June Wrap-Up!! // my best reading month of 2020

Hi friends! I read eight (!!!) books in the month of June, plus one DNF. I don’t know why, but I was feeling really inspired to read this past month??? Anyways, let’s talk about some great books, movies, and music that really made my June feel…not as crappy as the rest of 2020!

Books

DNF

A Wicked Magic by Sasha Laurens | This sounded so good…I mean, a spell gone wrong for two witches? And then a demon takes their friend so they have to get him back? Ahhh, I’m so disappointed that I didn’t like it. Around 30% in, I knew I wouldn’t like this. The writing and me weren’t clicking, and I really didn’t like any of the characters. To be fair, though, I do not vibe very well with magical realism. So this was a sad moment for me.

3 Stars

In The Dark Soft Earth by Frank Watson | This was a lush poetry collection that I really admired. It was absolutely beautiful in its imagery, but I could never properly grasp the overarching narrative of the collection as a whole. Also, while I enjoyed the words themselves, they were abstract to the point of confusion*. So 3 stars it is!

*although to be fair, i am also abstract to the point of contusion

Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire | I think…I think I just did something controverisal*. Look, I was expecting to at least 4 star this one! One of my favorite characters was back, and I adored Down Among the Sticks and Bones which is a similar installment! But this? This felt so easy, so…simple. The entire book I was waiting for something exciting to happen, and then suddenly the climax comes and goes like the tide. Easy, peacefully, predictably. I was super disappointed by this one but I didn’t hate it, so a solid 3 stars from me.

*tbh my very existence is controversial so…

The Suicide House by Charlie Donalea | I was kinda shocked by how much I did like this one??? Like, could it have been better? Yes. Boarding school murder mysteries are top of the potential chain. But I really adored Lane and Rory, and the added aspect of the killer’s journals was really interesting! I just wish the mystery had been more exciting, and I had been more invested.

4 stars

In An Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire | Okay but the narrator Cynthia Hopkins SLAYED this audiobook. This felt like a dreamy fairy-tale, albeit a dream edged in nightmares. I totally didn’t remember Lundy from Every Heart A Doorway, but this was such a fantastic backstory that it makes me want to reread the first just so I can remember her properly. I really enjoyed this one!

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi | THIS WAS SO GOOD. This entire crew of characters are EVERYTHING. Historical fantasy taking place in Paris with magical artifacts, a heist, a diverse cast, and endless banter. I need the sequel ASAP!

4.5 Stars

Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire | I REALLY wish we had gotten to see more of Confection! This was so much fun, lighter and more magical than some of the others in this series. So maybe my biggest drive to read this book was the fact that it gave off heavy Wonderland vibes. What can I say, I like nonsense. Plus we got to see a *certain* character from the first book again, which was a pleasant surprise!

Jo and Laurie by Margaret Stohl and Melissa de la Cruz | This was such a lovely retelling of Little Women, focusing on the possibility of Jo and Laurie actually being together. I’ve honestly ranted non-stop about this so I’ll spare you my babbling. Just know that this was so wonderful.

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton | The more time passes between when I read this book, the more I appreciate it. This was a unique sort of mystery, with elements of time loops and so, so many secrets. All while being basically a literary puzzle! My biggest issue with this book, however, lies in the fatphobia. I’ll go into more depth in my review, but the way a certain character was described really disappointed me.

Music

I’m….just going to drop my current On Repeat Playlist here. I mean technically that’s my dad’s because I’ve been leeching off his Premium account for the past month but y’know. Clearly, I listen to music more avidly.

Movies/TV

I will honestly cry talking about any of these but Just Mercy, 1917, and the k-drama While You Were Sleeping stole my heart. Go watch them, please.

That’s it! Tell me about your June highlights below!

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16 thoughts on “June Wrap-Up!! // my best reading month of 2020

  1. Wow, that does seem like a really great reading month! I’m so glad you enjoyed most of them books you read, especially Gilded Wolves since I’ve been wanting’ to read it! I’m always looking for k-dramas to watch so will definitely check out While you were sleeping!

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  2. Love that you have one Seanan McGuire in each category!! Beneath the Sugar Sky’s cover is so fun, I have to continue on w the series asap just to get my hands on it! ❤️

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  3. Okay I definitely think that I am going to read The Gilded Wolves! The reason why I was afraid to pick it up is because I’ve heard a few mixed reviews on it but I think I’m still going to give it a try! I should probably read a Seanan McGuire book too! YEES, I love BTS and I am trying to listen to more K-pop! Great post!

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