So I’ve been mia lately but I’m back again to finally share with y’all my June book wrap up and share my thoughts about the books and I read and didn’t finish so let’s get on to the books!
*disclaimer will contain spoilers!*
So we’re going to start off on a good note because these three were pretty good reads for me!
Caraval – Stephanie Garber – 5/5 stars
So I really enjoyed this book! It did take me a minute to read it but once I was able to get into it I couldn’t put it down. The characters were well-written, the story was well thought out, the plot twists were interesting too and I overall liked it. It was intriguing, kept me wanting more, shocked me, and made me cry a couple times – it was a good time. I will say that I hate the sisters father. Scarlett’s fiancé wasn’t any better, but her father – he just boils my blood. I can’t wait to get into Legendary I’ve heard it’s really good and from what I read in the epilogue I can tell it’s gonna be good!
Twilight – Stephenie Meyer – 4/5 stars
It happened. I read Twilight after almost 10 years and wow. I definitely missed some things when I was a teen and now looking at it with fresh eyes and a better grasp on things I can definitely say it’s a bit problematic. I feel like Edward is way over possessive of Bella and Bella doesn’t seem to notice this from what I gathered. He’d pretty much demand her to do whatever he says no questions asked, who to talk to who to not talk to, what to do what not to do, it’s a big no for me. Also Edward is so stubborn and hardheaded like he’s a legit rock and trying to convince him of anything is such a waste of time like when The Hunt started it literally felt like a century before they could finally convince Edward to turn back to get to Charlie and make up a way to leave without just disappearing like Edward suggested. That’s another thing, he cared only about Bella and didn’t care about the other people who loved her and wanted her to be safe and protected like Charlie and Renee like how’s she gonna just leave without not saying a word? Like come on, Edward. -face palm- but anyways aside from all that, I will say it was funny and interesting to listen to twilight while reading along and while it is problematic I’m interesting to read the rest of the saga. *side note: I watched the movie and it’s very cringey but I did like the baseball scene it’s a favorite but overall it was very cringey*
Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban – J. K. Rowling – 5/5 stars
What can I say? I really loved this and it’s even better the second time around. So funny and interesting and with more action and time travel what more could you want? I love how it was a race against time and saving Sirius and Buckbeak too. I will say how Hermione acted towards the class divination and Professor Trelawney was downright rude and uncalled for and it made her look so bratty and making it seem like she was better than that class and maybe they could’ve gotten a new professor for said class but to be straight up rude and disrespectful like that is not cute, sorry. Other than that I did enjoy the book and can’t wait to read the others and share my thoughts with y’all!
The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali – Sabina Khan – 5/5 stars
This was a dark read, that’s for sure. It deals with Rukhsana having to hide her sexuality and girlfriend in order to be able to get to her dream university because if she were to come out to her parents beforehand who knows what could’ve happened. But they end up getting caught and it goes downhill from there. She gets sent to Bangladesh where her parents basically trick her into staying in order for her to marry before heading back to the states. It’s a very intriguing book but there are some triggers – sexual and physical abuse/incest, homophobia, islamophobia/muslimphobia, homophobic killing, etc so if any of these may trigger you, maybe don’t read this, but if you still want to read it awesome, just be aware.
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen – 5/5 stars
I absolutely loved this just as much as I thought I would. I like how Elizabeth and Darcy eventually grow to be fond of each other after all the misunderstandings were cleared up and fixed. Compared to the movie I feel like it’s pretty accurate. I listened to the audiobook and I really enjoyed it. So if you’re wanting to listen to the audiobook while also reading along I recommend Karen Savage – I love how she narrates and does a wonderful job!
Read or Die R.O.D Vol 3 – Hideyuki Kurata 4/5 stars
So I enjoyed the backstory of the “villain” and how Donnie impacted book Yomiko and Ridley (I think that’s what his name was I forget lol sorry) and while I get that what happened to Donnie fills her with so much guilt and all I feel like how it was handled could’ve been better, personally, but I did enjoy it in the end and can’t wait to read the last volume soon!
All the Missing Girls – Megan Miranda 5/5 stars
So this was my first mystery book (ya know that’s not Nancy Drew lol no shade I loved Nancy Drew) and I really enjoyed it. It was fun to figure out who did what and their motives and not gonna lie it’s kinda twisted haha for me anyway. I also listened to the audiobook and enjoyed it too. I really wanna read more by Megan Miranda and if you know of any good ones, please let me know in the comments! 🙂
Internment – Samira Ahmed – DNF’d
This makes me sad because I’ve been doing so well in my reading since getting out of my long reading slump, but this is my first DNF book since being back. If you don’t know what DNF it means Did Not Finish – so yeah it’s not because I didn’t enjoy it because I did, but I’m not sure if I’m ready to read more of it just yet. Maybe I’ll finish it in the next month, but right now it’s not in the cards for me.
So that concludes my very late June wrap up and if you’ve read any of these books please let me know in the comments and while you’re at it let me know what you read in June! 😊