In Which My Book Buying Problem Returns // Monthly Wrap Up: June (Part 1)

June Book Haul

Happy July, beautiful people!

I’m still trying to find my footing with how I want my wrap up posts formatted. For this post I’m going to be splitting them up because I want to talk more about the books I buy and read instead of just listing them all down. I don’t want to make the posts too long for you guys so I figured doing a Haul post and a Books I Read post would be the best option! In the Books I Read post I’ll also go into blog/real life stuff. For the months I don’t buy many books I’ll probably just combine then. I’ve also decided to stop doing weekly wrap up/Stacking the Shelves/Sunday Post posts for the time being.

Anyway! Let’s dive in to the books I bought in June!

Books I Hauled

I still haven’t beat my Birthday Haul month total, but I did buy a total of 12 physical books this month! I did buy a ton of ebooks which is a surprise to no one, but we’d be hear all day if I listed all those so I’m just going to talk about ones I’m most excited for.

For Review

My first physical ARC!!! I’m honestly not too caught up in ARCs, but not even gonna lie receiving this was so exciting.


Breathing Under Water by Sophie Hardcastle

I was lucky enough to recieve this from Hachette Australia and their YA hub Date a Book. It came wrapped in this super pretty blue wrapping paper and it was like I was receiving a birthday or Christmas present 😂 I haven’t read this yet, but it’s an Australian YA Contemporary that’s about two twins. Something goes down and then things change. It’s very vague which I’m excited for. The letter from the publisher says that it explores themes such as: family, grief, rape and drug use. I’ve heard mixed things, but I’m still really excited to read this. I’m hoping to get to it this month! It’s going to be published July 12.

Perth Trip Haul

So at the start of the month I made a quick over night trip to Perth. I didn’t get a chance to explore too many book stores, but I did pop into New Edition and Elizabeth’s Bookshop super quickly and they were both amazing. When I get more time in Perth, I’ll definitely be exploring them more. I bought all these books from K-Mart and Big W with the exception of one which was my “Blind Date With A Book” book. I honestly had picked about 15 books that I wanted to buy, but I managed to cut it down to these ones here. It was not an easy feat!

The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy The Loneliness of Distant Beings The Night Circus

The Princess, The Scoundrel and The Farm Boy by Alexandra Bracken • The Loneliness of Distant Beings by Kate LingThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

When I found out Alexandra Bracken was writing a Star Wars book I wasn’t that interested because it was before I was a fan. Then I watched The Force Awakens and fell in love and watched the other movies and fell into a Star Wars shaped hole and I still haven’t climbed out. I remembered Alex’s book and I was really excited. I couldn’t find it ANYWHERE for so long, but then there it was! It’s all about Leia, Luke and Han and it’s illustrated which is so cool. I can’t wait to read this because Alex is one of my favourite authors.

To be perfectly honestly The Loneliness of Distant beings was 50% a cover buy. I mean… LOOK AT IT. When I was on Goodreads to link this book I actually found out it wasn’t even on my TBR. Oops? The blurb on the physical copy got me too because it was super poetic and vague. It’s about a girl who’s in space and she meets some guy. I’m worried it’s gonna be instalove-y, but oh well.

I’m so excited to have The Night Circus in my possession! I have heard nothing but wonderful things about it. I love love love magical realism and this sounds like it’s going to be absolutely incredible.

Hidden Bodies Ashley Bell

Hidden Bodies (You #2) by Caroline KepnesAshley Bell (Ashley Bell #1) by Dean Koontz

Can we appreciate how beautiful these covers are? I have heard a lot of mixed reviews for Hidden Bodies. I know a lot of people who adored You (which is one of the most creepy and amazingly psychological books I’ve ever read) weren’t a fan of it. I’m the type of person who needs to see for myself though so I picked this up.

I’ve never read a Dean Koontz book and I’ve heard people either love him or hate him, but I just couldn’t resist the cover for Ashley Bell. The story sounds incredibly interesting too. It’s about a woman who has a year to live, but ends up surviving. Another woman convinces her that she lived so she could save a girl named Ashley Bell and it’s all about her trying to find her.

