Hi everybody, and welcome to my June wrap up! My June was pretty great at first: I did a lot of reading, got approved for some ARCs on Netgalley (after a long time of my review ratio being too low), blogged regularly and even had weekly review posts up. And then… at the beginning of this week I caught a stomach bug and I haven’t done much else other than sleep it off all week. So I’m sorry to be behind on posts and commenting and reading again, but that’s okay – I’m feeling better by now and will catch up with everything in due time 🙂
In the meantime, here’s my June wrap-up!
Meet Me At The Lake by Carley Fortune
Fortune’s debut last year, Every Summer After, was one of my favorite reads of the year. I was super excited for Meet Me at the Lake because of that, but unfortunately… I struggled with it. I just couldn’t get invested in the romance and I didn’t even like the characters that much. It was just not a book for me.
Rating: 2,5 stars
Love Quest by Camilla Isley
Love Quest is a story that caught my eye because of the fun, colorful cover and the blurb promising enemies-to-lovers on a jungle expedition in search of a lost city of gold. And it delivered! This was a really fun, quick read that I finished in a day. I had a few issues with it as well, but overall it was still a highly enjoyable read.
Rating: 3,5 stars | Read full review
The New Guy by Sarina Bowen
I enjoyed this hockey m/m romance between the two “new guys” on the team, one a hockey player and one a trainer. I also loved the dual POV and the fact that one of them was also a single dad. The characters were loveable and the romance was steamy.
Rating: 4 stars
War by Laura Thalassa (The Four Horsemen #2)
I’m making my way through The Four Horsemen series and while I’m enjoying it overall, I also had the same issues with War that I had with Pestilence: the story starts off strong but then it’s a lot of repetition, and the ending feels super sudden. I also wasn’t a fan of the turn the plot took near the end (keeping it vague to avoid spoilers). I will definitely still continue the series, but I do hope books 3 and 4 will feel more fresh.
Rating: 3,5 stars
Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros
Overall, I can only jump on the hype train and highly recommend this book to anyone who likes slow-burn fantasy romance with deadly schools, grumpy dragons, underdog heroines, amazing friendships and powerful magic. I’m already impatiently awaiting book two, coming out in November.
Rating: 5 stars | Read full review
Wait For It by Mariana Zapata
Yes, I finally continued my Mariana Zapata backlist binge with Wait For It. This story features Diana, who I got to know and love as Van’s best friend in The Wall of Winnipeg and Me. And I loved this sooo much, it’s definitely in my top 3 fave Mariana Zapata books! I loved Diana and her 2 nephews and I was obsessed with the (very Mariana Zapata-esque) slooooow-burn romance between Diana and her neighbour, Dallas.
Rating: 4,5 stars
Top Ten Tuesday
Can’t Wait Wednesday
My playlist in June was pretty diverse, which is just how I like it 🙂
CHINCHILLA – Little Girl Gone
I discovered this song on TikTok, and it caught my attention because it’s such a fierce, badass, powerpop song, and those are my kryptonite.
Stray Kids – S-Class
Halsey & SUGA – Lilith
I watched the final season of a new favorite and rewatched the first season of an old favorite 🙂
Never Have I Ever (Season 4)
I binged the final season of Never Have I Ever in just 2 days. It was the perfect ending. I sobbed my eyes out with all the emotions during those last 2 episodes. And I laughed a lot too. I really enjoyed this teen show and I felt like they left it off at the perfect place for Devi, her character arc throughout the 4 seasons has been amazing. I’ll miss this show, that’s for sure.
Veronica Mars (Season 1 Rewatch)
My husband and I decided to start a new rewatch of an old favorite show we both watched, and it’s Veronica Mars’ turn! We’re about halfway through season 1 and oh boy, I forgot just how GOOD this show was! (Side note: I have not yet seen the revival series, but I have read *that* spoiler and I think this rewatch will stick to the original 3 series and maybe the movie and stop there so I can keep living in my own little world when it comes to this show)
June was HOT. Like, that’s all I remember of this month – a heatwave that made me stay inside as much as possible. Well, the heatwave AND the invasion of mosquitos outside. So while I’m still “Yay, summer!” I also admit that inside has been the place to be.
Things that made me happy this month:
- Had a date with my BFF – we caught up, had lunch and went shopping for office supplies (don’t judge, I totally splurged on some pastel markers and it MADE MY MONTH)
- My godchild had her first sleepover at our house and it went great! I didn’t sleep one bit due to nerves, but I’m glad it went well so maybe next time I’ll be (a bit) more chill.
- I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but I have started doing a few workouts from home again. It’s not a fixed routine just yet, but I’m still happy I did something and hopefully I’ll get back into a real fixed routine soon.
- A few quiet weekends: I started coloring and find it super relaxing!
THINGS I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH:
- I want to watch the new season of The Witcher and I’m also excited for the new season of Good Omens!
- I have a friend date and a family date planned, so that’s nice.
- Some more ‘breathable’ temperatures so we can do some nice walks and bike rides.