Hey there book lovers!

Welcome to my June reading wrap up. A little far into the month to be posting now, but better late than never…?

I definitely did “better” at reading in June than I did the last couple months, but still nowhere near as strong as I started out the year. I feel like part of my problem is I keep starting books but then not getting as wrapped up in the story as I’d like and then what I would ordinarily be able to read in a day ends up taking me a week or more. I don’t really know. Maybe I’m just making excuses. But whatever it is, I’m not reading as much as I’d like to be reading and it kind of sucks.

But anyways, here is what I ended up reading this month:

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The Winter Duke by Claire Eliza Bartlett – I absolutely loved this book. It wasn’t exactly what I expected. but I enjoyed it a lot. I will admit I did get a bit lost with a lot of the political aspects of the story, and I kept getting characters mixed up which definitely made it a bit hard to follow sometimes. I loved the world the story takes place in, but I think it would have been interesting to see even more of it. One thing I really appreciated was how seamlessly the story mixed in gender neutral/non-binary characters and same sex couples. It didn’t feel forced or unusual, it just seemed natural and I really appreciated that.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

I already wrote my review for this on another blog post, so it’s no secret that I didn’t really enjoy this as much as I had hoped I would. I appreciate what the author was trying to do with this book, but I just feel like it missed the mark. I think there are a lot of different ways the story could have been taken to make it a lot more satisfying, but it just didn’t really work. I actually thought the insight into the early Games was very interesting, but there needed to be something more.

This month I decided to stop measuring the height of the books every month for 2 reasons:

  1. I got lazy.
  2. It occurred to me that it might be more interesting to not know how tall the stack is getting and wait until it’s closer to the end of the year so it’s more of a surprise to see how close I come to (or far from!) my goal.

I don’t know, I might change my mind about that. We’ll see.

If you’ve read this far, leave me a comment and let me know if you read either of these books. Or let me know what you read in June. Also, come be my friend on Instagram and Goodreads! I barely use my Goodreads account but I’m trying to change that, so come be my friend so I feel motivated to use it!


  1. The Winter Duke sounds so interesting! And I loved The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, lol. I totally have to revamp my goodreads though, too – I only use it to keep track of what I read, but hardly ever post my reviews there. So I definitely want to change that!

    • I tend to forget my Goodreads account even exists! It seems like such a great platform but I just haven’t spent the time to really explore all it’s features yet. Thanks for your comment!

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