June was a successful reading month for me, as I managed to get to some of the books that I have been putting off forever and read some of my new favourites. Fingers crossed I am going to be able to carry on this momentum for the rest of the year. Without further ado, here are my statistics and mini reviews for the books that I managed to read tin June.
Books Read: 15 Books
Pages Read: 3967 pages
Average Pages Per Day: 132 pages
Average Rating: 4.47 Stars
Shards of Earth by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Shards of Earth was the first space opera that I have read in a long time, and it was the first Adrian Tchaikovsky book that I have ever read, so I wasn’t sure what to expect going into it. But I am so happy that I ended up loving this book, and I am desperate to get my hands on the next one. The characters within Shards of Earth were all so different, and the world was so inventive and interesting. I highly recommend picking it up.
Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco
After loving the Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Kerri Maniscalco, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Kingdom of the Wicked as it is very different from anything she has written before. Thankfully I enjoyed Kingdom of the Wicked just as much as I thought I would. I loved the characters of Emilia and Wrath, and I can’t wait to see where the sequel is going to go after the cliffhanger at the end of the book. I would also not recommend reading this book on an empty stomach as it will make you very hungry.
Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon
I wasn’t sure what to expect from Instructions for Dancing as it has been a long time since I last read a Nicola Yoon book, but I loved it. It was everything that I wanted and more! It had me cycling through all of the different emotions, which really surprised me because it is quite a short book. The only thing that I would have wanted a bit more of was the dancing because I love the way that Nicola Yoon told it. I can’t wait to see what she is going to release next.
Sightwitch by Susan Dennard
Sightwitch is the novella that sits between Windwitch and Bloodwitch in the Witchlands series. I wasn’t sure what to expect as it moves away from the characters we already know and introduces someone new to us. While I liked it and it answered some of the questions that I had about the world and magic, it also threw some more questions that I hadn’t even thought about before. Sightwitch is told in a mixed-media format that really lent itself to the story and connected with the reader.
Some Girls Do by Jennifer Dugan
Some Girls Do is the first Jennifer Dugan book that I have read, but it will certainly not be the last. I loved Some Girls Do and how real the characters felt, because they felt just like real people. They made mistakes and were forced to fix them because that is how the world works and that is what happens to everybody. It also explored some important themes which I love to see. I can’t wait to go back and explore some of Jennifer Dugan’s backlist.
Only, Mostly, Devastated by Sophie Gonzales
I had seen Only, Mostly, Devastated by Sophie Green billed as a queer reimagining of Grease, and while it was that, it was also so much more. The characters in Only, Mostly, Devastated were so well developed that you could imagine them as your friends, which I always look for in a contemporary. I am definitely going to be checking out more of Sophie Gonzales’s work, especially the release that she has coming later in the year.
This Fragile Earth by Susannah Wise
This Fragile Earth is a dystopian set in the not too distant future where technology has suddenly stopped working. I found This Fragile Earth to be an interesting read because while I did not like the characters I really liked the atmosphere. I found the characters to be a little bit insufferable and annoying, detracting from my reading experience. But the atmosphere was spot on and constantly left me turning the page. I am excited to see what Susannah Wise will write next because I am not sure if it will be a dystopian or something a little bit different.
The Bone Way by Holly J. Underhill
I was so excited to get to read The Bone Way by Holly J. Underhill because I was desperate to read it as soon as I spotted it on Twitter. It is a sapphic Orpheus and Eurydice retelling, and when I say I flew through it I really did. It was everything that I wanted it to be and more, it had so many elements that I loved, so I could not put it down. I highly recommend picking up this novella if you love any kind of retelling.
The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper
The Gravity of Us was actually a reread for me and I enjoyed it much better the second time around. I am not sure what it was this time that made me like it more, but something just clicked with me. I love the characters within The Gravity of Us and found that they were incredibly believable and relatable. I also loved the ending because we got a much greater exploration of the resolution of the drama and what it meant for the characters. I can’t wait to make a start on Phil Stamper’s next book.
Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend
I can’t believe how long it has taken me to pick up Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend, but I am glad that I have finally managed to do it. I loved it; it was everything that I wanted and more. I love all of the characters and fit perfectly in the world, making it all the better. I also love Jessica Townsend’s worldbuilding as I could imagine it coming to life exactly as she put it on the page. I can’t wait to dive into the next book in the series Wundersmith.
Also Read within the Month
There you have it, all the books that I managed to read within June! I am still surprised by the amount of books that I managed within a month, so fingers crossed I can carry it on with me for the rest of the year!