i actually took it slow this month: june reading wrap up

Hi friends!

What a month. How have you all been? The world is literally imploding and I don’t really understand why humans are so consumed with hurting each other.


In June, I made sure to slow the fuck down with my reading. Especially after last month, I knew that I wanted to take June slowly. And I did. I read a total of 8 books in June, with at least three of them over 500 pages. My most read genre was LGBTQIA+ and Historical, mostly slow paced books and mostly reflective, emotional and challenging in terms of moods.

My average rating for the month was 3.56 which might possibly be the lowest average rating in a month for this year.

average rating for June, 2022

But I did have two five star reads which is wonderful.

Shall we get on with this wrap up? How should I organise this post today? From most disappointing to my favourites of the month? it’s not that creative, but that’s all I can think of! If you have any ideas for future organisation of wrap ups, let me know!

The most disappointing book of the month is ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ถ๐’๐’… ๐‘ช๐’–๐’“๐’Š๐’๐’”๐’Š๐’•๐’š ๐‘บ๐’‰๐’๐’‘ ๐’ƒ๐’š ๐‘ช๐’‰๐’‚๐’“๐’๐’†๐’” ๐‘ซ๐’Š๐’„๐’Œ๐’†๐’๐’”. Yes, I finally completed reading this book. It only took me TWO GODDAMN MONTHS. If you want me to provide you a synopsis for this book, I legitimately cannot give it to you. I was so freaking bored reading this book that I think I might have zoned out a little bit.

If I had to pinpoint my issue with this book it would have to be this overall vibe that I felt whilst reading: it did not feel like a ๐‘ช๐’‰๐’‚๐’“๐’๐’†๐’” ๐‘ซ๐’Š๐’„๐’Œ๐’†๐’๐’” book. It did not have his signature beautiful writing, the characters were dull and the story was uninteresting.

Even when I was reading ๐‘ถ๐’๐’Š๐’—๐’†๐’“ ๐‘ป๐’˜๐’Š๐’”๐’• which is not my favourite ๐‘ซ๐’Š๐’„๐’Œ๐’†๐’๐’”, it is one of my most highly annotated classics because the writing was so goddamn gorgeous. ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ท๐’Š๐’‘๐’˜๐’Š๐’„๐’Œ ๐‘ท๐’‚๐’‘๐’†๐’“๐’” was not my cup of tea but it was hilarious and fun. ๐‘ต๐’Š๐’„๐’‰๐’๐’๐’‚๐’” ๐‘ต๐’Š๐’„๐’Œ๐’†๐’๐’ƒ๐’š was, again, not my kind of book but it did have some fascinating characters (such as Kate Nickelby, I loved her). But ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ถ๐’๐’… ๐‘ช๐’–๐’“๐’Š๐’๐’”๐’Š๐’•๐’š ๐‘บ๐’‰๐’๐’‘ was such a chore to read.

I also had a real issue with the character of Quilp. Quilp is the villain of this novel and he was, I think, a little person. ๐‘ซ๐’Š๐’„๐’Œ๐’†๐’๐’” loves to villainise people from marginalised communities. I also found his morality is a little to black and white in this. There is no nuance, no grey – I didn’t quite understand why Quilp was the way he was.

Overall, just a really boring reading experience.

2 stars.

I think you all know what the next book is going to be as I wrote an entire blog post about it. ๐‘ฑ๐’๐’๐’‚๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’ ๐‘บ๐’•๐’“๐’‚๐’๐’ˆ๐’† ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐‘ด๐’“ ๐‘ต๐’๐’“๐’“๐’†๐’๐’ ๐’ƒ๐’š ๐‘บ๐’–๐’”๐’‚๐’๐’๐’‚ ๐‘ช๐’๐’‚๐’“๐’Œ๐’† was not what I wanted from a novel that I thought was going to be a new all-time favourite. Check out my blog post for more of my thoughts.

3.5 stars.

So I read a ๐‘ด๐’‚๐’“๐’ˆ๐’‚๐’“๐’†๐’• ๐‘จ๐’•๐’˜๐’๐’๐’… in June. I finally read ๐‘ซ๐’†๐’‚๐’“๐’๐’š, her most recent poetry collection and I did not enjoy it all that much. Now, reading is incredibly subjective – and poetry even more so. I didn’t connect with๐‘ด๐’‚๐’“๐’ˆ๐’‚๐’“๐’†๐’• ๐‘จ๐’•๐’˜๐’๐’๐’…’s poetry but someone else will think that it speaks directly to them.

I just didn’t resonate with this collection – there were a few poems I liked but overall, I found it to be slightly disappointing. I think I was expecting to be blown away from ๐‘จ๐’•๐’˜๐’๐’๐’… poetry but it was just another mediocre book from her for me. I have read a total of three books from ๐‘จ๐’•๐’˜๐’๐’๐’… and they’ve all been…okay? ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ฏ๐’‚๐’๐’…๐’Ž๐’‚๐’Š๐’…’๐’” ๐‘ป๐’‚๐’๐’† was good but ๐‘ฏ๐’‚๐’ˆ-๐‘บ๐’†๐’†๐’… and ๐‘ซ๐’†๐’‚๐’“๐’๐’š have been so so average.

3 stars.

