I can NOT believe it is July. Seriously, who hit the fast forward button?! I’m having existential angst.
I had big plans for June and wanted to read ALL the books of ever. Obviously, with a full-time job and various other commitments, this was a totally unrealistic plan. Then a whole tonne of emotional stuff happened near the end of the month which slowed me down even more. However, I did still manage to fit in 8 books so I’m pretty happy with that!
My first read of the month was Cleopatra’s Shadows by Emily Holleman. One of my reading goals for this year is to read more historical fiction and I was intrigued by this exploration of Cleopatra’s rise to power through the eyes of her forgotten younger sister, Arsinoe. Unfortunately, I was disappointed by this and, despite some initial Game of Thrones vibes, I quickly lost interest. You can read my full review here.
The Watcher in the Shadows
After reading The Shadow of the Wind last year, I fell in love with Zafon’s writing and wanted to read more of his work. This book is intended for a younger audience and, while that was apparent, I still really enjoyed it! The story was original and had a great gothic atmosphere, with some funky steampunk elements too. It was also a very quick read – great for anyone who is behind schedule on their Goodreads challenge! Full review here.
The Shadow Queen
I didn’t intend to read three books in a row with the word ‘shadow’ in the title, but it amuses me that I did! This reimagining of Snow White/The Evil Queen is the first in a series of standalones that I’m really excited about. I LOVE FAIRYTALES. I found this one very well done and lots of fun to read. Check out my review here.
Anne of Green Gables
Would you believe I had never read Anne of Green Gables before now?! I decided to buddy-read this with my friend Brooke, and it was the loveliest experience. Anne is one of the most endearing characters in literature and the whole story was just heart-warming. My full review is here. I’ve been told there are another 8 books in the series! Maybe one day I’ll give them a go. But let’s be honest, if it’s taken me until now to read the first one…
Our Dark Duet
This was my favourite read of the month! You can check out my review here. V. E. Schwab is definitely carving out a space in my favourite authors list. I highly recommend this duology and now feel the need to read everything else my queen has written.
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend
This one was cute but ultimately disappointing. I didn’t expect it to be mind-blowing but it was a bit more dull than I would have liked! I just didn’t connect with it the way I’d hoped I would. Review coming soon!
This was a buddy read with my bestie Mia and I really enjoyed it! She warned me beforehand that it’s a bit of a guilty pleasure read so I was prepared for it to be a bit cheesy – but it was actually very well-written and I loved the gothic vibes! I’ll be reviewing this one soon.
This was my book club’s pick for the month and I hate to say it but I didn’t enjoy it! Fellside was written by the same author who wrote The Girl with All the Gifts, which I haven’t read yet but I’ve heard great things about. The premise for this one sounded really intriguing too but the execution just didn’t do it for me. However, it’s the first book our book club has read in over a year that I haven’t enjoyed, so I guess that’s pretty good?! Full review to come.
Well, there you have it! A very mixed bag. Here’s hoping for some great reads in July!
How many books did you manage to read in June? What was your favourite read of the month? Leave me a comment!