June 2018 Wrap-Up

So today is supposed to be a Diversity Spotlight Thursday post day (say that five times), but it’s been a stupefyingly busy week, what with Canada Day weekend and work stuff, which led to me completely losing track of time.

Confession time: I write the majority of my posts the day before they’re to be published, sometimes just hours before (*cough* like this one). So if I just happen to forget that tomorrow is a Wednesday and not a Monday or a Tuesday, then my entire weekly “schedule” is going to be out of wack–which is exactly what happened. This past week I was living in my own universe where I had my own days of the week and 5 PM was a perfectly fine bedtime, so things have been just a tad discombobulating.

So don’t do what I do, kids. Plan your week. It’ll save you heaps of future agony.

Right, enough of my mess of a brain. Onto today’s post! June was a slumpy month but I did somehow manage to knock off 9 books:


Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe by Preston Norton: (9.0/10)
A speculative-contemporary YA that came out of nowhere and blew me away. Heartwarming and hilarious, it’s a story about overcoming grief and finding your footing in a confusing, often-times hostile, world. I called it a “love letter to life and humanity” in my review and I can’t reiterate that enough. Review here.

The Book of M by Peng Shepherd: (8.5/10)
A post-apocalyptic fantasy story that sketches out a world where people are losing their shadows, and with the loss of their shadows, they also lose their memories. It’s poignant, magical, and the worldbuilding is unlike anything I’ve ever seen in a post-apocalypse story. I’ll never look at my shadow the same way ever again. Review here.

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse: (7.0/10)
A fun urban fantasy also set in a post-apocalyptic world, but with worldbuilding that revolves around Native American lore. I loved the main character but had issues with the villain and the plotting. Review here.

Annex by Rich Larson:
This book was not at all what I was expecting, but it turned out to be pretty enjoyable in the end. Think Independence Day but featuring children and trans rep. Review to come.

➽  A Light Amongst Shadows by Kelly York and Rowan Altwood: (7.5/10)
A historical paranormal story set in an all-boy’s school where the teachers harbour secrets and spirits of dead students walk the halls at night. It’s wonderfully atmospheric and creepy and the romance between the two main characters was rather quite sweet.

➽  Curved Horizon by Taylor Brooke: (8.0/10)
Sequel to Brooke’s Fortitude Smashed, Curved Horizon is a F/F scifi that’s got some of best portrayals of mental illness I’ve read in a romance novel. It’s angsty, it’s sweet, and while the scifi aspect gets pushed back in favour of character interactions, I can’t complain because the latter is done so well.


➽  Daughter of Mystery by Heather Rose Jones: (8.0/10)
A F/F historical fantasy story filled with court intrigue, mysteries, and complex worldbuilding. It’s like a Jane Austen story but more queer and fantastical–highly enjoyable stuff.

➽  Death of a Clone by Alex Thomson: (6.5/10)
An Agatha Christie-esque whodunit set in space featuring clones. It’s nothing mindblowing and is somewhat lacking in the worldbuilding and character department, but it’s not a half-bad mystery and I quite liked the narrative voice. Review here.

➽  The Wonderling by Mira Bartok: (5.0/10)
A middle-grade book about a young humanoid fox who escapes an orphanage to discover the world beyond. The illustrations are lovely but I found the main character very passive and two-dimensional. Also, there are scenes of young animals getting beaten by the headmistress of the orphanage, which was distressing even to me, so I’m not sure how appropriate it is for children.


Books You Want to Read Before the End of the Year
LGBTQ+ Books (Sans Cis M/M Relationships)
Summer Reads


Royalty 👑
Pirates ☠️
Historical Fiction


Interview with K.D. Edwards, Author of The Last Sun, Plus an Infomercial


The Mystery Blogger Award


Discworld Readathon 🐢🧙‍♀️✨

A reminder that Nicole and I are starting our Discworld Readathon THIS MONTH with The Colour of Magic! For those who are joining in, reviews are to be posted on July 23rd. For those who wish to join in, leave a comment below and we’ll add you to our list! (And by “we” I mean Nicole, because as I’ve heartily explained above, I shouldn’t be trusted with keeping track of anything more taxing than which socks I’ll be wearing the next morning.)


Happy reading! And feel free to tell me how your month went!

42 thoughts on “June 2018 Wrap-Up

  1. Tammy says:

    That’s funny, I also had a weird week. We had Independence Day here in the US yesterday and today feels like Monday! So I should be pleasantly surprised when Saturday rolls around😁 I’m reading Annex soon, and I’ll look forward to your review.


