Dancing Out of June 2018

June was another up and down month. From having 30 degrees to going back to 15 degrees in a matter of days. But also a teething and sick toddler and my own mood swings  with voice loss didn’t make this month any better. Even so I think we got through it okay and I don’t think too badly of this month, looking back.

Untitled Reading Challenge The Numbers
# Read 60 Books
Read this month: 25
Total: 113

    1. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll – 4 stars
    2. Witchmark (Witchmark 1) by C.J. Polk – 4 stars
    3. Cutie-B Part 1 by Richard Marazano – 2 stars (Comic)
    4. Enola volume 1 by Joris Chamblain – 4 stars (Comic)
    5. The Stone of Jovenia (The Legendaries 1) by Patrick Sobral – 4 stars (Comic)
    6. The Book of the Unwinding (Witches of New Orleans 2) by J.D. Horn – 3 stars
    7. Fables volume 6 by Bill Willingham – 4 stars (comic)
    8. Fables volume 7 by Bill Willingham – 4 stars (comic)
    9. Whichwood (Furthermore 2) by Tahereh Mafi – 3 stars
    10. Secret Diary (Lou 1) by Julien Neel – 4 stars (comic)
    11. Summertime Blues (Lou 2) by Julien Neel – 4 stars (comic)
    12. The Planet of the Wind (The Little Prince 1) by Guillaume Dorison – 3 stars (comic)
    13. The Planet of the Firebird (The Little Prince 2) by Guillaume Dorison – 3 stars (comic)
    14. The Wrath of Oberon (Wika 1) by Thomas Day – 4 stars (comic)
    15. The Dark Faeries (Wika 2) by Thomas Day – 4 stars (comic)
    16. De Zilveren Poort (De Saga van Mecram 1) by Cliff Riemens – 3,5 stars (Only in Dutch)
    17. Down in the Dumps (Lou! 3) by Julien Neel – 4 stars (comic)
    18. Idylles (Lou! 4) by Julien Neel – 4 stars (comic)
    19. Thief of Time (Death 5, Discworld) by Terry Pratchett – 4 stars
    20. The Witchwood Crown Part 1 (The Last King of Osten Ard 1.1) by Tad Williams – 3,5 stars
    21. The Keepers of Verdorso: A Finding of Kin by L.A. Millett – 2 stars
    22. Heksenhoeve by An Janssens – 3,5 stars
    23. Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts 1) by Vic James (reread)
    24. First & Then by Emma Mills – 4 stars
    25. Tarnished City (Dark Gifts 2) by Vic James – 4 stars

Okay don’t look at this total number. I read a TON of comics from the library. Thirteen to be exact. But whatever I’m counting everything these days haha. I was very distracted at the start of the month and I had a hard time focusing on reading so the comics just helped.

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# Unread Books
Total unread books on shelf start of May– 224
Books read in June (that count) – 5

Books bought/received in June (no ebooks) – 7
Total unread books on shelf end of June – 226

# Unread Ebooks
Total unread ebooks at the end of May  – 22
Ebooks read in June – 2 + 1
(I bought the physical copy so counted there now)
Ebooks bought/Received in June –  4
Total unread ebooks end of June – 23

# Beat the Backlist
Backlist books read in June – 23

Total – 81/80

I hit this goal for the second time and I think, while I will still keep track of it I am not going to set myself a new goal. I don’t need a goal because I obviously read a lot of backlist books. I also kind of lost interest in beat the backlist as a whole challenge because of it.

# Library Love Challenge
Library books read in June – 15
Total – 43/48

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⌘ The first of the month Merijn had grandpa day. I had a headache though and found it hard to focus myself so besides watching Agents of Shield I got very little done. (Turns out it was the prelude to that time of the month, yeay).

