Monthly Rewind June 2013 — Best in Books, Music, My Latest Obsessions & More!

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June In One Word



5 Things That Happened In June:

1. I came home from BEA — SUCH a good time with my ladies! Did you read my BEA recap & haul post?
2. Went on our first beach day trip of the year! And it was Genevieve’s first beach trip! She’s been to a bay before when she was 6 months but omg she LOVED the beach!
3. After 10 FREAKING YEARS OF WAITING, I got to see The Postal Service (omg I almost sobbed when Jenny Lewis came on stage) in concert with Ra Ra Riot! Such a great date night and SO MUCH NOSTALGIA.
4. We’ve had many, many pool days! I love this apartment!
5. My baby sister graduated from college so we journeyed up for the ceremony and then again for her grad party two weeks later! SHE IS ALL GROWN UP!

6 Songs That Were Most Popular On My Ipod This Month:

I put all my Monthly Rewinds In a Spotify playlist so you can listen to them here now !


1. Nothing Better by The Postal Service (definitely listened to LOTS  of The Postal Service  this month before & after  the concert)

2. Portions for Foxes by Rilo Kiley — definitely a throwback kind of month because of the concert!

3. Pioneers by The Lighthouse and the Whaler

4. Walking On A Pretty Day by Kurt Vile

5. Small Hands by Keaton Henson

6. What You Wanna Do by Infantree

Top 2 Books I Read This Month:

1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
2. The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler (review to come!)

Most Popular Review This Month

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My Save the Date for Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell was the most popular but I figured I’d go with an  ACTUAL review and that was Speechless by Hannah Harrington

Most Popular 5 Blog Posts Overall This Month

1. I Just Have To Shake My Head Sometimes: You guys ranted right along with me!!
2. Top Ten Books I’ve Read in 2013 So Far: I’ve had some darn good reads!
3.My Reflections on 3 years of Blogging: Love you guys and your kind words!
4. Top Ten Books Featuring Travel In Some Way: This one was fun!
5. Top Ten Books on my Summer 2013 Book To Read List: So many good reads!


3 New Obsessions In June

1. Duolingo: It’s a website and an app to learn new languages in a fun way. I JUST started using it so I can’t comment on the results but it’s fun!
2. Scandal!! This show is AWESOME.
3. Shock Top Raspberry Wheat Ale: I’m not really a beer drinker but I’ve been learning to enjoy it and this one was SO GOOD.

2 Things I’m Looking Forward To In July

1. Our family vacation to Maryland!
2. A day beach trip with some blogger friends!

Favorite Quote From A Book I Read In June

“I walk to my car without looking back, and as I drive away, I’m hit with a sudden wave of sadness. But it’s a distant kind of sad – like when you look at your Barbies and realize you don’t want to play with them anymore, because you’re growing up and you’ve moved on, and in your heart you know it’s time to make room for other things.”  –Speechless by Hannah Harrington

2 Most Anticipated Reads For August

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I am very happy to have gotten Just Like Fate at BEA and Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock on Netgalley so I plan to be getting to those both soon!

What sort of things were noteworthy for you in June? New obsessions? Any new song recs?? Best books you read this month? Great posts I missed on your blog? Tell me! 🙂




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About Jamie

Jamie is a 32 year old married lady (with a new baby!!) who is in denial that she's actually that old to be a married lady and a mom. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, belting out Hamilton (loud and offkey) and having adventures with her husband, daughter and rescue dog.


  1. Excellent June rewind! Love your obsessions. I travelled a lot and actually planted 2 rose bushes — and they are still alive!

  2. June sounds like it was a pretty great month for you, but I HAVE to comment on how you use Duolingo! I saw that and I can’t control my laughter, not in a mean way – but my Spanish teacher this last year (my senior year) instead of teaching us had us go on Duolingo! It didn’t really work out for me, but I hope you get a use out of it! (:

  3. I really liked Speechless, so I’m glad that it happens to be one of your most-viewed reviews. So good to see you, even just briefly, at BEA! And good luck with everything coming up this June 🙂

  4. Yay for a good month, Jamie! We got a lot of rain this month so I didn’t get AS many pool days as I wanted, but I had a few, which was soooo nice. I love soaking up the sun. Vitamin D! Tan! I’m not AS ghostly pale as I was in the winter, so that’s a good thing. Heh.

    I am so super glad you enjoyed Speechless. It really moved me, just like Saving June did. <3

    Molli | Once Upon a Prologue

  5. Best book I read was “Golden” by: Jessi Kirby. So good.
    And I turned 21 this month (five days ago)!
    Also Hanson’s new CD came out on the 18th! Definitely check out their song “Lost Without You”.

  6. Great monthly wrap up. I would love to go to BEA sometime, for now I’ll content myself by watching and looking at other bloggers BEA hauls *sigh*

    I am so jealous that you read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, I am so excited to read it when it comes out!
    Check out my monthly wrap up for June here:

    • I’m doing that with ALA right now but trying to be thankful that I went to BEA! I hope you love Fangirl!!

  7. Well June was my busiest blogging month.Granted I just started this whole thing in April but I find that my reviews are getting longer and longer and more well rounded. I think my best review was Waiting for the Storm by Marie Landry (also one of the best books EVER) I also read two books by Chevy Stevens that I adored and both of those reviews appeared on my blog. I am still working on straddling the line between writing a critical review and writing a ranty one.

    • That’s def such a hard balance between critical and ranty! You will figure it out though… Just like everything else in blogging you will find your stride and it you will know what is fine for you! Good luck! Glad you joined us! 🙂

      • Thanks for the support! This community is beyond awesome.

        But yeah there have been a couple of books that I kinda went all ranty on (but managed to do it without author bashing which I think is the most important thing)

  8. In June, I finished up my summer class and got my first apartment! I also got back into reading again and read the Hex Hall series. Great list!

    • Congrats on your first apartment!! I just got mine when Will and I got married and I felt like it was a nice milestone 🙂

  9. What I wouldn’t give to be reading poolside right now! 🙁

    I’m seriously jealous that you had the opportunity to see The Postal Service live! I’m a huge Jenny Lewis fan and have loved Rilo Kiley, The Postal Service and her solo work for as long as I can remember. I can only imagine what an amazing experience that was!

  10. Ah I want to see Postal Service in concert! Definitely nostalgic for me too! I love that you put your monthly rewinds into a spotify playlist CLEVER.

  11. I love these posts, I always find new music! I’m glad you had a good month, June was pretty good here too but super rainy. I’m hoping we’ll be able to dry out a little in July. My 5-star books from this month were The 5th Wave, Catching Liam, and Dare You To. I absolutely loved The Book of Broken Hearts. I read it last month and was pretty blown away by it. So many tears. So much love. And I can’t wait to read Fangirl, I loved Eleanor & Park (just like everyone else!). Hope you’re July is fantastic! 🙂

  12. Wait, wait, wait. You’re coming to Maryland?! Umm… I know you’re on vacation but if you have any free time to spare, let me know!

  13. cool month!
    My best book of the month was Taking Root in Provence.
    Here is my June wrap-up: