June in Retrospect

The year’s half over. I have no idea where it went. At the beginning of this year, I was living in another city, working yet another call centre job to make money, anticipating that soon my roommate would be moving away for months again to start a new job, and eventually I’d follow. Then plans changed, that job ended, we had a rushed move that involved a lot of going back and forth in some truly terrible weather.

Now 6 months have gone, we’re settled, my roommate’s working in health care, and I’m taking care of the house in exchange for room and board and a place to store all my books. There are worse lives to live. But so much has changed since the beginning of the year, it’s hard to believe that it all happened in such a short span of time.

And that’s not even looking at the book-related stuff that happened!

Speaking of, let’s get down to business and take a look at what happened here in June.

Reviews

Legacies, by Mercedes Lackey & Rosemary Edghill
Knight’s Shadow, by Sebastien de Castell
Walking the Labyrinth, by Lisa Goldstein
The Hanged Man, by P N Elrod
Texan & Tokyo comics 1-3, by Grace Buchele Mineta
The Philosopher Kings, by Jo Walton
A Murder of Mages, by Marshall Ryan Maresca
Time Salvager, by Wesley Chu

SPFBO review: Scrapplings, by Amelia Smith

So I wrote 9 reviews, and read a whopping 12 books! 3 of which were collections of comics and essays, so it’s not like they were particularly challenging reads, but even so, that’s one of my better months for reading, and I’m pretty damn happy with that figure!

Other Stuff

I ran a few of giveaways, but there’s no need to link to those since the winners have already been announced; no sense in directing people back to things they can no longer participate in!

I wrote about how different reviewers and bloggers handle the number of review copies they get in Review-Copy Wrangling.

I reviewed the J-horror movie Gomen nasai, known in English as Ring of Curse.

I set up a Patreon account, if anyone’s interested in financially supporting Bibliotropic even a little bit. Sadly, there’s not much of a freelance writing market where I live. Or a “jobs of any kind” market, to tell the truth, and I’d love to be able to take care of a few financial obligations in my life from the work I do here. Not expecting it to happen any time soon, but hey, I can dream, and I do have some plans for future projects on Bibliotropic that could and would be funded by Patreon supporters.

And finally, I posted my Best Of list for halfway through 2015, because there are some books that deserve extra attention and I don’t want to wait until the end of the year to give it to them!

Upcoming

As usual, I’m aiming for another 8 books read and reviewed, at least. I’ve made arrangements for at least 2 guest posts, too, and I’m looking forward to reader reactions to them. I’d like to do a couple more movie reviews if I can, too, because I’m surprised at just how much I enjoy writing them; they’re an interesting break from book reviews. Might get lucky and be able to host a couple of new giveaways, too, but at this moment I don’t have any specific ones planned.

So how was your June? For that matter, how was the year so far? Is it weird to think that it’s half over? Or does that just make you excited for what’s to come?

3 comments on “June in Retrospect

  1. 12 books in a month is amazing… I’m lucky to get through one these days (not like the old days, when I was young, and could read whilst fishing from the log I’d dug out to make a canoe).

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