❄️ Hi guys! I hope you’re having a beautiful day full of good readings.❤️ Today I bring you a new post… my June Wrap Up! where I’ll tell you ALL about my readings of the month. Well, as you can see from the title, this wasn’t my best reading month and I dare to say that I think it was my worst month in terms of everything that has to do with books so far. If you’ve been through a reading slump then you know that it’s very difficult to describe why it’s happening, you just know that you’re trying to read and nothing seems interesting enough, then you think of thousands of things you could do instead of reading, you just don’t have that motivation to continue your reading and honestly, it feels terrible. 😭 I think it feels even worse when you have a blog because I LOVE sharing my new readings with you and if I don’t read, I don’t have anything to talk to you about and I feel super frustrated, but well, it’s what happened to me this month, unfortunately, I felt this way and I accepted it and decided to go with the flow of what was happening to me and not force myself to read. This is just a stage… I know, you know, and I’m feeling better so everything is fine, I don’t want to be dramatic about it here 😅, I just wanted to share it with you and I also came up with the idea of doing a whole post to discuss this topic and give you some tips that have worked for me in the past and also share our experiences, I think it’s always healing to know that it can happen to all of us and that’s fine, it’s natural. 👏🏻
In other news, I had decided to participate in Make Your Myth-Taker readathon, a wonderful readathon that you can learn more about by clicking on the link, and obviously, I failed miserably 😂, but that was obvious to me being in a reading slump, honestly, I didn’t feel as to read anything that was in my TBR, so I’m very sorry that I didn’t succeed, but I hope to participate again at another time and do better! I hope you’ve done amazing if you participated. On the other hand, and although it wasn’t my best reading month, I think I’ve read quality things, so that makes me feel a little better. I also found one of the best books I’ve read this year, if not the best! so obviously that deserves celebration. 🥳
I read a hard-hitting contemporary with a mix of magical realism that blew my mind, I still don’t have the words to express how incredible that book was. I’ve also chosen to read graphic novels because they’re quicker & easier to read, so I thought they were exactly what I needed this month and I really liked them. Apart from that, I was part of a blog tour & I read a very intense short novel that I enjoyed a lot. Last but not least, I read one of the most loved books by the community that involves mythology, and I loved it, I had a great experience which I’ll share with you later.
Thank you SO much for being here and sharing each wrap up with me, it means the world for me, and even more when I had such a rare month and full of emotions. 🥰 So without further ado, let’s get started, I’m excited to share my readings with you and tell you a little about them. ❄️
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💫 Books Read: I’ve read 6 books this month 😊
💫 Total Pages: 1878! 👏🏻
💫 Authors Gender: I’ve read 4 books by female authors & 2 books by male authors 💞
💫 Book Genres: I’ve read 4 YA books & 2 Adult books|| Within this, I’ve read Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Contemporary, Magical-Realism, Mythology, Romance & Dystopia
💫 Releases: I’ve read 1 from 2020, 3 from 2019 & 2 from 2018
☁️ Unexpected but Wonderful Reading 🌔
❄️ Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown | I wasn’t looking forward to picking up this book to read this month, but I did want to read it since I had heard about it, and as a result of everything that was happening with the black community and the BLM movement, I decided to stop everything I was doing and read it. OMG, it was the best decision I could have made, this book is heartbreaking but it also opened my eyes to racist problems and injustices that black people must go through, and it broke my heart, but I can also see how important these type of books are in the society we live in today, that’s still so ignorant. In addition to being a hard story to read, due to the graphic and explicit content of Echo’s life as she grows, it’s also and above all, super inspiring. It talks about how this girl could exceed all the limits expected of her and be better every day but also talks about so many wonderful things, such as family, love, friendship, and dreams, but above all, about forgiving ourselves. About growing, learning, and moving forward, loving yourself as you are with everything and your past. I LOVE IT, and the author has had wonderful courage in telling a story that’s highly inspired by her own experiences and has also done a wonderful job incorporating magical realism. I highly recommend it! | BOOK REVIEW |
🌕 Intense & Complex Stories 📝
❄️ Circe by Madeline Miller | Unlike most of my readings this month, this one was on my TBR so YAY! I liked it a lot, guys, I know it’s a huge favorite for many of you, so I’m happy to share those feelings. It took me a bit of work to go through the story due to the writing style that’s descriptive and the book, in general, is slow, and besides all this, I was going through my reading slump, so I would say that it wasn’t the best combination, But the story is absolutely amazing, I’d never read about Circe before and I was fascinated by this character, her story is intense, tragic and powerful in many ways. It’s very easy to put yourself on her side immediately with everything that happens in her life, how always has been despised and displaced. I think it’s a very interesting journey with many emotions and it’s very atmospheric which you know I adore. The author never ceases to amaze me with her lyrical writing style and I cannot wait to continue consuming her future works. My complete review will be on the blog soon and there I’ll share more about the book, but basically, I think it’s incredible, and I would like to read it again once I feel better, because I think I could even enjoy it more.