What We Saw Fangirl The Drowning of Arthur Braxton

What We Saw by Aaron HartzlerFangirl by Rainbow RowellThe Drowning of Arhtur Braxton by Caroline Smailes

I was so excited when I saw that Big W had a copy of What We Saw. I know this will be a hard read since it’s about rape and rape culture and is based on an actual real life case. Everyone has said that it’s extremely important though so in that sense I can’t wait to read it. Not sure how I feel about this cover, but eh. What can you do?

I’m sure some of you will be super pleased that I picked up Fangirl, haha. I’ve never read a Rainbow Rowell book despite having Eleanor & Park on my shelf for a couple of years. I figured this would be a good place to start and I’m not sure why I haven’t read this yet because I feel like I’ll be able to relate really well to Cath. This was the fanart edition too which is cool.

The Drowning of Arthur Braxton was the book I got when I purchased my “Blind Date With A Book” book from Elizabeth’s Bookshop. I made an entire post about my experience! It’s an urban fairy tale that has magical realism elements. It’s about a boy who hides out in an abandoned building and then one day he finds a naked woman swimming in the pool and nothing will ever be the same, apparently. Again, it sounds all kinds of vague and intriguing. Vague summaries = My weakness.

Angus & Robertson Haul

Angus & Robertson is my favourite online bookstore. The prices are all really reasonable for an Australian based store. I have to wait a week max which is great for my impatience. This sounds like a sponsor, which HAHA! I FRICKEN WISH! That would be amazing.

These Broken Stars The Young Elites Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe A Darker Shade of Magic

These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1) by Marie LueAristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante #1) by Benjamin Alire SáenzA Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1) by V.E. Schwab

I’m really excited to see Amie’s writing in These Broken Stars because of how much I love that other book she wrote. Illuminae or something? I don’t think I’ve really talked about it before 😎 I don’t know how I’ll feel about the romance, but I like the idea of the two main characters being stranded alone on planet and then finding out they’re actually not alone.

I’ve been wanting to read The Young Elites FOREVER. I’m so weak for stories about people with powers. It sounds a bit like The Darkest Minds so fingers crossed I love it as much.

I WILL READ ARI AND DANTE SOON I PROMISEHonestly, I give you all permission to yell aggressively at me if I don’t read this month. I have heard NOTHING but wonderful things about this book.

I finished A Darker Shader of Magic a couple of days ago and it is EVERYTHING. You can kinda see some of the tabs I made in the photo, haha. I hope I can get a review up soon! The characters have quickly become some of my all time favourites.

Anticipated ebooks Haul

The Girls by Emma Cline With Malice by Eileen Cook This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

The Girls is a take on the Manson cult and I’m so fascinated by the psychology behind the dynamics in them. I live for YA thrillers so I’m really excited for With Malice. Victoria is my queen right now and I’ve heard nothing but amazing things already for This Savage Song and all the concept and elements in it.

Non-Bookish Haul

Non Bookish

“Lauren, why the hell do you have a Kylo Ren plushie?”

I also bought a Suicide Squad edition Harley Quinn Funko Pop, an Adventure Time Gunther mug to keep my bookmarks in and a mini Finding Dory Becky figurine. I saw Finding Dory the other day and I cried about 5 times. Becky was incredible so when I saw the figurine in Target I was like YES PLEASE THANK YOU.

So those were all the books I bought this month! I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of them! Feel free to link me to your own Wrap Up or Haul posts so I can drop by.

I hope you all had an amazing June and an even better July xx


51 thoughts on “In Which My Book Buying Problem Returns // Monthly Wrap Up: June (Part 1)

  1. You sure picked up a lot of books. Congrats on getting an ARC from a publisher. I haven’t tried to get one yet, but I have had a few turned down on NetGalley because I needed to improve my rating. I still haven’t read a Rowell or Schwab book. They’re both on my list. I bought ADSOM a while ago and it’s been sitting there on my Kindle. Of course, I keep buying more books so that pushes it further down on the list when it’s no longer visible. Your room must look like a library at this point. All good choices!


