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The heat and pollen in France are really doing a number on me so I’m just taking every day as it comes! For those of you who’ve already seen a few of my TBR posts, I bet you’ll all be shocked to know that this one won’t be very long! I’ve decided to give myself a little break over the summer so won’t be doing as much as before, but I will be trying to read more books from my shelves, Netgalley pile and Kindle TBR, but I’ll choose something when the fancy takes me, so you’ll just have to read my June wrap-up to find out what I picked aha!

I’ve also decided to take a little break from reading books in the Coffee Break Book Club, it’s still going strong and all us mods are still working hard, but I think we’ve all decided to take a bit of a hiatus from July for the BOTM. I’m going to use this time to be productive and read some books from my challenge TBRs (well I hope so anyway).

On to the June TBR!

I usually put the Buddy Read section first in each of my TBR posts, BUT, I don’t want to spoil anyone for the reveal on Saturday, so keep an eye out for some exciting news this weekend, I’m super excited about it and I know that the other blogger doing this collab with me is very excited too and I can’t wait for you all to find out what is happening!!

Author Requests and Blog Tours

I’ve managed to calm myself down a bit, and have moved a few of my author requests back, if I have time to read any, I definitely will, but as I don’t know how things will pan out I’m not going to add any here for this month!

Rainy Days for the Harper Girls by Rosie Clarke

Rainy Days for the Harpers Girls (Welcome To Harpers Emporium Book 3)

This is going to be my first blog tour for Rachel’s Random Resources in June, and although it’s way out of my comfort zone, I’m really looking forward to it. It’s the third book in the Welcome to Harpers Emporium, it is historical fiction, which I really enjoy, and I seem to remember that they can be read as standalones. I think this one is going to be quite interesting!

Call Me Joe by Martin Van Es

Call Me Joe

My second blog tour is as #RandomThingsTours and I immediately said “yes” to this book when Anne sent me the email about it. I understand that with the current world situation, reading books about disasters and the end of the world and such is probably not the best idea, but it honestly does not bother me in the slightest, and I’ve actually been reading more disaster books recently and this one appeals to me so much, so I have VERY HIGH expectations!

Tangled in Ivy by Ashely Farley

Tangled in Ivy

This is another book I’m reading for a Rachel’s Random Resources blog tour and I’m not ashamed to say that what drew me to this book was the cover (oops)! I’ve been reading more genres lately and as soon as I read the blurb and saw that it was a mystery novel I decided to give it a shot, I’m sort of going in with no expectations with this one, so I’m curious to see how it goes!

Daughters of Cornwall by Fern Britton

Daughters of Cornwall

My second #RandomThingsTours for the month and another historical fiction, I’ve definitely been spoiled this year so far. I had a bit of a weird “AHA” moment when I realised who this author was, lol! The blurb sounds like something I’m really going to enjoy, but I’m always a bit sceptical about authors who were previously famous for something else, I have no idea why, but I usually stay away from their books, this time I decided to give it a go!

The Beauty of Broken Things by Victoria Connelly

The Beauty of Broken Things

My last Rachel’s Random Resources tour of the month is another unusual pick for me, but once again, the cover won me over and the blurb sounded really intriguing. As you know, I’m not a fan of “day-to-day”, mundane plots, but this one made me want to find out more, we’ll have to see what it’s like!

The Waiting Rooms by Eve Smith

The Waiting Rooms

Oh look, another blog tour! I’m never going to learn, but I don’t care as all the books on my list sound so great! This is a book I’m reading for my second Orenda Books blog tour in as many months, I was very drawn to these blog tours organised by Anne Cater because they all seem to be mysteries and thrillers as far as I can tell, and I’ve been in a real mystery/thriller mood lately. I really want to read The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie but I don’t have the right edition (we won’t go into this because I’ll be ranting for ages otherwise) so I’m going to have to read others in the meantime. Again, it is a bit of a disaster, end of the world type of plot, but I’m really liking those at the minute!

Power Divided by S. Behr

Power Divided (The Evolutionaries, #1)

I’m reading this book for a Booktamins tour, and as it is a YA series, I have high expectations! I’ve been loving the books that Sandra has had on offer for her tours and as soon as I saw this cover and read the blurb I knew I needed to pick it up. I love books with magic, but don’t often see plots with elemental magic, so I’m very curious to see what this is about.

Searching for Home: The Impact of WWII on a Hidden Child by Joseph Gosler

Searching for Home: The Impact of WWII on a Hidden Child

A few months ago I read Living among the Dead: My Grandmother’s Holocaust Survival Story of Love and Strength by Adena Bernstein Astrowsky for one of Anne’s #RandomThingsTours and the publisher – Amsterdam Publishers – ended up reaching out to me afterwards and asking if I would like to read any more WWII memoirs or non-fiction books. I’ve been really loving memoirs and nonfiction lately, so I was very happy to give this book a chance, I’ve not got any expectations because I just don’t know what it is about or what is going to happen, but I’m sure it’s going to be very impactful.

In the Role of Brie Hutchens by Nicole Melleby

In the Role of Brie Hutchens...

I absolutely screamed when I saw this email in my inbox because I’ve apparently been able to get myself on the Algonquin Press reviewers list, so when they reached out with a chance to be on this blog tour, I was ecstatic! I haven’t read any contemporary Middle Grade LGBT books (I don’t think ever) and the blurb just sounded like such a nice, light contemporary, so I couldn’t pass up this opportunity!

