June 2018 Recap

June was a pretty good reading and blogging month for me, as you’ll see below, so I’m going to take a moment to talk about some life updates. My parents’ dissolution was completed this month. It’s been a very stressful several months and there has been a lot of changes in our family and I’m glad we can all finally move on. My mother has been staying with me, in my one bedroom apartment, for over 7 months. (I’m not sure what the qualifications are for sainthood, but I’m pretty sure I meet them haha.) She is finally going to get back to her condo soon and I think we’re both pretty pleased about that. Maybe one day I will do a whole post about the events that led up to all of this. I think it could be kind of cathartic. It’s felt like a poorly written Lifetime movie. Anyways, on to the books!

Books Read: 14

Adult: 12
YA: 2

Favorite Book I Read This Month:


The Promise (DI Imogen Grey #4) by Katerina Diamond

  Books Reviewed: 9

The Book of Me by Peng Shepherd – 3/5 Stars

Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering – 4/5 Stars

The Paris Wedding by Charlotte Nash – 4/5 Stars

Providence by Caroline Kepnes – 2.5/5 Stars

Find You in the Dark by Nathan Ripley – 2.5/5 Stars

One Small Thing by Erin Watt – 4/5 Stars

The Date by Louise Jensen – 2/5 Stars

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage – 3/5 Stars

Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall – 3.5/5 Stars

Books Read in 2018 Overall: 82

Funny Fridays:

I assumed you owned a bookstore.

June 8th

Blessed are the children of the bookworm for they shall inherit the books.

June 15th

June 22nd

Other Posts:

May 2018 Recap

Top Ten Tuesday: My Summer TBR

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I’ve Given up on / Don’t Plan to Finish

Reviewing the Unreviewed: June 2018


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I’ve never been a huge fan of the show The 100, but I’ve watched it – mostly as background noise – since it’s been on. I’ve always shipped Clarke with Bellamy and that has basically been the only reason I’ve stuck with the show for so long. However, I’ve really been enjoying this season so far and decided to go back to the beginning because I don’t remember who a lot of these characters are or how they got there. Between the current season and the first couple of seasons I’ve re-watched now I’ve become, like, a #Bellarke super fan. I spent so much time on Pinterest lately looking at Bellarke pins. It’s a problem, but I can’t help myself. I ship them so hard!

Looking forward to July

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There are 2 author events I’m really excited about in July. As part of my favorite Summer tradition, Linda Castillo will be in the area for her book tour. (Look for my review of her latest book on July 2nd). She is also holding a writing seminar while she’s here that I’ve signed up for. I am also going with book buddy Amanda to see one of my favorite authors, Linwood Barclay!

28 thoughts on “June 2018 Recap

  1. Thanks for another great post. While I’m betting you have no shortage of people in your life providing support when it comes to your parents’ situation and while I don’t want to intrude – I will say that our family went through a similar experience many years ago that – while painful at the time – ended with both Parents finding great new partners – eventually spouses – that left them both far happier than they ever had been. It also left us kids and our own kids with two great new step parents / step grandparents who’ve been great parts of a new, bigger family. You never know where things will eventually land.

    Have a Great 4th


  2. I am sorry to hear about your parents! You definitely qualify for sainthood having your mother stay with you that long. I love my mom but we are very different in how we run a household so she would drive me insane. Hopefully now that it is over, moving on and healing can begin.

    I am looking forward to seeing LB! I really want to read more of his books before then but I have had so many new books come in. I did just pick up One Small Thing by Erin Watt and My Plain Jane is waiting for me at the library.

    • Thank you! Yes, my mother and I live quite differently. But honestly, it’s been better than I ever thought it would be haha. I’m glad I’ve had this time with her, but I’m ready for us to live in our places again now haha. I know what you mean about all the books coming in. That seems to be happening to me right now too! I already know a couple aren’t going to make the cut before they’re due back at the library. I hope you like One Small Thing! I enjoyed it a lot. I had to take a break from My Plain Jane. I just couldn’t get into it, so I started something else and then I’ll go back to it to see if maybe it’s just my mood right now. I look forward to hearing what you think of it.

  3. Sorry to hear about the stressful events. Hopefully, things will get worked out soon. Looking forward to your thoughts on Noise Downstairs. He is signing at a bookstore near me this summer and I’m thinking about going!

    • Thank you! I hope so, too. You should totally go to that book signing! I love his books so I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve heard good things about A Noise Downstairs so far, so fingers crossed.

  4. I’m sorry to hear it’s been so stressful for you the last few months. I hope things improve in your personal life. Aside from a couple of low rated books, looks like you had a pretty good reading month. Hope your July is wonderful!

  5. I do not know why, but that The Promise book cover creeps me out. Not even your funnies could get my mind off it while reading this post. I hope you enjoy your upcoming reads. 🙂

  6. I hope the adjustment to the new family situation will be effortless and stress-free for you Stephanie. I can’t imagine all the things you’ve been going through and how much support you’ve been giving and receiving throughout this process, but I hope you’ve been taking care of yourself before anything else. Hope July will prove to be a fantastic month of reading, and of everything else for you. 😀

  7. I’m so sorry for what your family has been going through, and I’m glad things are starting to smooth out, especially you getting your place back. You ARE a saint, and I’m sure your mom was so grateful for your support the past year.

    • Thank you, Brandie. Things are going pretty well right now. My mom had her place painted and is really happy to be back there. I’m glad to have my apartment back, but it’s actually been a bit of an adjustment to getting used to being the only one here again.

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