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June Wrap-Up and Mini-Reviews

This month started with a slump but ended on a high!

I managed 11 books this month. But 2 were very short books and 4 were graphic novels. So only 5 novels which isn’t far away from my average monthly reading count. Considered the reading slump in the beginning of the month and the little reading break associated with that, I think I did very well this month 😁

I also did 2 readathons this month; Buzzwordathon and Fantasy JourneyAThon.

But first,

Let’s hold me accountable.

I have two goals this year which involve acquiring books;

  1. only buy two books a month,
  2. only request two ARCs a month.

Rules: For buying books it only for books I, personally, spend money on including subscription boxes (one per box), but it excludes my audible membership and all free books and gifts. For the ARC’s I’ve focused on my request-button-pressing and not getting the requests approved because you don’t know if it will be approved, nor do you know when it will be approved. Therefore, only two request-clicks per month.

I will have this on my wrap-ups every month.

Before we delve into the book I read this month let’s check if I stuck to my goals:

  • Only buy two books a month: 
    1. Birthday by Meredith Russo

Available credit from last month; 0

Total credit transferred to next month; 1

  • Only request two ARC’s: 
    1. We Hunt The Flame ❌
    2. Sorcery of Thorns βœ…
    3. Paul takes the form of a Mortal Girl πŸ’¬

Available credits from last month; 2

Total credit transferred to next month; 1

Now let’s get back to the books I’ve read and have a deeper look a look at them.

Moribity by Nahoko Uehashi

Physical book – owned

The Story:

The story follows Balsa, a warrior woman for hire as a bodyguard. One of the Emperor’s wife hires her to protect her son, the 2nd prince. But the 2nd prince has been given a quest by the water spririt and is carrying the spirit’s egg to protect. They must journey out to sea for the egg to be laid and the water spririt can retrun. Otherwise a draugh will ravish the land.

My Opinion:

I love the mythology of this book. It was so rich and interesting and well written. But my reading slump interfered with my enjoyment of it. I struggled with the last 180 pages and I was generally not it the mood for reading. I might read it again someday to see if there is any difference. I do recommed this book to those who like Japaneese mythology.

Deadpool Kills Deadpool

Graphic novel – Library

The Story:

Deadpool Kills Deadpool is when an alternate universe Deadpool goes on a rampage of killing all Deadpools, to root out the casue of all evil – himself.

My Opinion:

I enjoyed this read. I actively picked up graphic novels about characters I already like, to see if my reading slump would fade. It didn’t but I still enjoyed this read. I read this in one day, but not one sitting.

All-New Guardians of the Galaxy

Graphic Novel – Library

The Story:

Follows the Guardian crew as they search for infinity stones and joing the Nova corps.

My Opinion:

I had never read the Guardians graphic novels. I was shocked to find that Starlord was supposed to be really good looking. πŸ˜‚ From my experience with the films he is ok looking but goofy. He is not very gooft in the comics. I enjoyed this though.

Guardians Team-Up

Graphic Novel – Library

The Story:

As the cover suggest there is a team up of Rocket and Deadpool, along with other far fetched team-ups like the Silver Surfer and Groot.

My Opinion:

Again this was fun but nothing more than that. I think I liked Gamora and the Night Crawler best. I was super exited for Rocket and Deadpool but it became quite obvious they clash a bit and it became less fun.

Ms Marvel by G. Willow Wilson

Graphic Novel – Library

The Story:

A new Ms Marvel is born! Kamala Khan just wants to be like everyone else; no more weird holidays, no morw weird lunch, no more weird traditions. But then a weird mist rolls into town and Captain Marvel gives her Ms Marvel. Kamala must figure out who she is and what type of superhero she wants to be. Not easy when you have a curfew.

My Opinion:

I loved this story!! I love the muslim family relation and interactions. I loved Kamala’s friends and her interactions with them. And I despised the concern troll. I aslo learned a lot. It was funny and loving and interesting read. I will definitely pick up the rest in this series 😁

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

E-book – Owned

The Story:

The story follows Alex in senior high school with schizophrenia in the form of paranoia, hallucinations and anxiety. She struggles to get through her everday life but her parents have given her the ultimatum; get into college or get hospitalised. As she starts the new high school for her senior year, she makes friends for the first time evver, but will they still be her friends when they know what she is? Also is there more going on on this school than what it seams , or is it just her mind making things up?

