ❤
    Becky | Uptown Oracle

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    • aaah woo for coming back from hiatus then ❤ and yassss I feel like I will love it when I'm in the mood for it hehe.

      Honestly Becky, there are days where I wish I could just be 21 already and then I catch myself and I'm like no time already goes fast enough as it is xD ❤ ❤

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  9. YAYYYY YESSS MY BABY CLO IS BACK!!!!!!!!! Congrats on graduating college!! I’ve graduated almost 2 years now at 26 and I still have no idea what I’m doing lol.

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  10. Frost Blood is calling to me, I have to resist the urge to go buy it and read it now lol. And uhhhhh so glad you’re back on your blog, I missed you, but I’m also so glad you took the time away. I can’t wait to see what your blog has in store especially since regular reviews are gonna go to GR, and can’t wait to see your post about your college days!! ❤ I'm so excited for you, and don't worry, we'll be around to panic with you about life after college lol

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    • Buy itttttt honestly, you should not only is it a pretty cover but the story is amazing. At least for me it was hehe. Awh thanks Haley, I missed blogging but then I also didn’t xD It’s nice to be back though, phahaha honestly I’d love to know what I’m planning for my blog content too all I know is we’ll probs have more discussions…extra space and all that jazz xD

      Yayyyy I need you guys to panic to when I finish cause what is adulting xD My college days are highly dull to those in books imo xD

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  11. Congrats on your graduation!
    And wow, this is gonna be your last teen year – are you ready for that yet? *raises eyebrow*

    And woo for BE Summer! I’m participating but still can;t figure out which prompts to take part in *cries a little*

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    • No. I still forget I’m 18 ok, and I mean technically next year shall be my last teen year mwahahaha pros of being born in November xD So I spend 10 months of 2020 as a teen for the last time ever….*gulps* It’s gonna be weird but I’m also excited cause man I’m so over with my teen years haha

      And thank youuuuu, go with the prompts that call to you, try writing out a few see which ones click best? ❤

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      • Haha I’ll be 18 next year and I can’t process it except for the fact I need to do something about my passport (because I’m a September baby and I need to get a new passport before my birthday if I wanna travel in the summers and it’s gonna be a Thing)

        Thanks for the advice! I’ll try that 🙂

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  12. Hiiiiiiiii! Hope you had a good break but sorry to hear about your mental health – that really sucks 😦 I obviously have no clue what’s going on in your life but it might just be end of year stress & hopefully will get better soon (whatever it is! 💕)
    I know what you mean about school! I want to finish this year & have a break where I can read like crazy & also next year we drop some subjects we don’t wanna do (no more French – yay!) but then growing up’s so scary!

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    • Heyyyy ❤ aw thank you for that, I mean it's not end of year stress god I wish it were ❤ I'll get there though, it'll be a long haul though

      Growing up is both the most terrifying and wonderful thing ever to go through, I love being able to reflect back on my past years and see how far I've come and how much further I know I can go in many things.

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  13. Welcome back, Clo! I am so happy you read so much in June, you’ve been slumpy for AGES! I know your hiatus was difficult for you, but I am glad you took this time for yourself. Interested to see the post on scrapping reviews on the blog, and all your future posts!

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  14. *looks lovingly at Zephy* Awww, look at that cute fellow! I am so glad you managed to stay on hiatus for the desired time, Clo. Much proud of you. I am also very happy you’re back. I can’t wait to see what you have coming up!!! I am very excited for BE Summer and Tidyathon (we both know I need to tidy my blog) and I’m curious to see about your reviewing changes. So glad to have you back, and you already know I’m excited about this WIP, that I’ve already decided in my mind it’s going to have a GSD as main star. Hoomans don’t count :))))

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    • Thank you Rubyyyy ❤ Haha not gonna lie I'm torn between wanting to make the story a contemporary or making it a paranormal book with the GSD as a main/secondary character phahaha, I'm just imagining the dog staring at a vampire and smiling back at the vampire and it cracks me up haha.

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