June 2019 Wrap Up!

Y’allllllll, June was such a good month for me!! I read a total of 11 books, and honestly I’m insanely shocked. June felt like such a long month, but also I was in such a great reading mood.

Quick Monthly Wrap Up

Total book read: 11

Total pages read: 3,044

Average June rating: 3.73/5 stars

Yearly Wrap Up So Far:

Total books read: 32

Total Pages read: 11,110

Average rating so far: 3.796/5 stars


422014311. The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

Thoughts: I loved this! I’ve said it before, but I really just love the fake dating and hate-to-love trope. It also had the beachy rom-com feel to it, which was fun. I loved that the main character was a little bigger. I loved how the characters were so realistic. They weren’t perfect, but they figured it out. Definitely a new favorite from Christina Lauren, but let’s be real, I’ve loved them all.

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

457125712. Wilders by Cass Kim

Thoughts: 

**I received a digital copy of this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.**

Super fun, fast-paced twist on this genre. I really enjoyed this one. I wish it had been a little bit longer because I really enjoyed the storyline, so I would have liked to have seen it a bit more in depth. But overall, I really enjoyed this. It was a quick read and kept me entertained. I hope to see more in this story!!

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Review: Wilders

 

461414983. For to See The Elephant by Tammi Truax

Thoughts:

**I received a digital copy of this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.**

This was so interesting. Elephants have always been one of my favorite animals (along with turtles), so to read a story based on the true stories of the first elephants to come to America and the people involved was so interesting to me. The author did such a good job of making you feel real emotion for these elephants. She literally gave them a voice, and I loved it. All of the characters were really interesting to read from, especially William, the elephant keeper. The author really did not shy away from the sad truth of slavery back during these times, and reading from William’s perspective was very interesting for me.

This was beautifully written, and I thoroughly enjoyed my time reading it. Highly recommend!

Side note: This book was dedicated to the elephants and their keepers at The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee. Yes, it is a real place, and I kind of think I’m obsessed now. I literally spent close to an hour browsing their site and seriously want to volunteer or something. Desperately want to adopt Flora. *heart-eye emoji*. In all seriousness, you can visit www.elephants.com to read more about what great things this organization is doing for our elephants and you can find more information on how to donate/adopt/volunteer there if you’d like!

Rating: 4/5 stars

Review: For to See The Elephant

 

28962906._SY475_4. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Thoughts: This was enjoyable. I loved the atmosphere that was created. I felt like I was reading something that could easily be made into a movie. I really liked Audrey Rose and Thomas. I was super invested in the beginning, then it kind of lost me in the middle, and then I got super invested again towards the end. I think I was expecting more twists in the story and a little bit more of a thrill. It was good though! I enjoyed the take on the Ripper story.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

 

 

441324545. Two Like Me and You by Chad Alan Gibbs

Thoughts:

**I received a physical copy of this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.**

This book was so much fun! Two Like Me and You a debut novel that I highly recommend if you want to read a book that will make you giggle on multiple occasions, but also pull at your heart strings. The writing was great. It really pulled me in from the start. The characters are so good. They are so unlikely, but work together so well. This book kept me laughing. There are parts that are so unrealistic, but for me, that kept the book enjoyable and funny. I thoroughly enjoyed my time reading this one!

The story is the best. Just a feel-good, fun book. Highly recommend if you’re looking for a light-hearted, funny, but emotional book for the summer or for travel!

Rating: 4/5 stars

Review: Two Like Me and You

 

344337556. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Thoughts: Meh. This was hard to read. Trigger warning for rape, sexual assault, and violence. Honestly, I wish I would have known how much it was going to be before I read this. I feel like the summary was a bit misleading. Lei is forced to be a courtesan/concubine for the King, which she wants zero part of. So, that made it dofficult to read. The scenes were really hard to read.

Otherwise, the story was interesting, and I think the world development and magic system was unique and made for a really interesting plot line. I did enjoy the story aside from the sexual abuse. Lei was a good character. I did like the overall underlying “woman are strong and powerful” message.

I may or may not continue on with this series. Hopefully the sequel will move past the hard parts to read.

Rating: 3/5 stars

 

36373464._SY475_7. From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon

Thoughts: This was so frustrating. Mostly because I LOVED When Dimple Met Rishi. But this was just annoying. Mainly because Twinkle was obnoxious and immature. She was infuriating. She only wanted to be popular. That was her only goal, basically. Sahil deserved better. Sahil is the only reason I finished this one. Boo.

Rating: 2.5/5 stars

 

 

 

 

409141648. The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Thoughts: This was good, but it was really hard for me to get into. I 100% get the hype. It is literally a literary puzzle. The premise is super interesting, and I’m upset I didn’t love it like I wanted to. It was enjoyable, but I found myself trying to figure out what day it was/which person he was more than trying to figure out the mystery. I was not expecting the ending, so that was a surprise. This one was really different.

Rating: 3/5 stars

 

 

Memento9. Memento by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufmann

Thoughts: I honestly have no idea how these authors made me feel so many emotions in only 82 pages. Just so good! It was so fun to be back in the Illuminae Files. AIDAN, man..

Also, this keeps getting taken off Goodreads, for whatever reason. This one is not available to the public for sale. I received this one because I preordered Aurora Rising.

I get why it isn’t on Goodreads, but I’m annoyed because it won’t count toward my Goodreads goal. Hahaha.

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

44039161._SY475_10. The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill

Thoughts: Well, this was the cutest little book! I received this in my OwlCrate a couple months ago, and saw it on my shelves and decided to try it. I was just wanting something light and easy, and this was perfect. It was beautifully illustrated. So so sweet and heartwarming.

Rating: 4/5 stars

 

 

 

 

41810278._SY475_11. Blood and Ballet by Melissa Mitchell

Thoughts:

**I received a physical copy for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.**

I’ll be honest, going into this, I wasn’t sure I would like it, but I was pleasantly surprised. It was refreshing take on a vampire story. The plot was so interesting. Celine was strong and beautifully herself. Caius was such a great character. His backstory was so interesting. Probably my favorite part of the story. I really enjoyed the ballet storyline, also. Overall, definitely recommend if you’re feeling a vampire story, but not the typical vampire story.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Review: Blood and Ballet


Okay, there are alllll the book I read in June! I don’t think I’ve ever had a wrap up post this long. Sorry not sorry! Hahaha. I really hope July is just as good. Especially since it’s my birthday month! (:

Thanks for reading! (:

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