May and June Wrap Up

Hey guys! I’ve been away for a little while but I am back and with another wrap up! I didn’t read many books in May and I didn’t have much time to write a blog post, so instead I decided to combine the books I read in May into my June wrap up. I read a lot of books in June and have a total of 13 books to share with you! I would apologise for it being so long, but I’ve managed to catch up with my goodreads reading challenge so I’m really not sorry. So enjoy this long, long list of books!

As always, click on the image of the book cover to find out more about each book.

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1. Vicious by V. E. Schwab

The first book I finished in the month of May was Vicious by V. E. Schwab. After reading the first two Shades of Magic books I fell in love with Victoria Schwab’s writing, and so I could not wait to finally dive into the book I had heard so much about.

I think it’s safe to say I was not disappointed and this book turned out to be an incredible story. I’ve actually written a full review on Vicious so if you’d like to read more of my thoughts I would love it if you checked it out here.

I gave this book 5 stars.

 

 

 

2. Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

Leah on the Offbeat was probably one of my most anticipated releases of this year. I had a great time reading this book and I was so grateful to be able to explore the Simon Vs. world some more.

I have written a full review which you can read here, but since then my view of this book has changed a little bit. When I read this book I was so in love with it, but since taking some space and looking back, I have a few more issues with this book than I did originally. I am not going to get into them right now, but overall I still feel like this book is ultimately a 4 star rating.

 

 

 

3. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Ok. Wow. This book.

I don’t read many books that aren’t YA, but I am so so glad I decided to pick this up. I had heard a few people talking about this on youtube and everyone who talked about it always said it was one of the best books they’d ever read. I think it’s fair to say I had high expectations going into this book and boy this did not disappoint.
I am a sucker for characters. It’s what I love most about writing and good character relationships, interactions and developments are key to a good story for me. And that is what this book is all about and Taylor Jenkins Reid executes this flawlessly.

I will recommend this book to anyone and everyone. Please read it.

I gave this book 5 stars.

 

4. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

Now onto books I read in June. City of Glass was my favourite book of The Mortal Instruments so far, so reading City of Fallen Angels was honestly a big let down. To me, it felt like not a lot happened in this book. There was hardly any plot development until the end. Usually I’m okay with a book that has little plot as long as the characters are interesting. But even the conflicts the characters were facing, as well as their development, was underwhelming.

I’m glad I read this book as I’m excited to continue and finish the series, but overall the story could have been told in about 150 pages and the story itself didn’t feel worth telling much.

I gave this book 2 stars.

 

 

5. History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

loved They Both Die At The End and so picking up more of Adam’s works was something I had been looking forward to for a long time.

I enjoyed this book and it was a really lovely story. Once again, Adam Silvera is one of those authors that I’ve heard lots of great things about, but I don’t feel like I share in the infatuation and obsession with his work. They’re good books. They’re not the best.

I gave this book 3 stars.

 

 

 

6. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

The premise of this book was probably one of the most interesting and unique ideas I’d heard in a while. This book follows the story of a girl part of the only group of people who escaped their kingdom of Winter when Spring took over and imprisoned and enslaved their people. It is Winter’s goal to reclaim their kingdom and save their people from Spring’s hold.

But this book was not good. Meira was annoying and was written as one of those ‘strong female characters’ that only cared about not wearing dresses and hating being told what to do by a man. It’s strange because, I’m with her, I hate being told what to do by a man, especially if they have no right to tell me what to do, but often she defies orders, even if they’re the right thing to do, simply because a man told her to do said order.

There were many other aspects of the story that annoyed me and the writing, quite frankly, was basic and naive. I am sure that other people will enjoy this book, but for me it was a huge let down and I won’t be continuing with this series.

I gave this book 2 stars.

7. Gone by Michael Grant

Gone is a book that I had been meaning to read for a while. A friend of mine loves this series and so I had promised her I would give it a go at some point, so when I found this book in a charity shop for £2 I couldn’t resist picking it up and giving it a read.

This book is definitely for someone younger than me and I so wish I had found this when I was a teenager. Nonetheless, it was a lot of fun reading something that is so well known in the YA community and I cant wait to continue the series.

