June felt like a whirlwind, I didn’t even realise it was the end of the month till I was reminded by the fact that my salary was coming in on Monday! Everything about it felt like it went by too fast for me. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. I did enjoy the month but it felt too short for me. Oh, well.
I have been socialising a bit more than normal because I had the good luck of find some good people as my coworkers. Always a boon, as many of you might agree. While my social life might have become better, my Duolingo is still suffering. I hope, I really hope, I do better this month. I also watched Good Omens and omg, that was such a good mini series. I fell in love with David Tennant all over again and was reminded why Michael Sheen is so awesome at his job! Anybody else a fan here?
This month meant the end of the ABC Book Challenge, I am still pretty sad about it but hopefully, this will make way for different and fun challenges ahead. Or maybe I might think about actually posting a discussion post. Who knows?
In other bloggish news, I also did a Pride book recs and tbr and amazed myself by mostly sticking to the TBR.
Then it was the turn for the Mid-Year Book Freak Out book tag, I was thinking of doing the tag on my own but before I did, the lovely The Orangutan Librarian tagged me so I did that too!
Then there’s my lack of impulse control showing up again. Yep. It’s another book haul, there are only four books there but I know for a fact that they are all awesome. (I mean, for me, they are awesome. )
I missed posting Mini Reviews this month so expect them to turn up in the next month. Overall, I read a lot but couldn’t quite keep up with the posting speed and it showed. Hopefully, July will be better, as far as blogging is concerned.
What The Wind Knows by Amy Harmon
This book was so well written and so lovely to read. It made me cry and it made me feel happy. I think this book deserved all the stars given to it because not only did it remind me that there’s this genre of books I have been ignoring but also it was something I really connected to while reading. You can read me babbling about it here.
Black Holes: Reith Lectures by Stephen Hawking
It’s all space and science in here but I am always up for learning and boggling my mind with space facts even if I don’t understand all of them in one reading. It’s been on my list and now I have read it and it’s totally worth the wait.
Jasmine Days by Benyamin
This is such a brilliant and un-putdownable book. It’s written so simplistically but it conveys so much. I don’t know what I was expecting but it wasn’t this and I meant that in the best possible way.
Velocity Weapon by Megan E. O’Keefe
As I said in my review, this one came to me at the exact right time with the exact thing I was needing. Science fiction with something that was not the run-of-the-mill thing. Megan E. O’Keefe totally delivered on that. My review for this one can be found here and trust me, if you are a fan of the genre, you do not want to miss this one.
You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman
Oh boy. This one was a surprise as well. I mean, I knew it dealt with anxiety but I didn’t realise how much I would connect with this one. It’s not mind blowing in the obvious ways but that’s the magic of it. It seems simple and then it touches your heart and you want to cry along with Ariel.
The Music Of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg
It was such a good book and its comparison with one of my all time favourites is somewhat deserved. I am not saying that it’s not like Aristotle and Dante but it’s different and should probably stand in its own awesomeness. Yes, there are times when it felt like it was vaguely Aristotle and Dante but in the best way. I am not doing this blurb justice, just go and read it, okay?
Milk Teeth by Amrita Mahale
So when a book comes about nineties in Mumbai and it’s all about how people lived and their problems and their little joys, I knew I had to grab it with both hands. The book delivered in making me miss them good old days but something about one of the characters really bugged me and I wish that character was a bit more fleshed out despite him being all mysterious and leading a double life.
Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
This book was out of my usual comfort zone and I think, it probably suffered because of that. I have zero knowledge about what people are suffering in the Philippines but it made me so sad and it’s just such a sad book in general but that is not what made me cut down a star. There is a bit more to it than that but let’s just say that certain aspects of the story didn’t make sense for me but that doesn’t mean that it’s not a good book on its own if you sort of remove them problematic bits.
I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver
I really loved all the characters except Ben’s parents. Ben’s struggles felt real and while I wouldn’t know anything about being nonbinary, this book made me feel like I know a little bit about their struggles now. The familial relationships really touched me and the friendship that Ben finds in their school is so important and gosh, Nathan is so sweet and he’s not without his own struggles. It’s just a great book, okay?
Keeper of the Lost Cities: Everblaze by Shannon Messenger
The third book in the series and Shannon Messenger proved once again that when it comes to middle grade fantasy, she’s an absolute boss. So much happened in the book and so much is yet to come from what I can gather that I cannot wait to pick up the next one. Why aren’t more people talking about this series? Seriously.
So, that was June for me. I read some really good books and I read ten books which I didn’t think I could, if I am being honest. So, here’s to hoping to continue this reading trend in July.
I found some new favourites and no, I can’t count Everblaze in that list because I think it’s fast becoming my all time favourite middle grade series. It’s so good.
What about you guys? What was your best read or the worst one? Or, let’s not call it the worst, let’s call it most disappointing read. Tell me all about it in the comments.
For now, arrivederci!