June Wrap Up

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June Wrap Up

Well June has come and gone πŸ™ June is one of my favorite months because it’s my birthday month and this year was especially great. Normally I detest the weather in June because it’s always so ridiculously hot but this year it’s been quite nice. We had a few spells of muggy, hot weather but altogether it was mostly just warm and pleasant. I started running again as well which feels fabulous and can also be accounted for the lack of reading I’ve done. I’m getting back on track and I’ll be participating in two read a thons for July so here’s to hoping!! I have also spiced up my wrap ups a bit. I’ve now included pictures from June, which I always enjoy in wrapup posts and some blog love for June. I’ve decided to add it into the end of month post and it’s worked well with me organizing it throughout the month! ANYHOW… onto the wrap up!

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Harry Potter

My sister got me this AMAZING Harry Potter cookbook for my birthday πŸ™‚

Like I said… I didn’t read as much as I normally do although I did get into audiobooks this month which excites me because I’ve always wanted to love them!

*Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins(Audiobook) – 5/5 Stars
*Faking It by Cora Carmack – 4/5 Stars
*Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn – 5/5 Stars
*The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan – 4/5 Stars
*Fang Girl by Helen Keeble – 4/5 Stars
*Yellow Socks & Blood Spots by Bailey J. Thompson – 4/5 Stars
*Live Through This by Mindi Scott – 3/5 Stars
*Fall From Love by Heather London – 4/5 Stars
*Spellcaster by Claudia Gray – 2/4 Stars
*Freshman Forty by Christine Duval – 5/5 Stars

ChallengesMy progress was pretty good, all challenges combined. I’m not disappointed and I hope to have much more progress for July!

Sunburn

Big time sun burn after running 2k. BTW… I had sunscreen on :S

Goodreads Challenge: I added 10 books complete to the challenge. It is my worst month so far but I am 18 books ahead so I have a little bit of room to relax πŸ˜›

2013 Debut Author Challenge: I read two debuts, Another Little Piece and The Beautiful and the Cursed! I’ve just about completed my goal(I’ve read 12 out of 16) so I don’t need to rush through this one!

2013 TBR Pile Challenge: I’m all over the place with this one… I’m not behind but I’m definitely not reading any TBR books lately πŸ˜› I’ve read 17 out of 30 so I’m a bit ahead of schedule.

Summer of Stand Alones: I made a lot of progress on the SoS πŸ™‚ It just started this month but I’ve already read 5 out of my 15 goal. I plan on doing a lot of stand alone reading in July so I should be much closer to completion !!

Notable Posts & Events
-I hosted my very first author interview! I had a blast hosting Bailey J. Thompson for her Yellow Socks & Blood Spots tour. I also reviewed Fall From Love by Heather London for a tour and I ADORED IT!

Drinks

Drinks after work πŸ™‚

-I posted my picks for Top Ten Book Featuring Travel, Top Ten Books at the Top of my Summer TBRΒ and Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far in 2013.

-I participated in only one Book Blogger confessions which was about promotional posts. I also made the announcement that I was no longer(or at least for the rest of the summer) be participating. I am going to be starting my own discussion posts shortly so I’m busy preparing those!

-I was so excited to participate in the Barbie World Book Blitz! I LOVED the first book and I will be featuring a tour stop for Barbie World here in July! I also posted an excerpt of the lovely Aberrant! I read this back in April and adored it! I’m so sick of dystopian lately but this was unique and refreshing. J.L Bryan revealed his cover for Nomad, his new book and I am beyond excited! Look for a review of that in July as well!

Simon

Simon in his new favorite place: his own mini tent!

-I posted about how I will be making some changes this summer! I can’t wait to start some of the things I have planned πŸ™‚

-I posted my intro for the Summer of Stand Alones! I am so excited to be participating in this… I really need to get some standalone reading done because series are all I seem to be reading lately.

It was my FIRST BLOGOVERSARY!!!! I had so much fun and hosted a giveaway! Thank YOU so much to everyone who has stuck around for the past year, and to all my new followers as well!!

-The Gayle Forman Read Along started. I am loving Sisters in Sanity so far and cannot wait to read the others! You can still join up if you’re interested(links in my start-up post).

Some Changes for the Summer

Reading outside at the park; Beautiful weather!

Some Blog LoveBecause I haven’t done a link love post within my stacking the shelves for quite some time I’ve decided to add it here. I actually like putting it far better so I will be continuing this going forward! So many changes and mixing up I’ve done lately πŸ˜›

And that’s all for this month πŸ™‚ How is your first month of summer going??! Here’s to a wonderful July! Ohhh!! And Happy 4th of July to everyone celebrating in the US today <3

Happy Reading
xo Lauren

8 Responses to “June Wrap Up”

    • Lauren

      Asti, I will definitely be sharing my attempts to cook πŸ™‚ I haven’t started yet because of the extreme heat that is happening but I would say that once the fall starts I will be cooking from it quite a bit. Harry reminds me of the fall anyway πŸ˜› Thanks so much for stopping in, and sorry for the late, late reply!
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