Aly & Inge’s Monthly Wrap-Up: June 2016

Posted July 1, 2016 by Inge in Wrap-Ups & Unboxings / 19 Comments


So our very first month on Of Wonderland has come to an end. I honestly think it’s been a smashing month with lots of posts and I hope you’ve enjoyed our space on the Internet so far. We have tons more in store! I’d just like to take this moment to thank you for every visit, like, share, tweet, and comment we’ve gotten. It’s been really nice to return to the blogosphere when we have such lovely people waiting for us on the other end. It means a lot that you’re digging our little spot.

We’re starting a readalong of Julie Eshbaugh’s IVORY AND BONE today, a combination of Pride and Prejudice and prehistoric times! Join us on Twitter where we’ll be discussing the book from July 1-8 in the hashtag #ivoryreadalong.



When We Collided by Emery Lord // ★★★★
The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan // ★★★★★
The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan // ★★★★★
Blood Promise by Richelle Mead // ★★★
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater // ★★★
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank // ★★★★
Wanderlost by Jen Malone // ★★★★
Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne // ★★★★
Class Zero by Y.A. Marks // ★★★★
The Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani & Mindi Scott // ★★★★
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson // ★★★★
Inner Circle by Y.A. Marks // ★★★★
Heaven or This by Topaz Winters // ★★★★★
The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock // ★★
50 Ways to Yay! by Alexi Panos // ★★★
The Island by Olivia Levez // ★
My Demon’s Name Is Ed by Danah Khalil // ★★

I mean, pretty solid reading month, both quality and quantity wise. Nothing below a 3-star rating is pretty rare for me! (EDIT: I wrote that the day before I read The Smell of Other People’s Houses, so clearly I jinxed myself. It’s funny how I always seem to have such bad luck with requesting ARCs. They almost never turn out to be 4 or 5 stars for me.) I reread Percy Jackson for the Fantasy Favourites Read-a-thon and created something really fun with it, so I hope you’ll enjoy that! When We CollidedAm I Normal Yet? and Wintergirls are for the Shattering Stigmas event in August. All three of them were amazing and I definitely recommend them. Wanderlost was really cute. I’m happy with this month.


Nevernight by Jay Kristoff // ★★★★★
This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab//★★★
Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan// ★★★
Percy Jackson & the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan// ★★★
Percy Jackson &  the Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan// ★★★★

As always, a slow reading month for myself, but it’s been an incredible month overall, with nothing below 3-stars. Most of the books I read were incredibly captivating adventures with characters to root for. I mostly read Percy Jackson because I had Inge and our friend Natalie on my case for far too long. I enjoyed them! I’m currently hauling Percy Jackson & the Battle of the Labyrinth everywhere with me, in case I finish reading The Shadow Hour by Melissa Grey when I don’t have another book on hand. However, I definitely need to buckle down and read more, because this just won’t do. Unfortunately, I do tend to read mostly ARCs (I am drowning in them) and I’m a mood reader, and sometimes my mood is “Ew, no, no more books!” It won’t stop me from buying them though.


June 1: Of Wonderland: An Introduction

June 2: Where We’ve Been & What to Expect

June 3: FairyLoot: A Bookish Unboxing!

June 6: Why You Need Bloggers (As An Author)

June 7: TTT: 10 Reasons Why I Love Throne of Glass

June 8: The Problems With Being A Book Addict

June 12: Anne Frank Readalong: Diary of a Young Girl

June 13: Dreaming of Antigone by Robin Bridges

June 14: TTT: Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The Second Half Of The Year

June 15: DISCUSSION: Can Fantasy Books Be Standalones?

June 19: Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank // Wow.

June 20: Become A Secret Sister!

June 21: TTT: Top Ten Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year

June 22: Aly and the Booktubers She Wants to Marry

June 24: Authors in Wonderland: J.A. George

June 25: Fantasy Favourites Read-a-thon: Introduction!

June 27: Big Magic // A Book For Every Creative Soul

June 28: TTT: Top Ten Books To Read In A Day

June 29: DISCUSSION: On ARCs and “Privilege”



Well, obviously, I’ve been really busy with Of Wonderland! Aside from writing and scheduling a shitton of posts, I’ve also been really busy with our events, fixing everything that should be fixed, and sharing it with the world.

