Well, it’s officially official. I’m a terrible book blogger. I was so good at making my lists and TBR posts. Unfortunately, I’ve been horrible at sticking to them. I have books on my list for June that had been on my list for May and I still haven’t read them. I’m not sure why or what my problem is exactly but I think it ties into my lack of inspiration for the blog as well. I just want to read what I want to read for a bit and get back to the feelings from the beginning about just simply loving to read and share about books I love. Sometimes the schedule of reviews and reading and ARCs and posts and everything just becomes slightly overwhelming and turns itself into a terrible cycle of drowning and makes it hard to read or blog at all. Fortunately, I haven’t reached that point. But I have had a little bit of a hard time sticking to all of my schedules and reading the books I’m suppose to read on time, etc. But I’ve decided I’m going to let all of that go a little, because there isn’t much I can do about being late on things now, and give myself one more month of reading how I want and stepping back just a little and enjoying the rest of summer and then really getting back into it in August. That’s when the kids go back to school and I’m planning on participating in ARC August and then Bout of Books at the end of the month. So it’s all perfect timing to refocus. So for now, take a look at what I read in June and don’t compare it to what I said I’d read in last month’s post, because it’s really quite a horrible fail!
Once and for All by Sarah Dessen and Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios: I was slightly disappointed by the new Dessen book but I still enjoyed it. I’m cheating a bit here because I’m currently reading BR but it’s such a hard read that it’s taking a lot longer than I thought it would. It’s such a tough book but it’s also told in second person which is hard for me to read. I get why and it does add to the impact of the book, it’s just slow for me.
The Falconer and The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May: I reread The Falconer and enjoyed it the second time just like the first. I’m also currently in the middle of The Vanishing Throne but enjoying it as well. These books are crazy addictive and pretty fast-paced. I hope it keeps up! I’m looking forward to The Fallen Kingdom next!
Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally and The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee: These were definitely my favorite reads from the month. The new Hundred Oaks book was perfect and full of sex-positive messages and had a sweet romance and an actual perfect epilogue. Great for HO fans or anyone looking for a sweet YA romance. The Gentleman’s Guide was amazing as well! Such a great book full of diversity and crazy antics and character growth and adventure! I highly recommend both!
City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson and Lost and Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis: CoST was a surprise read for me this month. I randomly had an ARC of this but saw the audio available at my library and decided to try that. And it was such a great audio! Plus the story was pretty unique. I haven’t read many books set in Africa and I loved reading something new. I highly recommend the audio for the narrator and the interesting backstory of the MC, though I did wish for a more thrilling mystery. As you know, I’m a big Shalvis fan, so I was really excited to be picked for the tour for her new book. This one is a tiny bit different in that it focuses on the sister relationships rather than the romantic one but is still clearly a Shalvis book. I recommend this one too!
Mayhem, Riot, Chaso, and Havoc by Jamie Shaw: Yes. I binged the whole series last month. I didn’t even know about this series before the year started but I saw people talking about them and just have to give them a try. They aren’t perfect by any means but they are addicting and have interesting characters. I think Havoc and Riot were my favorites but if you’re looking for NA romances, check these out. Also, if you like rock star romances, these would be perfect for you.
Lucky in Love by Kasie West and What Goes Up by Katie Kennedy: I’m honestly shocked I haven’t read the newest Kasie West book yet. Usually I jump on them as soon as I get my hand on them. But I’m really looking forward to reading this one soon! Kennedy’s debut was fun and weird and I’m hoping for more of that from her sophomore novel!
The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May and Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker: I’m so excited to see how this series ends! I really enjoy these characters and the action in these books, and as soon as I finish The Vanishing Throne, I’m starting this! I’m hoping it finishes strong! This will be my first Tucker book and I’m kind of ashamed by that. But I’m looking forward to this, though I kind of wish the cover was different.
Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman and The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski: A couple of review books I’m really hoping to read in July both because I’m really looking forward to these and because I don’t want to get too far behind in review books.
Stalking Jack the Ripper and Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco: I tried SJtR last year around when it came out but just wasn’t in the mood for it. Now I’m listening to it on audio and WAY more into it. The narrator is great and I can’t wait to see how it’s all going to play out. I’m really excited that I can jump right into HPD after I finish since I was lucky enough to pick a copy up at ALA.
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare: I had this one on my list for the month that it came out but obviously didn’t get to it. I’m hoping I can this month because I love these books and am dying to see what happened after the ending from the last one!
That’s all I’m including on my list this month. I don’t want to include a whole bunch of books I won’t end up reading because that’ll just make me feel worse. And this way, whatever else I end up reading, if I can fit anything else in, will just feel like a bonus! Let’s just hope I can stick a little bit closer to my list and then everything will be great!
What was your favorite book you read in June? What are you hoping to read in July?