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june 2024 reading wrap up

New Favorites and New Disappointments (June Reading Wrap-up)

Hi, loves! πŸ’•

How was everyone in June? 😊

My June was pretty chill. We were supposed to finish a project at work last month, but we had a few issues when we were finally testing it, so we have to push our target back to July. I’m technically still a junior and I don’t really need to handle the risky work items, but everyone’s stress is still definitely infectious. πŸ˜…

I also have a close friend and her kid over as house guests and they’re here until maybe the middle of July, so that’s been super fun. I love having more people to talk to outside of my family lol. And have I mentioned that I love kids? So I haven’t been as active in the community as I usually am, but I’ve been enjoying my time with them before they have to go back home. 😊

Quick note on my wrap-up posts: next month, I plan to make my mid-month reading updates much shorter and sweeter so my wrap-up posts can be more balanced and to have all the juicy details all in one place! But for this month, I’m sticking to how it was last month, where I have a link to my mid-month updates for the first few books on my list.

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In June, I read 9 books with an average rating of 3.11 stars.

Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros
In a Jam by Kate Canterbary
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
Forget Me Not by Julie Soto
The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin
  • My full rant-review for Fourth Wing (⭐) is finally up! It took me weeks to write this review bc I didn’t know how to start it… And it ended up being over 2,000 words long. Whoops!
  • You can also check out my thoughts on In a Jam (⭐⭐⭐), The Fifth Season (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐), Forget Me Not (⭐⭐⭐½), and The Obelisk Gate (⭐⭐⭐⭐) in my Mid-Month Reading Updates post of on their individual GR reviews (linked when you click on the titles)!
Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros
  • A Lady for a Duke (⭐⭐⭐): Just copying part of what I wrote on GR on here. This was so sweet and incredibly touching, but there were a lot of really weird subplots that seemed unnecessary. Because of that, this became more of a 2.5-3 for me, but it could have been higher if it just stuck to the main themes.
  • The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy (⭐⭐): Not bad, just kind of boring. This book felt like it was a million pages long bc it dragged on and on. It was so adorable in theory though, which is why I’m disappointed that it didn’t work out.
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
Written with Regret by Aly Martinez
  • The Stone Sky (⭐⭐⭐⭐½): A great, satisfying (in a way) ending for a new favorite series. So happy that I pushed myself to read this trilogy in June. I actually ordered a boxed set of the trilogy from my local bookstore, and I’m going to pick it up soon, so definitely expect photos of that on my bookstagram. πŸ˜‰
  • Written with Regret (⭐⭐): I loved the Release duology by this author and wanted something just as angsty… but alas, this book was so weird. I have no idea what it was trying to be. Was it a romance or a mystery? Couldn’t tell you. Not sure if I want to read the second one, but maybe since this one is a pretty short duology as well.
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Here’s my progress on my Summer reading challenges!

Check out my sign-up post for these where I talked about why I chose these books for these challenges!

  • Can You Read a Series in a Month? – I signed up to read a series in a month, and I completed my challenge with 3/3 books in The Broken Earth trilogy. My average rating for the series is 4.5⭐, which is an absolute win for me. 😊
  • 10 Books of Summer0/10 books. I haven’t made any progress here yet… whoops. My mood reading got the best of me! And at this point, I don’t think I’ll be able to complete this challenge bc there are a couple of books here that I don’t feel like reading yet at all. I do plan to read at least Iron Widow (which I’m reading now!), Powerless, and maybe Piranesi (if my cousin can lend me his copy within the month!) in July. But let’s see.
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And before you leave, check out these other bookish posts I loved in June! 😊

Looking for new books to read? Check these out:

Here are a few awesome reviews that are specific to some books:

We also have some fantastic posts to check out on miscellaneous topics:

Let’s support our bookish author friends as well!

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Let’s chat!

Any books on here that you’ve read or want to read? What was your favorite read of June (please pitch it to me)! πŸ’– Have an awesome July, loves!

20 responses to “New Favorites and New Disappointments (June Reading Wrap-up)”

  1. Charvi Avatar

    Awww I love kids too and it sound like you’re having a good time with your friend and the kid being there so that’s great!

    Ooo you finished The Stone Sky?? I’m still reading, before the halfway point like right now I think Hoa just showed Essun the camp where Jija died. But yeah some other reads are taking priority so this read is very slow going.

    Can you read a series in a month sounds like a challenge I desperately need lol.

