Looking Ahead: June

Monthly review - LogoLooking Ahead is my monthly review, focusing on my blogging and reading goals for the coming month. I will look back at the previous month, summarizing some of my posts and determining if I met the goals I laid out the month before. And I’ll finish with some new releases that caught my eye (usually with a focus on fantasy and young adult)!

Looking Back

Since this is my first monthly review, I can’t very well determine if I met my monthly goals, since they were never set! However, know I didn’t complete as many reviews as I wanted. I started blogging again two weeks ago with a schedule in mind. I didn’t publish it, because I didn’t want the expectation or the disappointment. I write about my son, daily, on another WordPress blog, and along with my other daily duties, it leaves me very little time to craft and publish meaningful posts for this site, at least to the caliber I would like. The schedule follows a basic outline: certain posts on certain days. If I don’t have the scheduled post done for that day of the week, nothing gets posted. This way, as I work up to regular postings, things make sense. And until I get there, I can note the gap in content. I am trying to build up a backlog of posts so I don’t have to fret about writing every night. I have a lot of ideas, now I just have to get them down on paper (or screen).

Books Reviewed

Fifty Shades Trilogy by E.L. James

Books Read

  1. Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James
  2. Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James
  3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  4. The Selection by Kiera Cass
  5. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (currently reading, almost complete)

Looking Ahead

As I ease back into serious blogging, I am afraid to set too lofty of goals in my first go. While it might urge me to do more, it could also have the opposite effect. And if I miss them, I know I’ll be disappointed in myself. So, with that in mind, here are my moderate goals for the month of June, anything beyond would be icing.

Books to Review

  • The Selection by Kiera Cass
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • The Way of Kings Brandon Sanderson

As a note, these are reviews I want published. My personal goal with to have at least two more in my backlog.

Books to Read

I have once again amassed a collection of library e-books, all of which are young adult. While I wouldn’t call all of them “easy” reads, I tend to read these faster than other books, so I hope to read a minimum of four this month. While I know I should be reading books from my own shelves (the whole reason I originally started this blog), I am just happy to be reading at this pace again. I mean, I finished five books in May! Once these are complete (or returned), I will select a paperback off my shelf.

  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • Reached by Ally Condie
  • Requiem by Lauren Oliver

New Release Spotlight

Two of these releases feature some of my favorite authors. All of the others are authors I have yet to read, but sound promising. Note that I stuck to only first releases of a series unless I have already read all previously books. All links and given summaries are courtesy of Amazon.

Top Three

Rogues by George R.R. Martin (June 17th)

Twenty-one all-original stories, by an all-star list of contributors, will delight and astonish you in equal measure with their cunning twists and dazzling reversals. And George R. R. Martin himself offers a brand-new A Game of Thrones tale chronicling one of the biggest rogues in the entire history of Ice and Fire. Follow along with the likes of Gillian Flynn, Joe Abercrombie, Neil Gaiman, Patrick Rothfuss, Scott Lynch, Cherie Priest, Garth Nix, and Connie Willis, as well as other masters of literary sleight-of-hand, in this rogues gallery of stories that will plunder your heart—and yet leave you all the richer for it.


The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains: A Tale of Travel and Darkness with Pictures of All Kinds by Neil Gaiman (June 17th)

Beautifully illustrated by renowned artist Eddie Campbell, this is a four-color edition of Neil Gaiman’s award-winning novelette “The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains”—a haunting story of family, the otherworld, and a search for hidden treasure.


Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence (June 3rd)

The Red Queen is old but the kings of the Broken Empire dread her like no other. For all her reign, she has fought the long war, contested in secret, against the powers that stand behind nations, for higher stakes than land or gold. Her greatest weapon is The Silent Sister—unseen by most and unspoken of by all. The Red Queen’s grandson, Prince Jalan Kendeth—drinker, gambler, seducer of women—is one who can see The Silent Sister. Tenth in line for the throne and content with his role as a minor royal, he pretends that the hideous crone is not there. But war is coming. Witnesses claim an undead army is on the march, and the Red Queen has called on her family to defend the realm. Jal thinks it’s all a rumor—nothing that will affect him—but he is wrong.

Honorable Mentions

  • The Girl Who Never Was by Skylar Dorset (June 3rd) – faerie princess is wanted dead
  • Shield and Crocus by Michael R. Underwood (June 10th) – magic, tyrants, and heroes
  • My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal (June 10th) – in the style of If I Stay
  • Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis (June 17th) – when a boy sleeps, he’s transported to another world and another mind
  • The Stepsister’s Tale by Tracy Barrett (June 24th) – retelling of Cinderella
  • I, Morgana by Felicity Pulman (June 26th) – Kindle only, retelling of Morgan La Fey

 

Did you meet your expectations for blogging or reading in May? Do you have any reading or blogging goals for June? Share with me in the comments!

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