June was a bit of a weird month for me. It started on a real high with my Birthday and lots of lovely and generous bookish post from some amazing bookish people. I will be doing a birthday book haul very soon! But then as the month went on I ended up extremely busy with work and found little to no time to read. As I have mentioned before in my WWW Wednesday posts, June was my last month at my current position and I have now moved to working with a new lab in a different university (not physically as we are still under social distancing in the UK). This made for a crazy last few weeks of June and I am behind on both my reading and my review write ups.
July has been a lot easier on me so far and despite a number of group reads I am managing to get a lot of pages read. I am also taking part in Becca’s Bookopolyathon which is a 48 hour readathon based round Becca and the Books’ TBR game. I am hoping to live blog both here and on my Instagram so keep and eye out for that from the 10th.
(Page count includes Audiobook page numbers)
5 STARS: 5
4.5 STARS: 1
4 STARS: 1
3.5 STARS: 1
3 STARS: 2
Book of the Month
A Deceleration on the Rights of Magician
H.G. Parry is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. Both of her books that were released this year in the UK occupy the top spots on my best reads of 2020! The thing is I am struggling with how to review this book as I just don’t know how to express what i adored about it. It is a dark subject matter that is treated with upmost respect and historical accuracy using the introduced magic systems to highlight and convey emotion and feeling that would otherwise be out of reach. It is so different from the Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep yet just as well written! I know I will have to re-read this one. I am hoping to get my full thoughts in some kind of order soon.
WHAT I READ –
Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Aurora Cycle #1
I found this one to be a little disappointing. I really enjoy both Kaufman and Kristoff’s writing and I loved the Illuminae files, However, this one promised me a space heist and just didn’t deliver. It was still a fun read and contained all the aspects we expect from this duo. I will be continuing on with the series in hopes that it gives me a bit more of what I was wanting.
Sometimes you just pick up the perfect book and the perfect time. The beginning of June was a prominent moment for the world and this book offered both the humorous relief but also the perfect reflection on the current political climate. I have a mini review that gives more of my thoughts HERE
Tilly and the Lost Fairytales
Pages and Co #2
After reading Tilly and the book Wanders with the Middle Grade Marvels bookclub I just had to pick up the next in the series. While I didn’t adore it as much as the first book in the series is was still a magical read. I cant wait for the third one out later this year. I have a non-spoiler series review of both books one and two HERE
Crossing in Time
This was an interesting Time travel romance that didn’t do a whole lot of time travelling. I read this as part of The WriteReads books tour and I did enjoy it, but I also had my problems. It is very slow to build and it left me with more questions than answers. I did in the beginning enjoy the romance but then it turned sour for me due to actions of the plot and over all I was just left with mixed feelings. You can read about all of those thoughts as well as my most burning question – HERE
The Court of Miricles
I really enjoyed this book. I will admit I have no previous knowledge of Les Mis (which this claims to be a retelling of) so I had no expectations and I found this to be an interesting world with engaging characters. I am hoping that the world building, which was by far my favourite part, will continue as the series goes forward. I have a full review HERE.
City of Bones
The Mortal Instruments #1
I read this as part of Ellie (Read to Ramble) and I’s journey through the world of the Shadowhunters. This was a re-read for me but I must admit I enjoyed this read so much more than my previous read. Reading these books with Ellie is so much fun. We are currently reading City of Ashes and frantically DMing each other to giggle, gag and gasp! If you haven’t read this series I highly recommend buddy reading it. We have a full discussion post where you can find out both Ellie and My own thoughts HERE.
Murderbot Diaries #2
My love and appreciation for MurderBot just grows and grows! I adore this Character, and the Introduction of ART (Asshole Research Transport) a ship AI with an attitude I was sold even more. I am sure to have a mini review up for this soon but I love love love this series.
When ever I have been looking for a quick read to fill some time I have been dipping into the Forward collection, a collection of Sci-fi stories from various authors and I am yet to be disappointed by them. This was just a fantastically paced and relevant short story with a dash of dark humour too. There were so many layers, reveals and world-building all in such a tiny package it was just engrossing. I will probably do a mini or series review for this story/collection hopefully soon.
Nevermoor: The Tails of Morrigan Crow
Ending the month on a re-read as part of the Middle Grade Marvels book club. I am glad I picked this up again as I love it. I am hoping to continue with the series in anticipation of the third book, Hollowpox, being released in August. I just think this is just such a magical and creative world and I do love a good magical competition. While I have previously read this I have never written a full review so I am hoping I can write one up soon.
Overall, I am not unhappy with my June reading. I read some awesome books. I also have a couple of started but yet to finish books that I hope I can clear up in July.
How was your reading month of June? What was your book of the month?