June has passed, leaving the memories of so many amazing books. Seriously, y’all. My first (and only) two faves of 2018 so far were read in June – I can’t wait to tell you about them! In addition to these amazing reads, I had some amazing times in June, like participating in the #8intwo Mini-Readathon – where, you guessed it, participants reach for the goal of reading eight hours in two days. Easy peasy, I said. I do that often, I said. No prob, I said. And then I promptly spent 6.5 hours reading over the two designated days. What’s that about, I ask you? Performance anxiety, perhaps?
Regardless of my abysmal readathon performance, the aforementioned ah-ma-zing books I read more than made up for that little debacle. Here’s a quick look at what I read…
Books I Read in June:
- Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne
- Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch
- Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
- The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
- The Endless Beach by Jenny Colgan
- An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
- What I Leave Behind by Alison McGhee
- A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir
- All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin
- The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir
- Ruined by Amy Tintera
- Avenged by Amy Tintera
- Allied by Amy Tintera
- Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
- Keeper of Keys by Bernice L. McFadden
- The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
- Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
I really don’t even know where to start, y’all, because so many of these reads were just too fabulous for words. I will say that the beginning of the month, while still filled with good reads, wasn’t as thrilling as the last few weeks of the month. I was rather disappointed by the newest Jenny Colgan novel, The Endless Beach. I’m a huge fan of hers, which made the let-down even worse. Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne started out as a four or five star read, but was quickly downgraded to a 3-star read toward the strange, unexpected ending. Everything else in June, though? Four to five stars, all the way.
A major shout-out goes to Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi – this fast-paced, thrilling, and powerful read will stick with me for quite a while to come. A Reaper at the Gates, Book #3 of The Ember Quartet by Sabaa Tahir was spectacular and her best yet – I don’t know how I’m going to wait an entire year for Book #4! The Book of Essie, while not as fast-paced as the previous two, is also a five-star must-read.
I’m so excited for all the great books I already have lined up to read in July – and for the 24 in 48 Readathon, which takes place from July 21 to July 22. Want to join me? Sign up here! Hope to see you there, y’all, but whether I do or don’t – Happy Reading to you all.