June Wrap-Up: Reviews, Reading Challenges, etc.

June was a decent reading month for me as I started my Smashing Series Round 2. I focused mostly on catching up on or finishing series that I had already started. I’ll be continuing that Smashing Series through this month, so expect to see more series reviews!

I did start listening to audiobooks for the first time ever in June and can now say that I actually love them. I listen to them all day while I’m at work so if it seems like I speed through them faster than normal, that’s why. Also, if you know of any good ones then please let me know!

Books Read

  • The Lost Letter by Jillian Cantor – 4/5 stars, audiobook
  • Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2) by Victoria Aveyard – 3/5 stars, REVIEW
  • Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan – 3/5 stars, audiobook
  • Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird, #2) by Claudia Gray – 5/5 stars, REVIEW
  • A Million Worlds with You (Firebird, #3) by Claudia Gray – 4/5 stars, REVIEW
  • Aftermath: Life Debt (Star Wars: Aftermath, #2) by Chuck Wendig – 4/5 stars
  • Aftermath: Empire’s End (Star Wars: Aftermath, #3) by Chuck Wendig – 4/5 stars
  • Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee – 2/5 stars
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – 4/5 stars, audiobook
  • Pure (Pure, #1) by Julianna Baggott – 4/5 stars, audiobook
  • The Crown’s Game (The Crown’s Game, #1) by Evelyn Skye – 4/5 stars, REVIEW

I think that’s a pretty damn good reading month, but that’s just my own personal opinion of course haha! However, I do freely admit that my reviews are lacking a bit. I’ve decided not review my audiobooks but if there is one that you’d like me to review, then let me know!

Total Books Read: 11

Overall in 2017: 36

Reading Challenge Updates


  • First book in a series you haven’t read before – The Crown’s Game (The Crown’s Game, #1)
  • A book set in two different time periods – The Lost Letter
  • A book with a title that’s a character’s name – Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore
  • A book involving travel – Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird, #2)
  • An audiobook – The Graveyard Book


  • A Book of Letters – We Are Still Tornadoes
  • A Book by a Person of Color – A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes, #2)
  • A Bestseller from a Genre You Don’t Normally Read – Big Little Lies
  • A Book Published in 2017 – Caraval (Caraval, #1)
  • The First Book in a Series You Haven’t Read Before – Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)
  • A book by or about a person who has a disability – The Architect of Song
  • A book that’s been on your TBR list for way too longRed Queen (Red Queen, #1)
  • A Book by an Author Who Uses a Pseudonym – A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic, #3)
  • A Book Involving a Mythical Creature – Heartstone

Beat the Backlist

  • The Graveyard Book
  • Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2)
  • Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore
  • Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird, #2)
  • A Million Worlds with You (Firebird, #3)
  • Aftermath: Life Debt (Star Wars: Aftermath, #2)
  • Aftermath: Empire’s End (Star Wars: Aftermath, #3)

Goodreads Challenge

  • Total: 36/100
  • Previous Total: 25/100

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Hype or Like Friday


How did your reading/blogging go during June? Did you read any good books? How are you doing on your own reading challenges?

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19 thoughts on “June Wrap-Up: Reviews, Reading Challenges, etc.”

  1. Hallo, Hallo Larkin!

    I spied your Q about *favourite!* audiobook discoveries?! I’d link the reviews in my reply here but I’m always worried it will set off a spam filter! Ergo, just hop over to my blog and you’ll find a search box in my upper right corner? Key in “The Cryptic Lines” and “Halfway Witchy” – individually (of course!) as I think you’d love them! Both are atmospheric and delishly narrated! The first one was my 1st audiobook review – wherein I was so fully immersed into the story and the narration, I could not stop listening to the story! Listened at least 4x just to make sure I didn’t miss anything – gushing about the story + the narrator was a lot of JOY!

    For “Halfway Witchy” if your into grandmothers and grand-daughters who share a magically supernatural special gift and happen to love waffles – this one is both quirky and startling dramatic!

    I’m trying to listen to more audiobooks myself – I ran a Poll on Twitter for #AudiobookMonth in JUNE – The Chaperone won and guess what!? I haven’t even had the proper chance to start listening to it yet! *le sigh* Soon. Very soon, I shall! I love being able to borrow audiobooks from my library (they use OverDrive) whilst getting the chance to REQ ones they don’t yet have in their catalogue. Being digital audios, it’s easier to listen too whilst blogging as well but I love to *colour!* as I listen as it helps me re-align into the stories … best discovery EVER! 🙂

    Speaking of which I just asked for “Heartless” as I heard the narrator in an interview over via @AudioShelfMe 🙂 I am hoping they can get it but I told them I’d settle for the paperback – I just want to know more of that story!!

    * The 24… is on my TBR!! One of these days,..
    * Truthwitch! … if you only you knew how many times I’ve boomeranged this back & forth from my library… simply never the right moment to read it… oy.
    * The Graveyard Book wasn’t my cuppa, not even a smidge.

    Your doing better than I am on *reading challenges!* — I’m hoping my #20BooksOfSummer will be a kick-start in the right direction! I’m going to see which books qualify for the challenges I took on this year afterwards and then, if I’m missing entries, seeing what I can read before New Year’s Eve!

    Happy readings / listenings!

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    1. Awesome! Thank you so much for the recommendations, I’ll definitely have to check them out! I use Overdrive and absolutely love it. I’m actually listening to The Underground Railroad right now on mine. I haven’t tried coloring while listening but I might have to do that now. Great idea!

      I really enjoyed Truthwitch even though I wasn’t really expecting to. I hope you do too once you get to it! Good luck on your challenges!!!


  2. What a great month of reading!! I read the Red Queen series this month (I can’t wait for the next one!!!) and loved it! I really want to read The Graveyard Book, but don’t have it quite yet!

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    1. Thanks! Graveyard Book was wonderful. It was a complete cast production and even had some music and sounds in places. I highly recommend it! Penumbra’s was good too, but different than what I was expecting.

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  3. Oh you had a great reading month! I enjoyed Crown’s game but I didn’t loved it! I hope you enjoy the next book. I already have Firebird trilogy in my tbr and I hope I’ll get to it soon. Anyways, I hope you have an awesome July! 🙂

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