Welcome to my monthly book wrap up and TBR. June was a fair effort and as I write this, I am two books ahead of schedule according to Goodreads. Therefore, I am pleased with that.
June was a great month, I attended Supanova and met two authors, so keep an eye out for a post all about that. I got a LOT of new books last month, from the mail and second hand. I also recently signed up to Netgalley, so I have started to read a couple eARC’s, and I’m excited about the opportunities that could eventually bring.
In June I read three books, I had planned on four, but like I mentioned above I am currently ahead of schedule so I’m okay with this.
- The Secret Circle: The Temptation by L.J. Smith. I have now completed the series, and oh boy did it take a turn. I only recently realised that the last few books weren’t actually written by the original author but were taken away from her and given to someone else but they still printed her name on the cover. This is just awful. These books weren’t the best, but they were nice filler for when I was out and wanted to read something on my phone. Therefore, in protest for the treatment of the author, I shan’t be reviewing the series on my blog because I don’t condone the treatment of the author and therefore won’t give any more support to the series. I am glad I know how it wrapped up. However, I probably won’t be rereading this in the future.
- Hansel & Gretel by Neil Gaiman. I picked this book up this month at a bookstall at Supanova and just had to read it. I adore Neil Gaiman and the way he can spin a tale. However, this felt like it was missing the Gaiman twist, his spark to take something and remake it. I suppose maybe he was limited with what he could do with this, and sure, the writing was spot on it just read the same as any Hansel & Gretel The images did add an entire level of eerie to the mix. Overall, I quite enjoyed the book it just left me wanting.
- The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. I feel a lot of melancholy being done with this series; I enjoyed this trilogy more than the Mortal Instruments series (which I still have one book to get through). I loved the atmosphere that being set in Victorian London brought with it. I loved the characters and even though it had another clichéd love triangle, I thought this was handled much better than the original series. It saddens me that it’s all wrapped up. In fact, the epilogue had me literally sobbing I experienced so many emotions. I’m a sucker for the time-lapse montage, so this just hit me right in the heart, Would highly recommend this series, especially since you don’t have to read the other series for it to make sense.
- Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. This will be a reread, but I wanted to read something light and happy, and in many ways, I see parts of myself in the character of Cath and the book makes me happy. Plus it’s been two years since I first read it. Two years! Read my review here.
- Doing It! by Hannah Witton. This is probably my most anticipated read of the year! I love Hannah Witton’s YouTube Channel and when I heard she was writing a book, I knew I would have to buy it. I feel like growing up sex education at my Catholic schools was not great, and even at the age of 22 there are still a lot of things I don’t fully understand. So hopefully Hannah’s book will inform and enlighten me. I also am looking forward to reading about the LGBTQIA+ communities contributions to this book.
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I bought this book towards the end of last year, and have seen it pop up on my Instagram feed and mentioned around the Internet. I find the premise very interesting and can’t wait to see what its all about.
- American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I want to start because my boyfriend and I just started watching the American Gods TV show on STARZ, and since neither of us have read the book, it is sometimes difficult to follow. Usually I either read the book before I watch a show, or after the series has concluded so that my feelings of the two don’t get confused with each other (if that makes sense). Because the episodes jump about quite a bit, I am tempted to break that rule, although I might just see how we go with a few more episodes.
Let me know what books are on your TBR, or thought on the books above.