My June Book Wrap-Up and July TBR Hopefuls!


Hey, bookworms! I feel like I literally just wrote this same blog post for May/June, but here we are with June’s book wrap-up and July’s TBR hopefuls! Last time I split the two up into two blog posts, but I realized that I prefer keeping them together for longevity and consistency’s sake! Let’s first dive into discussing the 4 books I read in June and what 4 or 5 I’m hoping to read in July!

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June Book Wrap-Up


It’s Been a Pleasure, Noni Blake by Claire Christian

Page Count: 348 | Genre: Contemporary Fiction | Rating: 4/5⭐️

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This book was definitely not what I was expecting – it was better! Noni is such a relatable character who was not happy with the way her life was going and decided she needed to go on a pleasure quest to learn what makes her happiest and strive to be her best self! I loved how genuine her relationship with Lindell (her gay best friend) felt, as well as her end love interest which I don’t want to spoil in this review!

There was a decent amount of smut in this book, which I was pleasantly (no pun intended) surprised about, and it was super funny! But most importantly, this book was so meaningful! The lessons Noni learned about loving yourself and accepting that you deserve to be happy are incredibly relatable, and lessons I think we all need to pay attention to! I will honestly say I wasn’t expecting this to be a 4/5⭐️, but Noni’s journey blew me away and I related to her a lot! I recommend this to anyone at any age who is in a life crisis and needs inspiration about living your best life! 💙



Normal People by Sally Rooney

Page Count: 273 | Genre: Contemporary Fiction | Rating: 4/5⭐️

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While this book didn’t blow my mind in any way, shape, or form, it did in fact put me in my feels for the two main characters, Marianne and Connell. These are two so complex and damaged characters, and I had such a fascination with both of them and the authentic decisions they made throughout the book!
 Their story was so refreshingly real compared to any other book I’ve read. These two characters grow as individuals and together over years and years, but they never commit to each other romantically because they don’t want to potentially ruin their friendship.

This book was written in third person, and it was so beautiful to read between the lines and realize that Marianne and Connell didn’t even need to talk all that much because they connected on a much more intimate, deeper level. I thoroughly enjoyed Amazon Prime’s adaptation of Normal people and think that the actors/actresses did such an impeccable job! It was so similar to the actual book and I’m a firm believer that this will become a classic one day! 💙



The Minders by John Marrs

Page Count: 400 | Genre: Sci-Fi/Thriller | Rating: _/5⭐️

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If you’re not aware of what this book is about, it’s basically a sci-fi thriller about big brother and the government hiding secrets inside human minds…yes you heard me!!! The UK government decides to hide their darkest secrets in the minds of people who have something called synesthesia, and in return, they get to start their lives over with an infinite amount of money! 

This doesn’t even come close to The One by John Marrs for me, but nonetheless, it was still such a fascinating book filled with so much suspense! Similar to The One, there are several different perspectives and the chapters are super short, but I didn’t enjoy all of the perspectives as I did in The One. Some were just a little dull for me, but either way, the writing and concept were super gripping and I’d recommend it! 



Maggie Moves On by Lucy Score

Page Count: 400 | Genre: Contemporary Romance | Rating: 4.5/5⭐️ (so far)

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With all of the chaos that comes with moving, I haven’t been able to fully finish this book yet, but I’m almost 30% of the way through and so far this is exactly what I needed right now! This book follows Maggie, who’s a house flipping YouTuber, and Silas, who’s a small town landscaper. Maggie never stays in one place for too long, but will Silas’ charm and their chemistry be able to convince her to stay on small town Kinship, Idaho? We shall see!

You can definitely tell this could be a WattPad book, but the banter between the two main characters, Maggie and Silas, is top tier and I love how enamoured Silas is with Maggie from the very beginning! I haven’t really read too much smut yet but I’m hoping there’s some saucy scenes and more emotional depth as the story continues! Just based off what I’ve read so far I have a feeling this will be a 5/5 but so far I’ll just say a 4.5/5 just in case!😋

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July TBR Hopefuls


Beach Read by Emily Henry

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I am so determined to have this be the first book I read for July because I’m moving near water and want to crack this puppy open on the beach more than anything! Beach Read is about 2 authors who write very different genres but are both experiencing writer’s block for their next book. They discover that their beach houses are directly next door to each other and decide to help each other write their differing books! I sometimes see this book advertised as a romance, but it’s definitely more of a contemporary fiction where a man and woman help each other through troubling times, and maybe they hit it off! I loved Book Lovers by Emily Henry, so I cannot wait to see how I feel about this book!


The One by John Marrs

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This is a super exciting read for me because I had already read this 2 years ago and it’s been one of my favorite books since! The One is a book based on a DNA test that matches you with your soulmate. The book follows 5 different perspectives making 5 different relationships and all the drama that comes with them. Each storyline is so different from one another, and the chapters are super short, so it was easy to burn through the first time, which is why I can’t wait to read it again 2 years later and see if it’ll blow my mind like it did the first time!


The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (Book Club Pick)

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This is Lost In The Plot’s book club pick for July and I cannot wait to finally read this book as it’s been on my TBR for so long! In this fantastical story, we follow Jude and her two sisters who were forced to live in the High Court Faerie for the last 10 years of their life since their parents were murdered. Now that Jude is old enough to understand things better, she wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences. This sounds so suspenseful and I can already sense the enemies to lovers vibes!

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Barefoot by Elin Hilderbrand

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No hate against Elin, but I honestly never thought I would read one of her books up until recently when the synopsis of this book caught my eye. This story follows 3 women, burdened with small children, who take a summer vacation to Nantucket. Each woman is going through some sort of dramatic situation and they’re in major need of relaxation and recentering. One day while they’re in Nantucket, a 22-year-old handsome man named Josh Flynn enters their lives and changes everything. I like how this story is set in a summery location, and super scandalous while also being about all 4 of them trying to change their lives for the better! I have a feeling I’ll really enjoy this one and who knows, if I do, maybe Elin’s work will be on my TBR more often!


The Secret of Markie Beach by Hannah Grieve

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A lot of you may have never seen this book before, but I am so hyped to read this because one of my co-workers at Indigo is the author and she is so incredibly talented! This is a YA mystery about an 18-year-old named Alana Collins who has just recently learned about 7 girls who went missing one night in 1998. She’s lived in Markie Beach her whole life and has only now heard of this mysterious tragedy. Suddenly, she begins to see strange girls with matching tattoos everywhere she goes.

While Summer used to be fun and easy, she has now become entangled in a decades-old mystery and has met Eric. There’s something very off about him, but she has a crush anyway. However, when it becomes clear that he and the strange girls she’s been seeing are connected in some way Alana knows that she needs to find out how. She dives headfirst into an investigation that leads to a hidden truth that changes everything. How cool does that sound? Please go check out this book that’s releasing July 12th because Hannah’s writing and efforts deserve all the hype!

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Conclusion


So there you have it! All 4 books I read in June and the 4-5 books I’m hoping to read in July! If I can’t make it to The Secret of Markie Beach by the end of July I’ll definitely be reading it in August because my old co-worker wrote it and it sounds super interesting! Also, if I had to rate the 4 books I read in June from least to most favorite, this would be my order:

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Comment down below your least and most favorite books you read in June so we can have some more potential book recommendations! Thank you so much for reading today’s blog post and have a fabulous rest of your week bookworms! ❤