⌘ The day after we went to a wedding in the evening and stayed for an hour and a half, way past Merijn’s bed time but he did pretty well. Dad was of course chatting while mom was entertaining toddler lol. Husband also unexpectedly had the whole weekend off because he had to work the whole next weekend to fill in some shifts.


⌘ On the 5th husband had another day off before his six days in a row (one being school, exams). We ended up going to The Hague which ended up being quite the adventure because it was a very last minute decision and we really didn’t look up anything. We just went. As such we mostly just walked around. Merijn also puked on himself as we drove there, literally 10 minutes before we got there. So that stunk. Literally. We got him as clean as could be and had to buy an extra shorts because I forgot to repack that after grandpa day. Even so it was mostly fun. Nothing wrong with some walking around. And as it wasn’t too hot, it was enjoyable enough.

⌘ The puking wasn’t a fluke though and on Friday Merijn woke up from his nap with a high fever. As husband had to work all weekend I was pretty much on my own with a sick toddler, got nothing done and was exhausted/frustrated at the end. But at least the cuddling was nice.

⌘ The week after that was all kinds of exhausting. Merijn wasn’t really back to his usual self so there was a lot of crying. I met up with my friend with twins, had a meeting regarding volunteering (and I took on a nice bit of responsibilities) and there was also the mom cafe we visited.

⌘ For Father’s Day I took husband to a last minute viewing of Jurassic World 2 the night before. He unexpectedly had the day of so it seemed like a good day to end the day. For Father’s Day he got some gifts, I made a cake and just let him relax a bit.


⌘ It finally happened. Merijn tried to climb out of the playpen so we put it away and got a new cabinet for his toys. RIP calm starts and ends to the day. But he is doing pretty decent. And we got a lot of extra space back because almost all of his toys are now in the area where his playpen used to be. And he is seriously growing up so fast. 22 Months and he eats breakfast and lunch on a normal chair now. Two more months and he’ll hit two years.

 ⌘ I mean it when I say I love reading people’s mid freak out book tag answers so if I haven’t visited yours yet please leave me the link here or tag me on twitter or something. Mine is coming on Friday~

⌘ I did a free online masterclass about interpretating children’s drawings on June 20th. It was great but there was so much information. I would love to do the full online training but money~ At least I have some knowledge now.

⌘ The weather was a little weird in the midle of the month. We went from 27 to 16-18 degrees with unpredictable rain and wind, and then back to 27 the last week. Of course Merijn had a cold. Then I got a cold and lost my voice.

⌘ We’re going through our cabinets downstairs and selling things online to make space. I want to get rid of one of our cabinets (I brought this along with me when we moved in together. It is old.) Hopefully I can place a book shelf in its place haha.

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⌘ I updated the review policy.
⌘ I created a page with my whole owned tbr on it (from downstairs).
⌘ I made a linktree.


The Empty Grave (Lockwood & Co. 5) by Jonathan Stroud
The Burning Maze (Trials of Apollo 3) by Rick Riordan
Witchmark (Witchmark 1) by C.J. Polk
This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee
Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns 1) + Novella by Kendare Blake
The Book of Unwinding (The Witches of New Orleans 2) by J.D. Horn
The Stone Sky (Broken Earth 3) by N.K. Jemisin
Fawkes by Nadine Brandes
A Finding of Kin (Keepers of Verdorso 1) by L.A. Millett

Top Ten Tuesday
Books I Should Have DNF-ed / Books I Am Planning to Get From the Library / Series I Have Given Up On

Book Shelf Tour 2018
Intro – Decorations Shelves / Part 1 / Part 2

Other Posts
Dancing Out of May 2018 / Time to Do the Netgalley Tag / Book Haul #33 – With a Merijn Haul! / Long Series I Am Committed to And Those I Want to Start / Books I Think Merijn’s Dad Would Like If He Was a Big Reader / It Is Time…a Book Buying Ban + Book Haul #34

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Agents of Shield / Season 1 / Episode 9 to 22 / Finished
Agents of Shield / Season 2 / Episode 1 to 20
Yes I totally binged this. It is so much fun.

