We are officially in the second half of the year and wow, it is maddening. What’s also mad is that we are one month away from YALC and I don’t know if I am ready for it to be here.
I’m definitely in a permanent nervous/excited state and I still can’t believe it is so close now!
Anyway, June was a mad month for reading and me being being me, I didn’t get through all the YALC books I wanted to. However, I still read a total of 7 books and they were definitely worth it.
Goodbye Perfect by Sara Bernard: 3 stars (YA Contemporary)
A surprisingly decent read that explores more than what the blurb implies. I had a few niggles with the plot and some of minor detailing but I loved the family dynamics and some of the other, albeit under-developed, plot points such as Eden and her sister Daisy being adopted, and Conor being a young carer.
The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill: 3 stars (YA Fairytale Retelling)
A good retelling that ticks all the boxes and has the most gorgeous cover I’ve ever seen. It just rates low for me because I realise I still don’t particularly enjoy The Little Mermaid as much as other fairytales. It’s just not my cup of tea.
Songe à la Douceur/In Paris With You by Clémentine Beauvais: 4 stars (YA Contemporary)
A book I started off reading in French and ended up switching to the English edition when I found it in Waterstones. The translation was amazing, it didn’t read like a translated book at all, and I really enjoyed exploring a love story written in verse. In the past I’ve not hidden my disdain for YA Contemporary romances but this one took me by surprise because it wasn’t saccharine, overly perfect, and we left it not really knowing what happens to Tatiana and Eugene’s love in the end.
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir: 5 stars (YA Fantasy)
For a spontaneous, why-the-hell-not read, this book was incredible. I’ve heard amazing things about it, but I didn’t realise it was going to be that good. The world building is rich, the characters are deep and complex, and the plot intensifies with every chapter. I was constantly on the edge of my seat feeling terrified yet excited about where this story was going to go. I don’t know if I’m going to pick up Torch Against the Night in July but if I do, I need to savour the deliciousness because it will just get even more intense from here.
The Other Side of the Dale, Over Hill and Dale, and Head Over Heels in the Dale by Gervase Phinn: 5 stars (Autobiographical Fiction/Memoir)
Simply put, it was nice being able to read something humorous and easy-going in amongst all the tension and intensity of everything else. It has been a few years since I delved into the educational setting of the Yorkshire Dales and I’ll always love this series as it brings about the same light-heartedness and wit I get from the All Creatures Great and Small series, except this time I’m reading about school inspectors and children not vets and animals.
YALC tbr books = 3, so maybe not as bad as I originally thought.
As well as reading a few books, I also broke my book-buying ban to purchase these:
I’d say oops but I really like this haul and I plan to read most of these books very soon.
Lastly, I wanted to showcase a small selection of some of my favourite blog posts that I’ve read this month:
If you like that, try these…Pride and Prejudice by Laura @TheBookCorps
Should We Regret Reading Books? by Ellyn @Allonsythornraxx
5 Disney Songs That Changed Me by Lize @LizeInDisneyland and Jess @ FoundationsAndFairytales
Why I Don’t DNF Books by Kate @ReadingThroughInfinity
And that is that.
I’m really looking forward to seeing what July brings, not just with YALC but everything else book-related.
What was June like for you?
Thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!