Wrap Up | June ’15

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Hey everyone! It’s that time of the month again, and I literally cannot believe that it’s the start of July already. 2013 was like, yesterday. What?!

I had a reasonable reading month. I was doing very well with reading up until I hopped on a plane and flew to Asia. I haven’t finished a single book since I’ve been on vacation, and my plan to read three books on the airplane failed miserably. I think I read 20 pages at best. Even so, the cumulative wrap-up is good enough. Let’s jump into it!

Psst, click on the book title to go to my full review!

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~ Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2) by Laini Taylor:

Really enjoyed this second installment. I liked it more than the first one, and I can’t wait to dive into the final book in this trilogy. I gave this book four stars!

~ Lexicon by Max Barry:

I did not expect to like this book as much as I did. It was fast-paced, creative and action-packed. Great place to start getting into sci-fi. I gave this book four stars!

~ P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #2) by Jenny Han:

I was super disappointed with this one. I thought some of the decisions that Han took were unnecessary and undermined the characters a little bit. I gave this book two stars.

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~ A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1) by Claudia Gray:

I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I hoped to, but it wasn’t bad either. I gave this book three stars.

~ Every Last Word (ARC) by Tamara Ireland Stone:

This book was very addictive, and it offered interesting insight into a mental illness I had never read in fiction before. I gave this book 3.75 stars.

~ Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2) by Richelle Mead:

I liked this one better than the first one. The plot was action-packed and fast-paced, and I really enjoyed the narration. I gave this book 3.5 stars.

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~ The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass Prequel Novellas) by Sarah J. Maas:

These novellas offered brilliant insight into Celaena’s past and her character. They were a lot of fun to read, and I definitely recommend them to people who enjoyed Throne of Glass. I gave this book four stars.

~ The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) by Renée Ahdieh:

I absolutely adored this book. The story, the writing, the world, the characters- everything was on point. I gave this book 4.5 stars.

~ This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki:

This was a pleasant surprise. It was profound, poignant and touched upon some serious issues. I gave this book four stars.

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~ The Graveyard Book Vol. 1 by P. Craig Russell and Neil Gaiman:

This was okay. I think I would have liked it better if I had read the actual novel first. I gave this book 3.5 stars.

~ Winger (Winger #1) by Andrew Smith:

I really enjoyed this. Even with the hype, I thought it was a great book with well-constructed characters and funny yet insightful narration. I gave this book four stars.

~ Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover:

I think the hype brought this book down a little bit for me. I thought it was okay- nothing special, but it did have its moments. I gave this book three stars.

Books in Progress: 2

~ The Exiled Queen (Seven Realms #2) by Cinda Williams Chima:

I’m only a few pages in, but I’m hoping I’ll be able to finish this in early July.

~ The Little Friend by Donna Tartt:

This is one hunk of a book. Small text and over 600 pages! I’m halfway through, but I had to put it down because I didn’t want to put myself in a slump. I don’t have it with me on vacation, so I’ll probably get to it when I’m back home in August.

Total Books Completed: 12

Total Books Read This Year: 74

Music Spotlight:

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Mumford & Sons (this album in particular) has been my new obsession. Noteworthy tracks include Believe, Hot Gates, Monster, Snake Eyes and Wilder Mind.

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Although I’ve known about Kodaline for a while now, I didn’t pay much attention to them until very recently. I love this album. Noteworthy tracks include Honest, Autopilot, Lost, and Coming Alive.

TV Show Spotlight:

My Mad Fat Teenage Diary l-r:  Tix (Sophie Wright), Danny Two Hats (Darren Evans), Rae Earl (Sharon Rooney), Archie (Dan Cohen), Chloe (Jodie Comer), Izzy (Ciara Baxendale), Finn (Nico Mirallegro) and Chop (Jordan Murphy)

My Mad Fat Diary is back for Series 3, and I really wasn’t expecting this last season to happen. This is a severely underhyped show- everyone needs to check it out asap!

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Alrighty, guys, that’s it for this month’s wrap-up! Hope you enjoyed this post, and I look forward to what July has in store for me. Happy reading. <3

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Comments

  1. You read so many awesome books in June! 😀 and so many that I still need to and want to read!
    Also, I love the new Mumford album. 🙂

  2. I know what you mean about A Thousand Pieces of You. It had so much potential. I hope the next one will be better because I do like the idea.

    I hope you love The Exiled Queen. I liked it, though not as much as The Demon King. 🙂

    • I agree! The potential was there; I just wish it was carried out a bit better. I’m still not sure I’ll read the second one, but I might just get to it if I’m ultra bored. xD

      I’m quite liking tEQ! Cinda Williams Chima is such a fantastic writer! 🙂 x

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