So our very first month on Of Wonderland has come to an end. I honestly think it’s been a smashing month with lots of posts and I hope you’ve enjoyed our space on the Internet so far. We have tons more in store! I’d just like to take this moment to thank you for every visit, like, share, tweet, and comment we’ve gotten. It’s been really nice to return to the blogosphere when we have such lovely people waiting for us on the other end. It means a lot that you’re digging our little spot.
We’re starting a readalong of Julie Eshbaugh’s IVORY AND BONE today, a combination of Pride and Prejudice and prehistoric times! Join us on Twitter where we’ll be discussing the book from July 1-8 in the hashtag #ivoryreadalong.
When We Collided by Emery Lord // ★★★★
The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan // ★★★★★
The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan // ★★★★★
Blood Promise by Richelle Mead // ★★★
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater // ★★★
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank // ★★★★
Wanderlost by Jen Malone // ★★★★
Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne // ★★★★
Class Zero by Y.A. Marks // ★★★★
The Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani & Mindi Scott // ★★★★
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson // ★★★★
Inner Circle by Y.A. Marks // ★★★★
Heaven or This by Topaz Winters // ★★★★★
The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock // ★★
50 Ways to Yay! by Alexi Panos // ★★★
The Island by Olivia Levez // ★
My Demon’s Name Is Ed by Danah Khalil // ★★
I mean, pretty solid reading month, both quality and quantity wise. Nothing below a 3-star rating is pretty rare for me! (EDIT: I wrote that the day before I read The Smell of Other People’s Houses, so clearly I jinxed myself. It’s funny how I always seem to have such bad luck with requesting ARCs. They almost never turn out to be 4 or 5 stars for me.) I reread Percy Jackson for the Fantasy Favourites Read-a-thon and created something really fun with it, so I hope you’ll enjoy that! When We Collided, Am I Normal Yet? and Wintergirls are for the Shattering Stigmas event in August. All three of them were amazing and I definitely recommend them. Wanderlost was really cute. I’m happy with this month.
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff // ★★★★★
This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab//★★★
Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan// ★★★
Percy Jackson & the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan// ★★★
Percy Jackson & the Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan// ★★★★
As always, a slow reading month for myself, but it’s been an incredible month overall, with nothing below 3-stars. Most of the books I read were incredibly captivating adventures with characters to root for. I mostly read Percy Jackson because I had Inge and our friend Natalie on my case for far too long. I enjoyed them! I’m currently hauling Percy Jackson & the Battle of the Labyrinth everywhere with me, in case I finish reading The Shadow Hour by Melissa Grey when I don’t have another book on hand. However, I definitely need to buckle down and read more, because this just won’t do. Unfortunately, I do tend to read mostly ARCs (I am drowning in them) and I’m a mood reader, and sometimes my mood is “Ew, no, no more books!” It won’t stop me from buying them though.
June 1: Of Wonderland: An Introduction
June 3: FairyLoot: A Bookish Unboxing!
June 20: Become A Secret Sister!
June 24: Authors in Wonderland: J.A. George
June 27: Big Magic // A Book For Every Creative Soul
June 28: TTT: Top Ten Books To Read In A Day
June 29: DISCUSSION: On ARCs and “Privilege”
Well, obviously, I’ve been really busy with Of Wonderland! Aside from writing and scheduling a shitton of posts, I’ve also been really busy with our events, fixing everything that should be fixed, and sharing it with the world.
Aside from that, I’ve just passed my theoretical driver’s exam, whoo! I think this will really help me in regaining my independence. It’s a really big step – I’ve learned how to drive before, but that was 6 years ago. I have to take driving lessons again, so we’ll see how that goes. Stay off the road…
I think it’s safe to say that I’m absolutely exhausted, but also really pleased with how this month has gone. Bring on July! In which we host an Ivory and Bone readalong and have fun during the Fantasy Favourites Read-a-thon. I also turn 24 and go visit the Harry Potter Exhibition in Brussels. I’m also hoping I can finally get some blasted writing done again.
I think we absolutely kicked butt this month, what with the launch and diving straight into one of the many events we have scheduled. I spent every Monday this month writing and scheduling posts and responding to comments, and I’m so happy, grateful and excited that you guys are loving Of Wonderland too!
For those of you wondering (you probably aren’t), I’m no longer using Goodreads in its entirety. Instead of updating my status with the current books I am reading, I am now mostly on twitter, sharing my reads with the hashtag “Aly Reads.” For example, I’m currently reading The Shadow Hour by Melissa Grey, and updating my status using #AlyReadsTheShadowHour. If you have Twitter, feel free to join me! I’m also consistently updating my Instagram with bookish pictures, and can always be found there, lurking like the creepy booklover I am.
Also, in case you didn’t know, I will be hosting a giveaway on said Twitter profile when I hit 1,000 followers! I’m so close, yet so far. Help me get there!
Books I Got This Month:
June has been an insane month for me, and I have a huge bookhaul to show you guys!
- The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
- In the Dark, In the Woods by Eliza Wass
- The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
- Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
- Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
- The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
- With Malice by Eileen Cook
- Off the Page by Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer (seriously annoyed that I did not know this was a sequel?)
- Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan (thanks, mum!)
- Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan (I hate myself.)
- Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco, sent by Asma and Hafsah @ Icey Books. Thanks, guys! You are the best!!
- Exit, Pursued By A Bear by E. K. Johnston, sent by Asma @ Icey Books. Thank you, again! <3333
- A Good Hiding by Shirley-Anne McMillan, sent by Atom Books. Thank you!
- Alice by Christina Henry, sent by Titan Books. Thanks so much, Lydia!
- Nevernight by Jay Kristoff, sent by Harper Voyager UK. Thanks, Katie! You’re awesome!
- A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess, sent by @TMI_Trekkie on Twitter. Thank you!
- Aerie by Maria Dahvana Headley, sent by @TMI_Trekkie on Twitter. Thank you again!
- A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir, sent by Harper Voyager UK. Thanks, Jaime!
- Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman, sent be Rock the Boat UK. Thanks, Cailin!
And, of course, the book I received in my FairyLoot box, but I can’t talk about that yet. So there it is, twenty books, even though the Heroes of Olympus series is like five books, but I’m counting the entire series as one. Cheating, I know, but have you ever felt bookworm shame? I’m feeling it now. It’s terrible. But yay, books!
As for life updates, there is literally nothing new going on in my life, except for the fact that my beautiful MacBook Air broke down and now I have to use a huge, bulky, monstrous loaner computer and I hate it so much. Oh, and I might have lost my novel, which seems to happen every single time I almost get to the end. It’s saved to the Cloud, but I can’t remember if I’d recently updated it or not. I hate myself.
But overall, it’s been a great month, and I am SO EXCITED about our Ivory & Bone readalong! I hope you join us — we will have a blast.