Saturday, July 2, 2022

June 2022 Wrap-Up + Haul

Another month of 2022 gone, bringing us right to halfway through the year! I cannot believe we're already halfway. It seems like this year has flown by so far and June was gone in a blink of an eye. I was on-and-off busy this month and was fully engaged with some different TV shows, so I didn't get around to reading much. I only read two books this month, but I did love both of them. I also started another and got over 400 pages in, but didn't finish it until the first of July so I'm not able to count it here. Anyway, I'm also combining my book haul for June in this post as I read so little, so let's just dive right in! 

Title: Serpent & Dove
Author: Shelby Mahurin
Rating: 5 // 5 stars

Title: Foul Lady Fortune 
Author: Chloe Gong
Rating: 4.5 // 5 stars

I definitely hauled way more books than I read this month. I hauled twelve physical books and I'm excited about all of them. To be fair, four of these were ones I ordered months ago and finally came. The rest...I have no excuses. I just wanted them. Let's just dive in! 

The first book I got this month was One For My Enemy by Olivie Blake. I had just been scrolling around on TikTok one day and stumbled across a video about this. It's one of Olivie Blake's backlist titles (she wrote the much loved The Atlas Six that was originally self-published but has been traditionally published now). I was just very intrigued by this one and impulse bought it. I'm so glad I did as less than a week later it was announced this was another title being traditionally published and was then no longer available for purchase. So I swooped in and got that self-pupped edition before it was too late, wooo! 

The next books I got were from the Fairyloot Trove restock back in April? May? I think I ordered these in April. I got five books in the restock, though one was a new copy of a book I'd bought secondhand that was damaged so I'm not including it in this haul as I just swapped copies. There was some issues with queuing and website crashing but I somehow managed to get everything I wanted and more. 

The first book I got from this restock was Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim. This was my main goal for this restock and I'm so glad I was able to get it. I order the UK cover for this series and this Fairyloot edition is even more stunning with the slight color changes, artwork, and edges. I also was able to get the second book preorder so I definitely wanted a matching copy. I waited out six months from when I first saw this edition to when it restocked and I'm so glad I got it now instead of paying insane resale prices.

I also picked up Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber. This features an alternate cover, stenciled edges, and various artwork. I have to say, I think I prefer the original UK cover but I do like the rest of the customizations. However, the main reason I got this was because it resells for so high so I knew I should get it now at retail price for if I love this book when I eventually read it. I'm also comfortable with this because I will be able to easily resell it for what I paid or more, so either way I come out on top. 

Then I scored the restock of all restocks: Kingdom of the Wicked and Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco. These Fairyloot editions have stenciled edges, custom covers, and gorgeous artwork. I originally didn't get the box KOTW came in and, because I didn't want to pay insane amounts for the first book, I didn't get KOTC when it went on sale. However, when they announced these were being restocked, I was like...hmmmm. I put it on my list to get but only if I was able to get Six Crimson Cranes first. Somehow I lucked out and it was still in stock when I got in, so now I own these gorgeous editions. And I snagged the third book's preorder after this restock so I'll have the full set, which is insanely lucky. 

Then I picked up Masters of Death by Olivie Blake. This was announced, along with One For My Enemy, that it was being traditionally published. The moment I saw that announcement I raced online to see if I could still get a copy...and I could! I ordered it that moment and it arrived a couple days later and I'm quite happy. I've really lucked out on the timing with Olivie's books going out of print and I'm hoping to slowly get the rest before they potentially go out of print too. 

Up next is the hardcover of The War of Two Queens by Jennifer L. Armentrout. The book actually came out a few months ago but the hardcover wasn't released until recently. I actually think I got this in May but I forgot to include it in my haul and I forgot to even catalogue it in my book collection spreadsheet. I wasn't originally going to get the hardcover so fast but they printed it with special embossing, artwork, etc and I knew I'd want that. I'm hoping that they continue this with the rest of the books and maybe go back to the previous books so they're all uniform. 

Then I got my June Fairyloot box (unboxing soon!) so spoilers if you haven't gotten it yet and don't want to know. This month there were two books and I'm excited about both of them. The first is Twin Crowns by Catherine Doyle and Katherine Webber. This was a bonus paperback this month and I'm so glad it was included. I originally was going to get the Waterstones edition but when this was announced I held off, hoping for a beautiful edition. Luckily, it's stunning. There's an alternate cover, stenciled edges, and is digitally signed. I probably won't read this edition, though, as it's quite a stiff paperback and I don't want to ruin it. However, I am looking forward to this book so much.

The main book of the June box was This Vicious Grace by Emily Thiede. This edition has a custom cover, stenciled edges, art on the endpages, embossing on the cover, and is signed. I will say, this edition is quite yellow. I do prefer the original UK cover, but I also like that I will be able to have a very colorful bookshelf with all the colorful books Fairyloot has been doing. I actually haven't heard much about this book but I'm hopeful it'll be great.

Then I picked up It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey because it was on sale by more than 50% off. I've heard great things about this and recently it was announced it's being adapted for screen. I have to say, I'm not happy with this edition. The ISBN and publisher match the USA edition. And it is that edition, but printed in the UK. So it's very stiff and will not match my other Tessa Bailey books. I'm a bit upset as I hate how stiff this is but I've decided I will read it before attempting to get the actual US edition printed in the US to make sure I like the book itself. 

Up next I grabbed Foxy Tales by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti. This is a collection of bonus content (mainly from the Zodiac Academy series) that was published as a fundraiser for charity. It was only offered in print for the month of June. I haven't yet read the series (I'm waiting for the last book to release in December before I start it) but I knew that if I like the series I'll want this collection of bonus content. And if I don't like the series, I'm sure there will be a series lover who missed out on it and will want it.

The last book I got in June was City of Gods and Monsters by Kayla Edwards. I first heard of this book on TikTok and immediately put it on my wishlist. I ended up getting the ebook, but as the weeks progressed I started to want the physical copy more and more. At the end of the month I ended up just impulse buying it after it had sat in my cart for ages because I wanted to read it and annotate it as I did. I actually have also already finished it and it is, for sure, my favorite book of 2022 so far. I absolutely loved it (though I finished it the first day of July, aka the day I'm writing this, so I can't include it in my June wrap-up. It's an urban romance-fantasy and it was just everything I wanted and more. I cannot recommend it highly enough. 

Well, those are the twelve books I got in June. Did you see any that looked interesting to you? Did you see any favorites? I cannot wait to dive into the ones I haven't read yet! 

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