June 2018 Wrap-Up

Can you believe we are wrapping up June already? I have to say, I thought this year would go very differently from the way it did. Anyways, I am actually quite happy with the amount of reading I managed this month. And I am even more happy that the number of books I am behind on my Goodreads challenge is slightly decreasing. Here is what I’ve read:

Jackaby (Jackaby, #1)  The Immortalists  Beastly Bones (Jackaby, #2)  The Song of Achilles  To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)

As always, click on the title to get to the review on the blog and on the cover to get re-directed to Goodreads!

I have become increasingly frustrated with the lack of progress in certain areas of my life. I know that I am definitely partially responsible for it, but it isn’t ALL on me and therefore I feel a little stuck. That’s never a nice feeling, so I tried to do as much as possible and to keep as busy as I can and succeeded in doing so. I went to a small film premiere for one of the funniest Austrian movies I have seen in recent years, I also got to go on a set visit for an Austrian TV show that hasn’t even aired yet and went to the monthly board game night one of my friend’s coordinates. In addition to that, I went to the movies with an entire branch of my family, there were several birthdays and I started to go to yoga again. It’s all baby steps, but I will get where I need to go in the end.

I am also really happy to have established a sort of routine for myself, which involves working on Arcadia for at least three days a week. I did publish a new chapter, but I want to hopefully upload more than one per month from here on out. Also, I have come to the conclusion that Arcadia will be a duology and even though there is still a couple chapters left in part one of the series, it will be done rather sooner than later. It took me a while to figure out what was holding me back in writing more, until I gathered that there was just too much I wanted to pack into one book. This will make things a whole lot easier for me! Nonetheless, I could use your motivation more than ever and I just love getting feedback and reactions! Read Arcadia here if you haven’t yet and let me know what you think!!

Lastly, it was my 5-year-blogiversary and I had so much fun answering all YOUR questions! If you missed the posts, I put the links below and if there are still questions you want to ask me, you can do so in the comments. I did a little giveaway and my good friend Marie won and she recently received her gift and I couldn’t be happier that she likes it! Also, Life and Other Disasters now officially has more than 2000 WordPress followers and I am so happy this happened in the blogiversary month.

FAVOURITE THING OF THE MONTH

This is a kind of random segment I just established in this very moment. Basically, I want to showcase a book/show/movie/song that was my absolute favourite thing of the month. For all of you who follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably noticed a short period of time, where my account has basically become a fan account for the movie Set It Up, but I was just so in awe of it! It’s very much in the spirit of older rom-coms (which I have missed SO much) but it is current and has an amazing cast. I watched it several times and have no regrets whatsoever! (The pizza scene is iconic forever!!!)

ELSEWHERE ON THE BLOGOSPHERE

I like that this little section has become a fixture in my wrap-up because all of you are creating such great content and I just feel like it needs to be shared.

  • T. Mack is a fellow blogger I feel like I have a lot in common with, so I was extremely delighted to see her spotlight the show Queer Eye. We all need it in our lives and I just hope everyone reads the article and then watches the show! There is no makeover show this impacting anywhere else out there.
  • The Orang-utan Librarian gives us another writing insight post on the difference between showing and telling (something I have personally struggled with)!
  • Sophie tells us all reasons as to why we should participate in Camp NaNo and explains the whole event a little further for people who are unfamiliar with it.
  • Meggy does something unplanned and gets personal and it is beautiful!
  • Lia wrote an amazing post to bring awareness about romance in media and how you apparently can’t find a happy ending if you are not willing to be in a relationship (which is totally not the right way of thinking!!).
  • Lois got to visit Canada this month (guess who was super jealous and wanted to hide in her suitcase?) and has written her first travel diary post! I cannot wait for the rest of it!
  • Nicka wrote this really relatable post about getting lost in your 20s and how it’s okay to not have it all figured out.
  • Lastly, I GOT INTERVIEWED! Deborah was so kind as to ask me some really interesting questions for her Blogger to Blogger series and I’d love it for all of you to check it out and maybe find out something new about me.

MY POSTS

BLOGIVERSARY POSTS

ALL KINDS OF POSTS

MOVIE/TV RELATED

TRAILER POSTS

So, this was my month! What do you think? Let’s chat about all the things that happened!

58 thoughts on “June 2018 Wrap-Up

  1. Oh wow, you really weren’t kidding about June being busy! It looks like you really got involved in a lot, but it also sounds like the good kind of a lot, especially working more on Arcadia! I’ll have to sit down and check it out soon, since I’ve seen you participate in a couple tags for it. 🙂 I know how it goes to try and work more and more on original stuff. It’s a little tough, but super worth it!

    And goodness, your art is lovely! That’s such a great painting. ♥

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    • Hahaha right!? SO much happened and I don’t even know how I had the time and energy for all of it.
      I would absolutely love for you to check out Arcadia, although I am sure you are busy with your own projects right now 😀 I just hope to really move the story along.

      And thank you so much! I’ve always just loved drawing and painting and it just happens that I am not too bad at it, which is fortunate for me haha

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  2. Ooh I also loved Jackaby (still have yet to read the sequels..) and To all the boys I loved before is SO much fun and I loved all the cuteness that is this book!! Also have been meaning to watch Set it up which shouldn’t be that hard for me to accomplish since it is on netflix, but alas I still have not seen it *facepalm* Great recap!

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    • I’ve only read Beastly Bones so far, but I like that there will be a continued storyline for the sequels. Unfortunately the other books weren’t available the last time I checked with my bookstore, but I hope to read them soon 🙂
      I hope you will LOVE Set It Up! I am just obsessed with that movie haha

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  3. Wow, friend. You’ve had quite the month! Congrats again on the blogiversary and passing 2000 followers! Thanks for the shout-out as well. I haven’t watched Set it Up, yet, but I’ve had my eye on it. With your recommendation, though, you know I HAVE to watch it now!

