Just as I wanted it to be, June was filled with ALL the books and TV-watching. The summer weather has finally started, with the exception of a solid week filled with rain where I live which sent me inside with coffee and a blanket. I was able to consistently start reading in the pool- no worries, my books are safe on my reading raft and I’ve had a few beach days! This month, I also dove into some ARCs from Book Expo and lots of Netflix as per usual.
Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid | 4/5 Stars
Forever, Interrupted was an enjoyable binge-read that I mostly read on my last day of Book Expo train rides. As someone who has read most of TJR’s books now, you can tell that this was her debut, but she still packed an emotional punch.
There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon | 5/5
There’s a review coming very soon for There’s Something About Sweetie, but just know for now that this is one of my favorite 2019 reads.
As Kismet Would Have It by Sandhya Menon | 5/5
There’s Something About Sweetie left me craving more of Sandhya Menon’s writing, which led me to the semi-sequel/novella to When Dimple Met Rishi. It was such a cute and funny read that once again makes me want more of these characters and more Sandhya Menon books.
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer | 4/5
It took me about two hundred pages to really get into A Curse So Dark and Lonely, but I ultimately found that the hype was worth the read.
A Heart So Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers #2) by Brigid Kemmerer (ARC) | 5/5
While I enjoyed A Curse So Dark and Lonely, I freaking loved the sequel, A Heart So Fierce and Broken.
Again, but Better by Christine Riccio | 2/5
Despite some negative reviews, I had high expectations for Again, but Better because its synopsis sounded so perfect for me. However, this book was unfortunately my most disappointing and lowest-rated read of 2019.
Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart (reread) | 5/5
I reread Grace and Fury to get myself reacquainted with the story and plot so I could read and review Queen of Ruin this month.
Hope and Other Punch Lines by Julie Buxbaum | 4/5
This was my first book written by Julie Buxbaum. It was a very educational read, but it was less summer camp and much more about 9/11 than I had realized before going in.
Queen of Ruin by Tracy Banghart (Grace and Fury #2) (ARC) | 4.5/5
Queen of Ruin nicely wrapped up the events of Grace and Fury. This duology is definitely among my favorite YA dystopians!
Past Perfect Life by Elizabeth Eulberg (ARC) | 4/5
Past Perfect Life was a really enjoyable read that reminded me of my early YA reading days.
The Grace Year by Kim Liggett (ARC) | 4.25/5
The Grace Year is one of the most important and chilling reads you’ll read in 2019.
Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren (ARC) | 4.5/5
This is my first Christina Lauren book and I enjoyed it so much! Between this book and everyone’s rave reviews, I put The Unhoneymooners on hold from the library immediately after finishing!
The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen | 5/5
Once again, Sarah Dessen reaffirmed herself as the queen of summer contemporaries.
Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills | 4.5/5
Much like Emma Mills’ books, Famous in a Small Town sucked me in for its focus on friendship and relationships.
The Other’s Gold by Elizabeth Ames (ARC) | 5/5
A 2019 favorite read about four college best friends that has left me craving more books with such addicting storytelling.
Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo | 4.5/5
Somewhere Only We Know was such a cute and fast-paced read. I loved the Roman Holiday twist and this book is one of the rare instances where the insta-love worked for me!
The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring (ARC) | 4.5/5
Always Be My Maybe (Netflix)- Ali Wong is one of my favorite comedians, so I couldn’t wait to watch her Netflix rom-com. Her jokes in the film were so funny and reminded me so much of her specials. This is easily one of my favorite Netflix movies.
Chasing Happiness (Amazon Prime)- Before both the documentary and album Chasing Happiness, it didn’t feel like I needed to go see the Jonas Brothers in concert. Now, I am more than willing to maybe some money on books and get tickets to one of their shows ASAP.
Grace and Frankie (Netflix)- I’ve been craving shorter TV shows (20-30 minutes) lately, which led me to Grace and Frankie. I’m sort’ve mad at myself for not watching this show for so long for whatever reason, but binge-watching its five seasons has been the perfect way to relax.
Outdaughtered (TLC)- Outdaughtered is my favorite feel-good reality show, following a family with all-female quintuplets. It’s almost guaranteed that my best friends and I will be texting about this show every Tuesday night.
Girls Incarcerated S2 (Netflix)- I was hooked on Girls Incarcerated S1 back in May, so I was looking forward to a new season following a girls’ detention center in Indiana and have been enjoying it so far.
The Bold Type S3 (Freeform) – You might know from my last two monthly wrap-ups that I had mixed feelings about Season 3 of The Bold Type. In true Bold Type fashion, the last five minutes of the final episode will have me screaming until the new season in 2020.
Book Expo Recaps
Other than reading and blogging of course, I didn’t really do anything bookish IRL this month. However, so much amazing bookish news came out this month and while I’ve been fangirling on Twitter, it’s time to do some here:
- Rainbow Rowell’s sequel to Carry On, Wayward Son, will have two special editions, one from Barnes and Noble and one from Indigo Sun.
- The cover was revealed for Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka’s next book, Time of Our Lives. And no worries, the cover to this 2020 release is just as gorgeous as this author duo’s other books. Its current release date is April 21, 2020.
- The cover and title was revealed for Jenn Bennett’s next YA contemporary book. Chasing Lucky is currently slated for April 7, 2020. I think this is the most I’ve ever anticipated a Jenn Bennett book!
- Brigid Kemmerer announced that there will be a third book in the Cursebreakers series in winter 2021. Don’t mind me crying until then over A Curse So Dark and Lonely and A Heart So Fierce and Broken. She also announced another new fantasy series, with the first book, Defy the Night, out in spring 2021.
- There’s going to be a prequel to The Hunger Games. I’ll be honest, I’m really not sure how necessary this story really is to the trilogy… UNLESS IT’S ABOUT MAGS THEN I AM TOTALLY ON BOARD TO PANEM.
- Sandhya Menon is coming out with another book that takes place in the word of Dimple & Rishi and Ashish and Sweeite. 10 Things I Hate about Pinky will be out in summer 2020.
Some non-bookish fangirl things that also stole my heart in June:
- The Jonas Brothers’ new album, Happiness Begins, is so much better than I could have imagined and I am determined to now get ridiculously overpriced concert tickets.
- Taylor Swift’s seventh album, Lover, will be released on August 23. Out of the two songs released so far, “Me!” is my favorite. I’ve been recently relistening to Red this month and I would love some songs that feel like they could have been from that TSwift era.
What did you read and watch in June? What bookish news are you really excited about? Share in the comments!