June 2017: On My Shelves + Recap

I mentioned previously that I was hoping my fantastic May was a sign of good things to come for the rest of the summer. And it seems like it was because June was equally wonderful! I made so many great memories.

1. Culling My TBR + Book Buying Ban - Kelly is in complete control of her TBR, and I've always been envious of her for it. She was my life coach in June and helped me take a long, hard look at my shelves and majorly cull them. In addition to the cull, I instituted a book buying ban for June. I successfully completed it - my only purchase was a book I'd already read and pre-ordered prior to June. Honestly, I think I'll continue the ban!

2. Celebrating My Sweet Friend - One of my best friends from college is having a baby in August, and I'm just so excited for her! I was thrilled to be able to celebrate her by attending a baby shower for her in June. An added bonus? My mama kept my boy for the day, and I got lots of alone time. I had to drive pretty far and got to use that time listening to an amazing audiobook! It felt like such a treat to have so much time to myself.

3. Best Bookish Surprise - Nick was traveling all of June for work, which was a bummer. We miss him so much when he's gone! His longest trip was to Japan, and I asked him to bring me back a Japanese edition of Anne of Green Gables if possible. He was able to find an adorable copy and came home with another incredible surprise: Japanese editions of The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay. I was on cloud nine!

4. Outdoor Reading + New Sunglasses - I've been taking my boy to the pool a lot this summer, and I've noticed one major life change since having a baby: I don't take any reading material to the pool anymore. Ha! However, we come home for his afternoon nap and I realized that I can read and sunbathe in the backyard now that it's fenced in. I've been in absolute heaven! Plus, I got some new sunglasses that I'm so obsessed with.

Read 11 Books | Favorites:
On Second Thought by Kristan Higgins
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
Tiny Little Thing by Beatriz Williams

Honorable Mentions:
Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin
Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
Along the Infinite Sea by Beatriz Williams
“It’s funny how time is measured after you’ve lost someone.
Everything relates back to that second your life swerved.
The calendar isn’t measured by the names of the months or seasons anymore,
but by those significant dates. The day we met. The first time we kissed.
The first dinner with his family. The anniversary of his death. The date of his funeral.”
On Second Thought by Kristan Higgins

 “Her heart kept splitting inside her. Growing and breaking, rended and rendered,
reminding her that she was so, so sick of death. All it carried. All it buried.”
Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin

 “She had been so stubborn, thinking that she had to learn to count on her own strength.
She did. But leaning on a man - when he was the right man,
when he was good and kind and decent - didn't make her weak. It made her strong.”
Serenity Harbor by RaeAnne Thayne

“You have me. Until ever last star in the galaxy dies. You have me.”
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

 “It’s not about what I say, right? It’s what I do that matters here.”
Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

 “I knew exactly where he existed in my heart; I had no idea where he existed in the universe.”
Along the Infinite Sea by Beatriz Williams
In June, I started off the month with my May 2017 recap. Then, I talked about judging a book by its cover and how I almost missed out on The Mothers by Britt Bennet because of it. I shared ten reasons people should read The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen A. Flynn, a recent favorite read for me. I wrote about my love for The Haven Point Series by RaeAnne Thayne with another list-y review. Next, Alexa and I caught up on our Picky Pledge Reading Challenge! I posted my reviews for a book I bought because it was on sale (The Memory Book by Lara Avery), a book I bought because it was the next in a series (The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall) and a book I bought on audio (Wolf by Wolf and Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin). And finally, I wrapped up the month with my Quick Lit: May 2017 post, where I recapped what I read in May.
1. Reading with Kid: A Work in Progress by Christine at Buckling Bookshelves - This was definitely one of my favorite posts in June, and not just because I could completely relate to it! I loved Christine's look at how her reading habits have changed since her son was born, and it inspired me to ask myself the same question.

2. My Anne of Green Gables Collection by Rachel at Hello, Chelly - As a lifelong lover of Anne Shirley, I collect copies of Anne of Green Gables because it's meant so much to me as a reader. I love that Rachel collects it too, and I loved the updated look at her collection. She's a kindred spirit! Now, I've got some shopping to do...

3. Your Most Boringly Useful Websites by Jessica at Go Fug Yourself - I love Afternoon Chats at GFY, especially when it's about something I didn't know I needed in my life. There were so many great (and useful!) website recommendations in the comments that I saved the whole post for future reference. 

Favorite Song #1: "Strip That Down" by Liam Payne feat. Quavo
I think Twitter made me look up this song, and I was hooked from my first listen.
I can't even tell you how many times I played this song during the month!

Favorite Song #2: "Slow Hands" by Niall Horan
After loving Harry Styles' album in May and then Liam's single, I looked up Niall's song.
And what do you know? I couldn't stop listening to that one either! 

Beauty and the Beast (2017) starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens - I initially put off seeing Beauty and the Beast in theaters because I didn't want to deal with the crowds. Then days turned to weeks, and I realized that I'd missed my chance. Of course, I bought the Blu-Ray on release day. Although it was gorgeous, I didn't love it as much as I expected. I wasn't feeling the chemistry between Dan and Emma, among a few other things.

Life Unexpected, Seasons 1-2, starring Shiri Appleby, Kristoffer Polaha and Britt Robertson - I think I saw someone mention this show on Twitter, which made me look it up on Netflix. I watched the first episode because I like Shiri Appleby and Britt Robertson, and that was all it took for me to binge watch it in June. The relationship drama got repetitive by the end, but I still loved this sweet and funny show. I'm sad it was canceled back in the day!

Pre-Ordered Prior to My Buying Ban: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

Used Existing Audible Credits: Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin and Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff


  1. I've been on a pretty decent buying ban lately! My preorders are really the only thing killing me lately haha, but they've slowed down. Looks like an nice month :)

  2. I love that Illuminae quote - so damn romantic :-)

  3. I'm impressed with your culling and book buying ban! And how nice for your friend (and for you to get alone time!). Those book editions are beautiful. I'm impressed you read 11 books, I only managed 4. Need to catch up this month :) I like Niall's song but haven't heard Liam's! Those 1D boys are something ;)

  4. It's been a while since I've popped by your blog, but you popped into my mind this morning and I thought I'd see if you were still here! Holy smokes, I can't believe how awesome your blog is even with your little man in your life! Seriously inspiring :). Sending hugs your way xoxo

  5. Oh, hey, I'm in your round-up! Thanks for the shout out :) My blog reading habits have changed a bit too as I'm rather a bit more behind than I used to be HAHA! Enjoy your pool days and the rest of summer :)

  6. I need to be really good and go on a book buying ban too! Attempting it for August, so wish me lots of luck ;) Also, I love Niall's song sooooo much. It's so fun to listen to!


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