June Wrap-Up (11 books)

Books I read in June 2018

July is nearly over but here's my June Wrap-Up finally! I managed to read 11 books which is less than I wanted but still pretty good considering how quickly time seems to fly by (make it stop PLS). June has always been my favorite month because it means summer, sunshine and my birthday.

But enough of that, here are the books I read in June & what I thought of them :) 

***Disclaimer: All books with an asterisk were sent to me for free by the publisher or unsolicited. This in no way affects my thoughts or opinions on them.***

Middle Grade

Love Sugar Magic #1: A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano*  | ★★★★

Reminiscent of Disney's Wizards of Waverly Place, this deliciously sweet middle grade novel is about a young girl who discovers she comes from a family of brujas (Mexican witches). In between helping her parents bake sweets for their famous bakery, Leonora is determined to learn magic and use her abilities. There's nothing worse than feeling left out and little Leo isn't taking no for an answer.

While the pacing was a bit slow and Leo a little too headstrong for my tastes at times, this story is full of heart with wonderful relationships between friends, siblings and parents. It's a great start to what's for sure going to be a fun series full of fun, magic and trouble. 

 

Graphic Novels

Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol*  | ★★★★

Since I took this book with me on a hike for some #bookstagram photos, it seemed only fair to read it right after. I was able to finish it in one sitting and it definitely was not what I was expecting. 

The protagonist, Vera, is a young Russian girl who just desperately wants to fit in with her peers who live in fancy houses. Her chance to be like the other kids arises when she finds out about Russian summer camp. However, it's not at all what she imagined and she finds herself struggling to fit in and make friends all over again. With Vera's journey such a heartfelt echo of what many children face growing up, it's hard not to fall in love with her story. The illustrations are fun and the color scheme is perfect for a story about summer camp.  

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang*  | ★★★★★

This is such a gorgeous and surprising story of a young seamstress with big dreams and the prince who helps her achieve them. However, the prince has a big secret and if anyone were to find out...well who knows what will happen. 

A perfect read during Pride month, this is a beautiful book that highlights how accepting and wonderful people can be to each other. The ending nearly brought me to tears. The romance was quite adorable too. This is such a fun and unique read, if you've never read a graphic novel before, this is a great one to start with!

The Broken Vow (Spill Zone #2) by Scott Westerfeld*  | ★★★★

See my blog tour post & review. 

 

Young Adult 

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows  | ★★★

A unique and humorous tale loosely based on Lady Jane Grey. She's a bookish girl who has no desire to rule the kingdom and her betrothed is quite possibly a horse. Ever since this book came out, I've been dying to read it because of the rave reviews. While it was enjoyable and definitely different from other books I've read before, it felt longer than necessary with some parts dragging on and on. The humor wasn't also the laugh out loud type that I thought it was and at times the author interruptions got annoying. However, I'm still looking forward to reading the newest novel by the authors, My Plain Jane

Dumplin' by Julie Murphy | ★★★

I listened to an audiobook from my library and my lack of enjoyment was partly due to the narrator and my dislike of the voices she used for the characters (especially the male characters). I'm quite picky with audiobooks but since I wanted to read Puddin' so bad I decided to stick with it and listened to the book at 2x the speed. Unfortunately I found the story itself quite lacking. For the most part, it felt like nothing happened. I'm also not a fan of the whole "best friend drama" trope or whatever it is which is why I generally don't read YA contemporary. 

Puddin' by Julie Murphy* | ★★★★

I'm quite happy that the main characters of this book were side characters from Dumplin' as opposed to another book about Willowdean. The dual POV was nice because I don't think I would have enjoyed an entire book told from either perspective. However, overall this story was a lot more entertaining and satisfying to read. I like how despite their differences, Millie and Callie still managed to forge a strong friendship. 

 

Adult Fiction

All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover* | ★★★★

Blog tour post & review coming this July 21st. 

The Intermission by Elyssa Friedland*  | ★★★

I was lucky enough to receive an arc of this from Berkley Publishing and I eagerly devoured it in just a few short days. Both the cover and the synopsis drew me to this book because I loved the bright colors and I'm a sucker for relationship stories. Unfortunately I found Cass to be such an unlikable character that I could not root for her or their relationship. The ending was also quite disappointing in my opinion. 

What Should Be Wild by Julia Fine* | ★★★

This is another book that I eagerly picked up because I was seduced by the beautiful cover which ended up being a dud for me as well. While the beginning was vastly interesting and the prose beautiful, the pacing was so slow that I lost interest and read anything and everything else I could instead of this one. I think I must have missed the bigger picture or something because I didn't really understand this novel nor did I care for the ending. 

 

Adult Nonfiction 

Calypso by David Sedaris* | ★★★★

This is my first David Sedaris book and it definitely won't be my last. I don't normally pick up books like this but thanks to Book of The Month, I was able to discover a hilarious new author. The short essays are fun and addictive to read. Sedaris shares a lot of personal family stories which really make you think about your own life and relationships. 


Overall June was an okay reading month, with the graphic novels really outshining most of the other books I read. July's wrap-up will most likely be even smaller than this one which is totally fine because I'll probably have more to say about the books I did read (i.e. I'm dead. I need sequels and I need them NOW). 

But until then, I hope you enjoyed this blog post & thank you for reading!