  2. Vera says:

    Thanks for the reminder, I forgot it’s in July and I still have time to finish this book now before 23rd July. 🙂 Looking forward to our Readathlon. 🙂

    The Book of M sounds super interesting, I will have to check it out.

    Looks like June was a good month reading-wise for you. 🙂 Happy reading.


  3. jennifertarheelreader says:

    What a month, Kathy! That is a lot to accomplish! I have been a pantser with my blog lately..a little behind on reviews. I had abandoned my calendar which I do sometimes. Never good! 😊 I see even more books here to add to my wishlist.

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  4. Sofia @ BookishWanderess says:

    I haven’t heard about so many of these books before, but I’m so excited to have new books to add to my tbr. I’m especially interested in Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe, The Book of M and A Light Amongst Shadow. They all sound so intriguing.

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  5. A Storm Of Pages says:

    So many books I’ve never heard about before! This is what I like more about discovering the bookblogs – people seem to be reading and talking about different books than on BookTube!

    Ah, thanks for that mention of the Discworld Readathon, definitely joining in but I hadn’t seen (or remembered) that review date – noted!

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    • Kathy @Pages Below the Vaulted Sky says:

      Interesting–I think I’ve watched maybe two BookTube videos in my life, so I had no idea they discuss different things from book bloggers. I just assumed YA books are always the most popular for both!

      And no problem! Nicole will be sending out the list of participants and the review date in about a week, so you’ll get another reminder then. 🙂


  6. sjhigbee says:

    Blimey – if that’s what you get through in a slumpy month – I’m boggled to see what you do in a full-on-let’s-go-for-it month! Thank you for the roundup and sharing what you read – you clearly are in the habit of choosing quirky, enjoyable reads, which also happens to mirror my reading tastes, too! I hope July is less slumpy and I look forward to checking out your upcoming reviews:).

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  7. PerfectlyTolerable says:

    I very rarely write my posts in advance. And today is the most Mondayest Thursday ever! (We had yesterday off for 4th of July) So I am all discombobulated with my days too! It sounds like you had a great month 😀


  8. elnadesbookchat says:

    I know what you mean about losing track of what day it is. This always happens to me in the summer when I’m not working. I’m constantly thinking it is Saturday or Sunday/ Some good books on your list. I requested Trail of Lightning on NetGalley but never got it, I was so bummed, Glad you liked it, makes me look forward to reading it soon.

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  9. waytoofantasy says:

    Great month! I usually try to write posts on the weekends and schedule ahead but I’ve been so busy I’ve fallen behind so I totally feel ya on last minute posting, haha. 🙂


  10. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum says:

    I should be finishing Trail of Lightning today. I totally get where you’re coming from with regards to your thoughts on the villain. I’m in the last quarter of the book and some of it was a bit out-of-left-field random, but at the same time also predictable. Still trying to figure out how I feel about it!


  11. Shealea says:

    What a great month, and an equally wonderful wrap-up post! I’m so happy to see a lot of diversity-related posts here. Will definitely check them out!

    I can’t believe I just encountered your blog now??? I mean, where has this heap of loveliness and wonder been all my blogging life???

    Anyway, hope July is even better for you!

    (P.S. I, too, write/finish my posts a day or hours before they’re to be published. Planning??? What??? Is??? That??? Sorcery???)

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    • Kathy @Pages Below the Vaulted Sky says:

      OMG you just made my night, Shealea! ❤️❤️ Thank you for the lovely words!! AHHH

      And I’m making peace with the fact that I’m probably NEVER going to be one of those bloggers who have weeks of content prepared beforehand. XD

      Cheers and here’s to an awesome July for both of us!

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      • Shealea says:

        Aww, I am glad! Your blog is seriously spectacular, and I look forward to more bookish (and non-bookish!) conversations with you.

        AND I HEAR YOU! Whenever I have a post that’s like scheduled in 2 days, that’s the closest thing I’ll ever have as an accomplishment, tbh.


  12. Justine says:

    Omg your slumpy month is my proud-of-myself month so it seems like you still had an amazing reading month to me! Tbh, I write the majority of my posts the night before or even before work so you’re not alone. Except for reviews. Reviews still freak me out a bit. 😅 I’m still really curious about The Book of M and Curved Horizon!

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      • Justine says:

        Thanks!! I know what you mean! You have no book to use as a crutch and everything is just your opinion on some topic you decide to write about. Scary! I think blogging is just anxiety inducing in general, but it’s pretty rewarding, too lol..!


  13. Susy's Cozy World says:

    It happens to me a lot, too, to live in my own world and often I don’t know which they of the week is, I follow my persona ìl time schedule that often is not the one all the others follow!
    Anyway… you did great this month, you read a lot of interesting books!!! ❤

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