June Round-Up

June Round-Up

June has, as always, been a jam-packed month although it doesn’t feel like it has flown by quite as quickly as some previous months…still, here we are, halfway through 2019 which seems a bit surreal!

Now seems like a good time to take stock and see if I’ve actually managed to make a start on any New Year’s Resolutions or not. Honestly, I have managed a few and not others! How about you?

Check out my monthly round-ups for January, February , March, April and May.

Books read


Books read

Total: 42 (There are actually probably a few more but I have been appalling at updating my Goodreads this month…)

Picture books: 10

Graphic novels: 0

Middle Grade: 15

Young adult: 12

Adult: 4

Non-fiction: 1

Poetry: 1 (My Mum is growing down, not pictured here!)

Sources of books

Library: 23

Bought/Owned: 5

Won: 0

ARC:  10  ( 3 e-ARCs from Netgalley)

Books read that count towards the #YARC2019 Reading Challenge: 4 (Total so far: 26 )

Oh dear, I am going off track on my challenge – need to get reading all those wonderful books by Asian authors on my shelves!

Highlights this month have included: Nocturna, Convenience Store Woman, Snowglobe, The Journey, Invisible Women, The Last SpellBreather, The Deepest Breath, Lord of Secrets and Spin the Dawn.

June Posts

Book Reviews: Nocturna, The Longest Night of Charlie Noon, House Without Walls, Season of the Witch, The Deepest Breath.

Mini-Reviews: Sea, Mermaids, Rescue Dogs, Clockwork.

Waiting on Wednesday: Stronger than a Bronze Dragon, Sanctuary, Gumiho/Wicked Fox, Pan’s Labyrinth,

Library Loot: Dragons, Villains and Lost Property; Quests, Ghosts and Swimming; Invisible Women, Peer Pressure and Folklore; Mysterious Boys, Rain and Wellington Boots.

Six for Sunday: Books I Want To Be Written, Characters who deserve their own book, Baddies who deserve their own book, Couples who need a sequel, Characters I would like to befriend.

Other: MCM Blogger Brunch and Comiccon, Cover Reveal: Harley in the Sky, #WeReadBox kickstarter launch, Books About Refugees, Book Excerpt: Stronger than a Bronze Dragon, Do I have that book?

June Achievements and Highlights

  • Growing lots of things in my garden! I now have the first apples starting to ripen on the tree, some strawberries, tomatoes and carrots forming as well as peppers, chilli peppers, cucumbers, broccoli and raspberries in the future (hopefully!)
  • Finish my reports for school – wow! That was a marathon! Still have a few tweaks to go after proof-reading, but they are pretty much there which is a massive relief.
  • Ordered and shelved nearly £2000 worth of books purchased from Scholastic using the credit from our book fairs – so the books cost us £2.99. They look brilliant on the shelves and have a;ready had lots of excited children wanting to borrow the new titles.


June Favourites

Food/Drink:  This isn’t a new one but since we moved house we have a bakery nearby, meaning that fresh-basked crusty loaf is within reach, yum!

I have also been enjoying eating some of the first crops from the garden – three strawberries and some lettuce to date!

Skincare: I have been terrible, honestly. Need to start taking better care of my skin.

TV/Film/Music: I recent; listened to an audiobook (Notes on a Nervous Planet) and can borrow more through my library so I might try to listen to a few more. I have barely watched any TV or movies this month! Recently, we watched The Wandering Earth , based on Cixin Liu’s book, and I really liked it!


What did you think of my monthly round-up for June?

How did your month go?

What are you looking forward to next month?

Let me know in the comments!

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Thanks for reading!

11 Comments Add yours

  1. 42+ books is amazing, well done! I only managed 13 in June, though there was also one I DNF. So glad you’re enjoying your garden and new house, and getting loads of new Books for school at just £2.99 is great 😊
    Amy x

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    1. It felt amazing having all these boxes of new books arriving and the kids have been so excited unpacking them and getting them put on the shelves of the library. Cannot wait until the summer holidays when I will have time to get caught up on my reading (and reviewing) backlog!

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      1. Is it just a couple of weeks now for you? I’m rubbish at remembering the English holidays and I’m patchy on the Scottish ones this year too because mine are no longer the school ones and I finished ages before most people because I was leaving (I still can’t quite believe I HAVE left- I’ve been desperate to pretty much since the day I started and so even though there’s no guarantee uni will be better, I’m trying to believe that it will be!). I hope your holidays are wonderfil X

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      2. 3 weeks to go! (including this week!) Schools in Northern Ireland already finished, some a few weeks ago. Even in England, each week seems to bring a few more schools finishing – we are really late this year! And back early too so only 5 weeks holiday (of which at least 2-3 will be sorting out everything for the new year). Congratulations on finishing and inwards to new adventures! x

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      3. Oh, that is quite late, and how rubbish you’re only getting 5 weeks! We had our summer cut short a few times due to other holidays and even though it was still a while, it really felt like they’d been cut short x

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      4. Still looking forward to making the best of it, although it is strange to just now be finishing for the summer when most people have already been off for weeks! x

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  2. Emma's Library says:

    Ooh, I’m glad to see Lord of Secrets is noted in your highlights for the month. I have it on pre-order and it’s one new fantasy I’m really looking forward to reading. I have also not heard much buzz about it so I’m intrigued to see what happens when it’s finally released.

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    1. I was lucky enough to get a proof and fell in love with it! It’s quite fast-paced with lots of characters you can really fall for!


      1. Emma's Library says:

        Oh yay! That definitely sounds great.

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  3. Lilyfae says:

    What an achievement with £2000 good on your parents/patrons etc raising that credit!!
    And well done reading that much whilst doing reports! My hats off to you!!

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    1. Thank you! I have loved putting all the new books on the shelves and seeing the kids so excited to pick up new titles. Hoping to raise lots more next year as it is one of the only ways we can get new stock in the library! Reports still need to be proofread, but I always like to step away from them for a week or two so I can look at them with fresh eyes, otherwise I miss mistakes….

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