June 2021 Reading Wrap-Up

June was an interesting reading month… and a pretty disappointing one in some regards! One book I loved, and the other four were pretty mediocre.

I managed to read six books in June. The breakdown:

  • 4 were physical books (3 paperback, 1 hardback)
  • 1 was an audiobook
  • 1 was an eBook
  • 2 were borrowed from libraries and 1 was borrowed from a friend
  • 1 was part of a blog tour
  • 3 were YA (1 contemporary, 2 magical realism)
  • 1 was crime
  • 1 was a supernatural new adult
  • 1 was historical fiction
  • And my average rating was 3.33

Six is okay for me! I average anywhere from six to ten at the moment a month, which is far less than I used to read, but it’s okay. I’d like to read more once the summer arrives, and I’m definitely hoping to make a serious dent in my TBR!

But what were the books I actually read, and what did I thin k about them? Wait no longer…

#1: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (paperback; YA contemporary/magical realism; 4.5)

The was the first book I read in June, and the best one of the month! I loved The Graveyard Book and can’t believe I waited so long to read it. It’s a magical realist coming of age story about a young boy named Nobody Owens who lives in a graveyard. Though Bod’s friends and family are all dead, he learns a great deal about life!

I’m actually teaching this book at school this term so read TGB for my module. I’m so glad I chose this one, and it’s been bringing up some wonderful questions in my class!

#2: The Fandom Rising by Anna Day (library; YA magical realism; paperback; 2.5)

This is the sequel to one of my favourite books a few years ago, The Fandom, but this book has just displayed to me how much my maturity level has risen since I read the first! The first will still have a place in my heart, but this fell majorly flat in comparison.

#3: Stranded by Emily Barr (audiobook; crime; 3.5)

Emily Barr has written some of my favourite YA thrillers, so I was thrilled (heh) when I found she wrote adult thriller too! I enjoyed this one on audio, and though it’s not my favourite of all time, it was a gripping read.

#4: The Crimson Countess by Brynn Myers (eBook; supernatural new adult; blog tour; 2)

I read this book for a blog tour, and though it was relatively enjoyable, I took nothing from it aside from the historical aspects. This book was simply not my style – nothing bad about it necessarily. It had great research and a beautiful aesthetic!

#5: The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar (historical fiction; hardback; borrowed from a friend; 4)

Man this book took me weeks to get through. I’m glad I read it, because the writing was astonishingly beautiful, but the plot was non existent until the final quarter of the novel, by which time many readers would have DNF’d. Still, slow, meandering, beautiful books are kinda my thing.

#6: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz (library; YA contemporary; paperback; 3.5)

Don’t come at me… but I do not get the hype for this book. The characters between them spend like 50% of it in bed, for goodness sake! The story was cute and the writing was effective in places, but mostly felt too try-hard. Oops. I might buy my own copy for the astoundingly pretty cover…

So there you have my reading wrap up for June! What did you read?

2 thoughts on “June 2021 Reading Wrap-Up

  1. If you’re into big-ass historical fiction books you might like Iain Pears’ ‘An Instance of the Fingerpost’ – a murder in 17thC Oxford with four unreliable narrators!

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