What I Read In… June 2019

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Hello again, I am starting to think I need to re-organise the start of the month as this double posting has happened two months in a row for me now. Sorry about that!

As I mentioned in my reading resolution update, June went a lot better for me than May in terms of reading. I had a lot of highlights, and hardly any lows.

Here are all the books I read in the month of June in order of worst to the best! (I thought I’d save the best for last this month as the top five (!!) are some of my all time favourites now, told you I had a good month!).

Black Panther Vs/ Deadpool (#2/5)

Daniel Kibblesmith

Read 12/06 | ⭐️⭐️ | Goodreads

DEADPOOL ON THE HUNT! Deadpool’s carving a path through the Wakandan wilderness on the hunt for Vibranium! And his missing right arm! The Black Panther proooobably should be watching him. But T’Challa’s mind is distracted with the possibility of a revolutionary new technology. One that could change the world… starting with Wakanda. But there may not be a country to revolutionize if Deadpool goes unchecked. Will the king and the sometimes-hero reach an accord, or is this a fight to the death? 

There isn’t much to say about this really, It was alright. I only had #2 so I think I would have appreciated it a lot more in anthology form reading right from #1 to #5.

Vampire Knight #2

Matsuri Hino

Read 29/06 | ⭐️⭐️⭐️ | Goodreads

Yuki and Zero go into town to do some shopping for the Headmaster, and they are attacked by a fiendish vampire called a “Level E”. Two Night Class students, Takuma Ichijo and Senri Shiki, come just on time and slay it, and invite Yuki and Zero to their dormitory at midnight to find out why they killed one of their own kind…

I didn’t enjoy this as much as I did the first volume, I’ve found that with manga so far, I always love the first volumes much more than I do the second. Maybe the third volumes will change my mind…

The Beholder

Anna Bright

Read 30/06 | ⭐️⭐️⭐️ | Goodreads

Selah has waited her whole life for a happily ever after. As the only daughter of the leader of Potomac, she knows her duty is to find the perfect match, a partner who will help secure the future of her people. Now that day has finally come.

But after an excruciatingly public rejection from her closest childhood friend, Selah’s stepmother suggests an unthinkable solution: Selah must set sail across the Atlantic, where a series of potential suitors awaits—and if she doesn’t come home engaged, she shouldn’t come home at all.

From English castle gardens to the fjords of Norge, and under the eye of the dreaded Imperiya Yotne, Selah’s quest will be the journey of a lifetime. But her stepmother’s schemes aren’t the only secrets hiding belowdecks…and the stakes of her voyage may be higher than any happy ending.

This book was the biggest disappointment of the month, I was so excited for it, the premise sounded amazing. But it really fell short.

What if it’s us

Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

Read 08/06 | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ | Goodreads

Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?

Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.

Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.

But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?

What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?

What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?

But what if it is?

To be honest, this book wasn’t my favourite book from either of the authors. But I do love that they did a collaboration! It was a really cute read though, but the ending let it down for me.

Hot Dog Girl

Jennifer Dugan

Read 21/06 | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ | Goodreads

Elouise (Lou) Parker is determined to have the absolute best, most impossibly epic summer of her life. There are just a few things standing in her way:

* She’s landed a job at Magic Castle Playland . . . as a giant dancing hot dog.
* Her crush, the dreamy Diving Pirate Nick, already has a girlfriend, who is literally the Princess of the park. But Lou’s never liked anyone, guy or otherwise, this much before, and now she wants a chance at her own happily ever after.
* Her best friend, Seeley, the carousel operator, who’s always been up for anything, suddenly isn’t when it comes to Lou’s quest to set her up with the perfect girl or Lou’s scheme to get close to Nick.
* And it turns out that this will be their last summer at Magic Castle Playland–ever–unless she can find a way to stop it from closing.

Jennifer Dugan’s sparkling debut coming-of-age queer romance stars a princess, a pirate, a hot dog, and a carousel operator who find love–and themselves–in unexpected people and unforgettable places.

And now we are on to the first of the top five books I read this month. All five star ratings, and all some of the best books I have read this year. I loved this book, it was heartfelt and real.
You can read my review here.

Heartstopper #1

Alice Oseman

Read 30/06 | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ | Goodreads

Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…? 

Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore, and he’s sort of got a boyfriend, even if he’s kind of mean and only wants to meet up in secret.

Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him. That is, until the start of January, in which Nick and Charlie are placed in the same form group and made to sit together.

They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…

I loved this graphic novel, it’s so sweet and I have already pre-ordered #2.

Fence #1

C.S. Pacat

Read 26/06 | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ | Goodreads

Nicholas Cox is determined to prove himself in the world of competitive fencing, and earn his place alongside fencing legends like the dad he never knew, but things get more complicated when he’s up against his golden-boy half-brother, as well as sullen fencing prodigy, Seiji Katayama.

Nicholas, the illegitimate son of a retired fencing champion, is a scrappy fencing wunderkind, and dreams of getting the chance and the training to actually compete. After getting accepted to the prodigious Kings Row private school, Nicholas is thrust into a cut-throat world, and finds himself facing not only his golden-boy half-brother, but the unbeatable, mysterious Seiji Katayama…

Through clashes, rivalries, and romance between teammates, Nicholas and the boys of Kings Row will discover there’s much more to fencing than just foils and lunges. From acclaimed writer C.S. Pacat (The Captive Prince) and fan-favorite artist Johanna the Mad.

This graphic novel is so good! I love boarding school stuff, and I am really loving the fencing too! I never though I’d love a sports-related book so much but it’s one of the best graphic novel’s I’ve read.

Fence #2

C.S. Pacat

Read 29/06 | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ | Goodreads

As Seiji and Nicholas struggle with their living arrangement, the competition heats up.

I ordered this with next day delivery as soon as I finished Fence #1. But it was delayed for a couple of days. I loved this just as much as I loved volume one, and I have to wait until September now for #3 but I already have it on pre-order!

The Grace Year

Kim Liggett

Read 04/06 | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ | Goodreads

No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden.

Girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, drive women mad with jealousy. They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. That’s why they’re banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive.

Sixteen-year-old Tierney James dreams of a better life—a society that doesn’t pit friend against friend or woman against woman, but as her own grace year draws near, she quickly realizes that it’s not just the brutal elements they must fear. It’s not even the poachers in the woods, men who are waiting for their chance to grab one of the girls in order to make their fortune on the black market. Their greatest threat may very well be each other.

With sharp prose and gritty realism, The Grace Year examines the complex and sometimes twisted relationships between girls, the women they eventually become, and the difficult decisions they make in-between.

And finally, the best book I read this month, and one of the best books I have read all year, maybe for the last few years. I LOVED this book. You can read my review here.

Thanks for reading, sorry I had to post two so close together! Stay tuned for Stacking the Shelves on the 6th.

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