Saturday, July 1, 2017

June Wrap Up and July TBR

Read in June: Historical Fiction

Well, I had a bit of a back slide this month. I had been doing really well but I started to slow down towards the end of the month with ALA. But I still did okay and I'm not mad because I typically do read less during the summer. This month I read a total of 10 books. So many of them were really fantastic though. My favorite book of the year so far came this month and there were a few others that I really loved.

For challenges, I am doing okay but not as well as I would hope. I decided to go for a Goodreads goal of 100 books for the year and that was a really good decision but it may have been a bit too low. I'm halfway to 120 with a total of 65 books for the year so I am thinking I can now meet that goal. But I like being ahead of that challenge and I feel much better about meeting my goals. I am also on track for the Debut Author Challenge of 25 debuts despite the fact that I didn't read any debuts this month. Oops. Good thing I was ahead last month. For the Netgalley/Edelweiss Challenge, I read 3 this months which makes my total 18 for the year. I'm thinking the 36 target is more doable, as I am halfway there. For the Rock My TBR Challenge I read 1 book for that this month towards my goal of 25 for the year bringing my totally up to 8 for the year. I'm definitely behind on this one but I might be able to meet the actual challenge goal of 15. And finally, I did 2 post for the Discussion Challenge, making my total 7 for the year.

The Books
1.) Spectacle by Rachel Vincent Rating: 8 out of 10 [My Review]
2.) Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson 
Rating: 9 out of 10 [My Review]
3.) Obsidian and Stars by Julie Eshbaugh Rating: 9 out of 10 [My Review]
4.) The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May Rating: 9 out of 10 [My Review]
5.) The Suffering Tree by Elle Cosimano Rating: 7.5 out of 10 [My Review]
6.) Runaways Vo. 1: Pride and Joy by Brian K. Vaughn 
Rating: 8 out of 10 [No Review]
7.) The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee 
Rating: 10 out of 10 [My Review]
8.) This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab Rating: 9 out of 10 stars [Original Review]
9.) Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers Rating: 9 out of 10 [My Review]
10.) Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab Rating: 9.5 out of 10 [My Review]

Other Posts

To Be Read in June: Mysteries

I know that most people think of fluffy contemporaries when they think of summer beach reads. But not me, I like to read super intense mysteries on the beach and during the summer. And it's as if the publishers have listened to my requests because there are so many exciting new mysteries coming out of this month. Also other exciting new books.

Books for Review

Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica - Add to Goodreads
I have loved every Mary Kubica book I have read and I've read every Mary Kubica book. She has a fantastic way of create a mystery that will have you guessing until the very end. They're super intense and atmospheric. I can't wait to read her next one.

Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine Add to Goodreads
I am a huge fan of this series. It's such a complex and interesting combination of fantasy, dystopia, and steampunk. And by the third book I am super invested in these characters and what is going to happen to them.

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas - Add to Goodreads
I really liked Kara's debut and I'm excited to check out to read her next book. I'm expecting another interesting YA mystery from this one'

Final Girls by Riley Sager - Add to Goodreads
This sounds like a really fantastic read. It's like a fun combination of mystery and horror in the vein of all those teen horrors for the 80's and 90's. I know someone who already read it and they really enjoyed it.

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff - Add to Goodreads
I picked this up at ALA and I was so excited. I didn't know it was going to be there amd I was so thrilled because I loved Nevernight and I'm pumped to find out what happens next to Mia and co.

You Don't Know My Name by Kristen Orlando  Add to Goodreads
I have a review copy of this that I never read but when I did the blog tour of The Love Intererst the author mentioned it as one of his favorite spy novels and it made me want to read it.

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle - Add to Goodreads
I picked this up at ALA and it sounds really interesting. It seems a little bit like magical realism but there is enough mystery elements that I think it works for this month.

Be True to Me by Adele Griffin - Add to Goodreads
I have heard good things about this book so I picked up a copy at ALA. For some reason I thought it was a contemporary romance but it's actually historical fiction and that there is an interesting twist. I'm excited to read it.

New Releases

The Inevitable Collision of Birdie and Bash by Candace Ganger Add to Goodreads
I recieved a finish copy of this from the publisher in the mail and it sounds super cute. I know I prefer mysteries in the summertime but sometimes it is nice to throw a contemporary in there.

When Dimple Met Rishi by - Add to Goodreads
I've heard nothing but great things from people about this contemporary. I picked up a finished copy at ALA and I'm pretty excited to read it. Again, sometimes it's nice to break things up with a cute contemporary.

Backlist Books

The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter - Add to Goodreads
I still need to read the last three books is this series. I loved the first three and I even bought the last three recently but I still haven't read them. But they're fast reads and I need to get some backlist books in for my challenge.

There you have it. Some of the books I hope to read in June. As always, these are subject to change. I may read all of these or I may only read a few and then read a bunch of different ones. But honestly I think this list I can stick to. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!


  1. When Dimple Met Rishi is one of my top reads so far this year. Super cute. Loved it! Spellbook was a 5-star read for me. Probably liked it more than The Accident Season, which I liked very much. I also liked Be True to Me (although it is NOT a breezy summer beach read). I too enjoyed Thomas' debut and am hoping to get Little Monsters. I can't wait to hear your thoughts on it. I actually read my first GG book a few months ago. I thought it was adorable, and I will most likely read more. So many good books! I hope you enjoy them all.

  2. You definitely read some good books this month!! There are some that I need to add to my TBR including This Savage Song.

  3. Oh man, congrats on your Goodreads challenge! I'm the opposite - last year I did great so I made the same goal of 100 this year, but I've fallen soooo far behind! Oh well. :/ I also LOVED Gentelman's Guide!! I can't wait to snag a finished copy! You got some great books to read this month too! I hope you love all of them!

    Here's my Weekly Recap!

  4. I just gave my son the Gallagher Girls series for his birthday. He saw book five at the Scholastic Warehouse sale and wanted it, so I figured I'd get him the set---I'll probably read it too. :-)

    I'll be curious to see what you think about Spellbook---I asked about that one at ALA, but I had already missed it. I loved The Accident Season, so I'm definitely interested to see her next book.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  5. My sister has Spellbook from ALA. I hear great things! I got Little Monsters at ALA too and I already it. I really loved it - I loved her debut too, so hopefully it will be a hit for you as well. :) I loveddd When Dimple Met Rishi. It's just so cute, and I love all the diversity. :)


    p.s. I shared one of your reviews here: