June Reading Wrap Up

Hello, and welcome to our June Wrap Up! This month is a bit different from previous months. We haven’t read that much (by our standards), but we did do a lot of other fun things, including start summer school! Yay! Malka is currently taking a physics class while Chana is taking a math class (her last one of college!!!!), and will be starting another class in July. But you’re here for the books, so here they are! As usual, all covers link to Goodreads!

Books Read:

 

Malka: 

This was a bit of an interesting month for me. I started off the month reading the books you see listed in the 4 and 5 star section. I read 2 of my BookCon books and loved them (Technically, You Started It and Mooncakes). I even have a review up for Technically, You Started It! I read The Cardboard Kingdom, which is a fantastic graphic novel. I also had my first buddy-read by reading The Unhoneymooners with Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx!  While I didn’t love the book, I had a really fun time chatting with Ellyn as I read! I also am really excited that I’ve read 68 books in the first six months of 2019, because in 2018 I read 68 books by the end of the year!

But the end of the month was such a mess. I finished up some other BookCon books that I just didn’t enjoy, and then I started a string of rant inducing books. I actually DNFed a book when I had less than 80 pages left, since it was impacting my mental health way too much!

And it didn’t get better from there! I started a review book, only to dislike it. And then I picked up Fix Her Up in hopes of reading a cute romance. I have a long, ranty Goodreads review about why I disliked this book so much, but I was strongly considering DNFing it, and was quite disappointed in it. My only consolation is that I started reading Sorcery of Thorns at the very end of the month and I’m LOVING it! Had it not been for Sorcery, I probably would have sworn off books for July and entered a reading slump, which is no fun for anyone!

5 Stars:

The Cardboard Kingdom

4 Stars:

Things I'm Seeing Without You Mooncakes Technically You Started It Tell Me How You Really Feel I Wish You All the Best

3 Stars:

The Unhoneymooners

2 Stars:

Abby in Wonderland Hurts to Love You Fix Her Up

Chana: 

I know that every month I talk about how little I’ve read, but I think I just have to resign myself to reading an average of 13 books a month because life is BUSY! This month I managed to read Morning Star and Godsgrave, two books that have been on my TBR for so long that they had begun collecting dust, mold, and vengeful spirits. So I’m really happy that I managed to knock those out. I also borrowed about 25 books from a variety of people, which on the one hand, yay! More books! But on the other. Oh no. More books. Did this stop me from going to the bookstore and perusing the used book section at least once a week? No. Of course not.

5 Stars:

The Magic Order Volume 1 A Curse So Dark and Lonely Daughter of Smoke and Bone Aurora Rising Godsgrave Morning Star Unstoppable Moses

4 Stars:

Dark Shores We Regret to Inform You At the Edge of theUniverse On Thin Ice

3 Stars:

Shades of Magic 1 The Anatomical Shape of a Heart

2 Stars:

The Music of What Happens

Books Acquired:

Malka: 

I normally get about 5 books in a month, but this month I accumulated 15! The first 10 I got at BookCon which I already listed and discussed in great detail here!

As for the other 5, one was a gift from my mother, one was a review copy from Netgalley, two came in the June NOVLbox that Chana and I repped for, and the last came from the June Uppercase that we repped for. Out of all these books I was most excited for Sorcery of Thorns, and I’ve mostly finished it already because of said excitement! I can’t wait to discuss it further in future posts because I love it already!

Gifted:

Five Feet Apart

NetGalley:

100 Days of Sunglight

June NOVLbox:

When the Stars Lead to You An Assassin's Guide to Love

Uppercase:

Sorcery of Thorns

Chana: 

I got so many great books this month! My dad gifted me two books for the holidays, and a friend of mine, who knows how much I loved We Are the Ants, gifted me At the Edge of the Universe. I also got 9 books from BookCon which you can see here! But the book that I’m most excited about this month is Unstoppable Moses. Y’all better brace yourself for this. But. The cover. Glows. In. The Dark. !!!!!!!! I bought the book not knowing this exciting tidbit so imagine my surprise when I brought the book into my dark room to see green glowing shapes on the cover of the book.

A pretty good representation of my reaction to the glow in the dark cover

Gifted:

At the Edge of theUniverse A Curse So Dark and Lonely Aurora Rising

Purchased:

Daughter of Smoke and Bone Heart of Iron The Hidden Power of Unstoppable Moses

NetGalley:

We Are lost and Found

NOVLbox:

You Must Not Miss Supernova

Things We Did:

At the very beginning of the month we went to BookCon! We got lots of books and had a really fun time in general, and you can read more about it HERE!

As you might have noticed from our hauls, we also were June reps for the NOVLbox, which was really fun! This was also our last month as reps for Uppercase which was a bittersweet moment, since we had such a good time and are sad to see it end!

Chana:

I had the opportunity to meet the Try Guys at an event in honor of their book release at The Strand! It was so cool to meet them, and I also got a signed copy of their book, which was super cool as well.

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Chana meeting the  Try Guys

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Chana was in a Try Guys video in very small for half a second! (And she absolutely freaked the F out.) Play Malka’s favorite game, Spot the Redhead, at 7:17

Blog Accomplishments:

We finally have a joint footer! Now it should be extremely clear exactly who is posting what around here!

More than 180 humans decided they wanted to follow our blog. We’re still in shock. Our Blogoversary is coming up on July 4th, and we’re so excited that we get to share this exciting day with so many of you!

We also had a first in our stats! This was the first month that we had over 1000 views! It was really cool to watch the number turn from 999 to 1K!

Posts We Loved:

Sophie @ Me and Ink discusses her feelings about blogging schedules.

Tiffany @ Read by Tiffany gives a guide on how to create rainbow moodboards.

Olivia @ Purely Olivia discusses the pros and cons of having a blogging niche.

Laura @ Boats Against the Current asks whether or not you choose to read  mediocre books.

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How was your June? What was your favorite read? Did you acquire an excessive amount of books this month? Are you excited for summer? 

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42 thoughts on “June Reading Wrap Up

  1. I’m really excited to read I wish you all the best — it sounds like a great read!! I’m sorry that the end of the month included some books you didn’t enjoy and had to DNF!! I’m glad sorcery of thorns has been a much better book– I’m so excited to read this!!
    Wow a glow in the dark book cover– that is amazing and I would have had a similar reaction to seeing it light up!! 😍 we are lost and found has a beautiful cover!!
    Well done on reaching 1K views this month that is amazing!! 🎉🎉
    Thank you so much for sharing my post– it means a lot so thank you!! 💕
    My favourite read of June was Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe!! I loved it!!
    I hope you both have an amazing July!! 💛

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    1. I really enjoyed I Wish You All the Best! And I flew through it, which is always nice! Yeah, the end of the month was a super sad time, but Sorcery of Thorns was a lifesaver! I have less than 100 pages left at this point and I can’t WAIT to finish it!

      Thanks so much! I love celebrating all of our milestones! Each new part of the blogging journey is so exciting!

      And I loved your post and was so excited to share it! ❤

      I love Aristotle and Dante as well! I’m so glad to hear it was your favorite!

      I hope you have a lovely July as well! 💕

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      1. I’m glad to hear that and yes I like flying through a book too!! Ahh.. I hope you enjoy the ending!!
        Aw.. yes absolutely you should celebrate every achievement and I find it exciting as well!! 🙂
        Ahh.. THANK YOU SO MUCH– that’s so sweet!! It’s made my day!! ❤
        Yay I'm glad you loved Ari & Dante too– it was SO good!!
        Thank you!! ❤

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      2. Malka, I so want to read Technically You Started It! I’m bummed you didn’t enjoy Fix Her Up! I actually loved it! I’ll read your review for it. I rated The Unhoneymooners the same. I didn’t love it but it was an okay read. I so want to read Sorcery of Thorns!

        Chana, I’ve been wanting to read A Curse So Dark and Lonely and Aurora Rising. I remember loving The Anatomical Shape of the Heart when it came out. I had a friend that met the Try Guys too at that event!
        Genesis @ Whispering Chapters

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        1. I hope you enjoy Technically, You Started It! But Fix Her Up was a bummer. I wanted to love it, especially since I had heard such good things! Yeah, The Unhoneymooners was okay for the most part, and then I disliked the ending, so it ended up being super mediocre. And even though I haven’t finished it yet, I’d definitely recommend Sorcery!

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  2. DNFing is certainly no fun, but I’m glad that there were books that you loved! Sorcery of Thorns looks sooooo good and I am trying to find a copy near me. I am hoping to do a Book Depository haul soon with all the books I keep seeing around!
    I didn’t know that glow in the dark book covers were a thing! I am so excited to maybe find one!
    Have a great month!
    -Emma 🙂

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    1. Yeah, I really dislike DNFing, especially when I’m so far in, but it was the right decision. ANd SOrcery is SO GOOD so far! I have less than 100 pages left, and I can’t wait to finish it! I hope you’re able to get a copy soon!

      I hope you have a wonderful month as well! 💕

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  3. This is an awesome wrap up Malka & Chana! Congrats on the many followers and love the joint footer 😍 Looks like you both read and bought/got some pretty awesome books this month. Many of them are on my own tbr. Can’t wait to get to them; especially Aurora Rising and Sorcery of Thorns (which I’m starting right now lol)!

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      1. I feel the same way – quality over quantity! I wish more of the book community felt this way! I feel like we focus too much on the number of books we’re reading rather than our enjoyment of said books!

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  4. i was so excited for ‘technically, you started it’ and tho i did like it, i was also kind of disappointed?? it just felt like a major part of the story was missing but my love for the texting trope is too much for it to be a hindrance ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    ‘i wish you all the best’ was HEARTBREAKING but also so important??? it was my first book w/ a non-binary mc and i’m so glad i read it. also, ben references Yuri On Ice at some point and i fell in love.

    omg SAME, i liked the first 20-30% of ‘fix her up’ but after that it just WASN’T that appealing?

    SO JEALOUS of y’all getting ‘we are lost & found’, i am in LOVE w/ that cover

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    1. Interesting! I really like slice of life stories where practically nothing happens, so that’s probably why I enjoyed it so much! I would have liked more romance though!

      Yes! I Wish You All the Best was my first read with a non-binary MC as well! Again, slice of life stories are just my favorite!

      I’M SO HAPPY TO FIND SOMEONE WHO AGREES WITH ME! I really liked the first bit, otherwise I would have put it down after a few pages. But as I got further I had more and more things that I disliked!

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  5. This is a really great recap! Both of y’all read so many books oh my gosh🙈(I think 13 book is AMAZING??)

    Congrats on your blogging successes this month! Ahh, your blogoversary is so soon, that’s so exciting!! *squeals* Thank you for mentioning my post, I’m really glad you enjoyed it. ❤

    Have an awesome July!

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  6. omg you guys read so many books on my tbr! okay 13 books a month is a loooot for me though but I’m so sorry that you aren’t reading as much! u also got to meet The Try Guys and be in their video?? that is such a dream, plus congrats on your blogging achievements! I hope July goes better for the both of you. I’m planning to read Sorcery of Thorns this month :>>

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    1. It’s actually a bit funny, because before this year I didn’t read very much at all. So I think after one or two good reading months I’ve just kind of put these high standards on myself that I have to grow out of 😂 Also, I absolutely FREAKED OUT about the Try Guys. Though literally, everyone kind of just looked at me blankly because they couldn’t understand why I was so excited by a few YouTubers 😂

      Hope you have a fantastic July, reading and otherwise! 💕💕

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  7. Happy July, friends!! It sounds like had a fun blogging month. The Try Guys event looks SOOO fun ❤ Congrats as well to accomplishing so many blogging milestones. I'm glad that you also were able to attend BookCon. I can't wait to see all you have in store for July~ Thank you for also including my post!

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  8. YAY for a joint footer! I love working on blog graphics. hahaaha ❤️ Mooncakes and The Cardboard Kingdom look good. Actually I was looking at TCK last month. And I got 100 Days of Sunlight too! I hope you like them (that this wasn’t the Netgalley book you hated!) I also really loved Aurora Rising I’m sad to hear you didn’t enjoy Fix Her Up! I had heard good things before. WOW! Sounds like you two are so busy. Happy reading in July! No reading slumps cross our fingers. 😉

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    1. I leave all the graphics to Chana! I’d highly recommend both graphic novels! I actually plan on rereading Mooncakes when it comes out because the ARC was only partially colored. And The Cardboard Kingdom was so clever! It’s a whole bunch of stories that build on one another and just made me so happy! And I was so disappointed by Fix Her Up for that very reason! But it really just didn’t work for me!

      And we discovered that June was busier than we realized when we sat down to write this post! I don’t think July will be quite as packed!

      Thank you! I hope you have a great July as well!

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  9. HAPPY JULY to both of you ❤ I hope you've been having a lovely month so far ❤ It seems like you both read a lot this last month, I always admire that SO much haha. So exciting to see you got When the stars lead to you and You must not miss, both books sound SO good!
    Congratulations on all of your blogging milestones and happy blogoversary again, this is SO exciting! ❤
    I hope you're having a lovely month ❤

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    1. Aahh, yess, I’m so excited to read You Must Not Miss! I actually totally forgot that I had it (since in typical Chana fashion it was hidden under an enormous pile of STUFF in my room), but I can’t wait to read it! Thank you so much!! I hope you’re having a fantastic July as well!! ♥️♥️

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  10. Happy Blogoverlsery! I have Fix Her Up on my TBR but it was one I’m a little iffy about just because I’ve seen a ton of mixed reviews on it so I requested it at the library just to save me some money. I Wish You All The Best is the book of the month for the book club I’m in so I’m excited to read it. Good luck to the both of you with your classes!

    Tina @ As Told By Tina

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    1. Thank you! Yeah, I got Fix It Up from the library as well, and I’m very glad I did! Ooooh! I hope you enjoy I Wish You All the Best! I think it’s a great book to read for a book club. Thank you so much! I’m very excited for summer classes to be over soon!

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  11. Malka – I have been seeing Fix Her Up everywhere, and honestly, I had started considering it. After reading your ranty review, I have it firmly crossed right off. I will not be trying it now. You have officially convinced me with Mooncakes! That looks so cute. I just finished I Wish You All The Best, and it was amazing.

    Chana – I totally feel you on being stuck at the around 13 books a month. I used to be so much better, but I’m stuck as well. I loved Aurora Rising too, so I’m glad you enjoyed!! Intrigued to see what you think of You Must Not Miss, since I love love love that cover.

    Wonderful wrap-up!! Hope you are having a great July! 🙂

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    1. I had seen it everywhere as well! That’s why I wanted to point out the issues I had with it because I hadn’t seen anyone else mention them. I’m glad that even though I dissuaded you from reading a book, I convinced you to read another in its place! Mooncakes is just so adorable and I can’t wait to reread it in the form of the finished copy once it comes out! And yes! I Wish You All the Best was great!

      Thank you! I hope you’re having a wonderful July as well!

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  12. Good luck with your summer classes! I’m currently reading Aurora Rising and loving it. I’m not surprised though as I loved Illuminae and Gemina. I have a copy of Tell Me How You Really Feel as well as Things I’m Seeing without You.

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