Thor: Ragnarok / Movie
This was actually a lot better than the first two Thor movies. He was so serious in those and I could never warm up to him with the story lines he got or that romance. This however was a lot better. There was banter. At some points it bordered on the ridiculous though. So yeah.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) / Movie
We didn’t have a lot of expectations regarding this movie but were pleasantly surprised. Look this isn’t a stellar movie, the stereotyping at the start had me rolling my eyes while I could have done without the romance. But it was fun and it made me laugh. I liked the bonding between the girls and the friendship they formed. It isn’t a remake of Jumanji. It fits easily after the first two, and they have just updated it to work in our modern world now into a videogame instead of a boardgame.

Cars 3 / Movie
We got this for Merijn but I didn’t think this was all that special and even worse than the second one to be honest. I did like how it referenced back to The Hornet though.

Moana / Movie
We finally watched this. We aren’t in love but it certainly is a great one again. And yeay no romance!

Jurassic World: Fallen Kindoms
So for Father’s Day we went to see this one. I liked it. But certainly not as much as the first one. There were some plot holes regarding the vulcano (they totally would have suffocated before even getting that close to the lava) and also in other places the plot was weak. Even so it was an entertaining watch.

Zoo / Season 1 / Ep 1-3
We actually watched the first few episodes on a tv station here two years ago maybe but then they changed it to their second tv station without letting its viewers clearly know, and we lost track of it. We got the dvd box of the first season now and I had a random itch at the end of the month to start this up again. I just really love the concept.

Worldchampionships 2018 – Soccer/Footbal

Rewatched: Zootropolis / Dr. Strange / Stand By Me / Alice in Wonderland

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⌘ Cait from Paper Fury talks about how she got an agent and book deal. She also had a guest post where Alison shared the recipe for the cake from A Thousand Perfect Notes.
⌘ Krysta from Pages Unbound talks about how rereading can boost your blog. She also talks about how book reviews could actually boost your blog traffic.
⌘ Avery from Red Rocket Panda talks about themed TBR’s.  They also reviewed Yes, You Are Trans Enough.
⌘ Michelle from the Writing Hufflepuff shares some LGBTQIAP+ comics you should read. Here is part two.
⌘ Tina from As Told by Tina shares her audiobook habits.
⌘ Kristen from Metaphors and Moonlight shares 10 LGBT+ sci-fi/fantasy books by LGBT+ authors.
⌘ Manon from Cafe Manon shows how she created an illustrated map.
⌘ Aimal from Bookshelves and Paperbacks shared a masterlist of diverse books from july to December 2018.
⌘ Sarah from Dragon & Zombies has asked for some flintlock Fantasy recs. If you have any please leave her a comment OR check out the other comments for recs.
⌘ Emma from Emma’s Library talks about misconceptions concerning d/Deaf.
⌘ Alicia from A Kernel of Nonsense has the summer 2018 comment challenge going on again. For August the sign-up goes live on July 2nd! Don’t miss it! For July I have been matched with Nicole from Erlebnisse. It looks like it is going to be a fun month!

Dutch Blogs

⌘ Emmy from Zon en Maan shares what it takes to create one of her themed goodie boxes.
⌘ Marcia from Oog op de Toekomst shared seven Dutch science-fiction books on her to read list.
⌘ Vivian from The Book Review talks about the importance of Disability Diversity.
⌘ Liz from Pluizenbol shares what she is good at as a book blogger.
⌘ On Ogma Tineke’s daughters reccommend a few books.


⌘ Chelsea from ChelseaPalmer let her goats pick her tbr.

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⌘ For July and August I’ll be participating in Life & Lit’s Throwback event with the bingo. Life & Lit is a facebook group and Destiny from Howling Libraries is the admin. It looks like fun and I am focusing on backlist reads anyway. These are just some options that work with the bingo.

