I can’t believe half a year has gone by already! This year has turned out to be a pretty great reading year for me, owing mostly to joining the Booksta community and being inspired to read a lot more than I have in previous years. I’m currently sitting at 28 books read for the year, while last year I read 30 all year :-O
On to my June book wrap up…
Queendom of the Seven Lakes – A B Endacott
This was my first ever review copy to be offered to me through this blog, so it was super exciting for me! Thankfully, it was also a really good read!
A debut novel by Alice Endacott, the story was well-written and had a good dose of adventure and sly humour to keep me reading (I actually think I finished it in 3 days). I’m excited to read the next 2 in the series!
You can read my full review here.
Verdict: Good light-fantasy read, perfect for a quick summer or holiday read.
The Book Ninja – Ali Berg and Michelle Kalus
The Book Ninja has quickly jumped to be among my favourite reads of this year!
The characters are eclectic, witty, and a joy to read. The plot is a little bit rom-com with so many literary references thrown in that your bookworm-heart will be singing.
You can read my full review here.
Verdict: Funny and witty read with a big heart, I really enjoyed this one!
Goodbye Vitamin – Rachel Khong
This book was a shorter read, in diary-style (which is a change from the usual prose I read!). While I loved the idea of the novel and there were definitely moments in the book I really enjoyed, overall I was left wanting a bit more from this book in terms of detail and characterisation.
You can read my full review tomorrow!
Verdict: Readers who don’t mind filling in some gaps with their imagination will enjoy this read, as the storyline is still great!
Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward
This was our book club pick of the month, and I had been really excited to read it as I’ve seen it around the ‘gram a lot! Dealing with themes like racism, drug addiction, parenting struggles, and more, this was never going to be a ‘fun’ read but I knew going in to it that it was going to open my eyes a bit.
I didn’t end up enjoying it as much as I thought I would, unfortunately, but I still feel like it’s an important and impactful read, so I’m very glad I picked it up.
There will be a review up after our Book Club meet – I like to keep my thoughts a surprise 😉 haha
Verdict: Not the most fun book you’ll read this year, and the ending might have you like “???” (I know I was), but still I think a very important book to pick up at some point.
Stalking Jack the Ripper – Kerri Maniscalco
Stalking Jack was a love-hate kind of book for me. You’ll be able to read about it in a couple of Mondays time when my full review goes up, but let’s just say the protagonist was NOT my favourite character (especially at the start). Thankfully, the book’s mystery drew me in so I still enjoyed the read!
Verdict: Definitely a YA-lovers kind of book. The angsty teen “I hate him but oh he’s so pretty” will probably turn most other readers off.
The Wind Up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami
A short note to mention this book, which I have been dipping in and out of this month in between other reads. I’m not sure how I feel about it yet but I’m looking forward to finishing it and writing a review maybe next month! 🙂
So that’s it! My big reading month of June and I’ve still got a HUGE TBR pile to be tackled in the second half of the year. I’m getting a bit better at taking time for myself with a book during evenings and weekends, so I’m confident I’ll knock over quite a few more this year 😉
How’s your year of reading been so far? Any books you are adamant you’ll read before 2018 ends?
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