Hi dear friends!
As this Sunday is officially the last day of June I will double The Sunday Post with my monthly wrap-up.
Time to have a chat with you about what happened in my life and on the blog this month linking back to The Sunday Post @caffeinatedreviewer!
Private life first
Maybe you already know that my month of June has been crazy between caring for my injured husband, the kids exams and a stolen smartphone ….
I never drove so much in my life as my husband is unable to do anything and I also had to have the patience of a saint as everyone was grumpy.
All the kids efforts paid as they both graduated!!!
My daughter graduated high school last week!!!!! I was so proud and she was so relieved as it’s been a hard battle with advanced mathematics!
Then of course it was celebration time and I had to fetch her from two parties on Friday and Saturday, hosting other friends of her at home. Honestly I am just so happy that she has such good friends to celebrate with her.
For years now these are a tight knit group of girls, all good girls, partying from time to time but working hard and with a good head on their shoulders. They also have a big heart and are always enthusiastic. I am so happy my daughter can count on them.
Now I am waiting for my holiday …two more weeks.
I am really exhausted yet very satisfied.
I am planning my city trip of six days to London with my daughter to meet the authors at YALC London and I went a little bit overboard with the book haul this month (see picture below). That’s why I am officially on a self imposed book ban until YALC (I know once in the middle of other book lovers and surrounded by publishing houses all offering shiny books I won’t be able to resist 😀 ).
June book haul:
On the blog (click on the graphic to read the post)
This month of June has been a great reading month as I’ve read and reviewed 11 books! Not bad at all considering that I aim for two books a week.
I will sort them by rating, beginning with the lowest and ending with my favorite(s)
I Sing No Victim’s Song by Sara Pintilie. It was a gift from a debut author who sent the book across the ocean! That’s so unusual. She has all that’s needed to become a good author and just needs more polish for this first work. 3 stars
Cinder and the Prince of Midnight by Susan Ee. 4 stars and totally different from Angelfall! This is told/written like a tale so don’t be surprised!
Three Heartbeats Away by CC Hunter. 4 stars for a very satisfying conclusion to the series!
Savaged by Mia Sheridan. 4,5 stars. Sounds and smells a little bit like Archer doubled up with a mystery.
A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard (YALC author). 4 stars and great book about anxiety and other mental problems.
Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer 4,5 stars and so many moral choices in that story!
Now let’s get to the five stars and favorites of the month!
From Lukov With Love by Mariana Zapata. 5 stars and it reminded me why I love Mariana’s books so much! Excellent banter, enemies to lover and fantastic family!
Jersey Six by Jewel E. Ann. 5 stars and my favorite by that author. It was simply brilliant with a fantastic plot twist that I never saw coming!
And I have three winners/favorites this month! Sorry I can’t simply choose any of them.
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang. 5 stars for this audiobook with an amazing narrator. This story is so brilliant yet harsh that I fear the sequel as I know the author will play even more on my triggers….
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson. 5 stars. It was epic, buoyant, exhilarating, fun, imaginative ….truly fantastic!
The Kingdom of Copper by SA Chakraborty. 6 stars for this amazing audiobook with an excellent narrator. I am in love with this series and can’t wait for the next book! Thank you Alexandra for pushing me to read it with your constant choice of this story in every “best of” that you participated in.
Now I have managed to post a discussion post every week on Thursday (yay) and this week I asked you if you prefered single or multiple POV.
The Top 5 Tuesday this week was my favorite fantasy (and for once I’ve been a good girl and chose only 5 books).
June was also Pride Month and Calendar Girls was all about Pride month and our favorite book. My choice was an underdog: Stop! by Alison Bailey.
Last but not least, the “Meet your next Boyfriend” this month was about our favorite royal boyfriend! I chose …Cardan of course 😀
In the blogosphere and quizz world plus my favorite music of the week (introduced by my son 😉 instant hit with me!)
I finally took the time to blog hop and founds several amazing posts out there!
The Orang Outang Librarian about the misconceptions of negative reviews
Alex about reading burnout
Lauren about self hosting and how she did it
And Ally gives some tips to increas your blog traffic
Quizz for fans of Quizz (I am one of them and I know someone who …LOL)
An extra fun one for fans of comics and movie: Epic Reads advise you on which Avenger you should begin a book club with!!!!
Favorite music this week thanks to my son!
Pfew that was my month!
How was your month? How many books did you read? Do we share some?
Thanks for reading!
Congrats on both your kids graduating. It sounds like you had a busy June with all the driving, your husband being injured and your kids having exams. And that’s awesome your daughter has such a good group of friend around her. Nice book haul you got!
Congrats to your daughter!! That is super awesome <3 And that is a great haul! (and an awesome pic! I love the Mary Poppin's Funko) I hope you have a great July!
You read some amazing books in June!! I really want to read The Poppy War and Sorcery of Thorns!!
~Kendra @ Kendra Loves Books
Congrats to your mini you! Have a GREAT week Sophie!
