June 2020 Wrap Up

June Wrap Up

Hello, reader!

It’s time for my June wrap up! Yes, I know that we are halfway through July. The beginning of July has just been incredibly busy for ya girl. Work is picking up now that doctor’s offices are opening up for routine work again. And I became a first-time homeowner! We closed at the end of June but didn’t move until the very beginning of July. So my poor, little blog has been a bit neglected, as of late. But, now that we’re settling, I have the time (and the energy 😅) to talk about my reading in the month of June.

So why don’t we get started?


Books Read

Click on the covers to be taken to the book’s Goodreads page

  1. The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant::★★★★::My review
  2. Crossing in Time by D.L. Orton::★★★::My review
  3. Who Did You Tell? by Lesley Kara::★★★★::My review
  4. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend::★★★★::My review
  5. The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Murder by Grady Hendrix::★★★★::My review
  6. A Threat from the Past by Paul Cude::★★★::Review to come

Challenges

Popsugar Challenge prompts completed: 2

  • A book about a book club (The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires)
  • A book recommended by your favorite blog, vlog, podcast, or online book club (Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow)

#StartOnYourShelfathon books read: 1

  • Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

Highs and Lows

As you can tell by all the four stars, I read a lot of great books in June! That makes picking my high of the month kind of difficult… After some deliberation, though, I have finally settled on the winner. My high was…

After having pretty much all of the bookternet recommend this book for ages, I gave it go and I’m so glad I did. Thank you to Middle Grade Marvels for giving me the push I needed to finally read this! This was such an adorable book, filled with whimsy and characters that I want to protect at all costs. And the found family, y’all! Ugh… so good 💕

Now, for my low this month, I think that spot will have to go to…

It’s not that this was a bad book. It’s about dragons, after all! Yet, somehow, this book made that subject seem so dull. I think it was the fact that there was just too much description of every minute detail of dragon life. It slowed the story down and made it tough to get through. Still, the plot (once we got to it…) was enjoyable and I did like the characters!

Reflections

So I already have a reading New Year’s resolution.

Future-Kerri… when you decide to do a reading challenge or two in 2021, maybe read books that actually go towards that challenge? Yeah…

As you can see, I barely checked off any challenge related prompts in June! I’m gonna be honest and say that I wasn’t really focused on them last month. Everything was so hectic with trying to get stuff together for closing on our house and packing for the move that my reading was pretty much just blog tours, ARCs, and book club books. Which, clearly, was still enjoyable, but it definitely didn’t lend itself to my challenge goals 🤷🏾‍♀️

I did slow down on the blog tours this past month, though. I went from reading four tour books to only one! Which is funny cause I thought I had two last month… My months are all running together, I’m not gonna lie. It’s 2020, after all. Time has no concept anymore. Still, though I think four was pushing my stamina, one seems a little lackluster. I’m thinking the sweet spot might be 2-3 tour books per month so I don’t get burned out. I love doing tours and I want to make sure it stays an enjoyable experience!

Of course, then I see all these amazing tours being announced on Twitter and I just can’t help myself 😂

June was also a month of activism, with the Black Lives Matter movement front and center in the news. I’ve been relatively quiet on the blog lately, but I can’t close out a reflection on the past month without leaving a link to some resources. This is something that we have to continue to talk about and promote. Fighting racism is a going to be a long battle, but it’s too important to ignore. Click the image below to find links to several BLM resources:


That’s all from me today, reader! I hope you are doing well in these tumultuous times. I hope your reading in June had you discover some new favorites and that July’s books are just as great.

And, as always, happy reading!

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