⌘ Other than that I’ll be reading at least one review copy. And I am for sure reading A Close and Common Orbit with La La in the Library. And if we all get our copies on time I am also buddy reading Record of A Spaceborn Few with La La in the Library, Greg from Greg’s Book Haven and Jolene from Jo’s Book Blog. Otherwise it will be in August. As you can see I’m kind of keeping my tbr open more now as I clearly was having a lot of problems with reading in June, hence all the comis, so yeah.

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The Sunday post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. This is a bit of a recap post of the week (or month) where you can link to the posts you made this week, share news and wrap up your reading. I will also link up with Monthly Wrap up from Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction.

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61 thoughts on “Dancing Out of June 2018

  1. Yay, thank you for linking to my post! 🙂

    Wow, you read SO much, that’s amazing! Even though some were comics 😉 Still, almost one book a day.

    I’ve heard that the weather in Germany is pretty much up and down at the moment as well. With it being quite nice right now. I wish it was summer again here as well. Or at least spring. Winter bums me out, especially if it’s grey & rainy.

    I can’t believe Merijn is almost 2!! When I started following you he was a tiny baby still 😀 Thank you for always sharing so many lovely pics 🙂

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    1. Welcome.
      It helps the toddler still naps every day and I am getting more used to reading before bed time again.

      Yeah it is like 30 degrees now. I can completely understand that. The grey does not make for happy days. I just wish it wasn’t quite so hot.

      Right? How quickly does it go. ❤

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  2. Ooh Fables… I still haven’t read those. Sorry to hear about the sickness but otherwise sounds like you had a pretty good month (minus the weather fluctuations). It’s been kinda like that here too.

    I agree about thor: Ragnarok. And I liked the first season of Zoo, but haven’t watched the second yet.

    Can’t wait to see what you and LaLA think of Closed and Common Orbit. 🙂

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  3. I see you got a reading done. I also when to see Jurassic Word: Fallen Kingdom. I really enjoyed it. I understand when the Volcano scene was trying to show and tell with it. It really is a step up from the first Jurassic World.

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    1. I think I could have been content with Jurassic world not having a second or third movie. But yeah I understand what they are trying to do.


  4. I have to admit my mouth fell open a little when I saw you had read 25 books, haha! But it makes sense that a lot of those are comics, those add up really nicely. I love the idea of interpreting children’s drawings, let me know when you figure out what Merijn is thinking when he draws a blue duck 😉 I always love the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag as well, I actually just wrote mine and have scheduled it for the 12th. Happy reading, dear Annemieke!

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    1. Comics add up so quickly. I am trying not to take out too many comics straight away now either haha. But I did reserve some…
      Haha would love too. It was really interesting though to hear what drawings can tell of what a child is going through. Just the use of colors or how they drew a tree or a house, and what the length can tell about the relationships in the family in the home.
      Can’t wait to read it!
      And Agents of Shield is amazing and so addicting!


  5. I would love to Agents of the Shield. My daughter and I are watching The Flash right now. Loving it too! Hope you have a great week and your little ones feel better soon.

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  6. Sorry about the teething! Poor babies, I can understand why they are upset, but it’s rough on parents!

    And an illness thrown in on top of that?! Not fair. Hopefully next month is better. *hugs*

    Glad to hear it about Jumanji. I vaguely recall watching the original, but have no memory of it. I had to read the short story in second grade and I was still in elementary when it came out (I think!) and I just remember being mad because they “got something wrong”.
    This one looked kind of cute because they just went a completely different (and modern) way.

    Cars 3… HAHAHAHAHA Honestly, all three are the exact same movie. I can really only stand the first one.

    Moana was cute and as much as I love fairy tales, I do like that they are going in different directions with their movies. I just feel like they don’t *quite* know what they are doing. Once they figure it out, hopefully it will be like the Disney Renaissance period.

