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June Wrap-Up

June Stats
Number of Books Read: 4
Pages Read: 923
Average Rating: 4.125
Favorite Book of the Month: Wicked Saints by Emily A Duncan
Least Favorite Book of the Month: Didn’t really have one!
Current Progress Made Towards Yearly Reading Challenge: 31 of 50

June was… well… rough. Only four books!?

I’m giving myself a pass though. We had a busy month.

We vacationed for a long weekend with family in Oak Island, NC, we celebrated one year of marriage, we started packing up our apartment in preparation for moving in with my parents while our house is being built, we spent numerous weekends with family and friends… it’s just been a crazy month.

I’m going to strive to do better in July!

It’s only the first of the month and I’m almost done with my very first Grishaverse book and so far, I’m loving it! I didn’t really know about them at all so I started with Six of Crows, simply because everyone raves about it. But after I finish Six of Crows, I’m going to jump back to Shadow and Bone and hope it doesn’t confuse the crap out of me. I’ve literally had Shadow and Bone this entire time and I didn’t know I should have started there! I’ve gone about this all wrong and it’s really giving me anxiety.

Anyway, some honorable mentions for June:

  • Hats off to my husband for making it a year with me! Though he’s been dealing with me for over 7 now…
  • I got my ARC for Cursed by Thomas Wheeler and I am PUMPED to read it and then watch the Netflix show when it comes out.cursed.jpg
  • The Grishaverse is coming to Netflix! The Shadow and Bone series will be hitting Netflix soon and I. Can’t. Wait. I’m going to burn through all the Grishaverse books in preparation! Check it out here.
  • A new Hunger Games book was announced! It looks like this story will be set 64 years before the events of the trilogy we all know and love! untitled panem novel

Until next month!

Keri

Posted in Book Review

Black Butterfly by Robert M Drake

Read Dates:June 9, 2019 – June 9, 2019
Publication date: April 2, 2015
Source: Owned copy

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There is nothing
more dangerous
to any form of government
than an entire
generation
who knows how to dream
and believe
in themselves enough
to change
and reinvent
it all.

I’m back again with another Robert M Drake book! I saw two of his books in my local bookstore a few weeks ago and… I’ll admit… bought them based on how beautiful the covers were. I have a serious cover porn problem…
Anyway, I wasn’t disappointed. His books are a far cry from what I get from Rupi Kaur who was actually the author who got me into poetry books at all. Where Kaur is raw and relentless, Drake is soft and soothing. This is only my second book of his and I plan to seek out ALL others by Drake but I’ve gathered that I’m 100% right in that he’s a hopeless romantic. In Black Butterfly he actually mentions his significant other and most of this book was more romantic whereas Spaceship had a little more heartache and struggle in it.

And there were
always
those nights where
she preferred the
rain over the people.
Because the rain would
remind her of how
she should feel
and people
would remind her
of all the things
she always
wanted
to forget.

The author is one of the few who has found true love and what it means and he wants the world to know of the beauties that come with finding the one who ignites your soul.

Don’t think.
It complicates things.
Just feel, and
if it feels like home
then follow
its path.

Look, if you want a feel good poetry book, pick up one of Drake’s books. This one was definitely more of a feel good poetry book. The passages are a little longer than those in Spaceship but they’re still just as deep. I really enjoyed this one and I’m glad I gave him a try. He’s wonderful.

Love
what loves you,
but never
hate
what hates you.
For hate is
the burden
to exhaust
the
stars in you.

And a timeless entry in Drake’s book from 2015 that I will cherish forever as Robin Williams was one of my absolute favorites and was lost all too soon.

Robin Williams

Keri

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Spaceship by Robert M Drake

Read Dates: June 6, 2019 – June 6, 2019
Publication date: March 13, 2014
Source: Owned copy

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Society pushes us to pour out our beauty and uniqueness. So they can burn us alive for being too different

This book claims to be a “collection of words for the misunderstood”. It’s not wrong. This book is dark, quirky, weird, beautiful… there is hope among it’s pages.
It seems like the poet is a bit of a hopeless romantic as well. Always giving himself over to his love for his significant other.

This collection didn’t just present you with the words of a hopeless romantic, though. Nay. It gave you strength. It reminded you that you are enough and you can flourish and reach your full potential if only you allow those that are holding you back to let you go.

Her eyes like a battered black sun, departed from the night before. She remembered the suffering the world caused. But it was in her weary soul, a killer’s instinct to savagely keep going.

This book tells us not to be ashamed of what we’ve endured. It has taught us vital lessons and is the reason we are able to push forward with all of our might. Don’t let people pity you or shame you for your past. Your past shaped you into who you are right now.

Change was among the stars, the moment she began to love herself.

This was a super refreshing read. I’ve been in a bit of a slump lately when it comes to reading as we have been crazy busy but then I saw this book in my book case and thought, “Heck, I definitely have time for a poetry book!” I’ve also been wanting to read Drake’s works for a while now and I’m so glad I did. This book was wonderful and I hope you pick it up so it can remind you, as it did me, to stay weird. 🙃

The world is filled
with broken people
with broken lives
searching for broken love.
And that is why being
alone has never
felt so good.

I can’t see myself
with the crowd.

I never have.

Keri