June 2020 Wrap-Up

How is it July already? Time completely crept up to me and I didn’t even notice the days pass by. Well, I guess that’s the effects of being locked inside the house for three whole months.

Anyway, it’s time for a monthly wrap-up with the books I’ve read, books I’ve bought, readathons I’ve participated in, posts and blogs I love and some of my other achievements for the month of June. Here we go!


BOOKS READ

Miraculously, I read 12 books this month. This is partly because of a readathon I’ve joined, inspiring me to cut down on my ARC list. Also, I didn’t have a reading slump up until the very last day of June.

Cold Day in the Sun by Sara Biren – This one was a really empowering read, with a great main character arc and an overall wonderful message reflecting women’s sports. This one is a 3-star read for me and you can read my review here.

KA-E-RO-U Time to Go Home by B. Jeanne Shibahara – This is my first 5-star read of June. Believe me when I tell you that the writing in this one is absolutely beautiful and the story is an equally inspiring journey of self-discovery. I became very interested in the rich culture of Japan and so invested in each character arc in the book. You can read my review here.

Killian’s Dead by Josie Jaffrey – Although this is on the shorter side as it is a prequel novella of Josie Jaffrey’s new urban fantasy series, I enjoyed reading this book a lot. A 5-star read, my review here.

The Red Labyrinth by Meredith Tate – A good ol’ dystopian novel is just what I need after a tough few months. This one’s enjoyable and thrilling as well, so 4 stars for this one. Read my review here

Literally by Lucy Keating – With an interesting premise, I went into this one with expectations but I was really let down. The plot wasn’t well executed, characters one-dimensional and it’s an overall not too enjoyable story. 2 stars for this one.

Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck & Fortune – One of the books I’ve been probably most excited to read! I adore the magical Asian cuisine featured in this one, how cooking was painted out to be a medium for an indelible bond among a community, and how the effects of gentrification and the importance of preserving heritage is tackled in this book. However, I wasn’t a fan of the dense writing. So I gave this 3 stars.

The Water Tower Club by B.K. Mayo – A gripping mystery that tackles such heavy themes, this book is another 3-star read for me. Definitely a wild card too as I didn’t expect to enjoy reading it as much as I did.

May Day by Josie Jaffrey – Another one of Josie’s works and yet another 5-star read for me. It didn’t exactly come as a surprise for me as I am 100% certain by now that whatever Josie Jaffrey writes, I immediately love. Read my gushing review here.

Archibald Lox and the Bridge Between World by Darren Shan – This one’s a fun story albeit short. The first installment in a 3-book saga, this book is really interesting what with the different realms. But I do feel that this one is intended for a younger audience than I first realized.

The Greenbecker Gambit by Ben Graff – This one, I had hesitations of going into at first because I thought it would involve a lot of principles relating to chess where I’m not well-versed. However, it came as a pleasant surprise when it was actually okay.

Archibald Lox and the Empress of Suanpan – The second installment to the series, this one’s a bit more exciting as compared to the first. But I liked the story all the same. At this point, I’ve become invested to Archie’s journeys and I’m excited to dive into the third one.

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw – THIS BOOK. I’m sorry, there are no words. Actually, no, give this book ALL the words because it’s that fan-freaking-tastic! I will save all my thoughts for my review so I can hopefully better articulate how much I loved this one.


BOOKS BOUGHT

It’s recently been a bad habit of mine to get the free Kindle books on Amazon, so to keep this post as short as possible, I will be excluding those here. But if you do want to know what the free books I’ve recently accumulated are, let me know and I may do a post on that as well!

Before anything else, I just want to say that all of these are Kindle purchases and most of the books were on sale when I bought them. Not me trying to justify my book buying problem.

Solis Invicti series by Josie Jaffrey – I got all 4 main books in this series for the sole reason that Josie Jaffrey rocks. And I’ve just realized that this wrap-up post is slowly turning to be me fangirling over Josie. I’m sorry. Anyway, the whole series was also on sale so I took that as a sign from the gods. Buy the series here.