Blood Red City by Rod Reynolds

Blood Red City

This is going to be my second Orenda Books tour in the month of June, and another book I’m really looking forward to. This time, it is more of a murder mystery book and the part of the blurb that really won me over was that there is a crime, but there is no victim. I’m really curious to read this one and see just what happens, because it sounds very promising.

As I’ve said I have quite a few author requests, along with my immense number of Netgalleys and my physical and Kindle TBR, so I might just pick one from each “category” when I feel like it, I started a Netgalley book last month but never got a chance to continue it, but I will say that I was intrigued!

I’m not going to be reading anything for the Coffee Break Book Club as I never got around to even starting the one for May, but of course, the Hype-A-Thon Readathon and Middle Grade Marvels are still running. I don’t think I’m going to be participating in any readathons in June as I want to concentrate on my different challenge TBRs and hopefully knock some really long books off the list. I was also going to add the “Surprise Buddy Read Book” to the TBR, but I figured that you would figure it out straight away, so I’m saving it for Saturday, MOUAHAH!

Hype-A-Thon Readathon and Middle Grade Marvels

The Trials of Morrigan Crown by Jessica Townsend

The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor, #1)

In June, we are going to be reading this book as our MGM BOTM and discussing it in our Twitter chat and in our Goodreads group, if you don’t know what Middle Grade Marvels is, check out my official announcement post, or to find out more about this book, you can read my June BOTM announcement post. I’m really looking forward to starting this series and discussing it with all the lovely members of our book club!

For the Hype-A-Thon, we haven’t posted our announcement yet because we are lagging behind a bit, but, for June and July, Noly and I have decided on a special summer edition, so stay tuned for the announcement on our blogs and our Twitter!

We wrote an insanely long list of books that we could read, then we each did a top 10 of what we wanted to read, picked the ones we had in common and did a random number generator to choose our 3 books for June. I don’t think we are going to go with a BOTM in June and July, but we will be posting our list of books we considered for our Summer Hype-A-Thon TBR. These are the books that both Noly and I are going to be reading in June! Can you guess what the theme will be?

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Treasure Island

I’ve wanted to read this book for so many years, and it has been mentioned in Tilly and the Book Wanderers a few times, so we both couldn’t pass up the chance to give it a go, and this will knock off another classic from my list!

The Hobbit or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit, or There and Back Again

I’m probably going to get told off, but we have decided to read The Hobbit first. In the past, I’ve had some very complicated discussions with people who have told me to ONLY read The Hobbit once I read The Lord of the Rings series, but as J.R.R. Tolkien published The Hobbit quite a few years before his series, I’m going with that one first lol! Yes, we are very late to the LoTR bandwagon, but I promise that we are getting there!

Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne

Journey to the Center of the Earth (Extraordinary Voyages, #3)

As a child, I read Around the World in 80 Days in school and loved it, so much so that if I see a pretty edition of a Jules Verne book, its an instant buy for me. I have a few of his books in French, but I decided to try it out in English first, I know that’s weird considering I’m fluent in French, but it just feels right at the moment. I’m really looking forward to starting it!

It would seem that the Hype-A-Thon books are all classics, which is actually quite exciting because it is one of my goals this year to read more classics!

Those are all the books that I WILL be reading (or trying to) in June, I’m going to be a bit of a mood reader for once and pick up anything else that takes my fancy as I want to treat myself to some impromptu binge-reading sessions! Wish me luck!

That’s all for now, I’m really looking forward to my June books and I hope you enjoyed this post. See you soon, stay safe,

Ellie xx

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  1. Great books! I’m also on the blog tour for The Beauty of Broken Things, and I agree it has a very intriguing blurb. I signed to do a spotlight as I’m not sure I will manage to squeeze one more review in June, but I intend to read it.

  2. Sounds like a good reading month. I still need to read LOtR myself, it’s been on my shelves for a few months now and I’ve seen the movies countless times but have never read the books.
    ♥ Mae

        1. I know!! I’ve always been worried that I wouldn’t like them, but I have them on my list to watch soon 🙈🙈

        1. I was so sceptical of the hype and was worried that I would not get it, I was the same for Harry Potter and only read the books and saw the movies 3 years ago, but they are my favourites now, so I’m sure it’ll be the same for The Hobbit and LoTR 😘

          1. I’d recommend watching the LOTR movies first but reading The Hobbit first. The Hobbit movies are average at best but maybe that’s my nostalgia goggles 😅

  3. I’ve been thinking about readinf treause Island. I would definitely like to hear what you think about that. The Hobbit is my favorite book of the series so I think it’s fine your reading it first. My husband read it that way too!

    1. Oh that’s lucky aha! I remember having some very long conversations and I just can’t read it any other way because it would make me feel so strange 🙈🤣 I’m really looking forward to Treasure Island! 😘

    1. Me too, I’m so excited for it!! Oh yay!! The announcement went up on the Twitter yesterday with all the info in a google doc linked in the pinned tweet at @HypeThon! 🙂

  4. Great list! I haven’t heard of most of these books but they definitely seem very interesting. You’re going to participate in so many tours! I’ll be in four and I’m freaking out 😅 i admire you for that!

  5. That’s weird how people have told you not to read The Hobbit until you’ve read LOTR that makes no sense to me because The Hobbit has so much back story required to read LOTR! In The Fellowship book there’s so many references to The Hobbit and characters included that would make no sense if you hadn’t read the Hobbit first! Hope you enjoyed it 🙂

    1. I know, that didn’t make much sense to me either and I’m really enjoying it, it’s taking me a while to get through it, but it’s so fun and adventurous and really lovely!

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