Wrap Up 2019: June Reads and Reviews + July TBR

I must confess that I completely forgot to get any blogging done this month.

Reason #1: The first two weeks of June were the last two weeks of school for the little ones and so I was running here and there, doing my best to close down my library in time for summer vacation.

Reason #2: My transition from having two jobs to only one involved a lot of basking in the morning hours, complete with leisurely visits to cafΓ©s and bookstores, along with TV binges and full on video game immersion.

Reason #3: I had a huge TBR for this month and I was falling seriously behind for the first two weeks and so all I did in the second half of June is catch up on reading in my spare time.

There was more going on, but honestly, I just needed to take another step back from blogging and let myself read a book for the simple enjoyment of reading a book.

June is Pride Month, so I made it my mission to read as many LGBTQIA+ books as I could manage this month while also whittling down the list of unread books in my room.

I’m very proud to say that I DID NOT buy any books in June and I have no plans to buy any new releases in July either. Though, that may change if I find myself needing a new cover on the shelf.

Top Reads

Though I loved Morning Star, I think the second book of the Red Rising trilogy edged out to be the most captivating, especially with that cliffhanger of an ending!!! Also, just seeing Darrow rise up and fight made my inner warrior shout with delight.

Girl Mans Up was an impulse download. I was looking for an interesting LGBTQIA+ audiobook to listen to for Pride Month and this popped up. I gave it a go, and wow. Great narration, amazingly insightful, touching, maddening, and just plain good. The ending left me teary-eyed. Highly recommend.

Most Disappointing Reads

Standalone novels are hard. Nowadays, most books that are released are soon followed by several more installments. Telling a succinct, understandable, and captivating fantastical story in one single novel is challenging. It takes time to build up the world, the characters, and the conflict. And unfortunately, I don’t think Four Dead Queens quite managed it.

Things I Disliked:

  • Hard to relate to any of the characters
  • MC fairly unlikable
  • Many unanswered questions and nonsensical rules
  • Unsupported lore
  • Boring secondary characters
  • Forced romance

Things I Liked:

  • Solid mystery and twist
  • Strong ideas


A valiant effort, but ultimately forgettable in the long run :/

Since I only posted TWICE in June, I’ll just skip the Top Posts and Reviews section. Here are those two posts I mentioned:

Wrap Up 2019: May Reads and Reviews

Dreamy Book Tag Covers

  • June 17th was my birthday!!!! I got so many birthday wishes and my friend treated me to some dessert AND gave me a cool skeleton key he found at work. I put it on a chain, so now I’m 2% more fashionable.
  • My upstairs neighbors jerry-rigged a hose to their sink and promptly started a leak in my bedroom at 2 in the morning. So I had to have my walls cut out, dried, dry-walled, and painted over again (a three day process). The only thing I was mostly worried about at first, though, were my books that were directly under the leak. But they were sheltered by the bookcase and I moved them just in time πŸ™‚
  • My school library is closed for the summer! So now I have more time to read, blog, paint, play video games, and live life a little more.
  • I finally saw Aladdin! It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be! Jasmine was great, and so was Will Smith as Genie.

I really like this so far. Blood-thirsty sirens and hideously ugly mermaids are my favorite versions of those mystical creatures. And I do like the lore and terminology. I’m hoping it remains just as dark and captivating until the end.

The majority of these are unread books in my library that have been sitting on my shelf for more than a year. I don’t plan to make too many new-ish buys this month (maybe Sorcery of Thorns, Tales of the Shadow Market, and An Enchantment of Ravens) and I know for sure I won’t stick to this TBR, but a girl can hope.

And that was June! I’m excited for July! I have a lot of projects in mind (art-wise) and I plan to do more baking. Also Lion King finally comes out!!!! Hope it will be good. I wonder what amazing things July will bring πŸ˜‰

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time ❀

17 thoughts on “Wrap Up 2019: June Reads and Reviews + July TBR

  1. I’m going to read To Kill A Kingdom this month so I’m glad to know you’re enjoying it!πŸ‘πŸ» and OMG, super excited that you’re going to read I’ll Give You The Sun, is one of my all time favorites, I hope you enjoy it and have a great July πŸ’•πŸ˜Š

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    1. Oh yay! Seems likes it’s a mermaid sort of month then haha. I’ve heard so many wonderful things about I’ll Give You the Sun. Can’t wait to get into it myself πŸ˜€ Happy July!

