June 2018 Monthly Round-Up

June 2018 Monthly Round-Up


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My June reading started off with a bang…I read three books in a row that made my Best Books of 2018 So Far list! Then, it fell off a cliff with a string of DNFs and one book that I sort of hate-read. But, I think I’ve found my groove again…

I read 7 books this month…a little less than normal. We traveled a lot and were getting adjusted to the summer routine with the kids out of school. I also read a couple longer books, which I used to steer clear of, but I’m glad I’ve gotten over that because I would’ve missed out on some amazing books! I have fallen behind with my Goodreads Challenge goal of 100 books for the year, but I’m not sure I care.




Best-Selling Book (via my affiliate links)

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez – I’m not sure how to explain this one…I really liked it, but I haven’t talked about it on the blog since last year!


  • I shared by Best Books of 2018 So Far list on Tuesday!
  • If you missed it, check out my 2018 Summer Reading List…and stay tuned because I’ll be adding a couple more books to it this month!
  • Personalized Book Recommendations and the Superstars Facebook Group are now available to anyone who supports Sarah’s Book Shelves on Patreon!

June Quality and Recommendation Sources

Reading Quality

June 2018

  • % Successful Books Attempted (includes DNF’s) = 56% (above my 43% success rate from 2017)
  • % Successful Books Finished (does not include DNFs) = 71%

2018 Year-to-Date (through June)

  • % Successful Books Attempted (includes DNF’s) = 56% (above my 43% success rate from 2017)
  • % Successful Books Finished (does not include DNFs) = 83%

Successful Recommendation Sources

If you’re interested in tracking these types of stats, my “Rock Your Reading” Tracker does all the heavy lifting for you! Enter your book details and it automatically compiles everything into Summary Charts in real time! Go here for more details.

July Releases I’m Excited About

Clock Dance by Anne Tyler (July 10)
Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott (July 17)
The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon (July 31)

Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras (July 31)

Most Popular Posts

Posts Actually Published in June
Best Books of 2018 So Far
June 2018 Books to Read (and Skip)
Book of the Month June 2018 Selections: What Book Should You Choose?

Overall Posts
Book Club Recommendations
2018 Summer Reading List
Am I the Only One Who Didn’t Love Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine?

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  1. Baby Teeth wasn’t exactly a loser for me but I didn’t love it the way most people have. I had trouble suspending disbelief at times (when Hana opened the capsules and exchanged the medicine with flour comes to mind).

    Posted 7.3.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Yep! Agreed! My 7 year old wouldn’t have figured that out and I think Hanna was 4 or something?

      Posted 7.19.18 Reply
  2. Ann Marie wrote:

    I can’t believe I missed out on The Great Believers. What was I thinking?? I’m living with regret and will probably just buy it.

    Posted 7.3.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      You haven’t missed out….just buy or borrow it!

      Posted 7.19.18 Reply
  3. June really was a great month. I miss it already! I’m looking forward to Charlotte Walsh. It sounds like a perfect light summer read and those are really working for me right now.

    Thanks for all the shout outs!

    Posted 7.3.18 Reply
  4. I’m also behind on my Goodreads goal because I’ve been reading the Game of Thrones books, and those are all over 1000 pages. I’m glad you read some really good books. Happy July!

    Posted 7.3.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Dang GR goals!! I’m thinking about not setting one next year!

      Posted 7.19.18 Reply
  5. Thanks for mentioning The Book of Unknown Americans. I have a copy on my shelves but never got to it. Perhaps now I will.

    Posted 7.3.18 Reply
  6. sarah wrote:

    do you have to read bear town to appreciate us against you? I’ve read all his other books but when i heard bear town was about a town as a character I was resistant.

    Posted 7.5.18 Reply
  7. Naomi wrote:

    I’m glad to see that Us Against You holds up to Beartown – not that I’ve read Beartown yet, but I like to keep up with these things anyway. 🙂

    Posted 7.5.18 Reply
  8. Beth F wrote:

    Two of your anticipated July books made it to my roundup this week. I know what you mean about travel and reading … I have a ton of 3- and 4-day weekends (starting last week) and juggling work and play is cutting into my reading time. Oh well.

    Posted 7.6.18 Reply
  9. Madeline wrote:

    Loved Us Against You. I find it hard to say, but I think it was better than Beartown. Wonderful characters; great to be back with them.

    My hold on Clock Dance has come up! I’m really looking forward to that.

    Posted 7.7.18 Reply
  10. Catherine wrote:

    Sorry Only Child didn’t wrk for you, but I understand why. Somehow I found telling the story solely from the perspective of the child was what made the book so amazing, but if you didn’t want that it would grate on you.

    Glad to hear Charlotte Walsh is good- thanks for vetting it!

    Posted 7.8.18 Reply

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