So…June didn’t go as I’d hoped.
I completed 3 books. 1 graphic novel. DNF’d another.
However…I started 11 books. That’s right. E-FREAKING-LEVEN.
Here’s how June went…
Started off with Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor. It moved a lot slower that I imagined, but the writing was still just as good. I know second books in series are usually “fillers” for all of the massive shit that is going to happen in the final book, but I was just bored most of the time. It felt repetitive. I wanted more action. I wanted more Karou & Akiva scenes. Thank God for Zuze, who saved the book from complete boredom and was just her amazing self. I have a girl crush on her. 3 of 5 stars.
I moved on to The Diviners by Libba Bray for my first book in the Tome Topple. I’ve had this book my shelf for about two years and have always been intimidated by the size. THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING. It creeped me the hell out. So bad that I had to have my husband stay in the bathroom while I showered because I thought Naughty John was going to come get me. (Yes, I’m still a baby, I know.) I am so, so, so happy I finally picked this one up. 4 of 5 stars.
My last completed book of the month was Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson. I had this book really hyped in my mind because 1) Matson is one of my favorite contemporary writers and 2) this one has been pegged as everyone’s favorite. But it just fell flat for me. Coming from someone who also had to watch their sick dad deteriorate, I knew what the characters were going through. I literally have been in their positions before and it sucks. But that was the only way I was able to connect with the characters. I felt like they didn’t really have any personalities and just fell flat. I was a huge and complete mess at the end of the book, though. It hit way too close to home for me. But though it wasn’t my favorite, it wasn’t bad and I’m still glad I was able to push myself through it. 3 of 5 stars.
So this is where the slump comes in. I’ve picked up countless books trying to get through them and none of them are really peaking my interest. I picked up the Pride and Prejudice graphic novel, hoping it’ll help me get out of it, but it made it worse because it was so weird. The art was just strange and I didn’t enjoy the dialogue and just meh. I prefer reading the novel any day.
Then I was accepted to read The Graces by Laure Eve, which I was provided by Net Galley for a free and honest review. The premise sounds so promising and the cover is insanely gorgeous, but I really didn’t enjoy reading it. I ended up DNF’ing it 20%. The characters were annoying me. I know that’s a cop out, but I really can’t like books if all of the characters just suck at being people.
Also, while I’m at it, I’ve noticed so many novels about girls who completely ruins their lives for some stupid boy. WHY IS THIS OKAY?! Women are so much more stronger than that. Do NOT let some guy tell you what to do, what to wear, that you need to work out, who you’re allowed to be friends with. HE IS NOT WORTH IT. And honestly, he probably has issues of his own that he needs to work out on HIS own and not drag you through it. TRUST ME. I wasted 5 years of my life with said stupid boy and finally grown and learned from it.
I absolutely hate this trope, if you can’t tell.
So that was my pitiful June TBR, but hopefully I can kick some ass and work through these books I’m currently in the middle of. How was ya’lls reading month?! Leave me links to your wrap ups below. 🙂