My first full month of summer is over.
Which is incredibly unfortunate. But I’m trying not to think about it. Summer’s been so relaxing so far, and some of that definitely comes from the fact that I read so many great books. Let’s get into it!
- Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins | 4/5 stars
- The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee | 4.5/5 stars
- Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry | 4/5 stars
- Sadie by Courtney Summers | 5/5 stars
Those are the books I read in the first half of the month. In the second, I participated in Summerathon, which was a week of lots of reading and not a lot of sleeping. Here’s my wrap up for that:
A “beachy” read: Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno | 3/5 stars
A book with sunrise colors on the cover: Love Songs and Other Lies by Jessica Pennington | 1/5 stars
A book with a road trip, traveling, or a vacation: Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Faith Hicks, and Brooke Allen | 4/5 stars
A book with food on the cover: Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett 5/5 stars
Eight books is the most I’ve read in one month all year, and considering half of those were read over the course of a week, I’m feeling pretty good.
In terms of my favorite book of the year, it’s gotta be a toss-up between Sadie and Alex, Approximately, two books that couldn’t be more different. The former was engrossing and unputdownable (although technically, I listened to the audiobook, which I’d definitely recommend) and left me feeling terrified and somber. Alex, Approximately on the other hand was a much more light summer book that definitely contained its serious elements, but was overally just fresh and fun with an amazingly swoony romance that made my heart ache.
- My June 2019 TBR | Pretty self-explanatory. The real surprise here is I read over half the books on my TBR, which is pretty huge for me, since I can’t usually stick to one.
- Summer Cleaning: Books I’m Finally Unhauling | I unhauled almost twenty books from my shelf to give to a local second-hand bookstore.
- Summerathon TBR | As I mentioned, I participated in a readathon this month, and posted my TBR for it.
- Readaton Mini Reviews: Heretics Anonymous, Her Royal Highness, Love Songs & Other Lies | Another batch of mini reviews that always manage to be longer than I intend. Enjoy!
Once again, I’ve been a Bad Blog Hopper this month and didn’t take note of the amazing posts I read, but I did jot down a few:
- Maha @ Sunshine n’ Books delved into what makes a story pack the most punch.
- Taasia @ Librae Paints Pages listed 15+ teen bookish influencers to follow which helped me find some really awesome blogs!
- CW @ The Quiet Pond provided 63 prompts to use when you’re stuck on writing a review.
June was of course a blast because a bunch of my family is visiting, and I haven’t seen them in years. I’ve moved around a lot and never really lived near my extended family, so I am definitely cherishing this family time this summer, even if it means a little less personal reading/relaxing time for me.
Every summer I participate in a local writing workshop for high school/college-age people and I’m having such a great time this year, and getting a lot of writing time, which is always a positive.
Also a bit of cool news: I’m going to Germany in July! My sister has been studying abroad there for an entire year, so I’m really looking forward to spending some quality time with her. We’ll also be visiting France and maybe even Austria, so saying I’m exciting doesn’t even begin to describe it.
Truly Madly Royally by Debbie Rigaud
The author was kind enough to send me a copy of this one in advance, but I still wanted to include it on this list. It’s a royalty romance, and ever since I read Prince Charming by Rachel Hawkins, I’ve been craving another. It sounds like it’s going to be perfectly swoony but also address race. Releases July 30th.
Stealing Home by Becky Wallace
Little known fact about me: baseball romances are my weakness. I have Katie McGarry to blame, because after meeting Ryan in Dare You To, I was a lost cause. And so here I am, ridiculously excited for another baseball book! The cover is a little meh, so I’ll probably end up getting this one on Kindle. Releases on July 9.
What were some of your favorite or least favorite books of June? Any blog posts you want to shout-out? Anything exciting going on? What are some of your most anticipated July releases? Tell me in the comments! 🙂