I guess I could have called it a June Wrap-Up that also includes a couple of books from the end of May, BUT Here we are. Let’s move forward.
I read a LOT of books in the past month. Thirteen books. I’ve narrowed it down to nine books. Why these nine? I don’t really know. Looking at the list, there’s quite the variety. Science Fiction, Contemporary, Fantasy, Thriller, and Non-Fiction with even more variety in between! The lists below each title are things that really stuck out to me about each book.
FTC Disclaimer: Titles with astricks are from publishers in exchange for an honest review.
- Hard Sci Fi (based in real world science)
- Great friend group
- Secret science stuff!
- Saving the animals and solving a decades-old crime
- A sibling in prison
- New friends
- Bubblegum versus Rootbeer lollipops
- Creepy dude
- Perfect dude
- Super awkward and quirky narrator
- Vibrant characters
- Crazy-cool teacher
- Classic films (and some that are a little off-center)
- Main character has Purely-Obsessional OCD
- Secret poetry society that meets in a secret room in the school
- THAT TWIST
- The importance of seeking help when you have mental illness
- Felt historical and fantasy with a twist of revenge
- A little bit of magic
- A couple of steamy romance scenes
- Some good heart-to-hearts with an “evil” dictator
- A good friend
- A twin taking the place of her dead twin
- Trying to solve the murder
- The MC almost dying a couple of times
- Cute boy
- A dance
- Weapons with blades!
- Two MCs that just want a freaking break from their circumstances
- (Not necessarily a selling point but I need to say it): Trigger warning – Rape is mentioned a lot. Not in graphic detail, but the way that it’s said by some characters, I could see it being triggering for some readers.
- Traveling to a foreign country
- The best tour guides ever (Or, well, Sophie)
- A cute boy
- Dealing with what she ran away from
- It’s super geeky and feminist
- Interviews from lady geeks who make cool stuff
- Info on how to get involved in fandoms, conventions, etc.
I’m at 32 out of 50 books for my reading goal this year, which means I’m 8 books ahead of schedule.
I think the thing keeping me out of slumps as of late have been the variety of books that I’ve picked up as well as putting down books that aren’t striking my fancy after 30-50 pages. I mean, I did struggle a bit with An Ember in the Ashes in that I’m not used to reading Fantasy of that sort, but it was worth pushing through. I’m sure I’ve said this way too many times: I don’t read Fantasy very often. It’s not really my jam.