Monthly Reading Round-Up: June 2018

June is a wrap!  I can’t believe June is already over — where has the time gone?  Fortunately, July is here and that means YALC is around the corner!  How is my YALC TBR going?  It’s best to just not ask.

I managed to read a whopping 13 books this month!  I feel like I’m spending more and more time reading, which is great!  I also may or may not have been spoiled for my birthday with books and giftcards, so I still ended up bringing in more books than I read this month.  You know what?  This is my brand.  I am on brand.


Books I read

Including The Little World of Liz Climo because it’s so freaking cute.


The Light Over London by Julia Kelly (also known as Author Sister)

Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling

My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf

Shattermoon by Dominic Dulley (review)

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

The Rising Storm by Ceri A. Lowe

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn (review)

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Simon versus the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Ravencry by Ed McDonald (blog tour post)

City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett

Reviews for all these books are coming up if they aren’t already live!  I actually am reading so much that I need to increase my review posting schedule.  Yikes.

The best books this month were easily Ravencry, City of Blades, The Light Over London, and Every Heart a Doorway.  I’m not allowed to review Author Sister’s marvelous book, but I can safely say that even if I weren’t massively biased I would love it.  Go preorder it.  Seriously.

I ended up being a little disappointed by both The Woman in the Window and The Hazel Wood.  My review for The Woman in the Window is live — go check out the link for my thoughts.  The Hazel Wood started out incredibly strong and ended up derailing itself a bit.  Keep an eye out for my review coming soon.


Books I bought


Chocolat by Joanne Harris

Runelight by Joanne Harris

Can you tell I went to a Joanne Harris event this month?  She did an event at Waterstones and I went with Judith from Chain Interaction and one of my other friends!  We had a marvelous time and got to chat with the lovely Joanne.  I’m in awe of her storytelling ability and general kindness.


Birthday books



Beowulf translated by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Fall of Arthur translated by J. R. R. Tolkien

Beren and Lúthien by J. R. R. Tolkien

Every Heart a Dooryway by Seanan McGuire

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf

Thunderhead by Neil Schusterman

The Beast Player by Nanoko Uehashi

The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Empire of Black and Gold by Adrian Tchaikovsky

The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer by Sydney Padua

Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French

A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnston

The Fairy Tales of Angela Carter

Rotherweird by Andrew Caldercott

Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy

You know what? Let’s just ignore this section and move on.  I’m going to attempt to do No Buy July with Asha from A Cat, a Book, and a Cup of Tea.  Wish us luck.#


Book post



The Quanderhorn Xperimentations by Rob Grant and Andrew Marshall

Summerland by Hannu Rajaniemi

The Light Between Us by Katie Khan

Retribution Road by Antonin Varenne

Where The Missing Go by Emma Rowley

Redemption’s Blade by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Adrift by Rob Boffard

Orlando by Virginia Woolf

Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

Shattermoon by Dominic Dulley

The Mermaid by Christina Henry

Gracy and Fury by Tracy Bangheart

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

What a freaking great month for book post!  Can you believe all the great stuff that has come through my letterbox?  I’ve implemented this six-week policy for all my review copies — I have to read and ideally review them within six weeks of receiving them — and it’s going great so far.  I still have a long way to go before I read this pile down, but I am making progress!


July promises to be an amazing month.  Not only do I get to go on holiday again (!!), I’ll be meeting Becky Chambers twice, I’ll be going to an event that Orion is throwing in London, and YALC comes at the end of the month.  Reading?  Who has time for that?


How was the month of June for you?  Did you read anything great?  Did you buy any shiny new books?

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