Month In Review: June 2019


How is June over already?! This whole year is going way too fast. I haven’t had as much time for reading this year but I’m hoping to fit in more during the second half of the year than I did the first. This month I started reading ARCs again which is throwing my TBR a little bit but the review copies I read were pretty great so I’m glad I started fitting them in again. I also finally finished my 3rd read through of The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon which is book 5 of the Outlander series. Most of the books I read in June were review copies actually. In addition to reading some really good books this month, I also had a pretty great book haul. I’m really excited to read all of the books that I got. I’m not sure when I’ll read them because… never ending TBR… but they will be read at some point this year.

  • June 2019 Books Read: 6
  • 2019 Books Read: 51
  • June 2019 Pages Read: 3,443
  • 2019 Pages Read: 19,973

Books Read In June

  • Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard
  • We Were Killers Once by Becky Masterman (eARC)
  • Everything by Jennifer Weiner (eARC)
  • The Summer Country by Lauren Willig (review copy)
  • The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon (re-read)
  • Paper Ghosts by Julia Heaberlin (eARC)


Book Haul

  • Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
  • Modern Faerie Tales by Holly Black
  • A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
  • The Darkest Time of Night by Jeffrey Finley
  • The Dark Above by Jeffrey Finley
  • DEV1AT3 by Jay Kristoff

And now for a little check-in for my year-to-date stats. I like to keep track of all kinds of different things including genre and format. So far this year my most read genre is historical fiction which is making up 32% of the books I’ve read so far this year. The past few years I’ve been pretty heavy on the YA books but this year 88% of the books I’ve read so far have been adult books. On average I read 109 pages every day which is pretty great considering there are days I don’t read at all. I’m really looking forward to seeing how those numbers change as we go through the rest of the year.

What books did you read in June? Any new favorites or books you’d like to recommend?

August 2018 Wrap-Up


August was an interesting month. As I have mentioned in previous posts I left my job and started a new one so there has been a lot of stress about the change. But I’ve got my first week under my belt now so things are starting to settle down a little more. I’ve been more in the mood to read lately which is great because these last few months have been a little slim on the read count.

August 2018 Books Read: 7 (including 1 DNF)

Total 2018 Books Read: 84 (including 4 DNF)

August 2018 Pages Read: 1,832

Total 2018 Pages Read: 26,886 (not including DNFs)

  • The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
  • Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine (DNF)
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
  • Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
  • Saga vol. 7
  • P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

Once again my book haul was a little bigger than I had planned. But oh well! I got some books I’m really excited to read.


  • The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood
  • The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas
  • A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge
  • Hocus Pocus and the All-New Sequel by A.W. Jantha
  • City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
  • Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson
  • Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas

How was your August for reading or otherwise?

July Wrap-Up & Haul


Another slow month of reading. I’ve hit a bit of a slump where not much is holding my interest at the moment. It’s been probably about a week since I’ve even picked up a book. Oh well! Slumps happen. Just hoping I get out of it soon. I might have to revisit an old favorite or two to get back in the mood.

July 2018 Books Read: 6

Total 2018 Books Read: 77 (including 3 DNF)

July 2018 Pages Read: 1,654

Total 2018 Pages Read: 25,054 (not including DNFs)

  • Saga vol. 4
  • Saga vol. 5
  • Saga vol. 6
  • A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  • All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

And for the haul portion of the post… I went a little overboard again. Which has led me to put myself on a no-spend month for August. The only thing I have going in August is a pre-order. Everything else that is considered extra is off limits. Anyways, back to the haul. I got 11 books although quite a few of them I got for nothing between Amazon Chase rewards points and selling a box of books at Half Price Books.


  • The Girl Who Takes An Eye For An Eye by David Lagercrantz
  • A Reaper At the Gates by Sabaa Tahir
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
  • Saga vol. 7
  • Saga vol. 8
  • All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover
  • Monstress vol. 1
  • My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton
  • Bright We Burn by Kiersten White
  • Folsom by Tarryn Fisher & Willow Aster
  • Jackal by Tarryn Fisher & Willow Aster

What books did you read this month?

June 2018 Wrap-Up


June started off pretty slow on the reading front. I was worried I was going to have an even lower count than last month. There was a lot going down in my personal life that kind of put me off reading for a couple of weeks. I got sick and I never feel up to reading when I’m sick. Most of the rest of our time has been consumed with house projects. My hubby replaced all of our exterior lights. The old ones were super faded brass ones and looked pretty bad. He also made a new sign for our house numbers. The original house numbers were brass and they didn’t stand out very well against the beige siding. The new sign looks awesome and so do the new lights! I love seeing all of the changes we’re making pay off. Even small changes like replacing the yellowed doorbell with a new black one are making a big difference. It’s really feeling more like our house rather than the house I grew up in haha. We’ve done some landscaping too just to get some weeds under control. In the next couple of years we have some ideas for some different things we want to do but we don’t want to overwhelm ourselves this year.


  • The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner
  • The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
  • Folsom by Tarryn Fisher & Willow Aster
  • The Irish Girl by Santa Montefiore (DNF @ 28%)
  • Never Never: Part 1 by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher
  • Never Never: Part 2 by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher
  • Never Never: Part 3 by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher
  • Wires and Nerves by Marissa Meyer
  • The Secret of the Irish Castle by Santa Montefiore
  • Lord John and the Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon
  • Saga vol. 2
  • Saga vol. 3

June 2018 Books Read: 12 (including 1 DNF)

Total 2018 Books Read: 71 (including 3 DNF)

June 2018 Pages Read: 2,756 (not including DNF)

Total 2018 Pages Read: 23,400 (not including DNFs)

Book Haul

  • The Anomaly by Michael Rutger
  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
  • Saga vol. 4
  • Saga vol. 5
  • Saga vol. 6
  • Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen by Alison Weir (ARC)


How was your month of reading?

Stay tuned for my July TBR!

May 2018 Wrap-Up and Haul


I’m a little disappointed in how few books I read this month. This is the lowest book count I’ve had all year so far. We have been working on so many house projects lately that I haven’t had a lot of time outside of my lunch breaks to read. I am really happy about how our projects have been turning out though. The house is finally feeling like it is ours and not the house I grew up in.

Although I read fewer books than I usually do in a month, I still read some great books. Sure there was one DNF but I had one five star and the rest were all 4 stars. So I guess I should look on the bright side there 🙂  And in case you were wondering, the 5 star went to LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff! You all know he is one of my absolute faves but no bias here, this book was EPIC. That ending had me floored!


  • The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory
  • A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
  • I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara
  • Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer (DNF)
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeymi
  • LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff

May 2018 Books Read: 7 (including 1 DNF)

Total 2018 Books Read: 59 (including 2 DNF)

May 2018 Pages Read: 2,275 (not including DNF)

Total 2018 Pages Read: 20,644 (not including DNFs)

Book Haul

  • Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
  • I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara
  • A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
  • Small Country by Gael Faye
  • Still Lives by Maria Hummel
  • Saga vol. 2
  • Saga vol. 3
  • LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff (Aus and US editions)
  • Aru Shah and the End of the World by Roshani Chokshi
  • The Traitor’s Game by Jennifer A. Nielson
  • Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All **oops! Forgot to add this one to the photo!**


And today marks day 1 of the 20 Books of Summer Challenge!  Check out my TBR here! I’m planning on starting off the challenge with one of my non-fiction choices – The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner.

Happy reading!