June Wrap-up, July TBR & Holiday/Hiatus Update

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I just cannot believe how fast this month has gone and I can’t believe it is almost time for me to go to Japan on my mum and my annual trip together.

So far I think I’ve got everything I need packed and knowing me I’ve been focusing more on the books to take of course 😉 The highlights of this past month have mostly been with me and my parents and support workers and of course passing the Advanced ECDL final exam just over a week ago and also I have really enjoyed my last days on my Business Administration course where there have been some really good times but also it has been way harder than I expected in some senses some of you will already know 😛 Another thing I have mentioned a lot on here is my waiting for my ordered books to come from the library and so far a lot have come but not really the one I was most anticipating. The one I was most looking forward to was The Goddess Chronicle by Natsuo Kirino as I read her top seller Out earlier this year and was really impressed so when I saw she had also written a mythological based story too it was basically love at first sight. But, I gave my library until today to fulfil my requests whilst mostly looking forward to this book and while the system said they were in transit, this book never came forcing me to cancel my orders today as I will be leaving tomorrow.

It was a shame all right, but I will look at the positives at the books that did manage to make their way in which I will list later 😉 I taking a break from blogging whilst I am away and will be leaving tomorrow and won’t be back until the 18th so it will be around that time I will update on exactly how everything went. I will be very tired once I come home as there is a massive time change from where I am to Japan and I have been to Japan 4 times before and have always found this change takes time to properly adjust to when coming back home. We will be staying in three places in Japan one of them being Tokyo which I haven’t been to since I was 12 and greatly look forward to seeing again despite the prices and crowds. Mum has planned a rough itinerary for when we are there but we mainly plan to make the most out of our Japan rail pass and see as much as we can by train like we have done the other times we went with my dad. All my previous visits to Japan have been in the winter time as that is the time my dad has off of work but this trip will be in the height of summer so it will be VERY different and I do wonder sometimes how things are going to go with all the heat as I’ve never really liked walking about when it’s really hot. It’s all to be looked forward to though as I know this is an experience to be savoured 🙂

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I feel this past month has been quite good with books as I am one book ahead of schedule once more on my GR reading challenge, mind you some of these books were really quick reads and I read the same amount as I did last month but anyway 😛


Always There (Heartland, #20)1984Time's LegacyRebel Heart (Dust Lands, #2)Raging Star (Dust Lands, #3)The Wretched of Muirwood (Legends of Muirwood, #1)


  1. Always There by Lauren Brooke
  2. 1984 by George Orwell
  3. Time’s Legacy by Barbara Erskine
  4. Rebel Heart by Moira Young
  5. Raging Star by Moira Young
  6. The Wretched of Muirwood by Jeff Wheeler

An average selection of books for me really, the Heartland book series had been a favourite of mine when I first started the series when I was 13 in school and it took about 10 years for me to finish the series lol 😮 They are still good books that I would recommend to anyone and I will read more by this author that’s for certain. 1984 I found to be quite a dull and slightly disappointing read, sure the whole concept of it was plausible and did feel like it could be possible one day but I just don’t think i connected with the writing and plot the right way. It was still certainly worth the read and I will write my review soon. I took forever to finish Time’s Legacy and I will review it but I will say here I found it had too many pages with not enough happening which made it very putdownable but this month I decided I just needed to make room on my college library card for more new books so I managed to finish this… after months 😛 Moira Young’s Dustland books were thrilling as I have mentioned before, but the overall outcome was only average for me and I will review these books as a series. Jeff Wheeler’s first instalment in the Muirwood world pleasantly surprised me as it was philosophical in some senses and had an engaging plot so I think this is probably the book I most enjoyed this past month. The one I least enjoyed sadly has to go to Time’s Legacy as I took so long to get it finished :/ On to July!

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July/ Japan TBR

As anyone close to me knows, the books I take for a holiday can be just as exciting as the holiday itself and I custom select my holiday reads to be in vein of the culture or setting I am visiting. This is something I find really works for me and one of the many things that makes travel so special 😀 I have a massive selection of books I want to read whilst I am away and it is likely I will not get through them all even though there will be plenty more reading time on this trip than the last one, but here they are.


Kingdom of Sleep (A Thousand Nights, #2)Memoirs of a GeishaKojiki (Kojiki, #1)The Printmaker's DaughterShadows on the Moon (The Moonlit Lands, #1)Barefoot on the Wind (The Moonlit Lands, #2)The Emperor of the Eight Islands (Tale of Shikanoko, #1)Heaven's Net Is Wide (Tales of the Otori, #0)Circle of Shadows (Circle of Shadows, #1)

  1. Kingdom of Sleep by E.K. Johnston
  2. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  3. Kojiki by Keith Yatsuhashi
  4. The Printmaker’s Daughter by Katherine Govier
  5. Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott
  6. Barefoot on the Wind by Zoe Marriott
  7. Emperor of the Eight Islands by Lian Hearn
  8. Heaven’s Net is Wide by Lian Hearn
  9. Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye

This is one hell of a TBR for just under 3 weeks but some of these books are ebooks that I have borrowed from my library catalogue and most are one’s I’ll have to carry. I honestly cannot say here which one I look forward to reading the most as they are all appealing for different reasons and I have read a great many positive and negative reviews for them all. If the library had got everything I needed then I would have been taking David Mitchell’s number9dream, Mimi Yu’s The Girl King, Renee Ahdieh’s Flame in the Mist series and of course the Goddess Chronicle instead of Lian Hearn’s books and Kingdom of Sleep. I know Kingdom of Sleep is not really appropriate for Japan culture-wise but I loved A Thousand Nights so so much and you know I just have to have an enormous TBR wherever I go cause it wouldn’t do to run out of books now would it? 😉 But all in all I hope to get through as many of these books as possible and I know I’ll have to return to my regular books once I return home so I will make a new TBR then whether I finish all of these or not. OK I think I’ve gushed enough, but I want to thank everyone for their support to me regarding college and ECDL exams and well… everything and I would like to wish everyone a fabulous summer and see you soon 🙂

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