My Opinion:

My first book for Buzzwordathon. I really enjoyed this book! I felt the characters in this book had real depth to them. I loved the story and they way it progressed. And I loved Miles! I but more thoughts in my buzzwordathon wrap-up.

Poems to Live You Life By edt and illustrated by Chris Riddell

Audiobook – Library

The Story:

A selection of poems by various authors selected by Chris Riddell.

My Opinion:

I read this for Buzzwordathon. I enjoyed htis selection. It was a mix of fantastical poems and weird stuff. I struggled a bit with paying attention to some of them and I think it would be better in a different format like a ohysical copy instead of an audiobook considering its illustrated. Having said that, the selection was good and I’m glad he included some Neil Gaiman 😁

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Physical book – Library

The Story:

History Is All You Left Me follows Griffin as he struggles to cope with the loss of his best friend and exboyfriend. Theo was everything to Griffin. Thy only broke up becasue Theo was going away to school and Griffin didn’t want to hold him back. What Griffin didn’t expect was for Theo to move on. Once Theo dies, Griffin has to go through everyhting that happened leading up to that. Along side that Griffins OCD is acting up.

My Opinion:

Another read for Buzzwordathon. I enjoyed this read. It wasn’t as sad as I expected, but maybe I had gotten my hopes up too much… Still it was sad in places and I liked how his actions aren’t always sane just like most people sufering from grief. Also I’m totally Team Mountain 😁

Nocturna by Maya Motayne

ARC – NetGalley

The Story:

A Latin inspired fantasy. Finn is trying to survive by thieving from anyone and everyone. The facechanger is never the same and no one recognises her anyway. Alfie on the other hand is struggling to cope with the new weight on his shoulder. After loosing his older brother, Alfie is now the heir to the throne. He has done everything he can to find his brother but to no avail. By dark circumstances, Finn and Alfie paths cross and they have to fight together to prevent the entire world for falling into a darkness.

My Opinion:

My first pick for Fantasy JourneyAThon. I enjoyed this. I had some issues with the writing but the story was fun. I did a full review here.

Grief Is A Thing With Feathers by Max Porter

Audiobook – Library

The Story:

This prose/poetry/essay book follows a family who has just lost their mother and they struggles to cope with that. Then Crow shows up and threatens to stay until they don’t need him anymore. The two boys create havoc. The dad tries to write a memoir of Ted Hughes. The Crow goes on random word tantrums and kills a deamon.

My Opinion:

I randomly picked this up as an audiobook and I loved it! I think the narrator did a very well job interpreting the crow. It’s a weird story and absurd, but very sad and very funny at times.

I highly recommend the audiobook for this 😁

Across the Void by S. K. Vaughn

ARC – NetGalley

The Story:

Drifting in Space, May wakes to find her spaceship abandond and malfunctioning. Back on Earth her husband Stephen is trying to come to terms with the radio silence. As they find their way back to eachother it becomes appared that someone doesn’t want that to happen, or someones?

My Opinion:

My second choice for Fantasy JourneyAThon. It’s mix of thriller and space opera but very well written. Full review here.

Have you read any of these? What was your favourite read this month?

Until next time; happy reading!

6 thoughts on “June Wrap-Up and Mini-Reviews

  1. I haven’t read anything by Adam Silvera yet, but I really want to. I have heard amazing things about his books, though I have also heard that they are heartbreaking. I think I’ll read They Both Die at the End first. I also want to read Grief Is A Thing With Feathers. It just sounds like such an interesting book.
    Great post! πŸ˜€


    1. I haven’t read They Both Die In The End but I want to. Its probably my next Adam Silvera book. Yeah all his book are sad but I don’t think they are heartbreaking, or maybe I expect too much and therefore don’t think them that sad. Who knows. Yes I recommend the Greif book and it was realy good on audiobook if you get the opportunity. Thank you!

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