June was a bit of a hectic month for me which culminated in my taking an official hiatus starting on June 10th. I was house hunting on a deadline and the stress that accompanied that was enough that I had to set aside my reading and blogging for a time.
The good news is that we did find a house that we will be able to move into before our lease is up so that is very exciting! It is lovely house with a nice yard for our dog and I’ll be able to have my own office/library which is amazing. I can’t wait. Hopefully that will mean getting more writing done. Fingers crossed.
That being said, I don’t have much of a wrap up for the month but I do have a book haul! The month of June included my seventh wedding anniversary and my husband found my Amazon book wish list that I had posted to Twitter at some point and Went. To. Town.
Look at these two youngins getting married heading on a decade ago. So sweet. So innocent. So few grey hairs. This lovely photo was taken along a perfect beach in Connecticut on our wedding day, not long after he had left boot camp and been stationed in New England. Only my parents and the priest were in attendance but it stands out as one of my happiest memories.
Let me tell you a little story. On our anniversary it was nearly 4pm and my husband had not so much had mentioned it. Granted, he had been at work all day but we had texted back and forth and I was getting a little bitter about it. I was ready to call the whole day a wash, make dinner, give the kid a bath, and go to bed.
Lo and behold, this man comes in the door just after 4 carrying two huge bags of books from Barnes and Noble. I wish I had taken a picture because it was really pretty awesome. The fact that he thought of it, hunted up my wish list, and took the time to stop at the book store made my heart swell. He had even asked a bookseller for help picking me out another book based on my interests!
I would have been happy with a peck on the cheek and a quick, “Happy Anniversary,” but instead this man had let me stew all day (on purpose) to give me a surprise. It was sweet and had me smiling the rest of the day.
I had read these three books back in 2017 and absolutely adored the series. However, I had borrowed them from the library instead of purchasing at the time and very much wanted them sitting in my home on my shelves. Now they will be and I’m almost finished rereading them as well! Love this series just as much the second time through as I did the first. I actually enjoyed the first book more than second time around.
The two Rothfuss books were the ones not on my wishlist but he and the bookseller chose them for me. It was really a very sweet thing. I had no idea how huge those were! Sitting on my bookshelf they look larger than anything else there, outside of Priory of the Orange Tree and the Game of Thrones books. I haven’t read Rothfuss but I know he is a well loved author so I look forward to giving these a try.
To round off the list, he purchased two books that I absolutely adore. Previously I only owned the audio of Invictus and I badly wanted a physical copy but couldn’t talk myself into buying a book I had already read. Now I can actually read the hard copy of a book that I am head over heels for. I’ve listened to the audio probably four times. Great book. He also brought home A Gathering of Shadows which rounds out my VE Schwab Shades collection! I had read this trilogy when I first started Literary Weaponry and, of course, loved them! However, I had picked up the second one from the library and never had my own copy. Now I have all three of these lovely books nestled onto my shelf and I love it.
But wait, there’s more!
On top of all of these lovely physical copies the darling man also preordered books from my wish list! I was absolutely flabbergasted when he showed me because, folks, there’s a lot.
- Rage (Stormheart #2) by Cora Carmack (August 27)
- Soul of Stars (Heart of Iron #2) by Ashley Poston (July 23)
- Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air #3) by Holly Black (November 19)
- The Guinevere Deception (Camelot Rising #1) by Kiersten White (November 5)
- The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern (November 5)
- Supernova (Renegades #3) by Marissa Meyer (November 5)
- Capturing the Devil (Stalking Jack the Ripper #4) by Kerri Maniscalco (September 10)
- The Girl the Sea Gave Back (Sky in the Deep #1) by Adrienne Young (September 3)
- Gideon the Ninth (The Ninth House #1) by Tamsyn Muir (September 10)
- Scavenge the Stars (Scavenge the Stars #1) by Tara Sim (January 7, 2020)
- House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J Maas (January 28, 2020)
- Dark Age (Red Rising Saga #5) by Pierce Brown (July 30)
- The Beautiful (The Beautiful #1) by Renee Ahdieh (October 8)
The spouse absolutely went above and beyond and I can’t wait to receive each of these little parcels through next January. I already need another bookshelf just to have somewhere to put all of them!
I hope throughout July I can be more active here but I will be participating in this month’s Camp NaNoWriMo as well as packing a house to move so it will likely be a little sporadic. Be that as it may, I hope you all are doing well and happy reading!