Aside from that, I’ve just passed my theoretical driver’s exam, whoo! I think this will really help me in regaining my independence. It’s a really big step – I’ve learned how to drive before, but that was 6 years ago. I have to take driving lessons again, so we’ll see how that goes. Stay off the road…

I think it’s safe to say that I’m absolutely exhausted, but also really pleased with how this month has gone. Bring on July! In which we host an Ivory and Bone readalong and have fun during the Fantasy Favourites Read-a-thon. I also turn 24 and go visit the Harry Potter Exhibition in Brussels. I’m also hoping I can finally get some blasted writing done again.


I think we absolutely kicked butt this month, what with the launch and diving straight into one of the many events we have scheduled. I spent every Monday this month writing and scheduling posts and responding to comments, and I’m so happy, grateful and excited that you guys are loving Of Wonderland too!

For those of you wondering (you probably aren’t), I’m no longer using Goodreads in its entirety. Instead of updating my status with the current books I am reading, I am now mostly on twitter, sharing my reads with the hashtag “Aly Reads.” For example, I’m currently reading The Shadow Hour by Melissa Grey, and updating my status using #AlyReadsTheShadowHour. If you have Twitter, feel free to join me! I’m also consistently updating my Instagram with bookish pictures, and can always be found there, lurking like the creepy booklover I am.

Also, in case you didn’t know, I will be hosting a giveaway on said Twitter profile when I hit 1,000 followers! I’m so close, yet so far. Help me get there!

Books I Got This Month:

June has been an insane month for me, and I have a huge bookhaul to show you guys!


  • The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
  • In the Dark, In the Woods by Eliza Wass
  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
  • Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
  • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
  • With Malice by Eileen Cook
  • Off the Page by Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer (seriously annoyed that I did not know this was a sequel?)
  • Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan (thanks, mum!)
  • Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan (I hate myself.)


  • Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco, sent by Asma and Hafsah @ Icey Books. Thanks, guys! You are the best!!
  • Exit, Pursued By A Bear by E. K. Johnston, sent by Asma @ Icey Books. Thank you, again! <3333
  • A Good Hiding by Shirley-Anne McMillan, sent by Atom Books. Thank you!
  • Alice by Christina Henry, sent by Titan Books. Thanks so much, Lydia!
  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff, sent by Harper Voyager UK. Thanks, Katie! You’re awesome!
  • A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess, sent by @TMI_Trekkie on Twitter. Thank you!
  • Aerie by Maria Dahvana Headley, sent by @TMI_Trekkie on Twitter. Thank you again!
  • A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir, sent by Harper Voyager UK. Thanks, Jaime!
  • Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman, sent be Rock the Boat UK. Thanks, Cailin!

And, of course, the book I received in my FairyLoot box, but I can’t talk about that yet. So there it is, twenty books, even though the Heroes of Olympus series is like five books, but I’m counting the entire series as one. Cheating, I know, but have you ever felt bookworm shame? I’m feeling it now. It’s terrible. But yay, books!

As for life updates, there is literally nothing new going on in my life, except for the fact that my beautiful MacBook Air broke down and now I have to use a huge, bulky, monstrous loaner computer and I hate it so much. Oh, and I might have lost my novel, which seems to happen every single time I almost get to the end. It’s saved to the Cloud, but I can’t remember if I’d recently updated it or not. I hate myself.

But overall, it’s been a great month, and I am SO EXCITED about our Ivory & Bone readalong! I hope you join us — we will have a blast.


19 responses to “Aly & Inge’s Monthly Wrap-Up: June 2016

  1. Wow, seems like you both had a wonderful but busy month! Inge, glad to see you reread and loved the PJO. I want to reread the series but I just can’t find the time; it’s definitely up there with Harry Potter for me. On the other hand, Aly–ah, so sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy PJO AS MUCH, but still glad to hear you *liked* it :). Here’s to a good July!

    Jess @ POB!

    • I read the final two books for the Fantasy Favourites Read-a-thon which is starting in a few days, because I designed a small game based on The Last Olympian 😀 I love the series. It doesn’t give me the fuzzies like Harry Potter, but it makes me laugh so much.

  2. Inge, you read sooo much! 🙂 I’m so excited for the Harry Potter exhibition, you have no idea. I saw some people in the Brussel-Centraal station yesterday who just came from the exhibition, and they said it was amazing.

    I’m excited to re-read Percy Jackson for the read-a-thon!

    • Oh, that’s great news! I haven’t looked it up too much because I want to be surprised ^_^ I’m really looking forward to the exhibition and the read-a-thon as well! Haha I know, I have a lot of free time on my hands.

