Despite my high hopes for the month, June was merely an average reading month for me. Half of me books for the month were audiobooks. On top of that, June felt like it lasted forever! I don’t know what happened to stretch this month out, but I might just be happy it’s finally over.
I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh // 5 stars // This thriller did not disappoint! I was so taken aback by all the brilliant twists throughout this novel. However, I was also taken aback by the amount of domestic violence present in this novel. I wish I would have known about it before going into this book, but it didn’t hinder the enjoyment of my reading experience.
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour // 4 stars // I did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I actually did. We Are Okay has received raved reviews ever since its publication, but I just didn’t think it would be the book for me. However, I truly enjoyed the journey this novel took me on.
We Contain Multitudes by Sarah Henstra // 3 stars // This book reminded me of Call Me By Your Name, but less boring and less disgusting. However, I didn’t feel like telling this story through letters was an effective method, and the tonal inconsistency throughout this novel effected my enjoyment.
Finale by Stephanie Garber // 4 stars // Even though I’ve only been reading the Caraval series for a few months, I’ve become so invested in the story! I found Finale to be an excellent conclusion to this series. I loved the relationship development throughout this book. I’d say that Finale‘s biggest flaw was that the ending felt a bit rushed.
The Wicker King by K. Ancrum // 3 stars // I wanted to love the Wicker King, but I don’t think this was the story for me in the end. I seem to be in the minority with this one. I just didn’t feel invested in the flat characters and the lack of explanation didn’t work for me.
Decidedly Off Limits by Stina Lindenblatt // 3 stars // It took me all month to finish this romance novel, if that indicates my feelings towards it at all. I was really craving a romance novel, but this book seemed to be far more sex-centric than romance based. I wasn’t a huge fan of the characters, so being invested in their relationship was difficult.
On the Blog
June certainly wasn’t my proudest blogging month, but it’ll do. I ended up taking a break one week, which was my first time not putting out a weekly post since I started this blog in September! All in all, I’m still pretty proud of the content that I did put out this month.
I’d say this was a pretty big month for life events. I attended my freshman orientation for college in the fall. It was a really exciting (if a bit terrifying) couple of days. It settled a lot of my fears, and it was super exciting to sign up for my first semester of classes. I’ll be taking an introduction to Latin course that I’m quite thrilled about.
I also started a new summer job this month! So far, I’ve really been enjoying the new experiences and helping customers at a local grocery store.
It shouldn’t be surprising that June was a more lackluster reading month with these big events. Still, I’m hoping to be more successful in July.
How did your June go? What books did you read that you loved, or maybe some ones that fell short?