June 2021 Wrap Up

Hello, reader!

We’re over halfway through July, so I figured it might be time to throw up my June Wrap Up, lol. I’m not gonna lie, June was kind of a rough reading month for me. Not only did I not read as many books as the three previous months and fail hard at Pride month, but I found it so hard to get into most of the books I picked up. Not saying I didn’t enjoy the books I read. I didn’t rate anything below four stars, it was just getting myself to actually pick up the books felt like such a chore πŸ˜… I don’t know what brought it on, but it lead to June feeling like a very odd reading month!

Still, it’s not about quantity but quality right? Like I said, I didn’t rate anything I read last month under four stars and I had two five star reads! So why don’t we get to the post so you can see what I loved in June.

Books Read

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

Book: Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

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Thoughts: I read this YA contemporary for a The Write Reads tour and I absolutely loved it! I went into this expecting a light-hearted story about young love and relationships, with a dash of magic. What I got was so much deeper and more emotional than that! This book ripped my heart out, but then gave me a warm hug afterwards. Ugh, I want to read it again and that’s always a mark of a great book to me! You can read my full review here.

Book: Shards of Earth by Adrian Tchaikovsky

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Thoughts: This was another The Write Reads tour book and another hit. I don’t know why I’m also so nervous to go int space opera books because I always end up loving them. This was the beginning to a new epic sci-fi and it was a wild ride! I had a lot of fun reading this book, even though it was a thick one, and I’m eager to continue the series when the next book comes out! You can read my full review here.

Book: Rivers of London: Body Work by Ben Aaronovitch

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Thoughts: I’m currently buddy reading this entire series with some bookish friends and we’ve gotten to the moment where we’re diving into the graphic novels. I found myself really enjoying this story and seeing characters I’ve been following for awhile come to life. Also, Nightingale is just awesome and I love when he gets to show off, lol. This was a fun, quick read and a great addition to the series.

Book: Mirrorland by Carole Johnstone

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Thoughts: This is yet another The Write Reads blog tour read and, yet again, I absolutely loved it! Dave is really hitting it out of the park with this tours lately ❀ This was a dark, spooky thriller that had a distinct Rebecca vibe. I loved the eerie tone and the twists and turns throughout, but my favorite part has to be the look at sibling relationships. Such a stunner! You can read my full review here.

Book: Malamander by Thomas Taylor

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Thoughts: This was the June pick for Middle Grade Marvels and I was so happy it was chosen! I’ve been wanting to read this book for quite some time. Having read it now, it definitely lived up to the hype! This was sucha great story, with the perfect, eerie tone and wonderfully strange characters sprinkled throughout. I loved it so much that I’m already reading the sequel, Gargantis!

Book: Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski

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Thoughts: This is another series that I’m buddy reading with some bookish friends. I wasn’t sure what to expect going in beyond the fact that the book is based around a podcast that explores old crimes. I found myself really drawn into the story! Though it took me a moment to get into the podcast style writing, but, once I adjusted, I was hooked. We’re currently reading the second book in this series, Hydra, and I’m loving it even more than the first.

Book: The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Thoughts: I finally finished the Lord of the Rings trilogy! And, I have to say, Tolkien saved the best for last. This book was so exciting and, even though there were still times where I just wished there was a bit less description, I still really enjoyed it. This was the perfect end to the epic tale. Now, will I dive into more of Tolkien’s work, like The Silmarillion? Probs not, lol. But, who knows… never say never!

Book: The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie

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Thoughts: Continuing on my Poirot buddy read, I read this book with some bookish friends last month. I enjoyed it, it was a solid Poirot mystery, though the man himself really didn’t show up until later in the story. I think my favorite aspect of this story was one of the main characters, Miss Grey. I enjoyed reading about this smart and subdued woman It made the story that much more interesting!

Book of the Month

Choosing my Book of the Month is actually a bit difficult for June because I have more than one five star read! And my two five stars are vastly different from each other. Still, the choice seemed like a no-brainer to me. Though both books completely captured my imagination, only one captured my heart, as well. The Book of the Month for June is…

As I mentioned above, this book tore out my heart, but it hurt so good. It’s a touching examination of love and grief in more relationships than just romantic ones. I loved the lessons ingrained in the story and I loved how incredibly emotional it was. You can tell the author really put her heart into this book and I think that’s why it shines so much. I encourage everyone to give it a read!


Like I said, June was an odd reading month for me Have any of you gone through a period where you’re enjoying what you’re reading, but you just don’t want to read? That was me in June. Picking up a book was something I had to force myself to do. Honestly, if it weren’t for the multiple blog tours I did where I had to read, I probably wouldn’t have read as much as I did. I dunno… I found myself being very easily distracted by things that had nothing to do with reading, like Stardew Valley. I did start a new farm and it’s going very well, lol. I don’t know what the issue was, though. If I was hating everything I was reading, I could understand. But I genuinely enjoyed all the books I picked up! It was just a weird mood that persisted all month. Thankfully, it seems to have lifted because I’ve been eager to read lately.

I’m also miffed with myself for not focusing more on LGBTQIA+ reads during Pride month. I have so many sitting on my shelves that I could have picked up! I mean, I try to read diversely year-round, so there’s that, but I could’ve done better. I hope that everyone had a great Pride month, though!

As for July, I only have one blog tour to worry about, so I’ve been focused on buddy reads and a few *gasp* mood reads! It’s been so long since I’ve picked up a book just because I felt like reading it and not for other reasons! I really need to pick a month (or two) in the year that is devoted solely to mood reading. Especially since my physical TBR is getting a little out of hand πŸ˜… Though I love the blog tours that I do and the buddy reads, I would love to have some room to read whatever strikes my fancy at least a few months a year. And then I can kind of justify all these books I keep buying!

How was your reading in June? Did you find a new favorite? Make any progress on some challenges?Β Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!


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