I was absolutely terrible at following my TBR for June. I pretty much read whatever I wanted. It felt good! It was a nice break from always following a schedule. Usually a schedule is good and keeps me on track but sometimes it just feels stifling and can suck my desire to read at all. So, I pretty much tossed my June TBR and read what I wanted. And it felt really good to get some older books read! I highly recommend it. Here’s what I did end up reading in June and what I plan (HA!) on reading in July.
Jackaby by William Ritter and Rat Queens Vol 1 by Kurtis J. Wiebe: I really didn’t know what to think going into Jackaby and I ended up liking it okay. Jackaby was almost too much like Sherlock for me to love this (even though I love Sherlock, I just wanted an original character). Rat Queens was super fun and full of girl power and sarcasm and humor and fighting. Loved it!
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han and The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes: I was not a fan of PSISLY. I was so sad but it just felt like the book didn’t really need to exist. The Fixer was my favorite book of June! Fans of Scandal and Veronica Mars will love it! (That’s true, I love them all!)
Simply Irresistible and The Sweetest Thing by Jill Shalvis: Why did I wait so long to read Jill Shalvis?! I don’t know. I think it was because I was afraid I wouldn’t like them. Sometimes I can be afraid of romances, especially the standard types, but while these follow the same rules as all romances, the situations the characters were in felt original to me. I loved them!
Unravel Me and Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi: Oh boy. I’ve been wanting tofinish this series for a while and for whatever the reason, this was the month I finally did it! Unfortunately, I didn’t love it. Unravel Me was perhaps the worst sequel I’ve ever read and while Ignite Me was a million times better, it still wasn’t quite good enough as a battle/war/dystopian series ender for me to love the books. But I think it just comes down to the fact that I don’t love Warner and that’s what these books is really all about.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews: This was such an interesting take on a “cancer book”. It gets compared to The Fault in Our Stars but it is nothing like that. Honestly, I’m still not sure how I feel about it but I do appreciate it for it’s honesty and originality.
Red Rising by Pierce Brown and A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery: I’ve already started both of these so I just need to finish them. I’m really enjoying both of them but they are 100% different!
Chasing Impossible by Katie McGarry and Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson: While I’m excited about more of both Logan and Abby, I’m still surprised they’ll be together! I still can’t wait for this book and am planning on taking it on vacation with me! I’ve been looking for more steampunk so RM is definitely one I’m looking forward to. I’m hoping this one will be lots of fun!
The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson and Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid: I’m so excited for The Heart of Betrayal! I’m also nervous to start it and will need to find a recap of the first book but I’m so excited! I’m also looking forward to NAS. I really liked Let’s Get Lost and am hoping I enjoy this one just as well.
Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood and Shadows of Sherwood by Kekla Magoon: SIT showed up and I was so excited to have it in my hands!! I can’t wait to read this! It looks really good. And as you guys probably know, I’m excited for any sort of Robin Hood retelling. I’m interested to see how this MG story turns out!
I’m going to cut it there. I’ll be going on vacation this month but I’ve not yet picked out which books I’ll be taking. Since we’re flying, they’ll mostly be ebooks and hopefully some eARCs that I can catch up on or get ahead on. I’m think besides Chasing Impossible, which is an ebook, I’ll also plan on bringing Walk on Earth a Stranger and Ice Like Fire. I’m really excited for both of those. Also, some older titles like Nantucket Blue and Hopeless, which I have on my Kindle. But for now, those are just ideas. So you’ll really just have to check back over the course of July to see what I’m reading! You can find me on Goodreads if you really want to stay up to date!
What are you guys planning on reading in July and what was your favorite book from June?
June, guys, it’s over. I’ve gotten past the whole, this year is going by so fast, and am just going with it now. June did feel really fast but I can’t even really remember what we did. The kids went to an Alice in Wonderland drama camp and had a lot of fun. My son was the Mock Turtle in the play at the end and even did a little British accent while saying his lines and he was seriously the cutest. Otherwise, we’ve been inside a lot which is super annoying.
I’m not one who loves hot weather but if it’s summer, I better be able to go outside! Don’t be fooled by that pic above. It’s been raining here pretty much all of summer. We’ve been to the pool twice and one of those times it was even drizzling and there was only one other family there. It has rained, in some amount, every day for the last 19 days. I’m starting to go a little crazy. Even the kids are getting stir crazy. I try sending them out whenever it isn’t raining but everything is so wet it’s just impossible. But we’re working through it, reading a lot, and getting excited for the Fourth!
