June Wrap Up

Monthly Wrap Up

June has been a fantastic reading month for me, I’ve read so much and have a few new favorite books, along with completing some goals I had. I really hope that all of this reading speed, mood, and momentum stick with me for the month of July because I have a massive list of things to read that month.

But lets get into the month of June.

 

An Echo in the Bone
by Diana Gabaldon
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this, I liked the cameos that came in and it has made me realize how little I actually know about the American Revolution. I was a little annoyed about how jumpy all of the events were, the story was a little all over the place with what was going on, but I can’t wait to start the next book.

Dear Ijeawele or A Feminist Manifesto in 15 suggestions
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

This is probably one of my top favorite feminist books that I’ve read in a while. I love Chimamanda’s words, she has a wonderful way with words and a powerful speaking presence that shows on paper and while I was reading this it made me want to pull up and watch her TED Talk all over again.

Hidden Figures
by Margot Lee Shetterly
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

It was really interesting to read about these women and I can’t wait to watch the movie.

The Wife Between Us
by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

This book confuses me. I was somehow both bored and interested in the story at the same time. I don’t know how that’s possible but that’s how I felt. I just had this constant feeling of “I need to see how everything plays out,” there were a few plot twists that really took me by surprise but for the most part, I was really bored with them.


 

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Volume the Fourth: Verily, A New Hope
by Ian Doescher
my rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

This was so much fun to read, I was laughing and texting quotes to my friends and mom. It’s a fun way to interact with the story in a really different format.

Where the Crawdads Sing
by Delia Owens
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Oh, my heart! I think this may be one of my favorite books of the entire year. I flew through this and couldn’t get enough. My heart broke over and over for Kya and I admired her and her connection to nature.

Dragons of Autumn Twilight
by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

This is my boyfriend’s favorite book, he loved this series growing up and has talked to me about it constantly since we’ve started dating, so I finally gave it shot and read it. Overall it was a fun adventure fantasy book.

The Little Prince
by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

This is a book where I didn’t really get it, I understood some of the themes it was trying to get across but I guess the execution didn’t work for me.


 

Oathbringer
by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I don’t even know what to say about this because it’s that amazing. I almost regret giving The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance 5 stars because it makes this 5-star rating a little less special but those are amazing books too. The anticipation for book 4 might actually kill me, I really can’t wait for it. I do already feel like I need to reread this series before it comes out and I also feel like I need to take notes on it simply because there are so many plot points to keep track of.

Vengeance Road
by Erin Bowman
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

This book left me feeling a little underwhelmed. The story was fine I just got bored with the characters after a while. I would sit down and read about 80 pages every time but then it would take 10 or 15 pages for me to get back into the story. I do plan on reading Retribution Rails since I’ve heard better things about it.

It’s Not Like Its a Secret
by Misa Sugiura
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I’m sad that I didn’t like this as much as I had hoped, this book had been on my wishlist for over a year and then I finally got it and read it. I think I had different expectations for this book, I wanted more LGBTQ+ rep but the main focus on the story was racism. Sana is Japanese American and Jaime is Mexican American and the story deals with the two of learning to handle the stereotypes that are placed on them. I really enjoyed the overall meaning of the story but I also think it could have been deeper. My main complaint is that the writing was a little choppy with sudden transitions. There were several points where I had to flip back a few pages or so to see when exactly did we get to this building?

Written in My Own Hearts Blood
by Diana Gabaldon
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I’m actually debating on taking another half star off for this woman’s blatant refusal to acknowledge Alexander Hamilton and denying me a cameo when it wouldn’t have been implausible to give him a spot in the Outlander light!

Other then my irritation at the lack of Hamilton my only other complaints were about some character deaths that didn’t seem to fully add to the story line, they seemed mostly there to tug at heart strings.

Good Omens
by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I am so sad that I didn’t like this more but I had a very hard time connecting and staying with the story. The writing style didn’t work for me, the way it kept turning away from the main plot to introduce a side character or focus on the details surrounding it kept pushing me away from the story.


My favorite book of the month: Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson
Least favorite book of the month: The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

 

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