Book Haul Monthly Wrap-Up

June 2020 Monthly Wrap-Up & Book Haul

Hello Readers! How is it that the months are flying by when all I’m doing is staying home?? It’s a weird feeling—wanting this year to be over, but also wanting time to slow down. Anyone else feeling like that??

Looking back at My June TBR, I was happy to see I read all but one—even though I didn’t set the bar very high. I ended up reading 7 books, which is not too bad for me.

Be sure to check out The Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction!

(Link to synopsis on Goodreads through the book title.)

June Wrap-Up

I started the month finishing up Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren, a book on my backlist. This is a fun, quick read with great characters!

Rating 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

Next, I picked up Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert. And wow, is it steamy! But so much fun, and with the kind of diverse characters we need more of in fiction!

Rating 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

Ordinary Girls by Jaquira Díaz is a memoir I read for my very first blog tour. And it’s not one I will soon forget. Honest, shocking, and inspiring!

Rating 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
My Review

I picked up With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo because I’d seen so many great reviews from you all. And it did not disappoint! Emoni is my new favorite character.

Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones by Daven McQueen was a last minute approval on Netgalley. I am so impressed by this little novel. A true classic-in-the-making.

Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
My Review

Next, I picked up an ARC (Advance Reader Copy) I’d received in my book subscription box from The Strand: Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust. This original fairytale inspired by Persian mythology was quite impressive!

Rating 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)
My Review

And lastly, I finished up the month with my favorite read of June, Dear Emmie Blue by Lia Louis. I was invited to read this one ages ago, and it felt like I would never get to it, but I’m so happy I finally did. Loved it!

Rating 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
My Review

June Book Haul

Thankfully, I had a much more manageable book haul this month. You may remember, I had to split up my Wrap-up and Haul for May because my haul was out of control. Oops. It was fun, though. 😉

My #BlackoutPublishing Books

During #BlackoutPublishing Week, I purchased a few books, happy to support the Black Lives Matter cause! <= I’m including the link if you’d like more information on how to help, as well. I also purchased How to Be Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi, but I wanted a physical copy, so I’m still waiting on that one to arrive. Here’s what I added:


My Paperbackswap books


The eARC

Because I’m being ultra choosey right now when it comes to ARCs, I only added one eARC. I’m determined to keep this situation under control. 😉

I couldn’t resist Float Plan by Trish Doller. It sounds emotional and romantic!

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Critically acclaimed young adult author Trish Doller’s unforgettable and romantic adult debut about setting sail, starting over, and finding yourself. 

Since the loss of her fiancé, Anna has spent the last year foundering on land, shipwrecked by her grief and inability to move on. But when a reminder goes off about a trip they were supposed to take, she impulsively sets off in their sailboat, intending to complete the planned voyage around the Caribbean that Ben had mapped out for them.

But after a treacherous night’s sail and a brush with an ocean tanker, she decides she can’t do it alone, and hires a professional sailor to help her get to Puerto Rico. Much like her, Keane is struggling with a very different future than the one he had planned, and he can’t refuse her offer. Together they find a way to rebuild their lives and the possibility of new love.


(3/2/21)


My Physical ARCs

Who doesn’t love getting a box of books?? I was excited to receive four books from Algonquin Books this month. I’ll be reading and reviewing these closer to their publishing dates!


My Simon & Schuster free e-book

As a “loyal subscriber to Simon & Schuster’s Newsletter,” I was able to choose my last free e-book (while supplies last) to read on the Glose app. This has been the nicest surprise over the past few months, and I’ll miss these emails each week. 😉 I chose:


And lastly, I added Someone Else’s Secret by Julia Spiro, my Amazon First Reads selection. It’s set during the summer on Martha’s Vineyard, which sounds like a perfect summer-read.

How was your reading month? Have you read any of these books? Did you add any of them to your TBR? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Wandering!

20 thoughts on “June 2020 Monthly Wrap-Up & Book Haul”

  1. I’ve added With The Fire on High to my TBR because of all the great reviews I’ve seen for it this month. I didn’t really know anything about it before June, so I’m glad it got brought to my attention! I’m hoping to read it this month. It seems like good timing to read this in July, it just feels like a “summer” book from the cover and title. 🙂

  2. You read some great books!! I just received With the Fire on High yesterday!! I ordered Girl, Serpent, Thorn as part of my Book of the Month. I can’t wait to read both!!

  3. I’m glad you enjoyed With the Fire on High! I’ve seen it at my library forever and I think the cover is beautiful. I might have to finally pick it up!

  4. I really want to read Josh and Hazel and Get a Life, Chloe Brown (I ordered a copy but still waiting on it). I have read With the Fire on High and really loved it. I have the author’s latest – Clap When You Land – that I really hope to read soon.

    -Lauren

    1. If you’re a fan of contemporaries or YA, then you should enjoy With the Fire on High. I’m picky about my YA, and I enjoyed this one so much. Happy Reading to you, too!

  5. I also purchased With the Fire on High during that week, along with Just Mercy. I haven’t read them yet, but they are on the top of my TBR. Time does seem to be flying by despite staying home. I am working out more with my online classes, so my “extra” time has been mostly spent there.

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