I hope you guys enjoyed your Junes. I’m looking forward to July because we have a lot of fun stuff going on. I’m trying to get ahead on posts so I still have some content going up with enjoying some down time with my family. Do you guys have anything fun planned for July? Here’s what happened around here in June in case you missed anything.
Most Exciting Book Mail
Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood: Thanks so much, Poppy!
Favorite June Reads
The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes * Simply Irresistible and The Sweetest Thing by Jill Shalvis (Why did I wait so long to read Jill Shalvis?!)
Coming Up in July
I did not stick to my June schedule at all. What is wrong with me? Seriously, I don’t even know what I was doing. I read what I wanted, I blogged when I wanted to. It’s so much easier to just let things go in the summer. During the school year, we’re on such a regular schedule that I know exactly when I’m going to read and exactly when I’m going to blog. But during the summer, I feel much more like reading whenever I want and the computer isn’t around as much and my focus is almost always somewhere else, I just don’t have the drive during the summer to stick to almost any kind of schedule. But that’s the great thing about blogging. It’s a hobby, not a job, so if I feel like taking some time off, I can. I just really hope you guys will still be here even though I’m so flaky with my posting!
If you guys decide to stick around for July, I will have posts! I’ll definitely have a review for Jesse’s Girl by Miranda Kenneally and a guest post for The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. Both of those are books I’ve already read and loved. I’m hoping to have other posts as well throughout the month, though I’m reluctant to list any specific reviews because last month I listed a whole bunch and only ended up posting a few of those reviews. So for July, I’m just going to say that I’ll definitely have posts and I hope you guys will be around a little to enjoy them! Have a great month, everyone!
This Is One Moment by Mila Gray
Waiting on Wednesday is hosted each week by Breaking the Spine
and lets us spotlight a book that we are eagerly waiting to be released. This week I’ve chosen:
Series: Come Back to Me #2
Published by Pan Macmillan on 2015-09-10
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
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Didi Monroe’s waited her whole life for the type of romance you see in the movies, so when Hollywood heartthrob Zac Ridgemont sweeps her off her feet, Didi believes she might finally have met the one.
While Zac’s away filming for the summer, Didi begins her internship at a military hospital in California. There, she meets wounded Marine Noel Walker.
Frustrated on the outside and broken on the inside, Walker’s a pain-in-the-ass patient who refuses all help.
Yet Didi can’t help but be drawn to him, and though he’s strictly out of bounds it soon becomes impossible to ignore the sparks flying between them.
As the attraction simmers into dangerous territory, Didi finds herself falling hard for a man she knows is going to break her heart. Because Walker doesn’t believe in love or happy ever afters. So what possible future can there be?
Then tragedy hits, shattering both their worlds, and Didi is forced to choose between fighting for love or merely falling for the illusion of it.
I am so excited for this book. I read Mila Gray’s Come Back to Me a while ago when it was up for review on NetGalley and I loved it! It was so emotional and intense and featured a great relationship. Plus, the opening had such a hook I just had to know how it ended! Now this one is coming out and I can’t wait for it! I love romances and drama and I know this one will fit both of those! The only problem is the books can be tough to find here in the US. I’ll probably order it from The Book Depository at some point, I couldn’t even find it on Barnes & Nobles website. But if you get the chance to pick up this book or Come Back to Me and you’re a new adult romance fan, definitely do it!
What are you waiting on this week?
Because You'll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on 2015-06-02
Genres: Friendship, Science Fiction, Social Issues, Young Adult
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In a stunning literary debut, two boys on opposite ends of the world begin an unlikely friendship that will change their lives forever.
Ollie and Moritz are best friends, but they can never meet. Ollie is allergic to electricity. Contact with it causes debilitating seizures. Moritz’s weak heart is kept pumping by an electronic pacemaker. If they ever did meet, Ollie would seize. But Moritz would die without his pacemaker. Both hermits from society, the boys develop a fierce bond through letters that become a lifeline during dark times—as Ollie loses his only friend, Liz, to the normalcy of high school and Moritz deals with a bully set on destroying him.
A story of impossible friendship and hope under strange circumstances, this debut is powerful, dark and humorous in equal measure. These extraordinary voices bring readers into the hearts and minds of two special boys who, like many teens, are just waiting for their moment to shine.
I’m so excited to be participating in the tour for Because You’ll Never Meet Me! I read this book a while ago and really enjoyed it. If you haven’t read it yet and you’re a fan of YA contemporary books about friendship, you need to read this one. It’s very unique with two original characters who communicate via letters and learn about each other and themselves over the course of the book. The develop an important friendship over time and change quite a bit. I have the second letter as an excerpt here, be sure to check out Pen to Paper for the first letter and check the schedule below to follow along with the rest of the tour!
