Yesterday we looked at our June bookhaul, so today it’s time to talk about the books we read last month. How did our reading month go? Did any books surprise us? Keep on reading to see!
June was a slower reading month for me. I mean I still read 12 books (5 ARCs, 4 audiobooks, 2 paperbacks, and 1 e-book), but it felt slow. It also didn’t help that I’m reading so many books at once, haha. I’m actually pretty close to finishing a few books as we speak. All in all, I still can’t complain, because I’m still ahead with my challenge this year. Let’s see what I read!
I’ve loved the previous books written by Casey McQuiston (Red, White, and Royal Blue & One Last Stop). I Kissed Shara Wheeler sounded a little different than the other books, but it sounded amazing and I ended up really enjoying myself. Romance, friendship, coming of age, and even a little bit of mystery.
Girl in Pieces – Kathleen Glasgow
Kathleen Glasgow was my author spotlight of the month. I only managed to read this one, but I’m going to make up the other two books before starting my next author spotlight. Girl in Pieces wasn’t an easy book to read at all, but it was written beautifully. I loved that our main character’s life started looking up near the end, but that not everything was magically solved.
Reject Me – Kel Carpenter & Aurelia Jane
Reject Me is the first book in the Immortal Vices and Virtues series. I’m on the ARC team to read one book a month for the next year. All of the books are standalones and it’s nice to have those at times. I loved the world-building in Reject Me and the characters. The story was wrapped up nicely, but I wouldn’t say no to more books in this series.
The Shadow Princess – Sawyer Bennett
Before The Shadow Princess I’ve read sports romances by Sawyer Bennett, but never a paranormal/fantasy romance. Again, I loved the magic, world-building, characters, and how everything happened. My only complaint is that this was a standalone. The ending wrapped up a bit quickly and I would love to get more about how things all played out after the story.
Dark romance is a genre I’ve slowly started to explore, so Lovely Bad Things was a book I couldn’t help but sign up to read and review. Lovely Bad Things has a very smart serial killer and a crime scene profiler. Let me tell you this one was dark and definitely had some harder things to read. I do need the next book after that ending though!
Another new to me thing is reverse harems in books. After reading the Madison Kate series I’ve decided I need to read more. The Astrid Scott series is a YA/New Adult series with the start of a reverse harem and these stories are addicting. The first part of Ugly Truths was a bit slow, but I’m excited to read the next book.
Always Only You, Ever After Always, With You Forever & Everything for You – Chloe Liese
The Bergman Brothers series took over my reading month. Last month I read the first one and in June the next four audiobooks kept me company during my commutes to and from work. I love this family and all of the love stories. These characters and relationships all feel realistic and I’m sad I’ve read everything available. I want more!
Bound in Cabo – Dana Isaly
I read Claimed by Cupid (the novella before this one), so I was curious about the next part of Holly and Nick’s story. It’s a novella, so in many ways it left me wanting more. It’s only 70 pages, so don’t expect too much, but it was entertaining.
Favorite Book: Bergman Brothers series (I can’t pick just one)
Least Favorite: Bound in Cabo
Most Surprising: Lovely Bad Things
I had a decent reading month if you look at the year I’ve had haha, it’s still not much but thanks to some audiobooks I ended up finishing 4 books! Two rereads and none of them were very big, but a book is a book and I’m happy to consume some stories.
We’ll Always Have Summer – Jenny Han
The last book in the Summer trilogy. I was glad to have finished the series before the tv show aired. But I have to admit I wasn’t a big fan of it. It was enjoyable and had some good elements but it’s not something I want to reread. I’ll stick to the tv show haha.
The Midnight Orchestra – Jessica Khoury
One of my most anticipated releases for this year! I loved the first book in the series and had been looking forward to the sequel from the moment I finished book 1. This is absolutely a must to consume as an audiobook because of the musical effects it has.
Harry Potter 1 & 2 – J.K. Rowling
A friend borrowed my Harry Potter books as he had never read them. He kept me updated about his progress and that made me want to listen to the book again haha. It has been at least a year since I last listened to them so of course I had to ;). I flew through the first two books and I’m already half way through book 3. Over the past few years I’ve become more aware of the issues and flaws in the book but overall I still love the world and the characters.
Favorite Book: The Midnight Orchestra
Least Favorite: We’ll Always Have Summer
Most Surprising: –
So that’s our June wrap up! Have you read any of the books we read? Or did you read any amazing books you think everyone needs to read? Let us know in the comments! I’d love to hear from you.