To sum-up: June 2020 wrap-up + overwhelming July TBR

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Hello friends,

June was very weird and overwhelming and…kinda shit to be honest. In more ways than one, but especially when it comes to reading. I think I can safely say that this is my worst reading month, quality wise.


I…am not sure what to say here, lockdown has made time fake and life void of all things. Days and nights started blurring together, my productivity and focus went out the window and my mental health finally took hit. Which I’m impressed it lasted this long. Lockdown finally got lifted on the last week of June and I was able to, safely and while social distancing, meet up with my friends and that helped a little. But it also made me realize that as an ambivert, I am not used to socializing anymore and being around people now is more draining that it used to be when I went was around other people every single day. But no matter, I’ll be there again soon enough.

That being said, I did the best I could do with what I had and a few awesome things came out of this month:

1- I made a Patreon! Tiers start at 3$, and I have all sorts of fun stuff on there, some of which are early access to content and letting my patrons make life decisions for me… I’m also currently working on setting up a discord so  it’s easier to talk to everyone and so we can all read the monthly book together. 


2- I get to be a rep for two book boxes I absolutely adore!! Illumicrate approached me at the beginning of the month to work with them, and then I took a leap of faith and emailed Fae Crate and both panned out! I already got my first Illumicrate and fell in love with it. I hav discount codes for both of them, which I have no monetary gain from, just something for you to use in case you wanna get either box:

  • Illumicrate: FADWA5 for 3 and 6 month subscriptions.
  • Fae Crate: WordWonders5 for one-off purchases, subscriptions and monthly boxes.

3- I reached 4k subscribers on Youtube and almost 3k on Instagram (I’m over 3k when this post goes up) and both those numbers are baffling to me but I’m very grateful to everyone who chooses to hear me ramble about books. Even my blog stats have been at an all time best the past few months. I could never have thought when I started out that this is the kind of reach I’d have year down the line and it’s very humbling, so thank you ❤ .

I wanted to host a giveaway to celebrate all of this but since a lot of countries have their borders closed right now (rightfully). I’ll be holding it off until I am able to include as many people as possible in the giveaway. Maybe I’ll just make coincide with my birthday at the end of the year haha.

4- I don’t know if you remember, but Laura and I made a content warning database a few years back that’s still being updated to this day. A week or so ago, I was thinking about how to make it more visible and accessible to people and it FINALLY dawned on me that I could add a link to it to the my blog sidebar, so it’s right there at the top of it. I hope this helps more of you find the content warnings you’re looking for. We have over 400 books on there.


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I read almost the same exact amount as last month, 11 books and 4311 pages. The only difference is that I had a miserable time because I disliked half the books I read and I was just over June as a whole. Throw the whole month in the garbage.

For once, my video wrap-up is up before my blog one, so I won’t be writing about the books I read, all my opinions (mostly rants) are in the video, enjoy! 


Color the Shelves

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Well, I’m finally and officially going back to work on Monday (the 13th) and I’m really excited about that, I’m even more excited about the fact that I got three new scrubs and will get to rock them haha. I’m just glad my life will get back to having some type of structure to it even though I’ll be very busy, but I’d rather that than be aimlessly slugging through my days. I think that’ll help with my mental health space too.

I still haven’t managed to catch up on comments and it’s very unlikely I will before next week since I want to focus on scheduling as many posts/videos as I can so I can stay ahead of things and not get overwhelmed once my content making time is severely limited. So I think that instead of trying (and failing) to allocate a few hours in one go to catch up on all of them, I’ll just do a few (maybe 20) a day until I’m all caught up and then hopefully I won’t let them pile up again.

Content wise, I have a few SUPER exciting things coming on here an don my channel. For the blog, an interview with an author I (and many of you) love and on Youtube, I’m working on a secret TBR video my patrons decided on, which should be really entertaining.


That’s it until next time.

Did you read any of these books? What did you think of them? What books did you read this month?

Oh! And if you have any posts you think I should check out, leave them in the comments.

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.




4 thoughts on “To sum-up: June 2020 wrap-up + overwhelming July TBR

  1. Fadwa!! Ah you’re killing it with not only the videos but THOSE THUMBNAILS ARE STUNNING!!! Love all your content and your recommendations.

    I’m so stoked to read The City of Brass eeek!! As well as Black Flamingo and Full Disclosure, can’t wait to get my hands on them xx

    Hope going back to work goes well.


  2. i’m so proud of you and happy for you with all your growth, fadwa!! it’s truly what you deserve and i love seeing you thrive 🥺💓 i can relate to the “mental health taking a hit” thing in june, and i hope things will be better for you in july 💕


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