June 2021 Wrap Up

I’ve got to be honest, I didn’t get a lot of reading done this month. In my planner I’ve got written down that I started a couple of books, but I didn’t finish a lot.

This post is going to be short and to the point, since I really only have about 3 things to say. So, here it is:


Obligatory pictures of Yzma:


Or, check out my BookStagram account @PhantomOfTheLibrary1995 (which I will definitely be posting to as soon as I finish this dang move):

Yzma with Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco


Without further ado, here are my reading stats for June 2021:

**For reference: Physical books, eBooks, AudioBooks, Kindle Unlimited, and Library Books**


Total books completed: 2 (I told you there weren’t a lot…)

Total pages read: this is a complete mystery to me as I read an eBook whose physical copy I’m sure the length of. Sorry, no totals this month

Average rating: 3.75 (of an incredibly small sample pool so it doesn’t really count)

Completed Books:

  1. Everyday Magic by Charlie Laidlaw (Goodreads)[4 stars] I’m not sure how many pages
  2. Raising Chaos by Elizabeth Corrigan (Earthbound Angels, Book 2)[3.5 stars] 270 pages
  3. That’s truly it. My reading just fell off completely this month.


Review Posts:

  1. Everyday Magic by Charlie Laidlaw


Spotlight Posts:

  1. Come Midnight by Kat Martin


Wrap Up:

Everyday Magic by Charlie Laidlaw:

Carole Gunn leads an unfulfilled life and knows it.  She’s married to someone who may, or may not, be in New York on business and, to make things worse, the family’s deaf cat has been run over by an electric car.

But something has been changing in Carole’s mind.  She’s decided to revisit places that hold special significance for her.  She wants to better understand herself, and whether the person she is now is simply an older version of the person she once was.

 Instead, she’s taken on an unlikely journey to confront her past, present and future.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Something I heard about Laidlaw’s writing was his ability to take the everyday and make it extraordinary. From this read alone, I can certainly tell that this is true. Need a little bit of magic in your normal life? Need to find a moment that can make you laugh? You can find that here.

In my review I mention that I’d be tempted to do this if my life wasn’t still centered around where I grew up. That’s still true. Sure I love wandering the streets that I grew up on and being close to my family. But sometimes is sounds nice having a place to miss. Maybe one day I’ll have moved far enough away that I’ll get to go on a journey like the one Carole went through.


Raising Chaos by Elizabeth Corrigan:

The daily life of a chaos demon is delightfully sinful—overindulging in Sri Lankan delicacies, trespassing on private beaches in Hawaii, and getting soused at the best angel bar on the planet. But when Bedlam learns that the archdemon Azrael has escaped from the Abyss in order to wreak vengeance against the person who sent her there—Bedlam’s best friend, Khet—he can’t sit idly by.

Only one relic possesses the power to kill Khet, who suffers immortality at Lucifer’s request: the mythical Spear of Destiny, which pierced Christ’s side at His crucifixion. Neither angel nor demon has seen the Spear in two thousand years, but Azrael claims to know its location. Bedlam has no choice but to interpret woefully outdated clues and race her to its ancient resting place.

His quest is made nearly impossible by the interference of a persnickety archivist, Keziel—his angelic ex—and a dedicated cult intent on keeping the Spear out of the wrong hands. But to Bedlam, “wrong” is just an arbitrary word, and there’s no way he’s letting Khet die without a fight.

I adore this story, there’s no hiding it. The characters in this world, the fallen angel trope, the idea of an angel trying to be good and failing (and not understanding why). Khet and Bedlam might seem like unlikely friends, but they work. Khet’s life might seem like she’s barely holding it together, but she’s doing better than almost anyone in the world would be able to do in her position.

It’s true that I’ve read further than this in the series (I’ve read all the way to book 3.5 and reviews are coming), and I’ve loved every second in this world. I still can’t wait to read more in it. Corrigan’s writing speaks to me, as do her characters. She’s got a way of bringing her characters to life, of making me want to learn what makes them tick and see what obstacles they’ll manage to overcome.


And that, my dear reader, is all I have to share about my reading in the month of June. Pretty sad, I know. Thankfully (I think?), I hadn’t posted my May wrap up until last Friday. That made it possible to postpone this post until it became a “bonus” post on a Tuesday. And truly, this isn’t a long enough post to warrant a Friday posting.

That brings me to my final goodbye of the day. Have a wonderful Tuesday and may your reading be more fruitful than the whole month of June seemed to be for me.

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