Because You’ll Never Meet Me
© Leah Thomas, 2015
Firstly, my father has confirmed that your penmanship is atrocious. At least you can spell. I would hate to outmatch you in your own language. How embarrassing that would be for you. I am sick of people deciding that being young means being ineloquent. Yet the idiots who attend school with me are too preoccupied with gossip to care about language. I do not expect them to meet my standards, but you needn’t be a Wunderkind to educate yourself.
I despise other people my age. Jugendlichen. Let them rot.
You mentioned Japanese. But the glockenspiel is a German musical instrument. Can’t you speak and write auf Deutsch? I doubt you are aware, but the glockenspiel has rarely been used in hip-hop music. I pity your ears for never having been graced by Public Enemy.
Secondly, you are correct. We will not be meeting. This has little to do with your deafening personality. I am electric. Exposure to me would floor you.
Doubtless that hyperactive mind of yours is already jumping to outlandish conclusions: “My, is he an android? What sort of monstrosity is he, the son of one of my doctor’s old friends? What is he, that he is electric? A reanimated corpse, veins coursing with lightning? Oh boy!” Calm yourself. This is not science fiction. This is not fun.
For the past five years, my heart has remained pumping only with the assistance of a small apparatus that feeds electric pulses into the lower-left chamber. If I ever met you, the electricity in my rib cage would trigger your seizures. If I shut off my pacemaker to spare you that, my blood flow would weaken. I could go into shock or even cardiac arrest. You could kill me.
Your postscript teaser fails to impress me. I have died also, Oliver UpandFree. (I feel foolish writing that. I will call you Oliver.) Dying was not an enjoyable experience. It’s enough to say that I woke from death with an electric heart. You and I will certainly never meet.
And yet I do have a morbid interest in continuing our correspondence. I may have chuckled once while Father read your words to me yesterday evening. If I were sickened by phones, by vehicles and amplifiers, and not merely sickened by my classmates, perhaps I would resort to babbling as well. Not that this excuses you.
I thought I had seen EVERYTHING. But your mother is right. Your worldview is remarkable. So is your earsplitting enthusiasm. So I do not blame her for hiding in the garage. I am not certain that I want to share the details of my life with you. I do not trust you, Oliver. I am uncomfortable with spitting every thought I have ever had onto paper. People like you do not realize what power words have. Words are impossible to see. Words can be twisted in so many directions. Some of us are more careful with them.
As for your questions about “secret laboratories,” I am not nearly as interested in this subject as you are. Talk about something you know about. If you don’t want to be bored, don’t bore me. There’s nothing fascinating about laboratories, in my experience.
Tell me more about your life. If you must.
Besides. It is more entertaining if I do not speak.
P.S. Yes. A man can drown in an inch of water. But in Germany we would call it 2.54 centimeters of water. The metric system is altogether superior.
Blog Tour Schedule
About the Author
Leah Thomas frequently loses battles of wits against her students and her stories. When she’s not huddled in cafes, she’s usually at home pricking her fingers in service of cosplay. Leah lives in San Diego, California, and Because You’ll Never Meet Me is her debut novel. Follow her on Twitter @blunderkinder.
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted each week by The Broke and The Bookish and allows us to combine our love of books with our love of lists. This week’s topic is: Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2015.
I’m so excited for this topic! I really hope I can keep this post to ten books, but I’m honestly not holding out too much hope for that. 2015 has been an amazing year for books so far. Really, I’ve been so happy with so many of the books I’ve read. And really, what more could we ask for? I’ve also gotten pickier and more selective of the books I read, so maybe that’s helped, but I think this might be the year with my highest average rating. We still have a lot of the year left so that could very well change, but I’m holding high hopes for the rest of the year. If it’s anything like the first half, it’s going to be great!
The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes * Nimona by Noelle Stevenson * Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli * Tessa Ever After by Brighton Walsh * A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
The DUFF by Kody Keplinger * The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows * The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand * I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios * Saga Vol 1-4 by Brian K Vaughan
So it turned out I didn’t have too hard of a time stopping at ten. These are all books that I have loved this year and will make that end of the year favorites list extremely hard to narrow down to ten. I picked books that still have me thinking or loving then or wanting to reread. And I highly recommend all of them! I also have a ton of four star books that I’ve read this year so I still stand by my statement that this might be the highest my average rating is over the whole year but the last six months will play a big part in that. Considering how the first half of the year went, I’m really looking forward to it!
What are some of your favorites of 2015 so far?