Congrats to your daughter! Good for her. 🙂 That’s some book haul! (Plus the photo is gorgeous.) My pre-order of it Call It What You Want arrived last Tuesday so I hope to pick it up soon. I just love Kemmerer’s contemporaries. Can’t wait to hear all about YALC! 🙂
Yeah but Sophie, you NEED physical copies to take with you to YALC, so your haul is necessary. 😉 (I’m hoping to go to RARE19 London in September so I’m frantically reading eBooks to whittle down the list!)
Hope you have a great week and enjoy your reads.
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Congrats on your daughter’s graduation!
OMG I love this cover!! Thank you for sharing Sophie!!
Congrats to your daughter, my girl is struggling a little with advanced maths too.
That’s quite the haul this month, and no doubt you will add more at YALC. I hope you enjoy your time there after such a challenging month.
Have a great reading week
And just like that, June is over! I’m sorry to hear about the rough time you had being the chauffeur all this month, but woooohoooo, congratulations to your daughter on her graduation!
Thank you Mogsy!!!
YAYAYAYAYA!!! They both graduated!! CONGRATULATIONS!! Happy Mama!! Oh Sophie it’s such a happy and sad time. I cried…My first just graduated…My first…I will be back to catch up I am soooo sorry I haven’t been around lately I will be back this week to catch up. I have a big test tomorrow or I would try tonight but I just can’t take a chance in this class it’s pretty hard. I love you tho and sooooo happy for you. I will catch up!!
Hugs to you and the family and I will have to find out what happened to the hubby!
Thank you Mary! And don’t worry I understand that you can’t always follow! You study so much! And my hubs fell from his bike in a quarry: broken clavicle (he’s had surgery) and broken rib…
I have been catching back up. Oh Sophie. The book publisher, the hubby, the dog, graduation, work, candles, cakes, work, you are just amazing! to you!
I hope you have fun at YALC! That’s a lot of books lol Congrats to your daughter! Gotta love having a close group of friends we can count on 🙂 I need to read Mariana Zapata’s book and A Sorcery of Thorns!
Genesis @ Whispering Chapters
Thank you so much Genesis!
Oh YAY for your daughter!!! Hopefully the next two weeks go quickly for you! You have more than earned a holiday. And that is a seriously great book haul.
Thank you Samantha!!
Congrats to your kids! I also hope you have an amazing time at YALC. It sounds like it will be great!
Thank you Suzanne!
Congrats to your daughter on her graduation! That’s awesome.
I’m counting the two weeks until your break with you! You deserve it.
The version of In The End you shared is beautiful! Love it.
Have a good week Sophie!
Thank you Nicci!
I noticed you have the ginormous priory of the orange tree. I have it on audiobook but haven’t started it yet. Anyhow I love the picture of your book haul!
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Hahaha yes ginormous and hard to read in bed as my arms are tired Jackie LOL
You had an awesome reading month and once again congratulations to your daughter! You’ve read some amazing reads! I can’t wait to read Savaged! It’s on my July’s TBR list! I recently finished Call It Want You want and I absolutely loved it!
Hope you have a great time with your daughter in your upcoming trip!
Thank you Raven! And I can’t wait to hear your thoughts about Savage!
What an awesome way to celebrate your daughter’s graduation! Your book haul is massive. Are those all the authors that will be at YALC? I hope you two have an incredible time and a safe trip
Not all authors Sam (I wish) 😉 And thank you!
Congrats to your daughter! How exciting. 🙂
YALC sounds awesome- hope you have a great time. Cool book tower BTW!
An avengers book club? Yesss!
Thank you Greg!!! And I knew you’d like the avengers lol
Congrats toy your kids, particularly your daughter for her HS graduation. Your upcoming London trip sounds fab and your haul wonderful!!
Thank you Kimberly!!!
Congrats to your daughter!! Your reading June looks great! Here is to a great July as well!
Thank you Caro!!!
Oh so good news about the kids graduating amid everything else. And hope hubby is doing better as well, I guess so if you and your daughter are escaping to London for YALC, and a six day break? Just what you need by the sound of it.
Love the links, I’m with my namesake (Alex) on reader burn-out. It’s painful at the moment for me too. I just can’t work up the enthusiasm. Maybe after me and mine have had our holidays I’ll get back in the groove.
Meanwhile, have a fun time in London, Sweetie, you’ve earned it. 😀
Thank you Alexandra! And my son will be on hubs duty if he needs help as I really need a breather!
Congrats to your daughter, Sophie. Hope hubby is feeling better now 🙂
My June was a busy one, as well. I’m looking forward to a lazy summer now, lol
I hope you get your lazy summer Jacquie!!!
You had a great June Sophie! So many books hauled!
Thank you and you are so right! My wallet is dying LOL
My wallet is probably going to divorce me lol!
You had such a great month and I love that photo! Congrats to your daughter. I hope you both have fun on your trip together. My husband and I gifted my daughter with a trip when she graduated, too, but it was just for me and her. It was really nice.