June Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

Posted July 1, 2017 by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction in Best of the Bunch, Monthly Recap / 32 Comments

My Goings On in June:

  • I went to ALA Annual! (Click the link for my recap.)
  • We’re dog-sitting my sister-in-law’s cute pup, so my dogs have been having a ball with their new playmate.
  • My son and I finished up chemistry, so the kids and I are now on very little school mode (my son is actually at Japanese immersion camp until the 1st).


Most Popular Posts:

Other Features & Discussions:

This or That Bookish Edition
Sign-Ups for Series in a Month and COYER Summer Reading Challenges
Top Ten Series I Haven’t Started (But Totally Plan To)
The Disorganized Blogger’s Guide to Book Conferences (AKA an Example You Should NOT Follow)
June 2017 Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up
ALA Annual Event Recap (& Giveaway!)

My 2017 Reading Progress:

I’ve stayed steady at 5 books ahead of my Goodreads goal!

June 2017 Reviews

  • Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts | Review | Rating: 4.5/5
  • Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott | Review | Rating: 4/5
  • Roar by Cora Carmack | Review | Rating: 5/5
  • Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia | Review | Rating: 4/5
  • If I Fix You by Abigail Johnson | Review | Rating: 4/5
  • Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner | Review | Rating: 4.5/5

  • The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon | Review | Rating: 4/5
  • The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski | Review | Rating: 5/5
  • The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski | Review | Rating: 4/5
  • The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski | Review | Rating: 4/5

June Best of the Bunch:

(Best of the Bunch is hosted over at Cocoon of Books. We link up our favorite reads of the month!)

I had a hard time choosing this month, but ended up going with The Winner’s Curse. It probably helped that I got to binge read the whole series!

2017 Reading Challenges Progress:

Status: 17/41 Discussions Posted

I only posted two discussions this month. I’m behind!

This or That Bookish Edition
The Disorganized Blogger’s Guide to Book Conferences (AKA an Example You Should NOT Follow)
What You Need to Know Before You Open a NetGalley Account
Do You Ever Add to Your Posts After You’ve Published Them?
Meet a #BroodyBFF! My Foray Into Street Teams
Why Rating Middle Grade (and Sometimes YA) Is So Darn Hard for Me!
Why Everything I’ve Ever Told You About Book Blogging Is Wrong (and Also Right)
Graphs Make Me Happy!
Two (Free) Tools that Have Transformed My Replying and Commenting Back
Is There Such a Thing as a “Quick Post”?
My Haphazard Reading Habits.
Watching Bloggers Come and Go.
A Book Blogger’s Guide to Acronyms, Terms and Slang
Am I the Only One Without an OTP? 
Why Does Technology Scare Me So?

Special Niche Genres
Seeing the Book Blogging World Through Rose-Colored Glasses

HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Feed Your Fiction Addiction & It Starts at Midnight

Status: 34/50 Books Read
I reviewed five fantasies this month (again, a few are more paranormal or sci-fi dystopian, but I’m counting them since it looks like the people who run the challenge count these types of books).

And, hey, I finally read one of Alexa and Rachel’s favorites: The Winner’s Curse! I’m keeping the others here to remind me:  Throne of Glass, The Girl of Fire and Thorns, Six of Crows, Graceling.


HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Hello, Chelly & Alexa Loves Books


Status: 14/21-30 Books
Two books from off my shelf this month:

HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Chapter Break & Second Run Reviews

Status: 8/5-10 Series

I finished one series and read an entire other one this month!

Here are some of the other series I’m hoping to finish this year (as a reminder to myself):

HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Somewhere Only We Know & Words Fueled by Love

Status: 53/61-100 books read

Here are the ones I read this month:

HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – (un)Conventional Book Views &  Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My! 

Status: 9/15-20 Books Listened To

Only one reviewed this month:

HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Hot Listens & Caffeinated Book Reviewer

Status: 50/76 Possible Gameboard Spaces

If you’re interested in which books I read for each category or in seeing a bigger version of the updated gameboard, then go to my 2017 Bookopoly Progress page. The image above has been updated to reflect my newest reads. (I used 3 of the books I read for the challenge this month.)

HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Broc’s Bookcase

Wrap-Up Round-Up!

Don’t forget to link your May wrap-up posts up to the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up! And check out the giveaway, which will be posted here on Feed Your Fiction Addiction on the 8th!




32 responses to “June Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

  1. I really do need to finish reading the Winner’s Trilogy! I loved the first book so much, but haven’t got round to reading The Winner’s Crime or The Winner’s Kiss yet.
    I’m glad you’ve had a good month! 🙂

  2. I hope your son had fun at the immersion camp! It sounds really cool. Great job on all of your reading goals. That’s so awesome! I need to read Winter this year, so I can finally say I’ve finished that series – plus I want to read Stars Above and the graphic novel.


  3. ALA sounds like a lot of fun! I’m 6 books ahead of my Goodreads goal, but that’s only because I started out really strong in January and have been coasting a little ever since. Need to get back on the reading wagon! Immersion camp sounds cool, so hope your son has a great time! Hope you all have a happy July!

  4. Yay for staying ahead of your GR reading challenge. That has to be a great feeling. I never set one for myself, though why I don’t know. 🙂 Glad to see you read Nicola’s book! I just picked that one up and in the aftermath of “Everything, Everything,” I’m hoping I really like this one too. 🙂

  5. The Winner’s Kiss!! I recently had the cover in my head and wanted to look up the book, but I could not at all remember the title or author. “It’s red or purple? Looking down on a girl in a dress with a sword?” Thanks for letting me know 😉

  6. Jen

    Woohoo for Winner’s Curse being the big winner for last month! I’m planning on binge reading that series, hopefully next month, so I’m happy to hear how much you loved it. Here’s hoping July is just as wonderful for you!

    • I know I need to finish Lunar Chronicles—I don’t know what’s taking me so long! (Actually, I do—I have most of the books in paperback, and for some reason the last book hasn’t come out in paperback that I can find, so I haven’t bought them yet.)

  7. danielle hammelef

    ALA sounds so much fun and someday I will go and I will take pictures :). I want to go to Japanese immersion camp! I’m trying to learn more about Japanese culture, language, and history on my own as someday I want to travel to Japan and enjoy the food and sights and shopping.

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