    1. Haha, thanks! I’m still really nervous about contacting publishers. This was like an Instagram thing and they were asking if anyone wanted one so I was like “yes please”, haha. There’s one publisher on Netgalley that hates me and denies my request every single time 😂 I know what you mean about buying more books. I defs recommend A Darker Shade of Magic though, it’s amazing!

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      1. I know the feeling. I haven’t even thought about contacting a publisher directly. I’ve only blogged for less than 4 months, and even though it feels so much longer, I doubt that’s enough time for a publisher. I know, right? There’s this one publisher who always says no to me on NetGalley. It must be because of my ratings. I only liked 2/7 books I rated. And I still need to update my status for 2 of them. I better start reading so I can jump on the ADSOM bandwagon. Everyone seems to love that book. I haven’t read a bad review yet.


        1. Ahh, same!! I feel like I’m nowhere near relevant enough to be asking for physical ARCs 😂 I did start writing an email once, but it never left my Drafts 😂 Maybe once I rack up a few more months of blogging I might feel a bit more confident about it.

          At least you were being honest!! Sometimes I don’t know whether to trust certain ‘bigger’ reviewers when they get ARCs because they all seem to say the same thing and it’s like….. is that actually what you thought? Haha.

          Haha, yes!!! I hope you enjoy it when you find time to read it!!


          1. I was thinking the same thing. I’m trying to expand some of my genres and maybe get in at least six months before I bother. I noticed the same thing with bigger bloggers. They always promote a book that is not worth raving over and you’re left wondering why. Did they get paid for it? Did their ARC or free books for their giveaway impact their decision? The same thing happened with The Crown’s Game. Big bloggers were running all kinds of promo and the reviews were beyond terrible, which is a shame because it sounded like it had promise.


  2. Great Haul for June Lauren! I’m so excited that you got The Night Circus, because i’m forever saying I need to finally pick it up. I’ll be on the look out for your review, i’m sure you’ll convince me to finally pick it up!
    That cover as well is beautiful!


      1. I get what you mean! 🙂 Last year I got so excited thinking it was on my reading list for university and it was The Night Circus by Angela Carter. I was like damn it wrong book, god knows why I thought it was this one on my reading list though because the unit was Post War to Present haha!


  3. I love this new wrap up structure! 😊 But I kinda feel like wrap-ups are usually about read books, not hauls, so I was confused for a moment. 😅
    I read Fangirl a few years ago and really liked it at the time, but I feel like I wouldn’t enjoy it that much if I read it now.
    I also really wanna read The Girls! 😃


    1. Thanks! Haha, yeah 🙈 I think I’ll change up the title or something. I’ve just been really used to posting the books I bought weekly so I ‘wrapped up’ at the end of the month and posted them all. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it when you read it! I think it’ll be one I really like! I’m hoping The Girls is as good as it sounds.

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  4. AH! Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is such a beautiful book! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. A Darker Shade of Magic is a lot of fun, though I did find the beginning a little slow. Can’t wait to see what you thought of it!


  5. Congrats on the ARC! I’ve had These Broken Stars on my Kindle for a while now and I’m curious about it as well…though I haven’t read Illuminae.


  6. Woohoo! Getting your first physical ARC is such a great feeling. I hope you enjoy it. Also, The Night Circus is my favorite book ever, so I REALLY can’t wait to see your review of it. Everything else looks fabulous! So much reading to look forward to 😀


  7. Such a great haul! I have no idea how to structure wrap ups, and gave up on them entirely haha. Frankly, the last two months have been horrible in terms of reading for me, so in efforts to not embarrass myself, I’ve given up on wrap ups. But I’m loving this new structure! 🙂


    1. Thanks Fatima 😊 Aww, haha! I’m sure you’ve had very good reasons for not reading much. That’s kinda why I’ve stopped the weekly wrap ups though, haha. I just don’t have enough content or books to justify so I’ll just stick with the monthly ones. That is unless I have a month where I don’t buy or read anything.

