June Monthly TBR

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Jenn created Monthly TBR to show up the books you hope to get to within the upcoming month, and I love it. Feel free to visit her blog and join in! You know you wanna.

Holy crap on a cracker, I can’t believe it’s June! And it is here in full force right now – it’s almost 90 degrees out. Thank goodness for air conditioning.

Alright so let’s take a look at how May went…

May Monthly TBR completed

Could have been better. I read 7.5 books out of my original pile of 14. (The 7th Harry Potter book is going to be finished this month, for the readalong.) Most of the ones I didn’t read I simply never got around to, or I lost interest in completely – I put Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits in my “donate” pile without even really trying it. I realized that whatever interest I had in it when I bought it just wasn’t there anymore (this might be true of a good portion of the book I own, actually… I really need to weed through them soon.)

 In addition to the 7 from the pile, I also read 4 other books (The River of No Return, George’s Secret Key to the Universe, Prey, and Mockingbird), bringing my total books finished for the month to 11. Not too bad! Not astounding, but still pretty good. And obviously my experiment in May of making my TBR pile only books that I already own kind of failed – I ended up going to the library and buying new books anyways.

I have lots of good books in my June pile! Let’s check it out.

June Monthly TBR

Only 10 books in this one! Not nearly as ambitious as last month’s, so I’m feeling pretty good about it. From the top…

  • The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu – Some sci-fi that has to do with aliens somehow and sounds really good. Just bought this last week.
  • Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier – My Classics Club pick for the month. I’ve really been itching to read this lately, even though I know nothing about it.
  • First Among Sequels (Thursday Next) by Jasper Fforde – Well it’s the 5th Thursday Next book, that hardly needs explaining.
  • Paradox: The Nine Greatest Enigmas in Physics by Jim Al-Khalili – My science non-fiction pick for the month.
  • Ex-Patriots by Peter Clines – Sequel to Ex-Heroes, which I read in April if I’m remembering right.
  • The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke – I’ve been wanting to read this forever, but Barnes and Noble never had it in stock so I finally ordered it from Amazon.
  • I Can Barely Take Care of Myself by Jen Kirkman – Humorous non-ficition by one funny lady about how annoying it is when people tell her she’ll “change her mind” about not having kids.
  • The Rise of the Governor (The Walking Dead) by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga – Novel based on the comics/show.
  • A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan – This is a blend of fantasy and historical-ish fiction, I think? Honestly it has a pretty cover and I’ve seen it around, so I grabbed it from the library.
  • You by Austin Grossman – Fiction that has something to do with videogame makers. I read the description and it reminded me vaguely of Ready Player One, so I figured I’d try it.

So that’s my pile! Hoping that I can tear through all of these, and maybe pick up an extra book or two along the way from the library or my own shelves later in the month.

What are you hoping to read in the next few weeks?




  1. Oof, nice pile this month, I couldn’t bare to make a pile because I know in 2 weeks my obsession with all things chick lit and contemporary will be over and all I’ll want to read will be .. god I dunno.. Kelley Armstrong or something. Can never predict my reading moods but they change so fast I’m sure they have a switch.


    1. Yeah, sometimes I end up reading things completely different or not on my pile, but it gives me some things I want to focus on too, like a book I’ve been putting off or slowly working through my classics and non-fic reads.


  2. 90 degrees. Gross! Give me 70 every day, please!

    Nice job with your May stack! Love seeing those crossed out like that 🙂

    The Mad Scientist’s Daughter sounds intriguing, I’m off to look that one up.


  3. Is The River of No Return that Bee Ridgway book? I was so close to buying it the other day, but then consciousness won eventually and I didn’t…

    And yay Thursday Next! I want to go on with the series too (they are like a good summer read I think), but I can’t find the second in the series with the same design as the first one (tried Amazon, Book Depo, all the local online stores), so I am unsure what to do next. But still – yay Thursday Next!


    1. Yeah, The River of No Return is by Bee Ridgway. I didn’t love it… it had some interesting characters and ideas about time travel, but it felt really slow-paced to me.

      I HATE when I can’t get the matching covers! I have the same problem with the Ketty Jay series that I like so much, but I’ll probably end up caving and just getting the mismatched covers.


  4. I’ve already mentioned how much I enjoy your TBRs, but I am saying it again! You read such a great variety of books, and actually stick to the books you set out to read. I never do this but often wish I could! Looking forward to all of your reviews :). Rebecca has been on my to-read list for ages as well, so I’m excited to see what you think!


    1. You’re a doll face 🙂

      Some months I do good at sticking to my TBR pile, and some months I don’t, lol. I usually end up never getting around to some books, and then reading some books not originally in my pile, because my mood changes a lot. But at the very least, it’s fun to take pictures of a big ol’ stack of books once a month! And it has helped me a bit to read more of the books I already own.


  5. My only plan for this month is to read my Classic Club Spin choice which is Bleak House by Charles Dickens. I hope you enjoy your choice Rebecca which is one of my favourite novels I’ve read as an adult.


  6. Yay more Thursday Next! also can’t wait to see your thoughts on I Can Barely Take Care of Myself because that one sounds hilarious about a very obx topic. (Because seriously, WHY do people feel the need to make everyone procreate??)


    1. It WAS pretty hilarious. I mean there’s a lot in there about her life too, but it always related back somehow to how much pressure people put on her to having babies, especially when she got married. It’s SO weird that people feel okay being totally intrusive and rude about whether or not you want to procreate.


  7. Eleven books in a month is really good! Looks like you’ve got a lot of interesting books coming up this month, too! Can’t wait to see what you thought about Mockingbird. Also, I’ve seen You about a lot recently, just haven’t got the funds to purchase/too lazy to see If there’s a copy stocked at the library.


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