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June Rewind: Book Haul, Reviews, & Recap

Okay, I’m going to attempt to do my first ever wrap up post which consist of books I received this month, a recap of posts from this month, and a little lifestyle update (i.e. just talking about my boring life), and a little look into what’s ahead for July, including my tbr.

Book Haul


First, let’s start with all the physical books that I picked up or were sent to me this month. I grabbed the Harry Potter: The Creature Vault when it was on sale at Book Outlet. It’s SO beautiful. I can’t wait to be able to take beautiful pictures of it with the rest of my Harry Potter books and merchandise. Then, I got Hamilton: The Revolution, or the Hamiltome, from eBay for only $18. I’m in love with it. Yes, I have been practicing all of Angelica’s scenes.  I bought Friday Night Lights, L.A. Candy, Paper Towns, An Abundance of Katherines, The Darkest Evening of the Year, and Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation from the thrift store for a whopping $4.50.  Not pictured, but I also picked up The Square Root of Summer on sale at Target. Last, I received five physical books free from authors and publishers for review: The Killing Jar by RS McCoy, Gifted by J.A. George, and Just A Few Inches by Tara St. Pierre;  not pictured, Ink and Bone and Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine.

It was also a great month for my Kindle. I bought a ton on Amazon because there were so many great sales and I received a lot of e-ARCs from NetGalley.




e-ARCs From Netgalley


Book Reviews

  • Title: Hamilton: The Revolution
  • Authors: Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter
  • Edition: Hardcover, 288 pages
  • Published: April 12th, 2016 by Grand Central Publishing
  • Rating: 5/5

Review: I absolutely love Hamilton, obviously, and the Hamiltome is the perfect companion! Lin-Manuel Miranda’s commentary on the lyrics provides so much more insight. I love getting a glimpse into this man’s top-notch brain. It’s also just a very beautiful book with gorgeous photos.

  • Title: The Yoga of Max’s Discontent
  • Authors: Karen Bajaj
  • Edition: Kindle Edition, 329 pages
  • Published: May 3, 2016 by Riverhead Books
  • Rating: 3/5

Review: I received an e-ARC of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review. Karan Bajaj’s writing and style is beautiful, but I could not connect with the main character, Max–actually, I despised him, which made reading this novel almost excruciating. However, there were many bit characters that he came in contact with throughout his journey that I found very interesting. It was an interesting journey as well.

  • Title: Althea & Oliver
  • Authors: Christina Moracho
  • Edition: Kindle Edition, 290 pages
  • Published: October 9, 2014 by e-penguin
  • Rating: 3/5

Review: Althea and Oliver was extremely unsettling. When I started reading it, I immediately loved the two main characters and their dynamic.  That changes after Oliver goes into a deep sleep, wakes up in something like a fugue state, and makes sexual advances toward a fully conscious Althea. Althea has seen Oliver on this state before and she knows that he’s not himself, nor does he want her, but she makes the “bad decision” to let it happen. She then hides it from Oliver for months after he finally wakes. The rape scene and the aftermath were really distressing… for lack of a better word that’s not an expletive. >> Full Review @ Goodreads


Posts of June


July To Be Read
July TBRI’ve been reading extremely slow but it’s important that I finish all of these this month and get them reviewed because ARCs and commitments. I’m currently reading The Killing Jar and Ink and Bone, both of which are great. I just really have to settle down and make myself focus… soon.


Looking Back

  • I went to Universal Studios Hollywood for my birthday, which was June 2nd, and the Wizarding World is AMAZING!
  • Said farewell to the west coast with a trip to the beach. I moved back to my hometown in Alabama. Starting over is scary.
  • Went to Magic City Con in Alabama. It actually wasn’t terrible and I discovered a ton of new artists and authors that I want to get into.

Looking Ahead

  • In 5 days I visit New York CIty for the 1st time. So excited. My schedule includes stalking the whole Hamilton cast.
  • Only 20 days until SDCC! I’m ready for some Hall H shenanigans.
  • Then off to London for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. So excited.


  • Eve Messenger

    If book hauls were meals this one would be a Thanksgiving feast. So many delicious books! Paper Magician’s been on my Kindle for a while but I’m not as excited about it as when I first bought. What good things have you heard about the Paper Magicians series? The Square Root of Summer I would read for the title alone. Happy reading!

    • Elle

      haha Thank you! The entire Paper Magicians set was on sale for about $5 on Amazon, which is the primary reason I bought it. Also, the covers are gorgeous. And they each had a ton of 4 or 5 star reviews. I don’t know anyone or any bloggers who have talked about it recently though. For this one I went entirely with Amazon reviews and the Goodreads ratings.

    • Elle

      Thank you! I’ve heard a ton of good things about Vengeance Road too so I’m eager to read it too. I just have to devote more time to reading. *sighs*

  • Elle

    Thank you! haha Amazon is killing on the Kindle deals right now. Most of these were already on my tbr too, so when I saw them for $2.99 or less, it was a no brainer.

    June was not that great actually. lol Probably my 2nd worse month this year. It’s been a very rough year, but no one wants to read that! Wizarding World was amazing though! I really want to go to the one in Florida. I’ve heard it’s a little bigger and [probably] better.

    Here’s to hoping we all have a good July. 😀

  • stacee @ adventures of a book junkie

    Wow!! You have had quite a busy month!!

    I never thought about getting the Hamiltome from eBay. I had a nightmare trying to get a copy, but finally got one after the third attempt at ordering it.

    The Magician series is so so so good. I think it’s quite unique and I loved the story and imagery. I hope you love them!

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