June was a packed month for me. I had my final ever college exams and I graduated (woohoo!). I started this blog at the beginning of the month and I read a total of 19 books. A majority of these were ARCs that I requested through Netgalley (and I requested waaay too many); I also finally read a fantasy series that’s been on my TBR for a long time. Basically, June was a very productive month reading wise. I also blame this on me having exams, and yet still reading, so there’s that😅
But anyways, without further ado, here’s all the books I read this June!
BOYS RUN THE RIOT VOL. 1 | KEITO GAKU, LEO MCDONAGH (TRANSLATOR): ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This is probably the first own voices LGBTQIA+ rep that I’ve seen in manga plus this volume ends with the appearance of a genderqueer character named Tsubasa, who I’m excited to learn more about. Highly recommend this!
SIX CRIMSON CRANES | ELIZABETH LIM: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (review on the blog)
After falling in love with Elizabeth Lim’s writing in her previous fantasy duology, I went into Six Crimson Cranes with high expectations and it really met all my expectations. The world building is so well done and Shiori, the protagonist, has a great character arc.
SURVIVE THE NIGHT | RILEY SAGER: ⭐⭐⭐ .75
I enjoyed this book for the most part, but the during the last quarter of the book, things felt a little disjointed and the ending left me so disappointed.
A SISTERHOOD OF SECRET AMBITIONS | SHEENA BOEKWEG: ⭐⭐⭐.75
Another book that I was part of a book tour for. It was enjoyable, but there was a lot of build up in the first part that fell completely flat in the second part. Some plot threads also went unresolved.
OF CURSES AND KISSES (⭐⭐⭐) / OF PRINCES AND PROMISES(⭐⭐⭐⭐) | SANDHYA MENON
Of Curses and Kisses was a little slow, given that the first hundred pages just had character backstories and I was somewhat disappointed by Sandhya Menon’s writing in this. But Of Princes and Promises was so much better and it really hit home.
ALL OF US VILLIANS | AMANDA FOODY, CHRISTINE LYNN HERMAN: ⭐⭐⭐
The premise pulled me in and for the most part, I liked reading it. But there was a lot of buildup to the tournament in the book and once we got to the actual tournament, things moved way too fast and so quick, that the plot became a little convulated. Most of the characters, except for one, were hard to connect to and the ending felt quite abrupt.
THE PASSING PLAYBOOK | ISAAC FITZSIMONS: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This book was like a massive dose of serotonin for me and left me feeling all warm and fuzzy on the inside. It has the found family trope plus the romance was so freaking adorable. Spencer and Justice have my heart.
LOVE AT FIRST FIGHT | MARY JAYNE BAKER: ⭐⭐ .75
I need to have a category for books that I requested on Netgalley because of their cute covers, only to be utterly disappointed by them. This falls straight into that category, because it was so horribly slow and felt like a drag to get through. I literally had to force myself to finish this.
NOT HERE TO BE LIKED | MICHELLE QUACH: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The romance happened a little too quick, but overall, I highly enjoyed this. Plus the writing style was simple and that helped me go through this book pretty fast
SHE’S MINE | A.A. CHAUDHARI:⭐⭐.5
Good lord, this book was a mess. It was written in such a weird manner and there was a really messy sub plot that just…all I’m gonna say, it made me wanna claw my eyes out.
EIGHT PERFECT HOURS | LIA LOUIS: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
This book was a surprise favorite and left me feeling so emotional. I read it a few days before a difficult exam and it was the perfect stress reliever. I really really enjoyed this.
CARAVAL TRILOGY (CARAVAL, LEGENDARY, FINALE) | STEPHANIE GARBER:⭐⭐⭐⭐ (avg)
After having this on my TBR for ages, I finally finished this trilogy. Overall, it was really enjoyable and the aesthetics of the world plus Stephanie Garber’s writing was soo beautiful. My favorite character was definitely Tella and Jacks…I really really love Jacks so much.
THE REHEARSALS BY ANNETTE CHRISTIE ⭐⭐⭐.5
The premise was fantastic, the writing was stunning and overall, this could have been an enjoyable read. But there was a cheating storyline, which just ruined my mood for the rest of the book.
ONCE UPON A BROKEN HEART | STEPHANIE GARBER ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This book further solidified my love for Jacks. He is the perfect morally grey and villainous person that I love, and he’s become one of my biggest book crushes. His banter with Evangeline, the protagonist, is what made this a five star read for me.
RADHA AND JAI’S RECIPE FOR ROMANCE | NISHA SHARMA ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
This book was quite cheesy and fluffy and so freaking cute; one of the best things about it was getting to read about all the food (samosa and dal makhani especially). This is the type of book I needed in high school.
I started my blog this month and I’m really really enjoying it so far! I started this blog on 4th June, 2021
Stats so far:
Total hits/views: 236
I’m trying to stop myself from being obsessed with numbers on social media, but I’m pretty happy with how my blog is doing, with it being a really new one.
My favorite post from this month: Let’s Talk – Tropes; I really enjoyed writing this one!!
My favorite posts from other bloggers
– A list of books coming out in July from Birdie’s Booktopia
– A really important post by Jayati (itsjustacoffeaddictedbibliophile) on why queer books matter
– A wonderful discussion post by Sumedha (thewordyhabitat) on whether book reviews are enough for book blogs
– Ahaana (windowstoworlds) started a booktube channel!!
– A post about the trends in YA fiction by Jan (thedoodlecrafter)
June was a month where I didn’t do any actual writing, but I did plan out things for my fantasy duology wip, which I’ll be working on for Camp NaNoWrimo in July! Here’s a little sneak peak at what my wip is about:
If anyone is interested in being buddies for Camp Nano, feel free to DM me on twitter!
How did June go for you, reading wise? How many books did you read? Are there any specific posts by bloggers that you enjoyed?