I gave this book 3 stars.

 

 

 

8. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

If I’m being honest, I was tentative about this book for a long time. I think I’m one of those girls that tries to convince themselves that they’re not into fluffy romance, much preferring a fast paced action story.

But reading this was just a bundle of joy and was a wonderful surprise. As someone who never had lots of crushes growing up it was such an interesting story to find myself falling in love with. Usually I find myself enjoying contemporary stories that I can somewhat relate to, but for To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, this wasn’t the case. I wish I could explain why I loved this so much, but for now all I can do is suggest you read it. And quick.

I gave this book 4 stars.

 

 

9. A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab

The Shades of Magic series quickly became one of my favourites ever when I read the first two books last year. I don’t know why I waited so long to read the third and final instalment, but I have to say that, when I finally did I was highly disappointed.

I think maybe the reason I didn’t enjoy this so much is because so much of the novel was unnecessary. This story could have been told in 150 pages, maybe 200. But it did not need the 600 pages that it was given and most of the story just dragged. I didn’t worry for the characters I loved, I didn’t enjoy reading about anyone I wasn’t already invested in.

I can’t recommend not reading this book because I do still absolutely adore this series, but I’m just disappointed.

I gave this book 3 stars.

 

10. A Study In Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

This book was such a happy surprise! I love Sherlock Holmes , every version of it, but retellings of anything always make me a bit nervous. I’m not sure why, but it’s probably because there are so many bad retellings out there I don’t want to have too high expectations and then be disappointed. But with A Study In Charlotte I absolutely was not.

This murder mystery set in an American boarding school with the descendants of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson thrown into the middle of it is just as gripping and fun and mysterious as one would expect. It’s funny and sad and I truly found myself falling in love with the characters. I can’t wait to carry on with this series and I am so glad there’s more content out there so that I get to spend more time with Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson.

I gave this book 4 stars.

 

11. Scythe by Neal Shusterman

 

The premise of this book had interested me for quite some time, but for some reason took me a long time to pick up.

I loved, loved, LOVED this book and hopefully I will have a full review up for you soon.

For now I will just say please pick this up, I promise you will not be disappointed!

I gave this book 4.5 stars.

UPDATE: I have now changed my rating to 5 stars. I Just kept thinking about this book and I felt like it deserved more.

 

 

 

12. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

This book was a strange one for me. Illuminae is told in transcripts and emails and documents, basically any form of text you can think of other than prose or poetry. It’s definitely unique but, due to the lack of depth into the characters’ insights, this took me a long long time to really get going. I think it was about 250 pages in that I felt like I actually cared about the story, which is not really what you want from a book.

However, once I did get going I fell in love, fast and hard. This book is incredible and I ended up loving the unique style and turning pages faster than I had in a long time. There were moments that were absolutely beautiful and the presentation of the story isn’t something that is going to leave my mind for a long time.

I wish I could give this 5 stars, but due to the very slow start I ended up rating it at 4.

 

13. The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

It’s been a little over a year and half now since I decided to catch up on my childhood and finally rad Rick Riordan’s books and throw myself into the world of Percy Jackson. I finished The Heroes of Olympus series in April and I was so so sad. I finally had enough money to buy myself the audiobook of The Hidden Oracle and I loved this book so so much!

I love Apollo, probably more than most Rick Riordan characters; he’s quickly becoming a new favourite. If only for the *gasp* “she’s a communist” line, this book is also one of my favourite from this world and I had a lot of fun reading it. I would definitely recommend picking this up!

I gave this book 4 stars.

 

 

Now onto some non-book-related updates

  • I acted like a tourist in my own hometown and went on some lovely seaside walks
  • Spent some time with my friends before I left University
  • Explored the city I had lived in for the last 3 years
  • Went to see Ocean’s 8. It was incredible.
  • Spent some time with my cousin and celebrated his first birthday!
  • Moved home from University.
  • Got a new job.

 

Thats it with my May and June wrap up. What was your favourite book this month? How many books did you read? Did you do anything exciting this month? Let me know in the comments below and, as always, don’t forget to give this post a like if you enjoyed and subscribe to be notified every time I post.

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