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir – This is one of the books I’m very excited to read but haven’t gotten the chance to purchase yet. So when I found out that there’s a deal on Kindle, I have never purchased something so fast in my entire life. Buy the book here.

Lumière by Jacqueline Garlick – I impulsively got this as it was only $0.99 on Kindle and the title and cover the best of me, so here it is. Buy the book here.

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury – This has been on my TBR for so long and I can’t believe it took me this long to purchase. I got this on sale too so that’s always fun. Buy the book here.

Crier’s War by Nina Varela – Another great Kindle deal at only $1.99! This has also been on my TBR so I’m over the moon to have purchased at such a good price. Buy the book here.

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning – I still can’t believe I got this for $1.99. I’m so psyched to read this one soon! Buy the book here.

The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland by Rebekah Crane – I don’t know too much about this other than I got it for $0.99. Buy the book here.

Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee – I kind of freaked out over this because it was $0.99 for both the books by Lori M. Lee??? Buy the book here.

The Infinite by Lori M. Lee – The sequel to Gates of Thread and Stone, which is also $0.99 on Kindle. Buy the book here.

The Shadows by Megan Chance – Again, I don’t know much about this on other than I got it for $0.99 lmao. Buy the book here.

Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill – This one was recommended to me by Clo @ Cuppa Clo and of course I had to purchase it right away. This is the first in an apparently wonderful series so I can’t wait to read it! Buy the book here.

Three Mages and a Margarita by Annette Marie – Another recommendation from Clo and Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts as well! I hear the main character in this is a sassy one so I believe that warrants my immediate purchase. Buy the book here.


READATHON/S PARTICIPATED

I am very happy to say that I’ve joined a readathon this month! I joined Galleyathon, a readathon dedicated to only Netgalley reads, and you can read all about how I did here. I’m not the best with readathons so having completed this, even though it is only a week long, is a great achievement for me!


OTHER THINGS TO SMILE ABOUT

One of my greatest achievements for this month is when I rose from the dead aka my ridiculously long hiatus. I have missed blogging so, so much and I’m really happy to be back.

Also, I have downloaded Discord again on my devices after so many years, and I seriously missed out on A LOT. Now, I’m very blessed to be in the Bookish Collision server as I have found a lot of great friends and reconnected with others as well!

For the month of July, I’ll be participating in the Totally Spiesathon so that’s exciting! Another readathon? Who am I? *gasps* This one is centered around the show Totally Spies so I could not let the opportunity pass. I don’t have a set TBR for this one and I plan to wing it as I go based on the prompts I land on!


Overall, I’m pretty amazed at how great this month was for me. How was your June 2020? Feel free to link your own wrap-up posts down below as I always enjoy reading them!

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8 thoughts on “June 2020 Wrap-Up

  1. Ahh you bought the solis invicti serie!! I really loved the sovereign one, and im tempted to *eventually* get to the solis invicti, but i’m conflicted as my favorite character won’t be there.. as it was before his time (lucas!!) ; That being said, I was kind of wanting to read Mayday too, but I still has 3 arcs on the back burner that i’m totally ignoring rn so.. better not 🤣

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    • Yesss I’m really so excited for Solis Invicti but I have to put it off until I catch up with all my ARCs first, the struggle is real!! haha and yes, I understand how you feel about the Sovereign characters wouldn’t be making an appearance in Solis Invicti, as I’ve read Sovereign first before SI and I got really attached to the characters 😭 Oooh May Day is really good! The Solis Invicti made an appearance there as well. I’m so excited to hear what you think about that when you get to reading it! And good luck with your arcs, Kris! ❤

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  2. Congrats on all you achieved last month! You included so many books I’m interested in reading, so I can’t wait to see your reviews for them!! I’m so glad you rose from the dead and started blogging again – else I never would have found your fantastic blog 💖

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