Wrap Up | June 2023

Today it’s time to look back at what we read in June! How did our reading go? Did we discover any new favorites? Keep on reading our June wrap up to find out!


I have to say June was a pretty good reading month for me. I ended up reading 20 books (13 paperbacks, 5 audiobooks, 1 hardcover, and 1 e-book). This was a month of physical books for me and I’m really happy about that. Out of the 14 physical books I read 8 were backlist books. I’m hoping to keep this up! Let’s take a look at what I read!

The Agathas – Kathleen Glasgow & Liz Lawson

The Agathas was a case of I should’ve read this sooner. I loved that this was dual POV and there were so many twists that I didn’t see coming. Every time I thought I knew what was going to happen some event made me throw my theory out the window. I’ll definitely be reading the sequel soon.

Priest & Midnight Mass – Sierra Simone

This series is something I see everywhere and decided to give it a go. Our main character is a priest and end up questioning everything when a woman comes into his church that he can’t stop thinking about. There were definitely some parts of this story I really appreciated, but I missed a second POV. Also, Midnight Mass didn’t make much sense to me. All the characters really did was argue and have sex. I’m not sure if I’ll try the other two books in this series.

Accidentally Amy – Lynn Painter

Accidentally Amy isn’t a long book, but it was so good!! I was worried the whole having to pretend to be someone else would be an issue, but it was solved pretty quickly. This was a feel good romance and just proved again why Lynn Painter is one of my favorite authors.

The Confidence of Wildflowers & The Resurrection of Wildflowers – Micalea Smeltzer

Age gap romance isn’t something I’ve ever really looked into, but there were so many amazing reviews about The Confidence of Wildflowers that I had to pick it up. This is a 400+ page book and I couldn’t put it down. The Resurrection of Wildflowers could’ve been cut a lot and used as an epilogue in the first book, but I still loved every minute of it.

Nine Liars – Maureen Johnson

Truly Devious is one of my favorite mystery series and I was so excited about Nine Liars. Stevie and her friends head to London and end up trying to solve an older murder. There was some drama I didn’t really thought fit the story, but other than that I loved being back with these characters.

Meet Me at the Lake – Carley Fortune

I enjoyed Every Summer After (even if the ending had a twist I didn’t love), so I was really curious about Meet Me at the Lake. Once again this author had a way with words and I couldn’t put it down. I really enjoyed the dual timelines and definitely would love to visit a resort like the one in this book.

One Dark Window – Rachel Gillig

I’m always open to a new fantasy and One Dark Window was one I’ve been curious about for awhile. Our main character has been keeping a secret that could cost her her life. There’s betrayal, magic, and even a bit of romance. I’m so thankful to have an eARC to the sequel. I need to know what happens to Elspeth next.

A Conjuring of Light – V.E. Schwab

The Shades of Magic trilogy was so good and I’m so sad it’s over. A Conjuring of Light is an amazing finale and had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I loved the different POVs and how everything comes together. I’m actually sad I’m all done and I’m even more excited about the spinoff releasing later this year.

Kings of the Wyld – Nicholas Eames

Kings of the Wyld was my bookclub book for the month and it was a fast and fun read. If you play or are familiar with Dungeons and Dragons, it’s basically just a campaign in a book. An old band gets back together to save a member’s daughter and let’s just say it doesn’t always go that smoothly. There is lots of humor and action that makes you fly through the book.

Love & Other Words – Christina Lauren

I finally read Love & Other Words and I loved it!! This book is filled with so many emotions and the dual timelines adds to the angst. I do wish we also had a dual POV. I can understand that some people didn’t love the reveal at the end, but I had a feeling that’s what we were leading to. This author duo really knows how to write an emotional love story.

The Bookworm Crush – Lisa Brown Roberts

I loved The Replacement Crush and I was really excited when I saw that Amy was getting her own book. This was such a cute book and I enjoyed all of the bookish references. The only thing that did bug me is how Amy was described and how she acted didn’t always fit together. Toff was a great main character as well and I think he had the most development. I’m glad we had a dual POV in this story.

Unfortunately Yours – Tessa Bailey

Secretly Yours was a fun romance, but when I found out that Unfortunately Yours was a marriage of convenience I was so excited!! That’s one of my favorite tropes. I enjoyed every minute of this story and August has earned a high spot on the book boyfriend list.

Sadie – Courtney Summers

Sadie is a book I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about since it released in 2018 and I finally sat down and read this story. I love that we had two ways the story was told: by Sadie herself and through a podcast. The host of the podcast is trying to find out what happened to Sadie after she disappeared. This is a very emotional story, but it was so good. I’m glad I finally took the time to read it.

The Gay Best Friend – Nicolas DiDomizio

All in all, The Gay Best Friend was a fun summer read, but if I’m honest I didn’t like most of the characters. There were just certain aspects that really bugged me. I did love seeing the main character starting to realize he needed to do more for himself and figure out what he really wanted.

Just My Type – Falon Ballard

Just My Type was such a fun second chance romance. Our main character goes from relationship to relationship and her high school boyfriend doesn’t do relationships. To compete for a new column she has to stay single and he has to try and settle down. It was an interesting adventure, but I’m sure you know how it ended. I really enjoyed seeing both characters develop throughout the story.

This is Not the Real World – Anna Carey

I read This is Not the Jess Show awhile ago and enjoyed the first part of the story a lot. Even though the ending wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. I saw the audiobook for the sequel was on Storytel, so I decided to see what happened. The idea of what the main character wanted (trying to get to the show from the inside) was interesting, but the story was just too rushed for my liking.

Just the Nicest Couple – Mary Kubica

Two couples and a missing husband. That sounds like an intriguing story don’t you think? I loved how it started and the multiple POVs. It kept me wondering what was really going on. I can honestly say I didn’t see some twists or the ending coming. That being said I didn’t completely like the big reveal at the end. I will read more by Mary Kubica though.

Borrow My Heart – Kasie West

Kasie West writes cute contemporary books and I was excited about Borrow My Heart. Our main character jumps in when she hears a guy waiting for his online crush, but it seems she’s not showing and he’s being laughed at by friends. I did enjoy seeing these two get to know each other. Besides that aspect of the story, we also had a family story line that I appreciated. Borrow My Heart is a cute summer read!



This month was not too bad! I’ve had a very busy month, this is the last week of the school year so I haven’t been reading as much as I’d like. This month I’ve read 4 books and a graphic novel. 

Queen of Shadows, Empire of Storms & Tower of Dawn – Sarah J. Maas

Three more books down in my Throne of Glass reread. I only have the last one to go and I’m already over 60% in. This series is one of my favorites ever and I’m loving this reread. I’ve gone for the tandem read this time around and will share my thoughts on that soon. 

Saga vol. 10 – Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

I’ve finally read this one! This is such a great graphic novel series and the wait for this 10th volume was looooong. I loved being back in this universe and I’m looking forward to the next volume later this year. 

The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi – Shannon Chakraborty 

It took me awhile but I finished it! I really enjoyed this book and will share my full thoughts soon. This was my first Chakraborty read and I do plan on finally reading her other series now. I have even higher hopes for that one now!


So that’s our June wrap up! Have you read any of these books? Or did you discover any new favorites everyone needs to read? Let us know in the comments! We’d love to hear from you.

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