Looking Back at Our Bookhauls | June 2023

It’s that time of the month again where we take a look at our bookhauls from a year ago. We add books to our collections, but the question remains: do we read what we buy? That’s why we decided to do a looking back at our bookhauls post every month. Today we’re looking back at our June 2023 bookhaul! Let’s take a look.


In June 2023, I added 14 books to my shelves. I visited three bookstores in June 2023, so I guess it was a bit inevitable that I brought some books home. So let’s see what I’ve read!

Funny You Should Ask – Elissa Sussman

Funny You Should Ask was an interesting one. I loved that this was separated into two timelines: their first interview and ten years later. It was clear something happened, but it took a bit before we figured out all of the details. I had a good time reading this one.

The Fiancee Farce – Alexandria Bellefleur

Like I said in the bookhaul, I had already read an eARC of this one before getting a physical copy. Fake dating is one of my favorite tropes and it was done so well in this one. Alexandria Bellefleur is definitely an auto buy author for me.

Love, Theoretically – Ali Hazelwood

Ali Hazelwood writes books I can read in one sitting and I think all of her books have been five star reads for me so far. Including Love, Theoretically of course! I read this in just about one sitting. There was some miscommunication in this one, but in some ways there was just a lot of bad timing. I enjoyed the romance in this book.

Alone with You in the Ether – Olivie Blake

When I heard the description of Alone with You in the Ether I was very intrigued. At the moment I’m actually afraid of starting it though. I read The Atlas Six last year and loved it, but I Masters of Death in June and didn’t like that book at all. I was more confused than anything. So I’m at the point of deciding whether or not I’m giving this author another chance or if I’m going to unhaul my books.

Unfortunately Yours – Tessa Bailey

Like I’ve said, Tessa Bailey is hit or miss for me, but this duology was so much fun. Unfortunately Yours had a marriage of convenience and that’s one of my favorite tropes. I read most of this book with a smile on my face and can say that it was a 5 star read.

The Night in Question – Kathleen Glasgow & Liz Lawson

The Agathas was a pleasant surprise, so I was excited to read The Night in Question. I finally did recently and I’m glad I did. It was another interesting mystery and I hope that we get more in this world.

One Dark Window – Rachel Gillig

I was so glad that I picked this one up, even though I was a bit afraid of the hype. One Dark Window was so good and I loved everything about it. I’ve already read the sequel and I can definitely recommend this duology.

Royally Not Ready – Meghan Quinn

Out of all of the books in this haul, I’m most surprised that I haven’t read Royally Not Ready. Meghan Quinn has quickly become one of my favorite romance authors and I do want to get to her backlist. This book is described as a spicy Princess Diaries and I’m definitely intrigued. I need to pick this one up soon.

The Grimoire of Grave Fates – Edited by Hanna Alkaf & Margaret Owen

When I read the synopsis of The Grimoire of Grave Fates I was so intrigued. A fantasy murder mystery and 18 authors who each right a character? Yes, please! Unfortunately, this one just wasn’t for me. After the first four chapters I just felt like we were just getting the same story over and over, so I decided to DNF and unhaul. The idea was really good, but I think 18 authors was just a bit too many.

Flawless – Elsie Silver

Flawless is another really hyped book, but this cowboy romance deserves all of the attention it’s getting. Once I picked this one up, I just couldn’t put it down. I got the rest of the series for Christmas and need to sit down with those books really soon.

Ink Blood Sister Scribe – Emma Törzs

Ink Blood Sister Scribe is on my list of 24 books for 2024, so it is my goal to read this one before the year is up. I mean the concept still really gets my attention. A library with magical books and two estranged sisters that have to guard said library? I don’t need to know anything else.

Shanghai Immortal – A.Y. Chao

Another fantasy that still sounds amazing and has a stunning cover that I want to read. It seems that the sequel is releasing in 2025, so I have some time to catch up with this one.

The Only One Left – Riley Sager

A year later and I still have only read the one Riley Sager book that I didn’t care for. I said that it seemed like a good summer read and it’s summer again, so I have another chance to read it soon.

Her Majesty’s Royal Coven – Juno Dawson

I’m a  fan of witches, so this series sounds right up my alley. I’ve heard great things and also that this one has a pretty surprising ending. This month a prequel novella releases in this series, so I think I need to catch up!

End Result
Read: 7/14 – 50%
DNF/Unhaul: 1/14 – 7.1%
TBR: 6/14 – 42.9%



June 2023 was another month in which I didn’t get any new physical books. I did get 2 audiobooks but it does feel a bit like cheating since they were audiobooks I had already read. Either way, I will include them otherwise I don’t have anything to share haha.


Tower of Dawn & Kingdom of Ash – Sarah J. Maas

I had already read this books and by the time we shared our June 2023 bookhaul I was already listening to Kingdom of Ash. Since then I also listened to all of them again in 2024 haha. And I might be listening to them again pretty soon because this series is just always on my mind.

End Result
Read: 2/2 – 100%
TBR: 0/2 – 0%


So that’s another looking back at our bookhauls! Have you read any of these? Or do you keep track of reading what you buy? Let us know how you do it. We’d love to hear from you!

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