    Glad to see you had a good month <3

  2. Sophie @ Me & Ink Avatar

    I’m glad you had a nice time with your friend and their child, it sounds like fun ❀️ I have been meaning to read The Broken Earth trilogy for years and I own the first book, it is on my 2024 TBR. It makes me so happy to hear you loved the series– I can’t wait! ✨ Also it is very impressive to read a whole series in one month– I should try this challenge too!

    Have a awesome July and I hope everything goes smoothly at work! πŸ₯°

  3. Annemieke Avatar

    Apparently I wasn’t following you on bookstagram but now I am πŸ˜€ I love the Broken Earth trilogy so much.

  4. Nicole Evans Avatar

    Thanks so much for the shout out, Aimee!! πŸ₯° And I’m so impressed by the series-a-month challenge! (I sorta accidentally completed that in spirit by reading Melissa Caruso’s SWORDS AND FIRE trilogy all last month but to purposefully work on that is impressive!)

  5. Girl Plus Books Avatar

    I can’t say that I love house guests but it sounds like you enjoying yours. πŸ™‚ I hope July brings some excellent reads. It looks like you are due for some good ones!

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books
    https://girlplusbooks.blogspot.com/

  6. Jodie | That Happy Reader Avatar

    Forget Me Not was such a great read! I love Julie Soto’s books! Have a great week Aimee.

  7. Angela @ Literary Wanderer Avatar

    Aww, having guests is fun! Have a great time!

  8. 24hr.YABookBlog Avatar

    i have no interest in fourth wing tbh, but your review *fabulous! i love how long and in-depth you made it & you discussed so many valid points! wishing you a lovely July <3

  9. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense Avatar

    I have very little interest in Fourth Wing, but from what I’ve heard, I am not at all surprised by your rating. It’s one of those very polarizing books. I hope you have lots of fun with your friend and her kid. I don’t have children, but I enjoy hanging out with my niblings. Hope you have a great July!

  10. ratmom Avatar
    ratmom

    Have fun with your guests and the kids.

  11. Yvonne (It's All About Books) Avatar

    I hope July will bring you lots of 5 star reads! And you can always swap your TBR for the 10 Books Of Summer challenge… It’s one of the things I love so much about this challenge; it’s flexibility.

  12. Celeste | A Literary Escape Avatar

    I hadn’t heard of the Can You Read A Series In A Month Challenge before…I suppose I could, in theory, but I’d just have to push aside all those other pesky books. πŸ˜› I’ve seen a lot of positive reactions about The Broken Earth trilogy. I have the books, but have yet to read them…you know, pesky other books and all haha.

  13. Charlotte Avatar

    My June was pretty busy but wonderful and included seeing Mamma Mia The Experience which was incredible. Reading wise I’ve been in a slump though. I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read but struggled to pick up a new book whenever I finish one. And now I haven’t read in over a week πŸ˜ͺ

    I’m thrilled that the finale of Fifth Season was a hit with you. I’m definitely going to have to read that series one day. Although I’m sorry to see that a lot of your other reads weren’t as enjoyable. Hopefully you’ll discover some new favourites in July.

  14. maddalena@spaceandsorcery Avatar

    I’ve had Jemisin’s trilogy sitting on my TBR since forever, so I will tak your list as a reminder that there are indeed some great stories in my backlist… πŸ˜‰

  15. ER LeVar Avatar

    We have similar feelings about Fourth Wing, I see. I think I ultimately gave it 2* because I can see how other people would like it a lot more than me… but I didn’t think it was a good book, and I wouldn’t recommend it to anybody. Lol.

  16. Samantha @WLABB Avatar

    Glad you are enjoying having company. Sorry Hart & Mercy didn’t work for you.

  17. buffywnabe Avatar

    So, your thoughts on the Megan Bannen book are the same as why I DNFed it. I loved your rant about Fourth Wing even if I am going to at least pick it up still and give it a try!
    https://lisalovesliterature.bookblog.io/2024/07/01/the-looooong-and-the-short-of-it-june-2024-wrap-up-post-and-looking-forward-to-july/

  18. Ani - The Misstery Avatar

    Thank you so much for the shoutout πŸ₯° Love this kind of wrap-ups, I hope you get to finish the project this month, good luck!!!

    I’m curious as to what you think of Piranesi, I started it but couldn’t go through with it, but I think it was me hahaha I was not expecting that.

  19. tasya @ the literary huntress Avatar

    Thanks for the shoutout! Lol I loooove your Fourth Wing review, I can definitely feel your frustration through my computer screen πŸ˜… Hope your next read will be better though. Enjoy your time with your family and friends! <3

  20. Ellie Warren Avatar

    The Broken Earth trilogy is so good, isn’t it? I didn’t like her newer books as much, even though they’re still good. I need to try the Inheritance books next.

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