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June Wrap Up

Another month gone! The year seems like its flying by, maybe because I have my nose in a book most of the time.

I participated in my very first readathon this month; I ended up reading for about 10 out of 24 hours. I am trying to prepare for the 24 in 48 readathon that I signed up for coming up in July.

I read some amazing books in the month of June –16 in total
One was the best that I have read in years, a few were outstanding, and a few were mediocre.

None bad! No DNF’s this month either.
Here is the breakdown…

June 2017

  • Crimson Bound, by Rosamund Hodge
  • Heir of Fire, Sarah J. Maas
  • Queen of Shadows, Sarah J. Maas
  • Empire of Storms, Sarah J. Maas
  • A Darker Shade of Magic, V.E. Schwab 
  • Falling Kingdoms, Morgan Rhodes
  • City of Saints and Thieves, Natalie C. Anderson
  • Hum If You Don’t Know the Words, Bianca Marais 
  • Binti, Nnedi Okorafor
  • The Crown’s Game, Evelyn Skye
  • Camino Island, John Grisham
  • The Killing Moon, N.K. Jemisin
  • Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal, G. Willow Wilson
  • Red Queen, Victoria Aveyard
  • Roar, Cora Carmack

Exceptional


One of the best books I have read in a long time was Hum If You Don’t Know the Words, by Bianca Marais. It is about Apartheid-era South Africa in the later half of the 1970’s. The story follows a young girl whose parents were murdered and a mother whose daughter goes missing from a demonstration during the Soweto Uprising.

The book is beautifully written.  While the main characters POV’s are the most important,  it is easy to forget that many people suffered because of Apartheid; Marais deftly manages this by giving the reader an idea of the scope from each groups point of view through a cast of colorful and often hilarious supporting characters. The story reminds the reader that we are all human beings and how little the superficial differences between us matter, especially when it comes to love and family.

I will be reviewing the book in a later post and telling anyone who will listen to read it.

It is set to be published July 11, 2017


Outstanding

I don’t know what happened in the universe that i read so many awesome books in one month but keep it coming! Some of the books I read this month were outstanding!


Let me start with the Throne of Glass series. Sarah J. Mass is incredible. I am so addicted to this series. It just keeps getting better and better. The world building keeps growing, the characters keep maturing, the relationships get more complex, the bad-guys get badder… and it isn’t just a cheap thrill, these books are extraordinarily well plotted, have epic battle scenes, and are written beautifully. Some of the romance gets a bit steamy but I think that the author assumes that her audience is growing with her. There isn’t anything really sexual until the 5th installment Empire of Storms; and even that isnt super explicit. I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys fantasy and just make sure they know not to judge the series by the first book because they are light-years apart.

Two other books that I read this month that were outstanding were City of Saints and Thieves and The Killing Moon (Dreamblood #1)

The Killing Moon was so good that I started reading it and didn’t even notice the pages turning. At first I was mentally tripping over the names of the cities and the characters but as soon as I got used to it the story flowed so nicely. Excellent Sci-fi/Fantasy. I will read the second part this month.

City of Saints and Thieves I listened to on audio. The narrator had the perfect accent that added a layer of depth and reality to the story. Tina is a thief on the streets of Kenya. She belongs to the local gang of Goondas. She had to resort to this life after her mother was murdered. She has plans to exact vengeance from the man she is sure killed her mother. But even the best laid plans go awry, especially when there are bigger forces at work.

This story isn’t just a teen thriller, it is a story about refugees, hardship, sacrifice, family relationships, and finding out who you are and what you are made of.  Tina’s journey takes us from Sangui City, Kenya to a small village in Congo; along with Tina’s story comes a glimpse of what life is like for some in these countries, especially the refugees and the lower classes.

Most of the other books I read were decent. Nothing I hated, but not really worth remarking on.

Some Honorable mentions…


Ms.Marvel was the first comic that I have read as an adult.


Roar was really good but it has a wicked cliffhanger ending which I hate.


Red Queen I read for my book club. I was disappointed with it and had resolved not to read the rest of the series; but after the book club discussion I am more inclined to say that I might read the rest.



5 thoughts on “June Wrap Up”

  1. I’m so happy you liked Jemisin’s The Killing Moon!!! Her Inheritance Trilogy (starts with The Hundred THousand Kingdoms) redefined fantasy for me. Everything I’ve read by her has been amazing.

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