Monday, June 30, 2014

June Confessions

June has been a great month! We went on a family vacation to the shore and our little guy had a blast. He is definitely a beach bum (thank God!) and loves the sand and ocean.  He also went nuts for the rides at the boardwalk. 

The only bummer is the fact that I had a bug bite that somehow got infected and I sort of thought I could treat it myself. Yeah, no. I definitely waited too long to go to the doctor and the infection spread. Yikes. I was really sick and had a fever, which is the worst in the summertime. I think I am on the mend now and I'm looking forward to the beach for 4th of July.  Also, can summer slow down please??!

Books Read in June:
1.  Empower (Embrace #5) by Jessica Shirvington - 4 out of 5 stars
2.  All Lined Up by Cora Carmack - 4 out of 5 stars
3.  Fly Away (Firefly Lane #2) by Kristin Hannah - 3 out of 5 stars
4.  The Falconer by Elizabeth May - 4 out of 5 stars
5.  The One (Selection #3) by Kiera Cass - 4 out of 5 stars
6.  Brazen by Katherine Longshore - 4 out of 5 stars
7.  Summer of Yesterday by Gaby Triana - 3.5 out of 5 stars
8.  Empire Girls by Suzanne Hayes and Loretta Nyhan - 4 out of 5 stars (Review to come)
9.  The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski - 4 out of 5 stars (Review to come)

1.  Favorite Book:  It's a tie between The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski and The Falconer by Elizabeth May. For me, both books started out really rough, but then wowed me by the end. 

2.  Biggest Surprise:  All Lined Up by Cora Carmack was a lot of fun and very Friday Night Lights, which I loved. I definitely want to check out her other novels in the future.  Have you read any? Which ones do you recommend?
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3.  Biggest Disappointment: My biggest letdown this month was most definitely Fly Away by Kristin Hannah.  It was a painful and depressing read. 

4.  Favorite PostTop Ten Tuesday- Book Cover Trends I Like - I focused on simple covers. I have been loving them lately, especially if the covers include an eye-catching font.

5.  Favorite Part of May:  My favorite part of May was vacation at the beach with my family. This was my morning view for the whole week and I am already missing a hot cup of coffee, a good book and the views of the bay. BLISS.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you guys had a great June,


  1. Loved The Winner's Curse! Glad to hear The Falconer was good in the end, I'm very curious about that book.

    Looks like a fun June! Hopefully July will be great too :)

    1. Thanks, Lea! June was great, except for being sick. I can't believe it's already July. I hope you are enjoying your summer and thanks for stopping by!

  2. YAY! I'm so glad you loved The Falconer Christina, I just adored that one. And I highly recommend all of Cora Carmack's books, I think she writes really great characters with stories that are low on the type of drama that drives me crazy in NA. I hope you give Losing It/Faking It/Finding It a try!

    1. I will have to check out that series….I enjoyed her writing style in All Lined Up. Thanks for the recommendations and for dropping by, Jenny!

  3. Sorry to hear you haven't been well, Christina! I'm glad you're on the mend now though and can enjoy your summer! Can't wait to see what you think of Nantucket Sisters - that one is on my wish list!

    1. Thanks, Leanna! I am hoping to feel better each day, but from what I hear, this kind of illness takes time to recover. I hate being sick in the summertime. I will let you know about Nantucket Sisters…so far so good! Thanks for visiting!

  4. I hope you are feeling better Christina! I hate bugs. One of the few things I don't like about summer is the abundance of bugs, especially the ones that bite and sting :(

    I loved The Winner's Curse and I am looking forward to reading Brazen. I will have to check out the Cora Carmack book too. I tried reading one of her other ones (Losing It) and I didn't care for it but this one sounds like something I'd find interesting even though I don't watch Friday Night Lights.

    I kind of hope the summer slows down a little too. I am not ready for August or fall.

  5. Great month overall, Christina. The Winner's Curse was such a great read for me as well, so I'm glad you loved it.

    Have a great July!


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