June Wrap-Up!


This was a pretty decent month for me. Unfortunately, my reviews petered out a bit at the end of the month because I’m reading 3 large books simultaneously, and so I just haven’t gotten a chance to finish them yet.

I’ve also been teaching myself French and working out daily! So, I’d say it’s been a good last few weeks 🙂

So, here are the stats for these past 5 months:

Books Read:

I do not include books that I DNF or couldn’t rate 3+ stars. 

First of Their Kind by CD Tavenor

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4 Star Review! I did not read this novel this year, but I did post its review. This is a sci-fi novel about the first SI (synthetic intelligence), which is much more “human” than the traditional view of an AI. It was a really interesting take on how technology is developing, gender norms, climate change, etc. It opened a dialogue for these different, somewhat-controversial concepts, and I really enjoyed how it made me think.

Her Crown of Fire by Renee April

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4.5 Star Review! I did not read this novel this year, but I did post its review! Great book! Two best friends from the mortal world (one magic, one non-magic) find themselves in an alternate magic world, and they have to figure out how to survive. This book is full of genuine friendships and unpredictable events, and I loved it. I will say that it may have been a little too easy–there was almost no incredulity over the magic in this newfound world–and there was a lot of behind-the scenes action happening for housekeeping reasons that slightly irked me. But other than that, great book!

Sorrowfish by Anne C. Miles


5 Star Review! I seriously cannot gush enough about this novel. It was inspiring and honestly, life-changing. It helped change my perspective on a few things, and I am all for opening my eyes to the intricacies of the world around me. I just didn’t expect it in a fantasy novel! This was a great beginning to The Call of the Lorica series, and you can bet that I am going to continue with the next books! I’m all lined up to grab the second book as a pre-release!

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

And Then There Were None

4 Star Review! A classic mystery novel, this had been on my TBR for ages. It was actually my first Agatha Christie novel, and it has solidified my desire to read more of her work! Definitely a classic. I was left guessing through the entire story. I had an idea at the beginning, but I changed it half a dozen times as new evidence came to light.

Saturnius Mons by Jeremy L Jones

Saturnius Mons

3 Star Review! A sci-fi novel that is action-packed but contains flat characters. The plot was a bit difficult to understand and allow me to suspend my belief while reading, but I am not the target audience. Sci-Fi is hit and miss for me, but I believe that overall, this would be a great read for sci-fi buffs.

The Oppenheimer Alternative by Robert J Sawyer

Oppenheimer Alternative, The

4 Star Review! A sci-fi novel that begins with a history lesson of the work made on the Atomic Bomb during WWII. But after that, it takes a bit of a slant and turns into an alternate history of what could have been. This novel is very character-driven. There is not much action that occurs, but rather a LOT of character development, as well as an exploration into each character’s motivations and minds. It was very exciting to follow along the great minds of Albert Einstein, Robert J Oppenheimer, and others. It was as if I were actually meeting them and able to interact with them in the flesh!

Winter Road: A Novella by Kristina Rienzi

Winter Road

4 Star Review! In this suspenseful thriller, Rienzi does a great job of keeping the action and mystery consistent. The novella starts off somewhat slow as the reader learns about the characters and Amelia’s world. But as soon as Jake enters the picture, the story takes off and doesn’t stop. Rienzi does an amazing job keeping the story engaging and her audience captivated throughout, always hinting at deeper connections than originally meets the eye.

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

The Things They Carried

5 Star Review! Reading this novel brought home the atrocities of war. They had always been so removed from my own life that I couldn’t even fathom them. Now, I can. I can better understand the effects that such actions have on human beings, and how our world suffers from them. O’Brien is sure not to sugarcoat his experiences, and this is where the beauty–and horror–of his writing comes from. We readers are forced to experience what he went through in the Vietnam war. We have to live through it, just as if we were knee deep in the shit field with him.

Eternal Shadow by Trevor B. Williams

Eternal Shadow

4.5 Star Review! In this first book in a sci-fi series, Williams shows both his creative writing skills as well as his acumen for understanding and explaining science. I legit cried in this book.  Although it has major sci-fi elements and science and all that jazz, it also relies heavily on a character-driven plot. I get to see my favorite characters grow up and evolve throughout the years, and I feel so much closer to them.

The Pilgrim Stone by JD Bowens

Pilgrim Stone, The

Review coming soon! This is the first novel in the Adventures in Amarant series. Fantasy novel chock full of magic and adventure. JD Bowens also wrote a short stories collection called Adventures in Amarant, which I have already reviewed (click the link to see my review!).

Daughters of Fire and Sea by Holly Karlsson

Daughters of Fire and Sea

Review coming soon! Great fantasy novel about a pair of sisters who must flee the only home they’ve ever known after their mother–presumed dead–returns to them. They travel the world and learn that there is more to myths than they thought… In fact, they have magic!


I did a monthly challenge in June for Bookstagram, posting once each day, following a specific prompt. Here is the prompt picture, as well as some of my favorite posts from this month 🙂 If you want to see more of my bookstagramming, add me on IG @TheBookDrag0n. You can also see my most recent posts on the sidebar to the right.

June Challenge

Books to Read in July:

I have started to stray away from my monthly books to read, because I’ve been jumping around. If I can’t get into a book right away, I don’t want to feel pressured to suffer through it and read it in that month. I’ve found that allowing myself to read more with what I am currently feeling not only drastically improved my reading experience, but also the ratings I give the books! It’s basically a win-win for everyone if I don’t limit myself on which specific books to read each month. However, I will still include the books that I THINK I will be reading this month, just so you can have (potentially) something to look forward to. Let me know in the comments if you are (or have) reading any of these as well!

  1. Continue re-reading Solace Lost by Michael Sliter in preparation for its sequel!
  2. Continue re-reading The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan (WoT #2)
  3. Continue reading Pauper King by E. Stuart Marlowe
  4. Continue the audiobook of Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  5. The Story of Evil Volume II: Escape from Celestial by Tony Johnson

Other Posts:

Press Release: The Oppenheimer Alternative

Oppenheimer Alternative, The


Top 5 Wednesdays

Top 5 Wednesday


Book Haul: 38 New Books!



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