Hello! The summer has well and truly begun. If you’re students, you’ve probably finished your exams, and if you’re not, I hope your workload is lighter than it was. Everything seems to somehow slow down in the summer when we’re too lazy to cope with the heat. My June was a good month, we had a vacation at the sea, did some day trips (like the one to Bled, featured above), and generally enjoyed the warmer weather that the second half of the month brought along.
In personal news: I am working hard on the translation of The Lies of Locke Lamora, trying very hard to get it done before Baby arrives in late August (if he’s on time). My motivation to work varies, the factor that affects it the most is definitely the amount of sleep I manage to get in during the night. I feel really, really pregnant already, even though I have two months to go, so thinking about how the last month will look like is worrying me a bit. I mean, I still do some prenatal yoga and such, keeping myself in fairly good shape, but I’m definitely feeling pregnant. Baby is also kicking a lot, sometimes painfully (the ribs and the outer wall of my belly are favourite kicking points, it seems). But it’s great to feel him moving around so much, I hope he’ll be a strong one like his brother (who weighed nearly 4 kg when he was born, ha).
In Kiddo news: He’s the best. Some hissy fits aside (a notable one was when we took him out of the water when we were on vacation and he screamed while A. carried him to our house through the campsite – it was too cold for him to stay in the sea, not that he gave a damn about it), he’s a really nice kid. He’s starting to learn some of the songs and nursery rhymes and children’s poetry we’ve been reading/singing to him, which is really cool. He starts mumbling a snatch of a song in this really off-key, deep voice and then expects us to continue with the rest of the song. He’s also grown a bit, I think, he’s really a little boy now, no longer a baby. *sob* I’m looking forward to spending more time with him during the summer.
In reading news: I had a fairly mediocre reading month. I read (and reviewed) Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, which was possibly the best read of the month. I finally managed to finish my re-read of Red Seas under Red Skies by Scott Lynch for our Bastard Read-Along (our reviews are going live on July 12 if you want to join us!), so I’m looking forward to re-reading The Republic of Thieves soon. I read The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss, I wasn’t a huge fan of this one.
I also read the sampler of Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor I got from a friend who attended Bea. It’s very intriguing, to say the least, I will most definitely be reading the entire thing when it’s published in September. Oh, and I re-read the entire Animal Magnetism series by Jill Shalvis, apparently I needed a good romance binge. If you’re looking for fluffy summer reads, look no further! I also read her Sweet Little Lies, the beginning of the new series, and liked it a lot. I’ll be reviewing it soon.
What I wrote about
I posted less frequently in June and I think this half-assed hiatus was a good thing because I now have a renewed passion for blogging (this is currently the third post I’m writing today, yay!). I’m trying to create a bit of a buffer for the following month (or two?) so you’ll probably be seeing two posts a week or so. Hopefully. :)
- Reviews: This Savage Song (definitely a May favourite!!), Me Before You
- Discussion: Reading Novellas – this is the 8th discussion towards my Discussion Challenge goal, which is pretty good, I think. I’m aiming for at least 13 altogether, so I’m ahead. I think.
- Other cool stuff: Gone to the Movies: The Breakfast Club, My Summer TBR, Summer by the Sea
- Some good recommendations for Beauty & the Beast fans – I might have to look into some of these for my Retelling Challenge (ignore the popups, sorry)!
- Look, I know some of these are horrible but they also make me laugh when I’m sleep deprived. I love my kid but I *hate* the idealistic approach to parenting – where we should all pretend that we’re fine all the time. Sometimes we’re not fine. And that’s okay. If we can laugh about it, all the better.
- Also, this. Sometimes, there’s just no reasoning with them. :)
- Mel listed some of her favourites animated movies – lots of good, old stuff here!
Aaand that’s all from me! How was your June?
Was your reading any more exciting than mine?
Wishing you a hot, carefree July! :)