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    1. It is hard. He is busy with three molars. That has to hurt. And of course those don’t go quite as quickly as the other ones.

      I never read the short story so I’ve always enjoyed the first movie. I should see if I could search out the story though.

      True, true. I think toddler so far prefers movie 1 too. Good for me haha.

      I agree. I like that they are going somewhere else with the movies but its a bit awkward in places. We really liked Coco though. That one was so much love. ❤


  7. We started watching Zoo a while back and we never got around to finishing the series, but I remember loving it. So hopefully I’ll start watching it again soon! Jumanji was such a hilarious movie, I was pleasantly surprised when I watched it a while back. OMG the Caraval and Legendary covers are so freaking beautiful! I love the list of blog posts that you’ve compiled, I have about a hundred tabs now open on my browser thanks to you ;). Lovely post 🙂

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  8. My girls are teething right now, too… it’s so… fun… They’ve also started biting each other which is an added bonus.

    I love Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D! We need to catch up on the newest season. I believe it just hit Netflix. We’re also addicted to Zoo, and not many other people have heard about it! Like you, I just love the concept of animals finally fighting back.

    L @ Do You Dog-ear?

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    1. Ouch. I’m so glad he rarely tries to bite me haha. I hope the teething spell is over soon.

      It isn’t much talked about! I’m hoping to finish the season and then reserve the book at the library just to see how they compare and maybe do a post about it. We don’t have netflix so I’m dependant on dvd boxes and our cable. 😮


  9. And the ebook tbr keeps climbing. 😂 Don’t worry, I don’t think you’ll ever catch me. I must have at least 250 if not more because I have around 1K Fiction/Nonfiction read/unread in my Kindle library. 😝

    I’ll be going back to browse your owned tbr page. I am also participating in the comment challenge! I am excited for both of the Wayfarer book reads! 😊

    Here’s to better temps in July. It’s 32°C in the apartment right now and I’m melting. 😧

    Have a wonderful new month! 🌞

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    1. Stop gloating you. 😛 At least I still have a chance of hitting 0 with mine. 😉
      I saw. Was pleased to see you. Dani is a lot of fun. 🙂

      We have around 28 now but there is a bit of a wind so that makes it less worse. When it is very windy I even get chills inside.

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  10. It does sound like you had a fairly rough month, but wow, 25 books! That’s still impressive, even if some of those were comics. And yes, I totally agree that comics are easier to focus on! I also turn to comics when I’m having a hard time concentrating on regular books. I had pretty much the same feelings about Moana. Hope you have a good July!

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  11. Uhhhh can I just saw HOLY WOW you’ve read a lot! I haven’t even read 25 books in the year!!!!!!!
    And sorry to hear that you had a tough month – I hope this month is far better.

    And I watched Thor Ragnarok only a couple of days before finally watching Infinity War – mostly because I disliked the first two and I shared the same thoughts xx It was so funny!

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    1. I’m a stay at home mom with a reasonable long napper who reads reasonably quickly so that helps. 😉

      It is such a change from the first two where he was so serious and grumpy. But look, he cuts his hair and there comes out the Thor I would have liked to have seen from the start. 😀

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  12. Seems like a super busy month! Wow, time does fly if Merijn is almost two already.
    The weather’s been weird here too, now it’s super hot and honestly I wish it would cool down a bit soon 🙂
    I feel the same about Thor Ragnarok – loved it so much more than the first two.

