Hi! Back again for part two of my four month wrap up. If you haven’t yet, read part one of this wrap up!
I also announced a flash giveaway last night over on my twitter, so make sure you check that out.
Let’s just get straight into it!
I honestly don’t remember much of June. Did it even happen?
Time is a meaningless construct, that’s what I have learnt in lockdown.
The first book of June, according to my goodreads, was The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden, book two in the Winternight Trilogy. This was, again, perfection. FYI this has become one of my favourite series of all time, that’s how strongly I feel for this series and these characters. This book was fantastic and we see slightly more action occur in terms of the plot line. Vasya is still a bad bitch. I love her.
If you know me, you know that I adore the author Nora Roberts. I was able to read her most recent release, Hideaway in June and she never disappoints. Was it one of her best? No. But it was well written and I have always loved the way Nora Roberts writes her mystery/thriller and romance. It’s so seamless.
The third book in the Winternight Trilogy, The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Ardern was actual perfected brilliance. I don’t have much to say other than that. This series got better with each new book. Vasya and Morozko are my parents. Also, can I just mention how Morozko is a fae prince written well? Holly Black and Sarah J. Maas could never.
I then bit the bullet and actually read Twilight by Stephanie Meyer for the first time since highschool. Can I just say wow? It was more terrible than I realised. But the nostalgia was so sweet – I felt like a girl again. Reading this, I felt split in two. On one hand, I was that teenage girl falling in love with the story and relating so much to Bella; on the other, I was an adult woman reading about a dramatic teenager and a close to 100 year old vampire creeping on teenagers who think stalking is romantic. It was an interesting experience.
3 stars just for the nostalgia.
Give me the God of Death in a book and I am already half in love with it. We love an Underworld Daddy, am I right? No? Just me? Oh well. The next book gave me so much more than what i expected. And yes, there was a God of Death and yes, I loved him, don’t judge me. Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia was a complex, but fun, sort-of fairy-tale inspired novel that took me by surprise. I loved the hsitorical aspect to it, the mayan folklore as well as the writing. I just couldn’t get fully into the main character, which was a shame.
I THEN READ A NALINI SINGH BOOK AND YOU KNOW ME I LOVE NALINI SINGH. It was her most recent novel in the Psy-Changeling Trinity series called Alpha Night and this was perfect. I loved everything about it. There was not one thing that I did not enjoy. I know some people consider it a filler-type of novel, but I love LOVE this series and these characters, so I don’t mind at all. This was brilliant. Period.
I then read Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall and this is one of my all time favourite books as well as my favourite from 2020. It was stunning and real and raw and I have so much to say about it. I wrote a pretty good goodreads review so you can check that out.
The next two books were mediocre for me. Conventionally Yours by Annabeth Albert and LIFELIKE by Jay Kristoff. Both were 3.5 stars and both were solid books but not great. I didn’t enjoy them as much as I wanted to and the characters fell flat. You can check out my review for Conventionally Yours here.
Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde was another play I read. It was fun and I love the way Wilde writes. In some weird tangential way, Mrs Erlynne reminded me slightly of Lady Susan from Lady Susan by Jane Austen?
For my two non-fiction books of June, I read Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women White Feminists Forgot by Mikki Kendall and White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson. Both 5 star reads and both incredibly eye-opening, confronting and freaking powerful. Read them.
The next book I will be talking more about in a future post, but i read The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. All I will say is that this book was phenomenal and I loved it.
The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levensellar was also a surprise. It was a really quick fun and adorable read. It was a superficial one, if that makes sense. I wish there would have been more given in terms of the world building as well as the magic system. But overall, it was fun.
Elizabeth Acevedo is an automatic-buy author for me. I have loved her previous two books, and her most recent release Clap When You Land was no exception. It was, at its core, a novel about family and sisterhood. I cried. I cried so much. It was spectacularly written.
The next book I read was a graphic novel called Witchy by Ariel Slamet Ries and it was adorable! I honestly cannot wait to read more of this series because it was incredibly interesting and unique.
Oh god. This next book was a huge disappointment. Nightchaser by Amanda Bouchet.
What even the fuck was this book. On goodreads, I gave it 3 stars, but upon reflection, it’s a 2 star read for me. It was boring. The main characters? Boring with no personality. It was set in space, but everyone was human??? how? ugh.
The last book of June was David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. Another surprise! I really freaking enjoyed this book. I loved growing up with David and plotting along with him as he goes about his life. Agnes was my favourite character – i adored the way it was written. For my first Dickens, I was so happy!
So, in total I read 18 books in June which came to about 6893 pages. I think that’s wrong..I may need to calculate again. I read:
- two literary fantasy
- one literary
- two classics
- one graphic novels
- two adult fantasy
- four romances (one adult, one new adult and two paranormal)
- three young adult (fantasy, dystopian and contemporary)
- two non-fiction
- one adult mystery/thriller
- seven 5 star books
- two 4.5 star books
- four 4 star books
- two 3.5 star books
- two 3 star books
- one 2 star book
For the second month in a row, pretty solid reading I must say. Is it weird that I’m sort of proud of myself?
It might be weird, okay.
Will be posting part three of this wrap up tomorrow!
Until then, happy reading.
All the love,