June 2015 Recap

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Besom font by Krisjanis Mezulis

Gosh, where do I even begin with June? If you've been reading my blog for the past month, you may remember that I moved to New York for the summer to intern at HarperCollins. It has been a dream come true (seriously) and not a single day has been dreadful. I am INCREDIBLY thankful for this amazing opportunity, and I can't wait to share what I've been doing — hopefully in the near future :)


Find more photos of New York on my Instagram, @amarisinwonderland!

1. New York (basically the entire month of June was a highlight)
My parents had plans to visit my grandma in New York, so it was perfect timing for me to fly east with them. (I sound like a bird HAHA.) Being able to explore bits of the unfamiliar city with them made the transition a pinch easier, and they got to hear all about my first day in person. After they left, I had no problem finding things to do by myself — I am naturally okay with that, but I do wish I could walk around and discover new things with friends back home sometimes.

2. Meeting Mary E. Pearson, Marie Rutkoski, and Emery Lord at Books of Wonder
There are so many more YA bookish events on this side of the country! I was lucky enough to attend two during the first week of June — one to celebrate the paperback release for The Kiss of Deception, and the other as part of the Boldly Bookish Tour! I didn’t get to stay long for either because my parents were still in town, but I loved being able to see and hear all of the authors talking about their books.


Loved: Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
Liked: Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan
Was okay with: Caged in Winter by Brighton Walsh
Found strange: Love is Red by Sophie Jaff

Number of books and pages read in June: 4 // 1336 pages
Number of books and pages read in 2015: 28 // 8108 pages


Inside Out
To be completely honest, I didn't love Inside Out. (Please don’t whip out your notepad and start a list of reasons you hate me.) I am *HUGE* fan of Disney (movies, music, you name it - I love it) so I did have expectations going in — and they're usually exceeded, but with this one ... I just couldn't get into it. I found myself constantly waiting for something exciting to happen, and then it was all over. I was also very annoyed by Riley, the young girl who houses the emotions. It was a good movie, don't get me wrong, but not one I'd choose to re-watch.

Gilmore Girls (S3 + S4)
When I first started watching this show late last year, I was obsessed. And then I stopped when Jess left because, well ... Jess left. LOL. BUT I AM BACK ON THE GILMORE GIRLS TRAIN, Y'ALL, AND I'M LOVING IT. No episode escapes me without laughter, ESPECIALLY when it involves Kirk. I highly recommend this show to everyone!


  • 16 Titles To Add to Your Summer Reading List - Although I was planning for the look to be a little different, I was so happy that all these wonderful ladies agreed to contribute. It was fun to read everyone's responses and put it all together!


I didn't listen to much in June, not even the radio, but I heard this one on the airplane and loved it.

What were some of your favorite reads in June? Do you watch Gilmore Girls (and more importantly, how much do you love it?) What are some songs you've been listening to on repeat?


  1. I LOVE KIRK. Hahahah, he's hilarious! Also I was watching Guardians of the Galaxy a few months ago and he's in that movie! I was shocked. And I paused the movie and took a picture because I had to.

    Also I just recently discovered Bea Miller and I love her music, too!

    I hope you're enjoying your internship at HarperCollins! Seriously, that would be such a wonderful experience and I'm super jealous. I'd love to hear more about your experience if you wanted to write a post about it! :)

  2. I'm so glad you've been having a great time in NYC! That's so exciting and awesome! Meeting authors you love is always the best!

  3. Your internship is so exciting - and fantastic that you get to meet all these amazing authors! And all in NYC no less - I hope you post all about it when you can! I tried to read Love is Red, but ended up DNFing - I found it pretty strange too. I've been seeing Dumplin around and people seem to be loving it, I need to check it out!

  4. I so totally agree with Inside Out! I didn't like it either...I felt like the world building took too long and they were still doing it up at the very end. I got bored through most of it. Dumplin looks great and I'm glad you enjoyed it. Also, I love NYC and I'm so happy to see that you have loved the city and your internship. :)

  5. Congrats again on your internship -- it sounds like you're having a wonderful time in NYC! And I agree, Kirk is definitely one of the best parts of Gilmore Girls :)

  6. Hold up, how did our paths not cross at the Boldly Bookish event?! But seriously, I hope I catch you while you're still in NYC. I'm glad to hear you're enjoying yourself, and I'm glad you were able to transition with your parents joining you on your trip over (I wish it'd been that way for me when I moved back to the US) <3

  7. How lovely that you got to attend some fun bookish events in NYC! I'm always a little jealous of how many authors stop there, though I completely understand why they do. Luckily, we still get a fair amount of events in Atlanta. It would be hard to live somewhere where there were none! AND YAY GILMORE GIRLS! I was so excited to see that picture in your post, even if the later seasons aren't quite as good as the earlier ones. :)