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    1. It is going so fast haha.
      Yeah I’d rather have 22 degrees than the whole 30. But the bit of wind we had the last few days has helped a bit. 🙂


  13. I have so many initial thoughts, I’m not even sure how to begin. First off, though, I loved this layout and the entire month in review! How long did it take to put this post together (I love how you also included links and things to other blogs, I’ve only seen that done once before and I still think that’s an incredible idea)? It seems like a lot of work, but I certainly appreciate the work, because it was a joy to read. I’m also so impressed with your reading output!! It makes me wonder if I’m doing something wrong… 😛

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    1. Thank you!
      I have no idea about the time. I usually put the format at the start of the month in a post, and then fill it in once or twice a week with everything from that week. It is the most efficient way for this kind of wrap up. I do the same with the links. When I blog hop I have this post open so I can add a link right away that I want to share. Then at the end of the month I finish it off and put in the pictures.
      I love sharing the links. It is just great to be able to share people’s post that way.
      Well I am a stay at home mom with a toddler that still sleeps so that does really help a lot. 😉 And you are certainly not doing anything wrong. You are just doing what works for you. 😉


      1. Ah, you know, that totally makes a ton of sense, how you do it. That way, you know you’re not going to forget anything you really want to share! Sometimes, I wish I could blog full time. There are so many cool things I want to do, but never enough time to do it! I really enjoyed this post, though, so thanks for writing it. 🙂

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  14. 25 is a ton! Even with comics. I count everything, too. I somehow managed 20 books in June, but several of those were read mostly in May, and I also read several novellas. Still, I’m really happy I managed to read as much as I did!
    I had no idea there were classes on interpreting children’s drawings. That sounds interesting!
    I’m curious what you’ll think of Zoo later on.
    Here’s my June wrap-up: http://buecher-monster.de/2018/07/04/roundup-june-2018/ 😊

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    1. Twenty is amazing! And yeah comics totally count. Reading is reading. As is with novella’s.
      I didn’t either until a mom blog shared it. I wish it wasn’t so expensive to reall do the whole course.
      And me too.

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  15. You had a great reading month even with so many comics. Getting anything done with a toddler around the house can be quite the challenge not to mention a sick kiddo. Thanks for sharing the photos of your little guy 🙂 I hope you have a great July!

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  16. Teething and sick! That can be rough. I hope your little one is feeling much better now. It’s so hard when they aren’t feeling well at that age–well, any age, really, but more so then because there isn’t much you can do for them. It sounds like you had a good reading month overall! I need to clean out some of our stuff too. Our neighbor just had a yard sale and my husband mentioned maybe we should consider one too . . . I hope you have a great July!

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    1. It was. He does feel better but the teeting continues.
      Yeah getting rid of some things every few years is always a good thing to do I think. 🙂


  17. That’s amazing you’ve already hit your Beat the Backlist goal and we’re only halfway through the year. Go you!! And hugs for your little boy having the flu, being sick in the summer is the worst. Here’s hoping that July is germ free and wonderful for you all.

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  18. So you just made my day by linking up my post! Thank you 🙂

    I hope you and Merijn are feeling better! Every time I get sick, I end up losing my voice and since I answer phones at work, it sucks. Teething + sick baby sounds terrible. I want to hug you because that sounds rough. I hope you had a little time to yourself for some self-care. Are you planning a birthday party for Merijn?

    Comics totally count towards reading goals. I just borrowed 10 today from the library both digital and physical lol.

    I haven’t seen Agents of S.h.I.e.l.d but I plan on watching it eventually. My mom and sister went to see Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdoms and had similar comments to yours. I’m going to wait until it is out on Redbox so we can watch it at home.

    I hope you have a wonderful July!

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    1. You are welcome. ❤

      I feel you so much. I think I've lost my voice 5-6 times so far this year. It is the worst. Fingers crossed it will get less for both of us.

      I don't think we will do a big party. Just cake and presents haha. He doesn't really understand the concept of birthday yet.

      What is redbox? I've never heard of it. 🙂 Agents of Shield is so easy to binge.


  19. Awesome links! Avery @ Red Rocket Panda uses He/Him or They/Them pronouns, btw, not She/Her.

    Hope your little one feels better!

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  20. I’m amazed at how many books you read, including the comics (somebody has to read and share reviews on them too) and still take care of a toddler and a sick one at that this month. As always, I love seeing your family photos.

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