How is it July already? Time completely crept up to me and I didn’t even notice the days pass by. Well, I guess that’s the effects of being locked inside the house for three whole months.
Anyway, it’s time for a monthly wrap-up with the books I’ve read, books I’ve bought, readathons I’ve participated in, posts and blogs I love and some of my other achievements for the month of June. Here we go!
Miraculously, I read 12 books this month. This is partly because of a readathon I’ve joined, inspiring me to cut down on my ARC list. Also, I didn’t have a reading slump up until the very last day of June.
Cold Day in the Sun by Sara Biren – This one was a really empowering read, with a great main character arc and an overall wonderful message reflecting women’s sports. This one is a 3-star read for me and you can read my review here.
KA-E-RO-U Time to Go Home by B. Jeanne Shibahara – This is my first 5-star read of June. Believe me when I tell you that the writing in this one is absolutely beautiful and the story is an equally inspiring journey of self-discovery. I became very interested in the rich culture of Japan and so invested in each character arc in the book. You can read my review here.
Killian’s Dead by Josie Jaffrey – Although this is on the shorter side as it is a prequel novella of Josie Jaffrey’s new urban fantasy series, I enjoyed reading this book a lot. A 5-star read, my review here.
Literally by Lucy Keating – With an interesting premise, I went into this one with expectations but I was really let down. The plot wasn’t well executed, characters one-dimensional and it’s an overall not too enjoyable story. 2 stars for this one.
Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck & Fortune – One of the books I’ve been probably most excited to read! I adore the magical Asian cuisine featured in this one, how cooking was painted out to be a medium for an indelible bond among a community, and how the effects of gentrification and the importance of preserving heritage is tackled in this book. However, I wasn’t a fan of the dense writing. So I gave this 3 stars.
The Water Tower Club by B.K. Mayo – A gripping mystery that tackles such heavy themes, this book is another 3-star read for me. Definitely a wild card too as I didn’t expect to enjoy reading it as much as I did.
May Day by Josie Jaffrey – Another one of Josie’s works and yet another 5-star read for me. It didn’t exactly come as a surprise for me as I am 100% certain by now that whatever Josie Jaffrey writes, I immediately love. Read my
gushing review here.
Archibald Lox and the Bridge Between World by Darren Shan – This one’s a fun story albeit short. The first installment in a 3-book saga, this book is really interesting what with the different realms. But I do feel that this one is intended for a younger audience than I first realized.
The Greenbecker Gambit by Ben Graff – This one, I had hesitations of going into at first because I thought it would involve a lot of principles relating to chess where I’m not well-versed. However, it came as a pleasant surprise when it was actually okay.
Archibald Lox and the Empress of Suanpan – The second installment to the series, this one’s a bit more exciting as compared to the first. But I liked the story all the same. At this point, I’ve become invested to Archie’s journeys and I’m excited to dive into the third one.
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw – THIS BOOK. I’m sorry, there are no words. Actually, no, give this book ALL the words because it’s that fan-freaking-tastic! I will save all my thoughts for my review so I can
hopefully better articulate how much I loved this one.
It’s recently been a
bad habit of mine to get the free Kindle books on Amazon, so to keep this post as short as possible, I will be excluding those here. But if you do want to know what the free books I’ve recently accumulated are, let me know and I may do a post on that as well!
Before anything else, I just want to say that all of these are Kindle purchases and most of the books were on sale when I bought them.
Not me trying to justify my book buying problem.
Solis Invicti series by Josie Jaffrey – I got all 4 main books in this series for the sole reason that Josie Jaffrey rocks. And I’ve just realized that this wrap-up post is slowly turning to be me fangirling over Josie. I’m sorry. Anyway, the whole series was also on sale so I took that as a sign from the gods. Buy the series here.
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir – This is one of the books I’m very excited to read but haven’t gotten the chance to purchase yet. So when I found out that there’s a deal on Kindle, I have never purchased something so fast in my entire life. Buy the book here.
The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland by Rebekah Crane – I don’t know too much about this other than I got it for $0.99. Buy the book here.
Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill – This one was recommended to me by Clo @ Cuppa Clo and of course I had to purchase it right away. This is the first in an apparently wonderful series so I can’t wait to read it! Buy the book here.
Three Mages and a Margarita by Annette Marie – Another recommendation from Clo and Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts as well! I hear the main character in this is a sassy one so I believe that warrants my immediate purchase. Buy the book here.
I am very happy to say that I’ve joined a readathon this month! I joined Galleyathon, a readathon dedicated to only Netgalley reads, and you can read all about how I did here. I’m not the best with readathons so having completed this, even though it is only a week long, is a great achievement for me!
OTHER THINGS TO SMILE ABOUT
One of my greatest achievements for this month is when I rose from the dead aka my ridiculously long hiatus. I have missed blogging so, so much and I’m really happy to be back.
Also, I have downloaded Discord again on my devices after so many years, and I seriously missed out on A LOT. Now, I’m very blessed to be in the Bookish Collision server as I have found a lot of great friends and reconnected with others as well!
For the month of July, I’ll be participating in the Totally Spiesathon so that’s exciting! Another readathon? Who am I? *gasps* This one is centered around the show Totally Spies so I could not let the opportunity pass. I don’t have a set TBR for this one and I plan to wing it as I go based on the prompts I land on!
Overall, I’m pretty amazed at how great this month was for me. How was your June 2020? Feel free to link your own wrap-up posts down below as I always enjoy reading them!