June has come to a close and with it, so has the first week of my new enterprise of book blogging. Now, I haven’t been blogging throughout most of June, but oh boy, have I been reading. This month I’ve read 28 books, so my review for each book will be limited to a sentence, otherwise this is going to be a very long post.
Books I Read In June 2018
- Dear Martin by Nic Stone
This is a book that everyone needs to read; powerful, moving and essential. 4 stars.
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2. The Call Of The Weird: Travels in American Subcultures by Louis Theroux
It certainly lives up to its name and confirms that Louis Theroux is one of my favourite documentary makers. 3 stars.
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3. My Box-Shaped Heart by Rachael Lucas
The perfect YA contemporary for summer with characters that have such vibrant voices. 4 stars.
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4. After The Fire by Will Hill
A gripping, dark and beautifully written book that deserves so many awards. 5 stars.
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5. The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
Eerie, atmospheric and haunting with one heck of a twist. 4 stars.
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6. Wink Poppy Midnight by April Geneveive Tucholke
Mysterious and atmospheric plot, but something just didn’t click for me. 3 stars.
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7. A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews
An emotional, stunning and highly anticipated debut. Four stars.
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8. The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
Beautiful sentiments and interesting narrative, but I can never class these as ‘poems’. However her writing style still makes for a great read. 3 stars.
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9. Puddin’ by Julie Murphy
Lovely follow-up to Dumplin’ and I finally found a book that focuses more on the power of friendship, feminism and body confidence. 4 stars.
10. The Girl in the Broken Mirror by Savita Kalhan
A very powerful, heart-breaking and moving book, but I will add a trigger warning for rape, as it isn’t obvious on the blurb. 4 stars.
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11. All of This Is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor
Intriguing concept and it’s certainly gripping, but most of the twists were very predictable. 3 stars.
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12. Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
I took me a while to get into, bu once the action started going, I enjoyed it a heck of a lot more. Foody obviously has talent and I will read the rest of the series, but I preferred her debut Daughter of the Burning City. 3 stars.
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13. This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
Diverse cast of characters and a powerful story, but every character just felt one-dimensional. 3 stars.
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14. Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen by Alison Weir
My least favourite out of her Six Tudor Queens series by far. It took so long for the story to properly get going and become engaging. 2 stars.
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15. Hope Is Our Only Wing by Rutendo Tavengerwei
A brilliant, quick read about the power of friendship and clinging on to hope, even when things seem bleak. 3 stars.
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16. Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
Honestly one of the best LGBT+ YA books I’ve ever read, so I included it in my Pride Month Recommendations here. 4 stars.
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17. The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater
A fascinating true story that dissects race, class and being transgender. It’s a rare true-story book that cuts through the exaggeration to the real people involved in the incident. 3 stars.
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18. American Panda by Gloria Chao
A cute contemporary with diverse characters and an adorable romance. 4 stars.
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19. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Darkly delicious and definitely a new series that I’m obsessed with. 4 stars.
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20. Things I’m Seeing Without You by Peter Bognanni
Interesting premise, but unfortunately the story just didn’t deliver on it. 2 stars.
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21. Frat Girl by Kiley Roache
It felt like the author was trying to make a big point about feminism and fraternities, but it kind of got lost in all the rom-com stuff. good, slow-burning romance though. 3 stars.
22. Leah On The Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
That controversial scene ruined this book for me, because until then it was quite funny but I never really got behind the relationship. 2 stars.
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23. Your Turn To Die by Sue Wallman
Suspenseful and incredibly atmospheric, but that particular twist has been done to death for me. 3 stars.
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24. The Weight Of A Thousand Feathers by Brian Conaghan
The writing just felt so raw and real, so I just connected with the characters really well. It utterly devastated me. 4 stars.
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25. On The Frontline With Women Who Fight Back by Stacey Dooley
Riveting writing and it offered so many insights into different issues from around the world. Good non-fiction that makes you think. 4 stars.
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26. Little Liar by Julia Gray
It gave me major Genuine Fraud by E.Lockhart vibes and was a morally grey, complex and deeply enthralling story about toxic friendships. 3 stars.
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27. Knights and Bikes by Gabrielle Kent
I was loaned the ARC of this by my local bookshop (Woodbridge Emporium) to review and this is a light, quick and fun read. 3 stars.
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28. It Only Happens In The Movies by Holly Bourne
I loved all the take-downs of romantic films and this was a lovely, slightly clichéd read to enjoy during summer. 4 stars.
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That brings this month’s wrap-up to an end and that was certainly a busy month of reading. Comment down below what were your favourite reads during June.
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