7 In Wrap Up

June Wrap-Up & July TBR

Wow, it’s already July! I eagerly await July 5th, the day the school supplies come out en masse and I get to buy lots of cute stationary items on sale. But anyway, that’s not the point of this post – seriously, though, my favorite time of year is when Target’s back seasonal section turns into a giant backyard BBQ/back to school/Halloween smorgasbord. Pumpkin spice will be back before we know it!

I was thinking that I hadn’t really read anything this month, but in actuality I read 6 books which was just as much as I read in May. I did experience a pretty significant reading slump in June, though, which might have contributed to why I felt like I was just aimlessly spinning my wheels for almost a week.

 Pages Read: 2,406 – an average of 401 pages per book

 Average Rating: 4.5 stars

 Least FavoriteHidden Pieces

 Most FavoriteLittle Do We Know

I actually wound up reading more pages this month than I did last month, though I still averaged a 4.5 rating. Either I only read books proven to be good, or I am way too lenient with my rating system. I’ll have to examine that moving forward!

My disclaimer for this is that, as always, I am a mood reader and I almost never stick to a TBR – this is really just more of an excuse to list the books I am most interested in the possibility of reading. But I refuse to be tied to anything officially, other than my spurious whims.

  The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir – This is kind of cheating because I’m reading it right now, but at least this way I’m assured a minimum of one book that is considered “follow through” on my commitments.

 The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager – I loved and adored Final Girls last year, so I am thrilled to get my hands on this puppy next week and read it. Mr. Sager did what I want most suspense novel authors to do – he pulled a fast one on me, so fast I didn’t even realize what was happening. That’s talent.

 Vicious by V.E. Schwab – I am spitballing at this point, but this book is definitely up there on my list, if not at the top. I want to read my first Schwab book, and with the sequel to this one coming out not too, too far from now, this seems to be the most likely candidate.

 Save the Date by Morgan Matson – I told myself this is a “July or August” book, so “July or August” it shall be.

 Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett – Same thing I said about Save the Date, but with added pressure from Pages & Pugs to read a Jenn Bennett book.

Have you read any of these and loved – or hated! – them? Let me know! I love to compare notes on wrap-ups and TBRs every month!

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    June 29, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    wow, so many amazing reads for you in June!!! I can’t wait to read The Last Time I Lied as well, I adored Final Girls! I hope you get through your TBR and love each and every one of them!!!

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    June 29, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Definitely want to read Vicious ?

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    Katie Rogers
    June 29, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    Thank God you didn’t like Hidden Pieces, I’ve been on the fence about it but now can toss it off into oblivion.

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      June 30, 2018 at 12:58 am

      I didn’t write a blog about it for some reason, but here’s my GR review:
      ” Embry has it rough. She lives alone with her mother (unless you include her dog Betsy), and works tirelessly at the family cafe to keep their heads above water. She is the reason her best friend’s boyfriend dumped her – unfortunately, that reason is because she slept with said best friend’s boyfriend. Her actual boyfriend is overseas, and Embry doesn’t have the heart to break his.

      Yes, things are rough for Embry. Even rougher still though when a late-night tryst in the abandoned Seacliff Inn turns into arson (or whatever you call accidental arson?) Right then and there, Embry and her lover (BFF’s BF, Holden) decide to play “mum’s the word” and keep their mouths shut about the entire situation. Of course, someone saw more than Embry and Holden suspected, and they are playing a dangerous blackmail game with them where the stakes get higher and higher still.

      I always appreciate a morally grey character, and I “get” Embry’s dilemma. She’s a smart kid, and cares so much for her family. But I cannot abide by cheating, and it’s hard for me to muster empathy for a character so emotionally manipulative.

      The big “whodunit?” clincher is one that I predicted, but that did not stop me from enjoying the book. I wish it had been a bit more of an eleventh-hour twist, but YA thrillers typically lean heavier on the romance/mystery side than the “wtf?!” domestic thriller pieces we are used to seeing in “adult” novels.

      Overall, I spent a very enjoyable time in Embry’s head. I only wish it had been a little more zig and a little less zag”

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    Jessica | Reading with Jessica
    July 1, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    I can’t wait to read Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett. I’ve heard it’s beyond amazing. Great job with June and I wish you the best for July <3

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    July 2, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    I really want to read Vicious!

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    July 2, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    heck yeah i wanna read a schwab book this month too!

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