Wrap Up

June Wrap Up

I had a really good reading month this month because I had a lot of spare time so I was able to get a lot of books read.

Little Women

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott- At first this took me awhile to get into as the first few chapters are quite boring. However, as I read further into the book I began to enjoy it a lot more. I found the characters really interesting and I wanted to learn more about them.  Poison Study

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder- I really enjoyed this book. I found the story really interesting. The main character is saved from execution in order to become a food taster. I found it interesting to see the training that she went through. I also really enjoyed the romance in this book. Angelfall

Angelfall by Susan Ee- This was such a unique story. I haven’t read an angel book for awhile and I’ve never read an angel book where the angels are the bad guys. I loved the characters in this book, especially Raffe. The Sound Of Us

The Sound Of Us by Julie Hammerle- This was such a great summer contemporary. I enjoyed seeing the main character develop her confidence throughout this book. I loved the main character as I could easily relate to her and her love for TV and music. Twenties Girl

Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella- I always enjoy Sophie Kinsella’s books as they are such fun reads. I liked that this one focused on family and friendship rather than romance although there was still an element of romance in this book.

Code Name Verity

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein-After really enjoying Salt to the Sea I have wanted to read more WW2 fiction and I had heard really good things about this book. Unfortunately, I was really disappointed with this book. I found this book to be really slow and I struggled to get through the first half. There were some really heartbreaking moments and I was surprised by the plot twist but overall I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I thought I would have.

Panic

Panic by Lauren Oliver- This was a really intense read. From the start, I was hooked and it only took me a couple of hours to read. This book was really fast paced and I found the plot to be really interesting. What let it down for me was the characters as I didn’t feel connected to any of them.

A Thousand Salt Kisses

A Thousand Salt Kisses by Josie Demuth- This is such a cute romance that has mermaids in it. I really like reading about mermaids and I really enjoyed seeing them in this book. The romance is the main focus of the story but there were also some interesting side plots as well.

Atlantia

Atlantia by Ally Condie- This book was not at all what I was expecting. For some reason, I thought that this book was about mermaids but it was a dystopian novel that was set under the sea. I found this book to be really slow and there was a distinct lack of world building. I didn’t feel connected to any of the characters and I just wasn’t interested in the story.

The Boy at the Top of the Mountain

The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne- I had high hopes for this book as I really enjoyed The Boy in the Striped Pajamas however this one wasn’t quite as good. This story is a bit different from other WW2 novels as it follows Pierrot who goes to live with his aunt in Hitler’s home. I thought the author did a really good job of portraying how easily people were manipulated during this time.

The Book Thief

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak- This book was excellent and it definitely lived up to the hype. This book was really interesting as it is narrated by death which I thought was really unique. I found this book to be a really emotional read, especially towards the end.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky- I found this book really disappointing. I found it to be really slow and I thought that it didn’t really have a plot. This dealt with a lot of difficult topics but I feel that it tried to do too much and it just didn’t work for me.

The Summoning

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong- This book took awhile to get into as it was setting up the story for the rest of the books in the trilogy. The majority of the action didn’t happen until the last 50 pages and the story is left on a big cliffhanger ready for the next book.

Dear Amy

Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan- I was quite quickly drawn into this book as I found the plot really interesting. However, I lost a bit of interest in the second half as the story got really unrealistic.

I'll Give You the Sun

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson- This took awhile to get into but I am really glad that I stuck with it. I liked the changing POV and although at first I wasn’t a fan of the writing style I got used to it and I ended up really liking it.

Isla and the Happily Ever After

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins- I really enjoyed this series and I am sad that it is over. This one wasn’t as good as the other two in my opinion although it was still very enjoyable. These books are the perfect books to read during the summer.

The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner by James Dashner- I was worried that I wasn’t going to like this book as I had heard very mixed things about it. There was so much mystery and suspense in this book and I had no idea what was going to happen. I felt that the ending was a bit disappointing as it is left very open for the next book.

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Patience, Princess Catherine by Carolyn Meyer- This book was a good read  but I don’t think that it is anything special. If you have read a lot of Tudor fiction novels then this won’t be anything new. I would recommend this one though if you want to get into historical fiction as it is a very easy read.

Lady SusanLove and Friendship

Lady Susan and Love and Friendship by Jane Austen- I read both of these short stories in preparation for seeing the film Love and Friendship. These stories were not of the same quality as Austen’s other novels. They are told through letters and I found them both to be really lacking in a plot and I didn’t really enjoy them.

The Sword of Summer

The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan- I haven’t read a Rick Riordan book in such a long time. I was really excited to delve back into his writing. This series intrigued me as it is about Norse mythology which is something I know very little about.  I was left a little disappointed by this book as it is very similar to the Percy Jackson series. The characters felt too similar and the plot went in a similar direction.

Kirsty xoxo

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