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  4. I am so happy you had a great reading month and that you finally read To All The Boys – it’s such a great book and I loved it so, very much ❤
    I'm glad that you manage to keep yourself busy despite everything, that's what matters, taking baby steps to go towards what you really want. I am certain that things will move forward in a way you want it to, hopefully sooner rather than later ❤ ❤ And YAY for working more on Arcadia, so very glad of the progress you are making with this and, as always, I will be your number one fangirl and I can't wait to read more of it :p
    Thank you again for hosting such a great giveaway and I am so happy you reached 2000 followers, what an awesome accomplishment, so very proud of you!! ❤
    Set It Up was amazing, I want to re-watch that movie haha.
    I hope you'll have an amazing July! xx

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    • I really was starting to get into one of those spirals of I need a job, I don’t want to do just any job, I might have to do a random job because I can’t stay unemployed any longer and so on. It was dreadful, so I tried to occupy my mind as much as possible and evidently succeeded haha
      THANK YOU! And thanks for participating in the giveaway 😉 it was fun to draw Fallon for you!
      Happy July to you, my dear ❤

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  5. My June went by both pretty quickly and pretty slowly (I’m not sure how that’s possible). It was also a good month for me. I had my first vacation in nearly a year, and spent the majority of it working on Rose, which as of today only six more chapters to work on (five if I decide to combine a few). That vacation also allowed me to relax and catch up on some much needed sleep. And it ended on my birthday, which was celebrated with an open house at my mom’s place with a band. And my sister, who’s a baker, made this delicious cake in the shape of a tombstone with skulls. That girl knows me so well.
    That, and a bunch of other stuff happened, which really made for an interesting month. Hopefully July is just as fun and productive (fingers crossed).

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  6. I hate that feeling of being stuck. That is something I know all too well and it’s the worst feeling in the world. It’s like you want to set out and do all the things that will benefit along the way, but putting those ideas into practice is so hard when you think of the obstacles that stand in the way, including ourselves. It’s the most frustrating experience, but things will come together in the end. I just know it. How did the set visit go??
    Again, congrats on the 5 years of blogging and the 2,000 followers. You deserve all the exposure cause you’re epic.
    I still plan on watching Set it Up, and I will do it by the end of the year haha.
    Hope July is kind to you. 😀

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    • Being stuck is soooo annoying and frustrating! I am applying to jobs and they like my applications, but there is never an actual opening for me to work. I mean … I just want to work in the field I actually studied for!?!?
      Thanks, Lois! I don’t know why people keep coming back to the blog, but I am happy they do.
      May July be kind to you as well!!

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  7. Woah, sounds like it was a pretty productive month! Loved to see the books you read- I have many of them on my TBR 😀 don’t get discouraged over the current lack of progress! Life is a continuous learning experience, and you have it in you to be absolutely amazing!

    Also, congrats on Arcadia! Ah, I can’t believe you’ll be finishing the first part- I still hope you’ll go published with it one day!

    Best of luck ❤

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  8. I watched Set It Up with my mom this weekend and we both really enjoyed it, so I just wanted to say thank you for the recommendation! It was such fun, old-school rom-com just like you said 🙂 AND OMG THE PIZZA SCENE!!! So iconic.

    I just read the prologue of Arcadia and wow, it’s so atmospheric and intriguing! I love prologue’s a lot and yours is honestly one of the best ones I’ve read. I can’t wait to keep reading 🙂

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    • AAAH! I AM SO HAPPY YOU LIKED THE MOVIE! It’s truly one of my recent faves and I really think it will be one of those movies being remembered for a while. I just honestly hope Glen and Zoey keep doing movies together haha

      I just did a long AAAH! But I want to freak out again. You read the beginning of Arcadia?!?!?! I am so glad you liked it so far, I hope you’ll continue to do so as the story moves on. But not going to lie, I was really quite happy with that prologue 😀

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  9. AHHH CONGRATS ON 2000 FOLLOWERS KAT YOU DESERVE IT SO MUCH ❤️ Also look at you go, working on Arcadia 3 days a week?? I should follow in your footsteps after Camp NaNo and make myself a schedule as well haha

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  10. It seems like you had a bit of a mixed month Kat, and I hope things start looking better for you soon that’s for sure but it seems like you had a really busy month as well. ❤ You certainly got a lot done and it's great you have a more established routine for Arcadia now as well, it's something I'm still trying to work towards for my own WIP (trying and failing at the moment I'll admit).
    Also you got through some great books. I'm really glad you enjoyed The Song of Achilles even if it wasn't quite what you hoped. I hope you have an incredible July, and happy reading too. 🙂 ❤

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    • I am currently keeping at it with staying busy, which my mother loves. I swear she says I am so boring, but my current lifestyle is not sustainable haha I literally had a social obligation of some sort for every single day this week and I am exhausted haha
      And don’t worry! We all have ups and downs in terms of working on our WIPs. You’ll get back to it, I am sure!
      I hope you have a great July as well!! ❤

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  11. Thanks so much for sharing my post! I’m so glad you loved To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before! Will you be reading the rest of the series as well?

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    • No problem! I think it was a great post.
      And I don’t know. It’s not that I didn’t like it enough to continue, but I heard very mixed things about book 2 and I am not sure I want to go there. I might wait and see if they do another movie, because then I will be motivated.

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  12. I have heard amazing things about Jackaby and I definitely plan on checking that book out. I’m glad to see that you enjoy it and it’s sequel. 🙂
    CONGRATS on the 2000+ followers! That’s seriously amazing and very well deserved. ❤

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