I then read two romance novels and though I wouldn’t necessarily call them ‘disappointing’, they were just an easy 3 star good time. They were ๐‘ฌ๐’ˆ๐’๐’•๐’Š๐’”๐’•๐’Š๐’„๐’‚๐’ ๐‘ท๐’–๐’„๐’Œ๐’ƒ๐’๐’š ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐‘ฐ๐’“๐’“๐’†๐’”๐’‘๐’๐’๐’”๐’Š๐’ƒ๐’๐’† ๐‘ท๐’–๐’„๐’Œ๐’ƒ๐’๐’š ๐’ƒ๐’š ๐‘บ๐’‚๐’™๐’๐’ ๐‘ฑ๐’‚๐’Ž๐’†๐’” ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐‘ฌ๐’…๐’†๐’ ๐‘ญ๐’Š๐’๐’๐’†๐’š and they were fine. I read them wanting a good time, and that’s what I got. They weren’t anything more than gay sport romances (I have this thing where I love romances about hockey??) and they didn’t have a third act conflict – it was just cute. I gave them both 3 stars.

The last book I read in June was ๐‘ณ๐’†๐’Ž๐’๐’ ๐’ƒ๐’š ๐‘ฒ๐’˜๐’๐’ ๐’€๐’†๐’-๐‘บ๐’–๐’. I really enjoyed it! I read this book as part of an upcoming blog reading challenge than I am doing (be on the lookout for that!) so I won’t say much about it, other than it was an interesting study on grief and mourning, with some twists. It was a sort of psychological thriller-ish that was punchy and fast paced.

4 stars.

Now to my two five star reads of June!!!!!!!!!

I was able to get my grubby hands on ๐‘จ ๐‘ณ๐’‚๐’…๐’š ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’‚ ๐‘ซ๐’–๐’Œ๐’† ๐’ƒ๐’š ๐‘จ๐’๐’†๐’™๐’Š๐’” ๐‘ฏ๐’‚๐’๐’. I LOVED THIS BOOK. This is a historical romance novel with a trans heroine and all the pining and angst. This was one of the most beautifully written historical romances I have ever read. ๐‘จ๐’๐’†๐’™๐’Š๐’” ๐‘ฏ๐’‚๐’๐’ is one of my favourite authors – he is so incredibly talented and the characters that he writes are so unique and wonderful.

๐‘จ ๐‘ณ๐’‚๐’…๐’š ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’‚ ๐‘ซ๐’–๐’Œ๐’†is essentially about a woman named Viola Carroll who used the opporunity of her supposed death at Waterloo to finally be able to live her truth. But her supposed ‘death’ left behind her best friend, Justin de Vere, the Duke of Gracewood.

Oh, how gorgeous their love is. This is a friends to lovers with a fabulous cast of characters that I’m really hoping ๐‘จ๐’๐’†๐’™๐’Š๐’” ๐‘ฏ๐’‚๐’๐’ will decide to make a series.

This novel is serious and emotional and intense, but if you want another ๐‘จ๐’๐’†๐’™๐’Š๐’” ๐‘ฏ๐’‚๐’๐’ historical romance that is more ridiculous and silly and fun, I would recommend ๐‘บ๐’๐’Ž๐’†๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐‘ญ๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’–๐’๐’๐’–๐’”.

5 stars.

And now to what is possibly my favourite book of the year so far. I finally finished ๐‘ด๐’Š๐’…๐’…๐’๐’†๐’Ž๐’‚๐’“๐’„๐’‰ ๐’ƒ๐’š ๐‘ฎ๐’†๐’๐’“๐’ˆ๐’† ๐‘ฌ๐’๐’Š๐’๐’• and to say I loved it would be an understatement.

I think might want to write a dedicated blog post for this book because I have so many thoughts and I need to scream my love for it to you all. But what I’ll say here is that Dorothea would have to be one of my absolute favourite characters in a classic. She was so incredibly complex and intelligent, her growth throughout the novel was incredible to witness. Her relationships and friendships, her moral and spritual contemplations, and the way her story ends were just so perfect.

This novel also has one of the most tender and affectionate love story I have ever read. Dorothea and Will – DOROTHEA AND WILL?! – were beautiful. ๐‘ฎ๐’†๐’๐’“๐’ˆ๐’† ๐‘ฌ๐’๐’Š๐’๐’•’s weaving of their love story is something that I have no critiques of – we are talking pining and angst, of adoration and dedication to the other. It was a masterpiece.

The other characters like Lydgate and Rosamund, Mary Garth and Fred Vincy, were also interesting and I think that’s why I also love this novel. Every storyline I was hooked. Truly, a fantastic feat of writing.

5 stars.

And that’s it for today, friends! I hope you enjoyed reading. What was your favourite book of the month? Your least favourite? Let me know!!!

Until next time, happy reading.

All the love,







5 thoughts on “i actually took it slow this month: june reading wrap up

  1. Ahh, Iโ€™m sorry Old Curiosity Shop disappointed you! I havenโ€™t read it yet, but I want to get through Dickensโ€™ novels with the Dickens vs Tolstoy book club.
    I need to pick up Middlemarch! Your annotated copy looks so gorgeous, it is just so satisfying looking at all the sticky tabs!

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    1. i love the Dickens vs Tolstoy book club! im about to start July’s books for Tolstoy! Yeah, i definitely think that reading The Old Curiosity Shop alongside Middlemarch did Dickens a disservice lol. and omg yes pick up middlemarch it is amazing! but it is very dense!! xx

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  2. Please do write a dedicated blog post for Middlemarch!!! I remember reading it and thinking wow, this has more interesting female characters than all the movies I’ve seen in the past year put together.

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    1. consider it in the works!!! i was hoping to do a post about it – my love for middlemarch is extreme! i completely agree – the women in this novel are so complex!!! xx

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