Wrapping up June 2022

June has flown by! Here’s a glimpse of how mine went.

Books Completed This Month

πŸ“— Youngbloods (Impostors #4) by Scott Westerfeld YA Dystopian Fiction ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is a decent conclusion to the series. There are still enough open-ended questions for the possibility of another spin-off, but I’m also content if this is all that we get in this world. The author’s note in the back of the book is interesting too, and I recommend reading it if you do complete the series. Full review is probably coming in the next few weeks!

Average Rating: 4⭐s

Other Books Read (But Not Completed) This Month

πŸ“— You Are Not Your Own by Alan Noble Nonfiction

πŸ“— Once I Knew by Victoria Lynn Fantasy

πŸ“— Little Men by Louisa May Alcott Historical/Classic Fiction

πŸ“— The Edge of Summer by Erica George Young Adult Contemporary Fiction

πŸ“— The Reason for My Hope by Billy Graham Nonfiction – DNF

From June TBR List: 3/8

Goals Follow-Up

Originally posted here.

  • Post 3x per week
    • I started out strong with this, but as the month went by and I became busier with social activities, posting got put on the back burner.
  • Improve at volleyball
    • By the second game I was able to consistently serve over the net. I also confirmed that it is definitely better to have my contacts in rather than wearing glasses – partially for comfort (less innate fear of being hit in the face plus no need to worry about them slipping), but also because peripheral vision makes tracking the ball much easier.
  • Don’t eat out for lunch more than once per week
    • I still got coffee on my lunch break more than once a week, but for the most part I did not go out to eat more than once a week.
  • Stay on top of cleaning and, by extension, dive back into the podcasts I used to enjoy
    • Yes! I’m definitely back on the podcast train these days, although most of what I am enjoying now are different podcasts from what I used to listen to. The ones I listened to most this month are listed below.
  • See if Joy Clarkson is going to be hosting a Summer read-along on her podcast
    • Despite publishing a book in March, Joy’s blog (which leads to the podcast) has not been updated since November of last year. So, no summer book club podcast this year.
  • Log ten hours of reading toward the library’s Summer Reading program
    • Accomplished on June 27!

Other Highlights from June 2022

Most Popular Posts:

Music of the Month: Phil Wickham (links will be added soon)

Movies & Shows Watched: The Chosen season 1 episodes 1-3; Redeeming Love (2022) ⭐⭐.5

Podcasts: Radically Christian Bible Study Podcast, Net Positive with John Crist (actually pretty disappointed with this though), 5 Minutes in Church History

Verse of the Month: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

  • Tried sushi for the first time! Nothing raw or very adventurous, but still.
  • Ran/walked consistently – Partially in order to improve my general stamina for volleyball, but also just because I enjoy being outside and I used to enjoy running. Turns out I still do in small doses. I actually may write an entire post about this soon, despite the non-bookish nature.
  • Had a COVID scare that turned into a nice (if frustrating) mini-staycation.
  • Made one of my favorite Summer desserts for a group of friends – Icebox Key Lime Pie. My nephew says that next time I should make a cherry Icebox Pie. I think I’m going to try to make a layered cherry and blueberry one around the Fourth of July (how is that already next week??)

So that was June 2022! I’m disappointed that I only completed one book, but I cannot regret the time I spent with friends. I love the group that I’ve integrated with recently and the ways that we can both have fun and have serious, often theological conversations. It’s such a change from the past few years, and as much as I love reading and blogging, I don’t feel bad about choosing people over my own older hobbies.

What was the best book you read this month? Did anything new come out that you are excited about?

Until the next chapter,

Jana

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