❄️ The Test by Sylvain Neuvel | This book was a great surprise, I picked it up to read because I knew that I couldn’t finish a large book, and ended up being really good. I didn’t expect such an intense story in so few pages, but OMG, it is. I LOVE the idea that there’s a Test to be citizens but that it’s much more than that, and the combination of mystery, suspense, action, with elements of sci-fi & dystopia was incredible. I think it’s very well done, although at the beginning I wasn’t sure about how the author decided to write this story, but when you get used to everything flows very well and it’s obviously fast-paced, you can easily get hooked on the plot that’s very unique. Maybe I do something like a short review of this one at some point to touch on other points and dig a little deeper as well.
💞 Adorable Graphic Novels 🧁
❄️ The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang | OMG, this graphic novel was everything my life needed right now. It’s absolutely adorable, innocent, and wonderful. I LOVED the characters and it was beautiful to see the evolution of each one of them in so few pages, I think it was well achieved. The feelings are also transmitted perfectly and I ended up in love with Frances & Sebastian, as well as with their so adorable relationship. A beautiful story that perfectly portrays the search for identity, love, family, and friendship in the purest and sweetest way. Plus: The artwork is SO beautiful, and reflects perfectly everything the author wants to convey.
LOVED IT SO MUCH!! I confess that I would love to have more of these characters in the future, it was a beautiful experience.
❄️ Bloom by Kevin Panetta & Illustrated by Savanna Ganucheau | I loved this one, although I confess that at the beginning I didn’t like any character after it progresses there’s a growth in them and you get to know a little more about their personalities and what defines them, and ends up being much better! I loved the romance, I think it’s subtle, adorable and very sweet. But above all, I liked the family dynamics within Ari’s family, I think he has incredible parents and it was nice to see how the relationship between them developed and grew. The friendships dynamics seemed super interesting and realistic to me as well as the plot itself, so I loved it and towards the end, I was quite fond of the characters & I absolutely adore Hector, I want to hug him forever. Also, I loved the design of the graphic novel, the graphics are simple but it works very well and it has beautiful moments like when Hector and Ari bake together, I think it has a wonderfully adorable design. I loved!
💥 Blog Tour 💫
❄️ Venators: Promises Forged (Venators #2) by Devri Walls | It’s always a lot of fun to return to this world, so it has been an honor to become part of this blog tour. If you like fast-paced urban fantasy storylines, you’ll love this series. What I enjoy most about this journey is that it has an incredible variety of fantasy characters and also has a very interesting world to explore, but above all and this isn’t something I say often, I adore the descriptions of this book, I think the author has a “simple” writing style but like too perfect for this type of plot and she knows exactly how to use it to make you feel hooked and want to continue reading. I’m glad to see growth in the characters in this sequel since I think that the construction of them was one of the weakest points in the story & it has that paranormal vibe that makes it seem like you’re in a TV series or something. If you like Shadowhunters I think this one might work for you. | BOOK REVIEW |
DNF of the Month ⚡️
❄️ Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff | Well … I tried, guys. This is my second time trying to read this book, and I wanted to love it so bad, but I think it just isn’t for me. I love the format and I think it’s very cleverly done. BUT the story itself doesn’t make sense to me, SO boring and I can’t stand the characters. Still, it makes me happy if you love this series, but I have to accept that it’s not for me and move on.