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  2. It’s okay to forget about blogging sometimes, especially when things get stressfull and blogging feels like another thing adding to it. I’m glad you took the time to just read and relax. Good on you for still reading so many books! I’m so sorry about the leak that must have sucked, though I’m glad to hear that your books survived! Good luck on the tbr and I hope this month will be a little more calm for you πŸ™‚

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    1. Yeah, I never want blogging to feel like a chore. So it’s good to put it off every now and then. It’s also a great feeling to just relax and read a book, just to read, not review, ya know? And that’s all right. As long as the books are okay, I’m good! Thanks so much! Happy July ❀

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  3. Ahhhh how awesome is Golden Son!!!!! That book seriously is freaking amazing, and I love how you can see the mistakes that Darrow is making along the way with a certain friendship, but not really knowing what is going to happen. I am rereading the Red Rising series at the moment in preparation for Dark Age at the end of the month!!!

    Also, Happy Belated Birthday!!! Awesome work not buying any books, I am going to do that this month because I have waaaaay too many on my TBR shelves!!!!

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    1. It’s one of the best sci-fi books I’ve had the privilege of reading in recent years. I had a full on discussion with a work friend of mine about Darrow and the choices he made not just in war but also in his relationships/friendships. There’s just so much going on to appreciate. I’m planning to read Iron Gold soon before Dark Age is here! So EXCITED!

      And thanks so much!!! Lol, it’s hard not to buy books, but once you really realize how many books you have that are unread, and you commit to reading them, then sometimes it helps tamp down on your buying haha. But not always. I think I might end up buying at least 3 books this month…LOL

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  4. seems like you had a busy June, I’m glad at least you managed to get so much reading done! How are you enjoying work, too? πŸ™‚ And happy belated birthday, I hope you had a wonderful day ❀
    From your TBR, I've read The Hate U Give, City of Lost Souls and Our Dark Duet and liked them all, so I hope you enjoy them too!! What did you think of Red, White and Royal Blue? Everyone's loving it, but I haven't gotten to it yet haha

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    1. Ah I’m happy too. I love reading so much. Helps me to feel like I’ve traveled and seen many more places, ya know? Wokr’s all right! Hoping to get another job in a library or bookstore to replace Sbux. I just wanna be surrounded by books 24/7 haha. And thanks so much, hon ❀
      I've just started Our Dark Duet, and City of Lost Souls is a reread (though it's been years since I've read it; it feels like a new book LOL). And I loved Red, White, and Royal Blue. It's a feel-good book with great humor and characters; and it's got a lot of sexy times, too; so if that sounds good to you, I think you might really enjoy it too!!! πŸ˜€

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  5. I really want to read Red, White and Royal Blue and I Wish You All the Best. I have heard great things about those two books. πŸ™‚ I also really want to read To Kill a Kingdom, so I’m glad to see that you’re enjoying it. Happy belated birthday! ❀

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    1. They both were really great. Different tones for each, but both very enjoyable πŸ˜€ Just finished To Kill a Kingdom. I absolutely loved it. It’s not perfect but there’s a lot to like about it. So I hope you enjoy it as well once you get to it! And thanks so much! ❀

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  6. Happy belated birthday! ❀ ❀ I'm happy you're enjoying To Kill A Kingdom so far, I had such a great time reading that one πŸ™‚ and your TBR looks amazing! I can't wait to read Darius The Great either, it sounds SO GOOD πŸ˜€
    I hope you're having a great July ❀

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    1. Thanks so much πŸ˜€ And it was a wonderful book. I thought the author executed her version of Little Mermaid fantastically! And really looking forward to Darius the Great. I’ve heard nothing but good things so far. Thanks again! I hope you are too ❀

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