Hope you’re all doing okay!
Today’s post is going to be my wrap up for July. I can’t believe it’s been 10 months since I last did a wrap up… how has the time gone so quickly?! As it’s been so long I thought I’d bring back these posts because they’re nice to look back on.
Looking back on June, I didn’t think I had read that many books as I had a bit of a reading slump… again, but I actually didn’t do too badly!
1. The Furies – Katie Lowe
Thoughts: This was a book I’ve been anticipating reading before it was released. When I unboxed it in a previous Book Hooked Box I was SO excited to finally have a copy. When I buddy read it with Linda from Linda’s Little Library in June, I unfortunately didn’t enjoy it half as much as I hoped I would. It was definitely a case of overhyping it in my head and the plot was a lot different to how I imagined it to be. I thought it was okay, but it didn’t have enough witchcraft in it for me personally and I felt there were a lot of loose ends. The start was strong, but the ending was a bit disappointing, which is such a shame as I wanted to love this book!
2. The Two Towers – J. R. R. Tolkien
Thoughts: This was a reread for me and I listened to this on Audible. I loved it so much. You can’t not love the LOTR trilogy, it’s GOAT. Rob Inglis is an amazing narrator and the story is excellent. I enjoyed reading about the Battle of Helms Deep, but I’ve got to be totally honest, I did prefer the adaptation of this particular part. With epic battles I prefer to watch them than to read them as they’re so visual and I’m not great at picturing them in my head. The section of the book that follows Frodo, Sam and Gollum is so good and also Treebeard is amazing.
3. Read With Pride – Lucy Powrie*
Thoughts: This was such a wholesome book. Lucy’s writing is brilliant and this is the perfect book for teens. It discusses gender and identity and how being part of the LGBTQIAP+ community is something that should be celebrated and supported. Olivia is a great character and it was lovely to read a book from her point of view. We are introduced to a number of brilliant new characters too. I did prefer the first book in the series, but Read with Pride is an important book and was lovely to read!
4. The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse – Charlie Mackesy
Thoughts: I don’t know why I didn’t pick up this book sooner, I really should have. This is a short, yet poignant read. It focuses on how important kindness is and how people from completely different walks of life can come together. Although the story is told from the point of view of a young boy and animals, it’s easily translatable into today’s society. The illustrations are beautiful and it’s one of those books you can keep revisiting and never get tired of.
5. Cut to the Bone – Roz Watkins*
Thoughts: Ooo this book, it’s so creepy and disturbing in the best possible way. If you like gory thrillers, you NEED to read this. There were so many twists and turns I didn’t expect and the writing was superb.
If you want to hear my thoughts on Cut to the Bone in more detail, check out my blog tour review post here.
6. The Black Flamingo – Dean Atta
Thoughts: I love this book so much! It is written all in verse and was so beautiful, yet hard hitting. It focuses heavily on sexuality, race and accepting yourself. I loved the main character, Michael, and Dean Atta writes so well. The illustrations including were great and I would highly recommend reading this book!
How many books did you read in June? Let me know in the comments below. 😊
*All of the books followed by an asterisk are ones I have been #gifted by either the publisher or author. All opinions are my own and are not influenced by receiving a free copy in any way.
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