June Wrap Up

June is finally over, and I can not tell you how glad I am to get this month over and done with.  As I am probably boring you all by constantly mentioning, life got exceptionally busy for me in June, and so it is so nice to now be in July with time to read and blog and reconnect with everything again.

Despite that, last month actually ended up being a much better reading month than I had anticipated.  I finished five books during it and got halfway through a sixth, so I am very happy that I managed to still read my average of about four or five books during June.  I also discovered some of my new favourite books, and so I can not wait to share them with you!

So here are all the books I read in June!

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As everything was pretty hectic in June, I knew that I wanted to read something not too heavy that I could get instantly drawn into, and so this second installment in the Shatter Me series seemed like the perfect choice.  Like the first one, I found myself quickly immersed in this story and in Tahereh Mafi’s gorgeous writing style, which I definitely found myself enjoying so much more in this book.  I also really began to warm up to both Juliet and Warner in this book, and I thoroughly enjoyed where their relationship went throughout this novel.

However, I did find the first half or so to be quite slow, with little happening other than us following around Juliet and Adam, but thankfully the pace did begin to pick up as the story continued.  I did also really enjoy the insight into the resistance we got in this novel, and the development of this dystopian world, and I can not wait to pick up the next book in this series, Ignite Me, very soon, especially after that cliffhanger of an ending!

Rating:

3.75/5

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Despite planning to pick up another easy-going, quick-ish read after Unravel Me, as by now I was in the deepest midst of my exams, I instead decided to abandon all logic and pick up Sally Green’s new high fantasy that follows 5 different POV’s, which may have contributed to some of my thoughts about this book.

First off, I want to say that I did really enjoy this book, especially for the first 80% or so.  I thoroughly enjoyed all of our characters and their different storylines, particularly when they began to intertwine and come together.  I also loved all of the political intrigue in this book, because of that this book has definitely convinced me to try some more high fantasies in the future.  However, I did find the pace of this story to really drop off as we began to near the end of this story.  Everything felt like it just began to drag a little bit, and so by the end I was just desperate to finally finish this story.  That said, I did still thoroughly enjoy the complex world and characters within this book, and I can not wait to see what happens next, as I definitely feel like this could be series that just gets better and better.

Rating:

4/5

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This month I also decided to read a book I have been meaning to read ever since it was first released last year.  This book took everything by storm when it was released, and is still hugely talked about discussed over a year later, and rightly so.  This book is such an important read that highlights the problems of police brutality and racism in a way that I have never read about before, which in itself tells you how necessary this story is.

Starr Carter is one of the most realistic and inspirational characters I have ever read about.  Her strength and determination to not just accept the continuation of prejudice is so empowering, but I also loved how Angie Thomas showed us her struggles with dealing with the murder of her friend.  I loved everything about this book, from the family relationships to the storyline itself, and I truly believe that this is a book that should be on everyone’s to-read list.

Rating:

5/5

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Considering this book was finally released this month, I could not resist diving into as soon as my exams were over so that I could give this book my full, undivided attention.  I have been anticipating this book ever since I finished Flame in the Mist almost a year ago, and so I can not describe my excitement when I finally had this book in my hands.

I thoroughly enjoyed this second installment to this amazing duology, with its political intrigue and delve into new characters we saw little of in the first book.  As always, I adored returning to Renee Ahdieh’s beautiful, flowing writing that created this detailed world that I loved exploring more of.  Although I do have to admit that I do still prefer the first book in this duology to this one, mainly because I found the ending to be slightly rushed, I still truly loved this book and can’t wait to see what Renee Ahdieh writes in the future.

Rating:

4.25/5

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Finally, as it is now a little way into summer, I thought it was about time to pick up a good old contemporary.  Although this is definitely not the typical romancey, summery contemporary that alot of people pick up around this time of year, I was just so desperate to get to it that I couldn’t not dive into this month.

I wish I could be more coherent with my thoughts right now, but I am still in shock over how beautiful this story was.  This book deals with so many important topics and is such an important reminder as to what can happen behind closed doors.  Both Julian and Adam are such strong, complex narrators who perspectives were so insightful to read from, their relationship and friendship one of the most spectacular and loving I have ever read about.  If you haven’t picked up this book yet, I can not urge you enough to do so soon!

Rating:

5/5

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I feel like a broken record by now, but once again A Levels not only reduced my reading, but also my watching of TV Shows this month, which became particularly hard when season two of Queer Eye was released halfway through it.  Thankfully, I did manage to still speed through all of the new eight episodes we were gifted, and now I am once again left empty while I am forced to wait for more of the Fab Five.  Honestly, if you are looking for a feel-good show, or just a new TV show in general, then please watch this!

One show that nothing will ever stop me keeping up to date with is Westworld, with season 2 finishing up at the end of the month.  I am in love with the complexity of the storylines, characters and world in this TV show, even if I am still left very confused by it.  This season was another rollercoaster of a journey that had me unable to tear my eyes away, with that finale too good for me to wait maybe two years for season three.

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I loved Ally @ Ally Writes Things discussion post where she talks about the things she wishes were represented more in books.  Although diversity in YA and across all genres has vastly improved, I think her post is still

If you are struggling with reading at the moment or are beginning to feel the dreaded slump, then check outMarie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books’ post about how she avoids reading slumps!

Finally,Alicia @ Kernels of Nonsense recently posted a discussion post, in which she shares some of her bookish confessions – if you want something a little different and very refreshing, check out her post!

What books did you read this month?  What TV shows or movies did you watch?  What are your reading plans for July?  Have you read/ watched any of these?

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