June 30, 2020

Wrap Up // June 2020

* Well, needless to say, my reading did not go as planned for the month of June. Once again I could not stay focused on my books and I struggled really badly to even find the desire to read. One of my best bookstagram friends has also struggled immensely to read this month, so I know it's not just me. I was so hoping June would be a better month for me. Maybe I'll get lucky and July will be amazing for reading. 

June 2020 Reading Wrap Up


In June I read 4 books. Which isn't terrible. But it's not anywhere close to what I wanted to read this month. I wanted to read a bunch more of my unread books that I've had for a long time and it just didn't happen. I just wasn't in the mood to really read much at all. The thing that saved me at the end of the month was listening to Clockwork Angel on audio. I immediately started Clockwork Prince and that was my last book of the month. Anyway, here's a recap and some of my feelings on the books I've read this month.

Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
- This was a reread for me and I really enjoyed it. It is a solid start to a great YA series and I was so glad I picked it up again. Maybe if I had finished rereading the trilogy my reading this month would have gone a lot better. ­čĄĚ

Tatiana and Alexander by Paullina Simons
- I finally got around to reading the sequel to The Bronze Horseman and I was NOT disappointed! This was my first five star read since House of Earth and Blood back in March. I had forgotten how tragic this story was. This was a long book but I was super in the mood for a long, overly descriptive historical fiction novel. This one checked all the boxes for me and I'm so glad I took the time to read it. Hopefully, I don't wait as long to read the final book in the trilogy. 

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
- I listened to most of this book on audio and then finished it with my physical copy. I really enjoyed this book! I was completely shocked because I really don't care for The Mortal Instruments series. In fact, I disliked it so much I dnf'd the second to last book and called it quits on the series. But The Infernal Devices series is definitely written to a higher standard than TMI. 

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
- So, I just finished this last night. Or I should say this morning. I stayed up all night to finish it because I knew I wouldn't get it finished today if I didn't. Once again, this series has surprised me. There is a love triangle in this book, which I knew was going to happen. The surprise was that it really didn't bother me. It is not a perfect love triangle, but it is a well written one. Normally I loathe love triangles. But this one was different. It wasn't really so much the main character not being able to make a choice. It factored in all of the characters' choices and behaviors to create a trope that I really didn't mind in this one. Which is saying something considering how let down I have been by YA books lately.

Books I bought in June 2020

- Storm Front by Jim Butcher
- Incendiary by Zoraida C├│rdova

- The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
I read this book in September 2019 and I had borrowed it from my library. Of course, after reading Tatiana and Alexander I had to have a copy of it for my personal library. 

- The Summer Garden by Paullina Simons
- The Empire of Gold by SA Chakraborty

Books I unhauled in June 2020

- Harry Potter Ravenclaw editions, Books 1-3 (Funny story about these. I retook the sorting hat quiz just for fun and it turns out I'm a Slytherin, not a Ravenclaw. I was thinking about unhauling these anyway so this was just the push I needed to do it.)

- One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus
I've had this book on my Kindle for ages and I just really don't like reading ebooks so I decided to unhaul this one. If I ever decide that I want to read it I can just pick it up from an used bookstore. 

- The Mortal Instruments series, books 1-6
As I said above I dnf'd this series last month. I also decided to unhaul the series from my shelves as well.

- Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa
Making the decision to dnf and unhaul this book was a little tough. I absolutely LOVED Shadow of the Fox. But when I decided to get back into this series I couldn't get into it. Maybe I waited too long to pick it up again, but I just couldn't make myself read this book. 

- Incendiary by Zoraida C├│rdova
I just got this book in my Fairyloot box this month but I know I'm not going to read it. I feel like I've mentioned this a million times but I really am not impressed with the YA books that are coming out anymore. It's just like they are preaching the message "what and how much can I get for myself?" instead of focusing on helping others and making the world a better place. It's all about me and not about what is good for all people. I read the synopsis for this book and gagged a little. I just can't read this stuff anymore.

-The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White
I bought the exclusive edition of this book from Owlcrate a few months ago and I never should have. I just am not all that interested in reading it anymore. I let FOMO get to me and made a bad decision. 

So that's my June wrap up. Even though I only read four books I did enjoy them so this month wasn't an entire bust. My favorite book was Tatiana and Alexander. It was everything I needed at the time. And it really brought the brevity of life to the forefront of my thoughts.  I don't think I have a least favorite book this month. They were all pretty decent with Tatiana and Alexander being the best one. 

Happy reading friends,

Alicen