Monthly Wrap Up: June

I commented last month how much things can change in the space of a few weeks, and the same thing occurred in June. Despite starting it on a high, it’s ended in such a way that I’m glad to leave the month behind and start fresh in July.

I’ve got my goals and I’ve got a plan of action: this is going to be my month for focusing on what I want to achieve this year. We’re over halfway through 2019 (how?) and I realised just the other day that I’m still in the same place I was at the start of the year.

It’s time to start prioritising the things I care about. After neglecting the novel for the entirety of June, it’s top of the pile for things to tackle in July. I completely ignored the blog last week in a way I’ve never done before, so back to content, promotion and engagement. No more waiting for things to happen: July me is going to take control!

Well… it sounds impressive when I write it like that.

And as a first port of call, I’m taking a look back at what I read in June. I’m a book behind where I want to be at the moment, but I pleasantly surprised myself realising I’d read more than I thought.

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

This continued my re-read and I, once again, forgot how much I loved the characters and their interactions. I’m getting more pleasure out of them the second time round than when I first read them all those years ago.

Freezing Point by Grace Hamilton

Freezing Point by Grace Hamilton

There’s a full review coming for this one, but it ultimately disappointed me. Weak characters who managed to survive disasters in ways that were a touch to convenient; this book had a hint of naivety about it.

Pendragon by James Wilde

Pendragon by James Wilde

The title alone made me read this one. A dark, heavy read that made you just want to breathe when you finished it, processing everything. Intense, but I’ll definitely continue the series.

Hexarchate Stories by Yoon Ha Lee

Hexarchate Stories by Yoon Ha Lee

Despite being gloriously confused in the original trilogy, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to read this collection of short stories. I loved them! It was refreshing, it was fun and it gave great insights into my favourite characters.

The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes by Ruth Hogan

The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes by Ruth Hogan

Another that surprised me. While still being full of charm and heart-felt messages, there is an emotional undercurrent to this book that I wasn’t expecting. It was deeper and more touching than I anticipated.

Mage Born by Stephen Aryan

Mage Born by Stephen Aryan

One that has been on my bookshelf for ages. An enjoyable read: not the strongest, but it was solid with a good premise and likeable characters.

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

I was reminded in this one that it was the secondary plots that held my attention, not necessarily the Jace/Clary plot. Still, no complaints: another entertaining and enjoyable re-read.

How about you? What have you been reading?

A Rambling Reviewer

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16 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap Up: June

  1. I’m sorry June was not the best for you. Here’s hoping July is better.

    I like the look of the wisdom of sally red shoes.

    This month I read the Roanoke girls and just started The year that changes everything by Cathy Kelly and so far it’s brilliant!

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    • Thank you, I hope it will as well. That book was not what I expected, but really moving and heartfelt at the same time. Ooh I’ve heard good things about the Roanoke girls although not read it myself yet.

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  2. I got excited when I saw the Mortal instruments series here, they are on my TBR! To your question, I read a lot this month but my favorite will have to be Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.

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  3. You read so many books in just one month! I am impressed and in awe. ♥ Also I look forward to your review of “Freezing Point” always here for a bit of tea spillage.

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