We’re still in the hellscape of 2020 but at least we’re in the seventh month now yay 🙃 (this is sarcastic enthusiasm in case you didn’t get that. sarcasm just doesn’t work on text) Also we must rejoice that I finally posted a monthly wrap-up after almost a year of being too busy/lazy to write one!
Last month I finally finished all my uni requirements so now I have time to rest before I go back to studying again. This means that I’m going to drown myself in fiction to forget about academia altogether. TYPICAL ME.
Let’s get to the wrap up now!
Technically, I read 18 books in June. I expected to read more but I’m happy with my progress nonetheless. I kinda got sidetracked by anime and ATLA (I’M WATCHING IT FOR THE FIRST TIME AND WILL DIE FOR THESE CHARACTERS) but that’s fine by me. I’m hoping that July is going to be a better reading month, especially because I’m planning to read as many Rick Riordan Presents books as I can. If I were a different dragon, I would turn this into a big readathon but my brain cells can’t cope with details and organization right now I’m so sorry 😭. However, if you want to buddy read any RRP book with me just send me a DM on twitter and we’ll work things out.
With that said, here are mini reviews of my June reads:
Just a bit of background: I first read the Charlotte Holmes series three years ago and loved it so much. At that time, only two books were out and I kind of forgot to read the others when they were released (oops). I decided to try the series again this year and finish reading all four books.
A Question of Holmes is the last book in the series and it ended up being my favorite. I love how Charlotte and Jamie worked through their feelings in this book. The theater mystery also kept me on my toes (ever since I read If We Were Villains I instantly found myself loving theater mysteries). I’m glad it wasn’t overly done because the inflated dramatics in the previous books infuriated me so much.
The bittersweet ending punched me in the gut. Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes have carved themselves a spot inside my heart. This series is far from perfect but it’s something that I treasure despite its flaws.
I talked about this book a little bit in my previous post ft. a lot of screaming and screeching. This book is just so good okay? The West African-inspired world is so lush and detailed. The fantasy elements really took me out of reality and it ALSO HAS MY FAVORITE TOURNAMENT TROPE. I like the chemistry of the main characters, Malik and Karina, as well. They have the badass girl/soft boy dynamic and I just fell in love with them both.
A Song of Wraiths and Ruin is a story about family, sacrifice, power, and love that will take your breath away. If you’re looking for a new fantasy series to get into, this one is for you.
RIN CHUPECO DID IT AGAIN! The Never Tilting World is set in a broken world where one half is thrust in constant darkness and the other is plagued by endless heat. There are four main characters and POVs in this book and I loved how their voices were so distinct from each other. The relationship of Lan and Odessa gave me all the feels (and a lot of pain) and I also adored the dynamic of Arjun and Haidee. At first, I found the pacing slow but the payoff was worth it. While reading this book, I had this constant feeling of anticipation in my gut that made the experience worthwhile.
The second book in the series, The Ever Cruel Kingdom, is going to be released in November and I can’t wait to delve into this world again, especially after that cliffhanger.
This is the first N.K. Jemisin series I’ve read and the queen certainly DID NOT disappoint. I read the ebook tie-in on Kindle which contained the books in the trilogy (The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, The Broken Kingdoms, and The Kingdom of Gods) and a novella (The Awakened Kingdom). I found myself amazed by Jemisin’s mind because this series is masterfully done. To be honest, I still can’t wrap my mind around all the greatness.
Aside from the brilliant world-building and politics, I applaud the mythology that Jemisin created in this series. The pantheon of gods in this book is just….*chef’s kiss* If you want to read an adult fantasy with fickle, unpredictable, angry, crazy gods, PICK THIS UP. There’s so much to unpack but we’ll be here forever if I keep talking. Just read this trilogy and find out why I’m losing my mind over it.
The Promised Neverland is one of the most popular anime of 2019 so of course I had to watch it (you can watch it on Netflix). I didn’t know anything when I clicked on the first episode so my heart actually jumped when I found out the actual plot. I’m being really vague here because I don’t want to say any spoilers in case you haven’t watched it yet. It’s really best to dive into this anime without knowing anything about the plot.
Anyway, when I finished the first season I got really impatient so I started reading the manga. I managed to read 11 volumes in June. I really love the art style and the pacing is SO GOOD. Every arc is also unpredictable. This manga keeps on giving me the best twists that’s why I’m savoring the experience by not reading too fast.
If you haven’t tried reading any manga, I suggest you pick up this one. It has one of the best concepts I have ever come across with and I have no doubt it will hook any bookdragon’s interest.
This month I published ONE precious blog post which may be laughable to some but I’m very proud of myself since I used to publish zero posts for the past year. ONE POST IS A HUGE IMPROVEMENT OKAY NOBODY’S GOING TO CONVINCE ME OTHERWISE.
Check out my Midyear Book Freakout Tag post here:
I still can’t go back to blogging regularly because I don’t want to burn myself out. I don’t think I’ll be able to publish multiple posts in a week like before. Right now, I just want to focus on reading without the thought of blogging weighing me down. Don’t get me wrong. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS BLOG but I still don’t have the drive to go all out right now. I hope y’all understand.
Nevertheless, I will try to post as much as I can but I’m not sticking to any schedule. I will definitely write posts when inspiration strikes. I will not be letting go of this blog that’s for sure. I JUST REDESIGNED THIS LAST MONTH YOU KNOW.
I’m really thankful to everyone who keeps on supporting me despite my blogging inconsistencies. I love y’all with all my heart. Your encouragement keeps me going 😭
I’m gonna stop now before I hopelessly burst into tears. I hope July is going to be a good reading month for us!