Monthly Wrap Up | June 2020

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Happy Canada Day readers!! I can’t believe it’s July and we’re already halfway through 2020! June went by rather quickly despite yet another month of social distancing. While I didn’t read as many books as last month – my speed drastically slowed down this month for some reason – I am on track with my ARC reviews and nearly caught up on this year’s TBR. I am also only fifteen books from my updated reading goal, which probably means I’ll be increasing it again next month. I’m really hoping I can cross 200 books this year!


Books I Read in June 2020
(links lead to reviews)

New Releases
You Say It First – Katie Cotugno – ARC (🌟🌟🌟 1/2)
Aurora Burning (Aurora Cycle #2) – Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Sisters of Sword and Song – Rebecca Ross – ARC (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Katheryn Howard: The Scandalous Queen (Six Tudor Queens #5) – Alison Weir (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Hunted by the Sky (The Wrath of Ambar #1) – Tanaz Bhathena – ARC (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
The Black Swan of Paris – Karen Robards – ARC (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
The Crow Rider (The Storm Crow #2) – Kalyn Josephson – ARC (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
House of Dragons (House of Dragons #1) – Jessica Cluess (🌟🌟🌟🌟)

Backlist
Astérix and Obelix’s Birthday: The Golden Book (Astérix #34) – René Goscinny (🌟🌟🌟)
Astérix and the Missing Scroll (Astérix #36) – René Goscinny (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Astérix and the Chariot Race (Astérix #35) – René Goscinny (🌟🌟🌟🌟)

Re-Reads
Astérix and the Picts (Astérix #35) – René Goscinny (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) – Leigh Bardugo (🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Tintin and the Picaros (Tintin #23) – Hergé (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
The Broken Ear (Tintin #6) – Hergé (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Red, White & Royal Blue – Casey McQuiston (🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2)

Other posts & reviews this month

Monthly Wrap Up | May 2020
WWW Wednesday | June 03, 2020
Mystery Blogger Award
WWW Wednesday | June 10, 2020
Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag
WWW Wednesday | June 17, 2020
Book Tag: Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus Edition
WWW Wednesday | June 24, 2020


Reading Challenge Updates

1. Epic Reads Reading Challenge: EPIC PRIDE
Chosen Book: Red, White & Royal Blue – Casey McQuiston
When his mother became President of the United States, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius—his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There’s only one problem: Alex has a beef with an actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex/Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse.

Heads of the family and state and other handlers devise a plan for damage control: Stage a truce between the two rivals. What at first begins as a fake, Instagrammable friendship grows deeper, and more dangerous, than either Alex or Henry could have imagined. Soon Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret romance with a surprisingly unstuffy Henry that could derail the presidential campaign and upend two nations. It raises the question: Can love save the world after all? Where do we find the courage, and the power, to be the people we are meant to ben? And how can we learn to let our true colors shine through? , how will history remember you?
I seem to be rereading this book atleast once every few months, and it’s one of my all time favourites, not to mention perfect for this month’s challenge! Check out my review here!

2. Fictional Hangover Book Club Challenge
FRONTIER TIMES: Read a book set in the Wild West or in Space, the Final Frontier
Chosen book: Aurora Burning (Aurora Cycle #2) – Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

First, the bad news: an ancient evil—you know, your standard consume-all-life-in-the-galaxy deal—is about to be unleashed. The good news? Squad 312 is standing by to save the day. They’ve just got to take care of a few small distractions first.

Like the clan of gremps who’d like to rearrange their favorite faces. And the cadre of illegit GIA agents with creepy flowers where their eyes used to be, who’ll stop at nothing to get their hands on Auri.

Then there’s Kal’s long-lost sister, who’s not exactly happy to see her baby brother, and has a Syldrathi army at her back. With half the known galaxy on their tails, Squad 312 has never felt so wanted. When they learn the Hadfield has been found, it’s time to come out of hiding. Two centuries ago, the colony ship vanished, leaving Auri as its sole survivor. Now, its black box might be what saves them. But time is short, and if Auri can’t learn to master her powers as a Trigger, the squad and all their admirers are going to be deader than the Great Ultrasaur of Abraaxis IV.

Shocking revelations, bank heists, mysterious gifts, inappropriately tight bodysuits, and an epic firefight will determine the fate of the Aurora Legion’s most unforgettable heroes—and maybe the rest of the galaxy as well…
Aurora Burning was definitely better than than the first book, which I had enjoyed, but was not overly impressed with. Books like these are really getting me interested in the sci-fi genre of late, and space sagas are always so much fun with all the advanced technology! Check out my review here!


Stats for the Month

Number of Books: 16
Number of Pages: 4,749
Goodreads Challenge Progress: 136/150


Did you read any of these books or do you plan to? I’d love to hear your thoughts!


 

4 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap Up | June 2020

  1. One Book More July 1, 2020 / 11:17 am

    Wow – you read some awesome books this month! I have a bunch of these books on my TBR and really want to read House of Dragons. It sounds fantastic! 🙂

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