Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Month in Review - June!

I'm baaaaccck!
My blog break was lovely but it barely feels like I had one. I'm still feeling frazzled with the goings-on in the word and want to crawl under a rock and hide for a while longer but it's ever more apparent that we're not going to catch a break from the chaos and uncertainty for a long while to come so I just need to suck it up and learn to deal with it.

My reading took a massive hit in June. I wish I could say that I filled the non-reading time with tv or movies or even gaming but I didn't. I mean, I watched some tv and movies and I did play some computer games but nothing more than usual really. I also wish I could say that I got lots of posts scheduled (as was my plan) and blog visits caught up on but I can't say that either because I didn't... In fact, I have no idea what the heck I actually achieved or did in June beyond playing around with my kitchen (and even that isn't finished).

You may remember that I mentioned a while back that my MIL was diagnosed with breast cancer (early stages). Well, it should have been a "simple" matter of lumpectomy followed by radiotherapy but nothing is ever simple when it comes to cancer... Mix that with covid and it's a massive nightmare.
Long story - and about 4 mini surgeries later - they're talking full mastectomies and lots of other not so fun stuff and we can't be there to help or properly support her because she's in Ireland and we're not. It's really really getting to my husband (as it would since it's his mum) but with the current arrangements here, and work, we're stuck.
Fingers crossed for us/him that we can get over there some point in the summer!

In June, I read 8 books.

One re-read (Wait For It), one audiobook, two novellas, three kid's books and one novel.

My favourite book of the month The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller.
My least favourite read was Snow Song (and it wasn't that bad... Just very basic even for a kid's book.)

It's safe to say that progress towards this year's reading challenges is very mixed!
Beat The Backlist, New Release and Audiobook challenges are going fine. I'm happy with my discussion challenge (because I've actually shared a couple!) but the rest are not really happening. There's time to turn them around though!

Audiobook Challenge is at 6/20


I loved this book! It was beautifully written.

New Release Challenge is at 31/31

Bossed it! I hit my personal target (of 31) but since the tier I selected ("New release pro") is 31-60 books, I'm going to see how high I can push it.

Beat The Backlist is at 35/80 

Retellings Challenge 1/10


Bookish Resolution - Shut Up & Read It 2/16 


Bookish Resolution - Nuke Netgalley (pt.1) 0/16


Bookish Resolution - Nuke Netgalley (pt.2) 3/21


Bookish Resolution - Read The Series 1/12


Bookish Discussion Challenge 2/10



That's it from me. How was your month?


  1. Sorry about your MIL. That is really hard.

    My SIL just went to be with her twin for eye surgery and they just canceled the whole thing to test them both for COVID because she came from out of state. She really should have thought about that first and I understand why they did it, but everything is so complicated these days.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

  2. Nicci, where in Ireland is your MIL? I live in Wexford in the S.E. if that's of any help?

  3. Sorry about your MIL. Hopefully the mastectomies will get the cancer out. I hope you have a good July.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  4. I am hoping your husband can get to his mother. The separation is hard enough without having to worry about your loved one going through such a procedure without you there. ((HUGS))

  5. Oh no, how scary about your MIL. That really escalated. :( I hope your husband is able to get over there sooner rather than later. Looks like you’re plugging away at the backlist books.

  6. Prayers for your MIL. Hugs to you and your hubby.
    I hope July is better for you all.

  7. I really feel for your husband and I get his frustration. We couldn't even see my uncle in hospital and we live a five minute drive from it. Not being there for her must be terrible for both of you. I'd been wondering how things were going but you don't like to ask straight out in case the news isn't good y'know? I'm thinking about your family all the time.

  8. I am still on the waiting list for Daisy and the Six audiobook..ugh.

  9. I get it all. I'm sorry about your MIL. I'm such a moody reader. Even if I'm reading it's so hard to start books. Let's hope we all have less stress in July.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  10. I'm wishing the best to your MIL!

    I just finished The Song of Achilles this weekend and OMG it was incredible! I was a sobbing mess by the end but I loved it! Lol.