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  8. Great haul!! I really like your set up for the post and how you organized everything. I am reading A Darker Shade of Magic this month! I’m so excited to read it and I’m glad to hear you loved it. It made me even more hyped up for it. 😀 I hope you love These Broken Stars!! Illuminae?? I’ve never heard of that book…weird. 😉


    1. Thanks so much! I’m really glad you enjoyed the structure. I wanted to do more than just list a bunch of books and that’s it, so I’m glad it succeeded 😊 Ahh, I’m so excited for you to read ADSOM! I absolutely loved it. I hope you do too!! Haha, yeah Illuminae is pretty under hyped 😉


  9. This is an amazing haul Lauren; the ARC you got is so pretty as well, the wrapping and the cover along makes me want to add it to my to-read list!
    The other I’ve read are brilliant books as well; Fangirl, The Night Circus, Aristotle and Dante, and These Broken Stars are amazing so I really hope you love them all. I do think if you liked Illuminae (which I know you did!) then you’ll enjoy These Broken Stars as well! 🙂
    Also I am so thrilled to hear you loved ADSoM, I really can’t wait to see your review for this book, and I hope you love This Savage Song as well. I just finished it and thought it was brilliant! 😀


    1. Thanks so much, Beth 😊 It was so exciting getting an ARC. I even kept the wrapping paper 😂 Ooh it’s good to hear that about These Broken Stars! I’m so excited for all of them. ADSOM is honestly one of my new favourites. I loved it so much. It’s definitely going to be hard not turning my review into a complete gush fest.

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      1. That’s all right, and I know the feeling, even though I haven’t gotten a physical ARC yet I always get excited when I get approved for eARCs.
        It was literally the series that got my excited for sci-fi books in general, and that introduced me to Amie Kaufman. The only reason I picked up Illuminae was because she was one of the authors!
        I feel like my review was a gush-fest. It’s an amazing series and I am so so glad you loved it, are you going to start the second one soon?


  10. This is a fantastic haul Lauren! I’m so glad you picked up Hidden Bodies, but I hope you enjoy it. Joe is absolutely hilarious in a sardonic kind of way. I’ve heard fantastic things about What We Saw and I’m super happy that you picked up Fangirl (what a gorgeous edition!). These Broken Stars is one of my favourite books and so is Ari and Dante, so I hope you enjoy it! I loved ADSOM too, which I read a few weeks ago. Love the Harley Quinn pop!


  11. The Night Circus and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe were amazing! Really hope you enjoy them. Congratulations on your first arc ☺


  12. So many great hauled books! (And congratulations on your first arc! XD) A Darker Shade of Magic is on my TBR and I cannot wait to get started! It seems so good! That and These Broken Stars as well!

    I have read What We Saw and it’s just so great, it’s heartbreaking and upsetting and plain harsh but people are right and I agree that it’s important. I loved that it wasn’t in the point of view from a person outside of the situation because it’s a whole new insight – it’s a hard book to say that I loved because it’s not traditionally enjoyable but it’s such a well written and great book.

    And Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe! I love that book with all of me and I’m so glad that you’re starting it! This as well is just so fantastic, I freaked it all out when I found out about the sequel!

    Hope you enjoy all your reads!


  13. Ohh I really like the cover for The Loneliness of Distant Beings, so pretty. I’ve heard a lot about Night Circus but I’ve never read it, I really need to pick it up! So many people have loved it.

    Ohh These Broken Stars! How pretty is that cover? I would love hardbacks of all of the Starbound books *One can dream*. I hope you enjoy it! It feels a bit like Titanic at first and the beginning is a bit slow, but once you read more it gets so much better! Push through the beginning if you’re finding it slow. The Young Elites was a miss book for me but only because it was incredibly dark o_o

    This Savage Song sounds so good!! I hope to read it while I’m traveling 😀

    Wow you got so many books this month!

    Jordon @ Simply Adrift


  14. SO MANY GREAT BOOKS ! I just got You the other day and I can’t wait to read it. Also, the cover for The Loneliness of Distant Beings is AMAZING. I might buy it just to look at the pretty cover haha

    Molly @ Molly’s Book Nook


  15. This is such a great haul, thank you for sharing!! 🙂 I have heard tons of great things about The Night Circus as well, I should get to reading it soon…or maybe I’ll wait to hear what you think of it 😀 I really liked Aristotle and Dante, such a great story, I hope you’ll love it! ❤


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