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Monthly Wrap-Up: June

It’s time for another monthly wrap-up! I know I’m a little bit late to the game on this one. I totally wasn’t thinking last week, and didn’t do this one last Friday like I intended. So, I’m talking about June at the end of the first week of July!

I read eleven books in June!! That was a huge step up from my May total of eight!

Books I Read:

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Isolation by Bex-chan (re-read) (5 Stars)

The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck (REVIEW) (4 Stars)

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare (4.5 Stars)

Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon (review coming soon) (4 Stars)

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (4 Stars)

The Cafe by the Sea by Jenny Colgan (4.5 Stars)

The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara (REVIEW) (3.5 Stars)

Suitors and Sabotage by Cindy Anstey (REVIEW) (5 Stars)

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli (5 Stars)

The Orphan’s Wish by Melanie Dickerson (REVIEW) (4 Stars)

A Dangerous Engagement by Melanie Dickerson (4 Stars) 

(Disclaimer: All of the above are affiliate links to Amazon, and when you purchase a book through one, I will receive a small commission. Just FYI 🙂 ) 

So, yeah, I read 11 books! I read one e-book, three NetGalley ARCs, four audio books, and three physical books. I read some really great things this month. I made it through all of my NetGalley ARCs, and I feel much better about the few I still have left on there now! Overall, the lowest rating I had this month was 3.5 Stars, same as last month. Not too shabby!


Things I Posted:

Reviews:

The Hazel Wood ~ To Kill a Kingdom ~ The Love Letter ~ The Unbinding of Mary Reade ~ The Orphan’s Wish

WWW Wednesday’s:

June 6th ~ June 13th ~ June 20th ~ June 27th

Harry Potter Anniversary Week:

Day 1: The Hogwarts Tag ~ Day 2: Ranking the Books and Movies ~ Day 3: Top 7 Characters ~ Day 4: Visiting the Birthplace of Harry Potter ~ Day 5: Ships ~ Day 6: Why I Think Harry Potter Is a Masterpiece ~ Day 7: Thank you, J.K. Rowling…

Miscellaneous: 

Monthly Wrap-Up: May ~ My Most Controversial Ratings ~ May Subscription Box: OwlCrate ~ 10 Highest Rated Books On My TBR

This month, I posted the most I have posted since I started blogging! A large part of that was from participating in Harry Potter Anniversary Week, which was so much fun!! I am still considering adding another day to my posting schedule. It now seems much more possible than it did before.


Getting Personal:

This month was actually pretty slow and relatively uneventful for me. I did start my new job at the flower shop. I’m mostly doing deliveries and taking orders on the phone, but I recently started trying my hand at arranging. I’m terrible, but I hopefully will get better soon!

Other than working, I mainly just had a lot of hangouts with various friends of mine: movies, dinners, karaoke/trivia nights, pool time, and whatnot. I also had my monthly tea party. This one was bittersweet, as it was the last one that a friend of mine will get to come to. She is moving to another state to pursue her acting career – I’m so pumped for her, but I will miss her!


My July TBR Pile:

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Physical Books:

Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

Crash Override by Zoe Quinn

E-Books:

Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

NetGalley ARCs:

Mary B: A Novel by Katherine J. Chen

I am excited to get to some books that I have been wanting to read for a while. I am going to finish Dragonfly in Amber this month! I have been trying to get to this book for months, and I’m going to make it happen. I’ve wanted to read My Lady Jane and Truly Devious for quite a while. I am going to attempt to buddy read Truly Devious with a friend of mine, if we can get our schedules to align. Crash Override is my book club book for this month.


How many books did you read this month? Have you read any of the books I read? What about the books on my TBR for July? Let me know down in the comments! 

 

Love and happy reading,

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Monthly Wrap-Up: May

 

Monthly Wrap Up

It’s time for another monthly wrap-up! May was a bit of a slower reading month for me. I only finished eight books, but I finished a majority of the books I had planned out for the month, so that seems like a win to me!

Books I Read:

 

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Bullied to Death by Judith A. Yates (REVIEW) (3.5 Stars)

Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan (4 Stars)

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert (review coming soon) (4 Stars)

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare (5 Stars)

The Strawberry Hearts Diner by Carolyn Brown (4 Stars)

To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo (review coming soon) (5 Stars)

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (5 Stars)

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman (4 Stars)

(Disclaimer: All of the above are affiliate links to Amazon, and when you purchase a book through one, I will receive a small commission. Just FYI 🙂 ) 

As I said earlier, it was a bit of a slower reading month for me, but it was a quality reading month. My lowest rating was 3.5 Stars, which is pretty great. So, while I read less, the quality was high, and that is the most important thing, don’t you think?


Things I Posted:

Monthly Wrap-Up: April

Book Review: Ready Player One + Interview with Gaming Aficionado

WWW Wednesday: May 9, 2018

The Liebster Award: Discovering New Blogs

Book Review: The Prince and the Dressmaker

WWW Wednesday: May 16, 2018

April Subscription Boxes: OwlCrate and LitJoy Crate

Book Review: The Favorite Sister

WWW Wednesday: May 23, 2018

Awesome Blogger Award

Book Review: Bullied to Death

WWW Wednesday: May 30, 2018

 

I started doing WWW Wednesday posts this month, and I’ve really been enjoying it. It is definitely keeping me more accountable. I think doing three posts a week is working well for me right now. I just started a new job, which will give me a few more days a week off, so I might potentially add another day to my posting schedule. I’ll have to think about it…thoughts?


Getting Personal:

May was a pretty big month for me! I went to the Renaissance Festival with my husband and my friends Lori and Cole. I had lots of fun movie nights with several of my friends. My husband, Nathan, and I became official members of our church. I had my monthly tea party that I host at my house.

Most importantly, I quit my job at Barnes & Noble. I worked there for three years, made some great memories and some even greater friends. But, it was time to move on. I will definitely miss a lot of things about working in a bookstore (the discount on books being a major one 😉 ), but I am excited to start my new job. I am working in a flower shop, where I will be learning the art of arranging flowers! I am super excited for this opportunity, and can’t wait to see how it challenges me 🙂

 


My June TBR Pile:

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Regular Reads:

Suitors and Sabotage by Cindy Anstey

Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

NetGalley ARCS:

The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck

The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara 

The Orphan’s Wish by Melanie Dickerson 

 

I have a lot of NetGalley ARCS for books that are being published during the month of June, so I need to get on those ASAP!! As for the other titles, I’ve been meaning to read Suitors and Sabotage for a while. I just finished Lady Midnight, and am anxious to start on Lord of Shadows. Olivia Twist is the book that I received in the May Once Upon a Bookclub box this month, and I am planning to follow the reading plan they sent, so that I can open up the packages on their schedule.


How many books did you read this month? Have you read any of the books I read? What about the books on my TBR for June? Let me know down in the comments! 

 

Love and happy reading,

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