June Reading Recap and July Reading Plan
This is a day late and a dollar short, but in the vein of Booktubers everywhere, I wanted to recap my month of reading and share my to be read (TBR) list in the hopes of giving you some reading recommendations or connecting with readers who are also reading novels on my TBR.
June Reading Recap
MY FAVORITE, FAVORITE BOOKS of June included Light by Nathan Burgoine, Texas Destiny by Lorraine Heath, and Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. I wrote in depth reviews, thoughts, and feelings in separate blog posts, so browse around to check those out.
OTHER BOOKS I ENJOYED
Betrothed: A Faery Tale by Therese Woodson: IT’S A FAERY ROMANCE. And I feel like that says it all. This was a super quick, enjoyable read. Two young princes are engaged to be married and one runs off to the human world to escape the pending nuptials, not realizing his betrothed would follow.
Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan: UGH. Emmet and Jeremey are so fucking sweet and adorable in this novel. Emmet has autism and a crush on his neighbor Jeremey who has undiagnosed depression and anxiety. They make it work so beautifully.
Don’t Tempt Me by Lori Foster: If you’ve read Lori Foster, then you’ll know what I mean when I say this is typical Lori Foster fair. There’s an alpha male, a woman with a strong back bone, and circumstances that push them together. I can always appreciate a novel that’s exactly what it says on the tin.
Witches of London - Eagle’s Shadow by Aleksandr Voinov and Jordan Taylor: Where to start with this novel? IT’S SO INTENSE. It’s basically the story of a man who suffers from chronic pain and seeks out alternative treatments. He meets a man who he’s instinctively drawn to and who bears a resemblance to an old photo he was also drawn to. It’s a very slow build and there are some dark themes. The authors are talented and the story unique. It’s one of those books that leaves you thinking.
July Reading Plan
I participate in a kajillion reading groups and challenges on GoodReads, namely the Romance Readers Monthly Challenge, M/M Romance Monthly Challenge, Everyone Has Read This But Me, Vaginal Fantasy Book Club, Unapologetic Romance Readers, and Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge.
Right now my reading list stands at 24 books. We’ll see if I get through them all.
MOST ANTICIPATED READS
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess: I’m reading this as part of the Everyone Has Read This But Me group’s monthly read. And I’m mostly excited about reading it because everyone has read it but me.
Far From the World We Know by Harper Bliss: I don’t have enough F/F fiction on my bookshelves, so I’m excited to get one in this month. Harper Bliss is a prolific author of F/F fiction and this is one of her newer, stand-alone novels about a woman with a tragic past who moves to a new town to start over and meets someone new.
Mastery by Robert Greene: This is more of a craft book. Robert Greene is well known for his book The 48 Laws of Power which rappers everywhere swear by. Since I’m not so interested in acquiring power at the moment, I decided to pick up Mastery when I was looking at his backlog. Mastery provides lessons on how to do whatever you choose to do better. I have this on audio and e-book, so I’m excited to get through it.
Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughn: I’ve never read a graphic novel. This will be my first! And this selection was based on Book Riot’s Read Harder challenge. The art looks amazing and I’m always down for books with female heroes.
Shelter the Sea by Heidi Cullinan: This is the sequel to Carry the Ocean, which I read in June and was one of the books I really enjoyed. I’m excited to read the rest of Emmet and Jeremy’s story.
Triad Blood by Nathan Bourgine: Light by Nathan Bourgine was one of my FAVORITE books in June so I had to check out more by the author. Triad Blood is about a coterie, a supernatural group, made up of a vampire, demon, and wizard who are in a romantic relationship. But in this novel romance takes a backseat to the supernatural plot. SO PUMPED!
OTHER BOOKS ON MY TBR:
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
- Amerika by Franz Kafka
- At Any Price by Brenna Aubrey
- Back to You by Chris Scully
- The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
- fawn by Nash Summers
- Glitterland by Alexis Hall
- The Love of a Cowboy by Anna Jeffrey
- The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie by Jennifer Ashley
- Master of Crows by Grace Draven
- My Brother’s Keeper by M. Corvidae
- The Mystery of Nevermore by C.S. Poe
- Native Son by Richard Wright
- Of Last Resort by Megan Derr
- Off the Ice by Julie Cross
- Possession by A.S. Byatt
- Shacking Up by Helena Hunting
- Slightly Married by Mary Balogh
- Tattoos & Tinsel by Anna Martin
- Trailer Trash by Marie Sexton
Questions for the audience:
- What books have you enjoyed this summer?
- What books are you most looking forward to reading?