Tuesday, 3 July 2012

June Round-Up and Book of the Month!

June's BotM is The Gathering Dark by Leigh Bardugo 

The Gathering Dark (also known as Shadow and Bone in the US) was not only my favourite book read in June but my favourite book read in 2012 so far! I’m usually quite picky with my fantasy but this one completely swept me away into another magical fantastical world, this book has a gorgeous romance, vibrant characters, and a literal battle between light and dark I can’t begin to recommend it enough, even if fantasy’s not usually your preferred genre I’d really recommend stepping out of your comfort zone for this one. For more info on the book and more of my thoughts my full review can be found here.

Books Read in June
42.) The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead (4.5*)
43.) What I Did On My Holidays by Chrissie Manby (4*)
44.) Fallen in Love by Lauren Kate (3.5*)
45.) The Gathering Dark by Leigh Bardugo (5*)
46.) Rapture by Lauren Kate (5*)
47.) I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella (3*)
48.) Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout (3.5*)
49.) My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick (4.5*)

Total Books Read = 8
Thoughts: This month was a really scattered month with ratings ranging from 5 star all-time favourites to 3’s it has to be said that even the 3 stars I enjoyed reading this month and there were no bad books with them ranging from average to fantastic! I was a bit gutted that I didn’t make it to 50 books this month with the end of June being half way through the year it would have been exciting to get to 50 books, half way through the year, half way to a hundred books read! It’s always been a lifelong ambition of mine to read 100 books in a year and even though I’m not taking part in any reading challenges it would still be great to reach that goal! 

This Months Book Awards
Best Plot: Rapture by Lauren Kate 
Best Writing: The Gathering Dark by Leigh Bardugo 
Best Cover: Rapture by Lauren Kate 
Best Characters: The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead 
Best Ending: Rapture by Lauren Kate 
Best Romance: Rapture by Lauren Kate 
Most un-put-down-able: The Gathering Dark by Leigh Bardugo 
Most Memorable: The Gathering Dark by Leigh Bardugo 
Best Moral: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick 

Top 3 Most Recommended Books: The Gathering Dark, Rapture, My Life Next Door 

Books I’m Looking Forward to Being Released in July 
Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols 
The Long Weekend by Veronica Henry 
Dreamless by Josephine Angelini (eek!) 
This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers 

Honourable Mention to Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor which I read in hardcover last year and was my favourite book of 2011, on July 5th it will be out in paperback and I’d fully recommend you checking it out.

(Links lead to books Goodreads page for more info) 

Have you read any of the books I’ve read this month? What were your thoughts on them? Do you want to see a particular review for any of the books I’ve read this month sooner rather than later? Leave me a comment and let me know and I hope you’ve found some interesting books to add to your wishlist and don’t forget to treat yourselves to The Gathering Dark – you won’t regret it! Here’s to another month of fab reading ahead!


  1. I really enjoyed reading your comments on the books you read this month :D I'm excited to read Fallen in Love and I can't wait to get my hands on Rapture... But I can't wait to get my hands on The Gathering Dark either!

    Much like you, I'm really looking forward Dreamless and This is Not a Test!

    1. I hope you enjoy both! Dreamless was suppose to arrive yesterday but Amazon failed :|

  2. The Golden Lily was SO good. I feel like I should read a Gathering Dark; everyone has raved so much


  3. I think I am going to have to get Rapture now. I was holding off as I haven't read Passion yet. I love The Gathering Dark though!

    1. Glad you loved The Gathering Dark too Viv!

  4. I love this posy Jess! You've read some awesome books in June! I really need to get to Shadow and Bone, there's just so many awesome reviews around! I also can't wait to read My Life Next Door either! You've also got some amazing books coming up in July! I can't wait to see what you think of This is Not a Test! It's one of my favourites of the year! :)

    1. Oh glad to hear you loved This is Not a Test I've loved all of Courtney's books and can't wait for this one even though it sounds very different!

  5. I am looking forward to hearing your views on This Is Not A Test aswell as it sounds a really good book, I am like you, although I am not taking part in any official lists I always try and read 100 books a year, at the end of June I had read 53 so I am on track.
    I might give The Gathering Dark a go after your review, fantasy is not really my cup of tea at all but I am intrigued after what you said.

    1. Really glad your considering giving The Gathering Dark a go Caroline! Good luck with reaching 100 books and I'm really looking forward to reading This is Not a Test :)

  6. I've heard nothing but amazing reviews for The Gathering Dark, I think i'm going to read that one next!


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