Reading Round-Up: June 2018

Reading Round-Up is an end of the month recap of my reading life, including books read, reading stats, and reading challenge updates! It’s just an easy way for me to track my reading life!

One month of summer down, one more to go. Honestly, I worked a lot in June. Between conferencing and finishing up work in the library and being on the leadership team, there weren’t many week days this month that I didn’t work. But I spent a weekend in Chattanooga and a weekend in New Orleans, so I did have some fun too. And I did get a fair amount of reading done, so it has still been successful.

The Books

Total Books Read in June: 14 Books!


  • The City on the Other Side by Mairghread Scott, Illustrated by Robin Robinson
  • Monday’s Not Here by Tiffany Jackson (audiobook)
  • Fresh Romance Volume 1 edited by Sarah Kuhn (read my review here)
  • Misfit City Volume 1 by Kirsten Smith, Illustrated by Kurt Lustgarten
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (audiobook) (read my review here)
  • Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig (read my review here.)
  • Giant Days Volume 1 by John Allison, Illustrated by Lissa Treiman (reread)
  • Giant Days Volume 2 by John Allison, Illustrated by Lissa Treiman (reread)
  • Giant Days Volume 3 by John Allison, Illustrated by Max Sarin (reread)
  • Giant Days Volume 4 by John Allison, Illustrated by Max Sarin (reread)
  • Giant Days Volume 5 by John Allison, Illustrated by Max Sarin
  • Giant Days Volume 6 by John Allison, Illustrated by Max Sarin
  • Giant Days Volume 7 by John Allison, Illustrated by Liz Fleming
  • It’s Not Like It’s A Secret by Misa Sugiura (audiobook)

Favorite of the Month:


These are both so very great! 🙂

Reading by the Numbers (This Month):

Diverse Authors: 5 / 14
Diverse Characters: 13 / 14
POC: 11 / 14
LGBTQ+: 11 / 14
Mental Health/Disability:   0/ 14 Mental Health ,  1/ 14 Disability

Total Reading Percentages For The Year: 

Well, it is officially half way through year, so let’s look at my numbers.

Diverse Authors: 49.5 % POC/LGBTQ+ (Goal: 50%)
Diverse Characters:  78.3 %
POC:  64.7 %
LGBTQ+: 41.2  %
Mental Health/Disability:  8.7 % / 4.3 %

I am not sad about these numbers overall, though I do know I need to focus a little bit more on mental health and disabilities in the second half of the year.

The Posts

Book Talks:

Other Posts:

Book Talk Round-Up:

These are some quick reviews for the books I read in June but didn’t write a full post for. Enjoy!

Reading Round-Up: June 2018 The City on the Other Side by Mairghread Scott.Illustrated by Robin Robinson.
Published by First Second on April 24, 2018. Hardcover: 224 pages.
Source: Library
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Historical Fantasy

When a wealthy and sheltered young girl stumbles into a pitched war between two fairy kingdoms, the fate of San Francisco itself hangs in the balance!

The first decade of the twentieth century is coming to a close, and San Francisco is still recovering from the great earthquake of 1906. Isabel watched the destruction safely from her window, sheltered within her high-society world.

Isabel isn't the kind of girl who goes on adventures. But that all changes when she stumbles through the invisible barrier that separates the human world from the fairy world. She quickly finds herself caught up in an age-old war and fighting on the side of the Seelie — the good fairies.

A faerie war, a magic necklace, and a lonely girl. A cute story with a Latinx girl trying to save the world. And a Mushroom. The art is beautiful and vibrant, and the story is fun and fantastical and teaches readers about a major historical catastrophe in a very unique way. I really appreaciated the world-building–I felt completely immersed in the faerie world. This is a perfect addition to any middle school library where graphic novels are popular!

Reading Round-Up: June 2018 Misfit City Vol. 1 (Misfit City #1). by Kirsten Smith.Illustrated by Kurt Lustgarten.
Published by BOOM! Box on December 19, 2017. Paperback: 112 pages.
Source: Library
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Comics & Graphic Novels

Nothing’s happened in Wilder’s hometown since they filmed that cult kids’ adventure movie there in the 80s...Until one day, she and her friends come upon a centuries-old pirate map!

Smothered by her backwater hometown and frustrated by its 1980s cult-movie fame (The Gloomies...have you seen it? It’s a real classic, y’know.), Wilder is pretty sure she’s seen everything Cannon Cove has to offer. She’s desperate to get away from home as soon as she can, and move on to bigger, better, and less annoying things…even if that might mean leaving her best friends behind.

But when Wilder discovers a centuries-old pirate map, she may find out that REAL adventure was in their tiny town all along...and they need each other to get to the bottom of it! It’s a rip-roaring adventure written by award-winning screenwriter Kiwi Smith (10 Things I Hate About You, Legally Blonde) and Kurt Lustgarten, and illustrated by Naomi Franquiz.

Well wasn’t that just fun! Treasure maps and badass lady pirates and a band of misfits causing shenanigans around town? YUP! Misfit City will appeal to any reader who loves a good time (or who just loves the Goonies!) I am putting Volume 2 on hold immediately.

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