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June 2018 Bookish Wrap-Up + Book Haul


As we are already 10 days into July, I figured that I should probably get around to posting my June Wrap-Up before it’s too late…


How is everyone’s July going thus far?  The majority of my July has been spent up in northern Ohio at Lake Erie with family.  We spend the week of July 4th every year this way.  We had a great week relaxing, going to the pool, playing pickleball, going to Cedar Point, and visiting Kelley’s Island.  It was a wonderful trip.


And of course I had to add a picture of my family in our 4th of July gear…



Now that we have completed the last of our summer vacations, it’s time to get back to reality!  And I am hoping that that reality includes more blogging.  Confession: I have not been a very good book blogger over this past year, and it breaks my heart.  I really need to find some balance that allows me to dedicate more time to this blog & the community.  When I fist started book blogging, I read 85-ish books the first year and had plenty of time for blogging & being active in the community.  In 2017 I had some major life changes in the second half of the year but I still managed to read 120 books.  I basically took a 5 month hiatus while we were in the process of renovating a new home & moving.  Since the beginning of 2018, we are finished with the bulk of the renovations, and are all moved in.  Unfortunaly my blogging has not gone back to being regular.  It is sporadic at best.   I’ve been evaluating where all of my free time goes, and to no surprise it goes to reading.  I am on track to hit 120 books again this year, but what’s the point if I am not dedicating the time to a hobby that brings me so much joy?  At the end of the day I’d rather only read 100 books in a year, and have more time for the bookish community.  Fingers crossed that I can pull it together for the second half of 2018!

What I read this month

Feelings in a few thoughts:
  • I think we can all agree that the covers for this series are absolutely stunning.
  • I really liked the concept behind this one: the idea that there are multiple parallel universes existing simultaneously & the ability to travel between them.  I also really liked the focus on science in a YA book.
  • The romance was too central to the plotline.  For me, a YA sci-fi book needs to be a sci-fi book first, and the romantic elements need to be secondary.  This isn’t to say the romance wasn’t well done, it was, just that I wanted more sci-fi elements.
  • The travel between parallel universes was well done.
  • Overall, this one was just OK.  I was expecting more from it.  I will give the second book a go though.




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June 2018 TBR

Nora and Kettle Cover

Book Review: Nora & Kettle (Paper Stars #1) by Lauren Nicole Taylor


Book Review: The Passenger by Lisa Lutz


Book HaulPhysical Books:

» A Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes #3) by Sabaa Tahir

*Copy signed by the author*




I find that I’ve been buying less and less books and utilizing my local library more and more these days.  In reality, the only books I have been buying are at author & book events.  My wallet & book shelves approve of this new Amanda.

Which books did you read this month?

Have you read any of the books I read or hauled this month?  If so, what did you think?

Did you buy any books?  If so, which ones?

Comment below & let me know 🙂

24 thoughts on “June 2018 Bookish Wrap-Up + Book Haul”

      1. Moms like to rube that in, and I think it’s super uncool. I especially hate that my mom would say it to me when I was still in school even though I had told her eleventy times I wasn’t having kids. Haha, jokes on her, I’m 33 and still don’t have kids.


  1. I adored the seven husbands of evelyn hugo! Glad yer June went well. I would certainly be happy to see more posts from ye. If ye feel like it that is. Arrr!
    x The Captain

    PS I saw ye read me review of that one already! Thanks matey!

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    1. Thanks Annie! I guess I’ll claim them 🙂

      It was such a fantastic book! I’m not surprised you loved it too. Actually, do you have any book recommendations that are similar? Not necessarily in plotline, but feel? If that makes sense lol


      1. Not really, I’ve been looking for the same!! I saw that there was a book called The girls in the picture or something like that and it was also about actresses so maybe? If I come across one I’ll be sure to let you know!!

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  2. A bunch of books I wanna read are in hear and you have them high ratings !! That’s makes me happy to see !! Don’t swear the small things. I’m just as bad at staying active. It’s the effort that counts.

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  3. AMANDA! ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

    You and your family are adorable! I love how decked out you got for the 4th! I hope you left the house in all that gear and showed off to the neighborhood or family or something. 😉

    I can relate to finding a balance and getting back into the swing of things. It's easy to break habits and challenging to build them. After my blog was down for almost 3 months, I lost all my habits. Personally, I found a habit tracking app helped me get back on track. It's a silly thing – you just identify goals and it reminds you to do them. You mark the goals if you complete them and you see patterns over time. I learned that if I don't get a reminder to write book reviews, I don't prioritize it. And I never remember to blog hop until it's time for bed. O_o Perhaps that can help you build the blogging habits you want?

    I love seeing so many great reads in June! It sounds like reading has been going swimmingly. I added The Seven Husbands and The Ember Quartet to my TBR. 😀


    1. Every 4th of July my family participates in a parade. We carry a giant American flag that takes 20 of us to carry. Hence why we were decked out 🙂

      A habit tracking app?!?! I didn’t know that was an option lol That sounds brilliant! What is the app called?

      I think you’d love Seven Husbands AND the Ember series! I’m going to venture to say you’ll love An Ember in the Ashes as much as I did 🙂

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      1. !! Are there pictures of the family carrying the flag? I assume you stretch it out between you all like a giant picnic blanket parallel to the ground, instead of on a pole? That’s so cool! I am a bit envious.

        Personally, I use Streaks, which is for IOS. I know my bestie uses a different one for her blog, but it totally helps. I love seeing all the graphics showing my progress!

        I’ve requested Ember from the Library; here goes nothing!

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      2. Yeah we stretch it out and carry it horizontally. It is actually very heavy… there was one year it started raining during the parade and it got REALLY heavy lol It was rough.

        And I hope you love Ember as much as I think you will 🙂

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  4. Aww I love this picture of you and your family, you look all so great! ❤ I hope that you'll get back into a blogging rhythm soon, Amanda, with all the changes in your life it's normal that blogging had to take a step back, but I'm certain you'll find your good rhythm again 🙂
    I really, really need to give Evelyn Hugo a try at some point, everyone recommends that book SO much 😀

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    1. Thanks Marie! I vowed to make blogging more of a priority, and I hope to stick to it.

      Ah Evelyn Hugo! It really has that special something we all seek in a book. It has that 1950’s old school Hollywood feel with all the scandal and drama you’d expect.

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  5. That sounds like a wonderful trip! I enjoyed The Song Of Achilles as well and had similar thoughts about A Thousand Pieces Of You… And I’m dying to read Evelyn Hugo and An Ember In The Ashes now! I hope you will have a wonderful rest of July.

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