June Wrap-up 2021: #BookReviews #Books #Music

Is it really July already? It’s crazy how fast this year is going, isn’t it? Maybe it’s just me. June turned out to be somewhat of a neglectful month for blogging. I knew reading and posting would slow down with spring activities and planting, and I think July may be similar. We’ve been busy with the kids and trying to squeeze in our summer activities. Once the Fourth of July hits, it seems like the rest of the summer just flies by: before you know it, the new school year begins, and we’re in fall. I’m actually looking forward to the cooler months. Fall and winter are my favorite seasons for reading, so I hope to be more active here in the coming months.

For June I managed to post nine book reviews. The nice thing is that four of these are for the 2021 Retelling Reading challenge. Three were ARCs. I’m actually caught up with the challenge and NetGalley and Edelweiss for now, with a few coming up for September.

For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

The Indian in the Cupboard Lynne Reid Banks

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Love in the Wild by Emma Castle

Live your Life by Amanda and Anna Kloots

Lost in the Neverwoods by Aiden Thomas

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This Week’s Books… Namesake by Adrienne Young – When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain – A History of Wild Places by Shea Ernshaw #Reading #Books #AmReading

Over the weekend I finished Fable by Adrienne Young. The book was amazing. You can see my review by clicking here. This week I have three books lined up including:

Namesake by Adrienne Young

After finishing Fable, which ended on a huge cliffhanger, I had to move right on to Namesake. I’m about a third of the way in, and it’s good so far but has a different feel. I’m not as enthralled as I was with Fable. I’m still confident it’s going to turn out well because there are some interesting twists about her mother coming to light now.


Welcome to a world made dangerous by the sea and by those who wish to profit from it. Where a young girl must find her place and her family while trying to survive in a world built for men.

With the Marigold ship free of her father, Fable and the rest of the crew were set to start over. That freedom is short-lived when Fable becomes a pawn in a notorious thug’s scheme. In order to get to her intended destination, she must help him to secure a partnership with Holland, a powerful gem trader who is more than she seems.

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Book Review: Raising Bookworms: Getting Kids Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment by Emma Walton Hamilton #BookReview #Reading #RaisingBookworms

Raising Bookworms: Getting Kids Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment

By Emma Walton Hamilton


My thoughts:

Growing up I read countless books on subjects that interested me including tornadoes, insects, wildlife, and of course, fictional fairy tales and other stories I could get lost in. After having children of my own, something I knew for certain was that I wanted them to be readers too–not just for school, but to actually develop a love for reading and learning for life. It couldn’t be more of a challenge, especially now in a world full of electronic competition.

In this book the author demonstrates how parents and teachers can guide children toward reading, and help establish a love for reading beginning as early as baby hood. She shares strategies for different age groups and some eye-opening statistics. There are also recommended book lists for each age group, and a resource section which includes recommended books and other publications, organizations, and websites for parents and educators.

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What am I reading this week? #Reading #AmReading #BookLovers

Because I’m not reviewing very much right now, I thought I’d do another post highlighting what I’m reading this week.


Last week I finished Depravity by M.J. Haag and shared my review on Friday. I enjoyed the book (despite some niggles) and went right on to book two in the series titled Deceit. I DNFed the second book about half way through and won’t be finishing the trilogy. It became too weird for me. I normally don’t DNF books, but I just couldn’t handle this one. I liked that the characters were developing more and the beast was more understood, but the details were too much for me. I’m not going to tear the book apart though, and I didn’t rate it because I didn’t totally finish it.


I’ve decided to finally read Where’d You Go, Bernadette, which is now a movie releasing on Friday. I bought the book from Barnes and Noble and will be starting it today.


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