  3. What a great month you’ve had! Mine hasn’t been half bad, but nowhere near as productive as yours 😀 I read Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief recently because everyone and their mother kept bugging me to, and I’m pleasantly surprised I liked it as much as I did. Didn’t pick up the next book yet, though.
    Congrats on passing that driver’s exam, Inge! I wish I felt confident enough to do it, but nope. Not yet anyway.
    Now I understand why my friend request never got approved on Goodreads, Aly- I was quite worried for a bit there 😛 And what do you mean you LOST your novel? You can’t do that- especially since you excited me by saying Inge called you a YA Gillian Flynn!

    Have a great July, you guys!

    • Thank you, Ruzaika! You will get there on your own time — I’m turning 24 in a bit, so I’m fairly late with my driver’s license as well. Yess, join the dark side! I hope you continue to love the rest of the Percy Jackson series. ^_^

  4. It HAS been a smashing month for you! It’s nice to have you back. 🙂

    Congrats on your driving exam again, Inge! Are you required to retake all the exams if you haven’t driven for a certain number of years or are you doing it voluntarily? Like, how would they check?? I think in Germany your driver’s license doesn’t expire, but I’m sure I’ll need some practise when I get back to Germany, because I am NOT driving on the left side of the road in the UK (also, I won’t have a car to borrow). I hope I won’t completely forget how to drive! I hope you have all the fun at the Harry Potter exhibition, because that sounds awesome. And good luck with the writing!!

    I’m sorry about your laptop, Aly! I’m constantly terrified my laptop will break, because HOW WOULD I LIVE. And ouch – losing your writing hurts. I hope it turns out you’ve updated it after all!

    • Yeah, we get a temporary license when we’ve taken our theoretical test and taken practical lessons. That expires after 3 years. The town house keeps track of this stuff, because there are certain extra rules that apply yadda yadda. I’m so excited for Harry Potter!

  5. Congratulations on your first month as Of Wonderland! I can honestly say that I have enjoyed every single day of it and I cannot wait for another month of amazing events and posts.
    I am glad that you are enjoying the Percy Jackson series, Aly! They are like my all-time favorite middle grade books. I grew up on Percy Jackson and his sarcastic humor. I hope you like the rest of the series just as much and that you can get more reading done in July!

    • Thank you so much, Tessa. I’m so glad that you’re enjoying everything! It’s been a bit difficult to find our way again, but here we are. Lots of stuff to come!

  6. Oh gosh, Inge, I have no idea how I would even pass a theoretical exam even though I’ve been driving (most reluctantly, I might add) for ever ten years. Good luck to you through this process. I’ll be crossing my fingers and toes for you! And I simply cannot wait to hear about the Harry Potter Exhibition 😀

    I hope you two have more readalongs planned for us. I missed of Ivory and Bone, but I would totally love to participate in one in the future.

    • Haha, you’re not the only one who’s told me that! My parents say they probably wouldn’t pass the theoretical exam either. There will definitely be much gushing on the Exhibition 😀 and yes, we’ll certainly plan more readalongs!

  7. I am really curious to see what you think of Ivory & Bone! I feel as if it’s gotten a lot of mixed reviews and especially with a synopsis claiming to be like “Pride and Prejudice” it’s got a LOT to live up to. Still, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

    Inge, congrats on passing your exam! I’m so excited for you to go to Brussels and have an absolutely AMAZING birthday! I’m sad to hear, though, that The Smell of Other People’s Houses was a two-star read for you. I’ve been hearing nothing but rave reviews of that one so I’m going to be looking out for your thoughts on whether or not I should actually give it a try. Have a WONDERFUL July, dear! <3

    Aly, I am so jealous you got to read Nevernight! Aaah it sounds amazing and I am so relieved it got 5 Stars from you because I have such high expectations for it! I'm also really excited that you bought The Sky is Everywhere and The Unexpected Everything–two of my absolute favorite books!–and they're the perfect summertime read so I can't wait for you to read and fall in love with them, too.

    This is such a gorgeous blog, ladies–I can't wait to see your thoughts on more books and, of course, LIFE! 🙂

    • Oh, I absolutely loved Ivory & Bone, Keertana! I’m not sure how much it is like Pride & Prejudice because I didn’t finish the book *hides under table* but it was really slow and sweet. Definitely not a book to binge if you’re wanting something fast-paced, but rather something to savour while you relish in the descriptions of prehistoric times. Aly and I will be doing a joint review soon!

      You should absolutely give The Smell of Other People’s Houses a try! I think it was more a case of “it’s not you it’s me” — I’ve seen some raving reviews of the book.

      I will message you after my birthday and tell you about ALL THE THINGS Harry Potter. I was so pleasantly surprised to see your name in our comments section. I’ve missed you. ♥

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