June 2018 Wrap-Up!

So this month was 🌈Pride month. I didn’t have an all LGBT+ TBR for this month or any other special plans, as I think we should show our 🌈Pride at all times. But, by coincidence, I had some some books with any LGBT+ rep in both my June TBR and bookhaul without selecting them. I read mostly YA and somehow it just became very common to have more diversity in the stories and I love it! I am bi (& proud!) myself, so reading about people who are aswell is really amazing. In honor of the 🌈Pride, I decided to add rainbows next to the LGTB+ titles in case you are curious 🙂

Books I have read this month

Once again a month with only really good reads. To be fair, I am really happy I have such good judgement in what books I want to read. I always enjoy what I am reading and the only two books I ever DNF’ed were for school (I still passed the test). And honestly, a blog with a lot of good reviews creates good vibes for the readers, which is a very good thing.

Death in the Sunset by Guy Riessen ★★★★✩ (My review)

I got this short story from the author in their newsletter. It was lovely. I really like dark stories and even though I never really read short stories, I gave it a shot and I was impressed to be fair.

🌈Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas (My review)

This book left me feeling empty. So many things happened and so many things suddenly started to make sense. My emotions were all over the place. I hope the last two books in the series will be easier on me.

🌈Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game #1) by Amanda Foody ★★★★★ (My review)

I cannot believe how good this book was. I seriously cannot as this is only Amanda’s second book! Can’t wait for the sequel.

The Novice (Summoner #1) by Taran Matharu ★★★★✩ (My review)

The very first e-book I have read and I enjoyed it so much I bought the sequel a few days later. I am surprised I haven’t heard others about this series, I found it by chance while browsing the KOBO store, because otherwise I would have never known about it.

Before The Storm by Christie Golden ★★★★★ (My review)

The prequel story to the new World of Warcraft expansion and it was so good! I hope the story in the new expansion will be just as good as this book.

Mooncallers: Stars Wake (Mooncallers #1) by Leda C. Muir ★★★★✩ (My review)

A debut written by someone I have been following online for almost six years. It came out recently and this book is quite special to me as Leda has been an inspiration to me for years. I am glad I got the chance to read this book! It will get a special place on my shelf.


I really thought I took it easy hauling books this month, but, well, as you can see I didn’t. In my defense, most books were free.

A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthcycle #1) by Ursula K. Le Guin

I got this book for free by a stranger during a #buyastrangerabook day at the end of May. ‘What is this?’ you ask. Well, The Big Green Bookshop decided to host an event on their Twitter every week on Wednesday. The idea is that people offer to buy a stranger a book, state for how many £’s they can or want to spend, the shop retweets that and strangers take te offers. The people offering PayPal the money to the shop and they send the books out after.
I decided to give it a shot. I found a guy and instead of letting me choose a title, he wanted to let me choose from a few titles he wants to read, has read or owns. He actually went out to check my profiles to find out what kind of books I like (seriously, what a hero!), so he came up with Ursula K. Le Guin, an oldschool fantasy writer. On my own, I would have never decided to buy a book from her, but I am so glad I found her in this special way! It is a fairly small book, 200-300 pages I believe, but it is part of a series. I hope it is just as good as reviews say it is and enjoy a new series by a new author to me.

🌈A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1) by V.E. Schwab

I got this book from #buyastrangerabook day the week after. I am so grateful there are things like this in this world and grateful there are people so generous. I have heard so many good things about both this trilogy and writer, I have high hopes I will enjoy this.

Prince of the South by Ava Richardson

I plucked this short story from Ava Richardson’s site after I was looking into her. Looks promising!

Relentless (Relentless #1) by Karen Lynch
Blades of Magic (The Crown Service #1) by Terah Edun

I was searching throught the KOBO store and found these book for free in the fantasy section. Always nice to have some ‘back-up books’ on my e-reader.

What Dwells Below by Guy Riessen

I bought this e-book out of reviewers instinct. I got a short story from this author earlier and I liked it. So I looked up if it was tied to a novel or a series (It wasn’t sadly) but I found this book of his without ratings or reviews on Goodreads yet. It was a few euro’s and I think that is worth it. Also, the story is thriller-y and I really like that from time to time. I also believe it is a bundle of several short stories.

The Inquisition (Summoner #2) by Taran Matharu

To be fair, I bought this before finishing book one, The Novice, because I really like the series already and I want a stash of ebooks before I go to London for a few days this summer to have some pocket reading.

Dark Souls (Divine Darkness #1) by J.N. Colon

I got this book for free in a newsletter earlier this month. I was quite happy to see someone giving away non-kindle-only e-books for once!

Before the Storm by Christie Golden

I am glad I pre-ordered this book, as I got it on release day, avoided all sorts of spoilers and worst of all: it was sold out on release day. I encountered that horror with Furyborn and we are almost a month past the release and it is still sold out.

Shadow and Bone trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

As you can see in the photo at the start of the post, I got the box set of the complete trilogy with the covers I have dreamt of for quite some time. It also came with a map! I am really excited to finally read these books, as I read so many good things about this trilogy and I really loved the Six of Crows duology aswell.

Sherlock Holmes: The Collection by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

I found the whole Sherlock Holmes collection for just €0,99 in the KOBO store and I am over the moon! This will save me alot of money and gave me A LOT to read on my e-reader. I will review the stories seperately for multiple reasons, but the main one is that I will not read this in one go. But I am so happy with this, I cannot express it better than that.

Next month’s TBR

Looking at my reading for July, it feels really fresh. There are no new books in July I am particularly excited about nor do I already have plans to buy any other books. So that means I can just sit back and read whatever is on my shelf. You have no idea how free that feels! A bonus is that all the books I have in mind for July are quite short (in comparison with the Throne of Glass books). At the start of the year I had in mind to read 25 books for my 2018 reading challenge, but after starting the year slow I decided to go for 15 books. Now it is almost July and I am almost done with that! I am confident I will get to that 25 mark after all. Wish me luck!

A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthcycle #1) by Ursula K. Le Guin
🌈A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1) by V.E. Schwab
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black
Shadow and Bone (Grishaverse #1) by Leigh Bardugo

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