Wow, it’s been a little hectic around here lately. We’ve been babysitting my nephew for a little over a week now, so I haven’t had an awful lot of time to sit down and work on any blogging, so all of the posts coming this month are definitely gonna be a bit late. (At some point, I’m planning on doing the mid-year freak out tag I love so much!) I really need to starting writing my wrap-ups *during* the month instead of waiting until the end, haha.
Regardless, June was a good month. It marked me officially being at my current job for a year (which honestly was longer than I was expecting when I started, haha), I was finally able to finish watching Falling Into Your Smile which is a Chinese drama I had started awhile back, and I got a good amount of reading done.
Overall, I’m extremely happy with my progress, and guess what? I even managed to pass my goal of 60 books for the year!! I’m debating on if I want to raise it up to a 100 but I haven’t decided yet.
But enough of that, let’s see what all I read during June!
A Pho Love Story by Loan Le
The Mais and the Nguyens have been at odds for years. But will that stop Bao and Linh from falling in love? My favorite thing about this one was watching the relationship grow between Bao and Linh, but this story also has strong roots in food and the bond between family members and it was an enjoyable read.
Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer
The conclusion to Artemis Fowl! I finally finished! I had mixed feelings with this one. The ending was interesting, and I actually rather liked the conclusion, but the entirety of events in this book was not what I was expecting after spending so much time with these characters. Despite that, I was satisfied with it.
The Phantom Twin by Lisa Brown
After an experiment gone wrong, Isabel must find her own path now that she’s no longer a conjoined twin, but how is that supposed to happen when her sister is still following her every step? This was a graphic novel I picked up at random. I didn’t care much for the art style, but the story was alright I suppose.
Cat’s Cafe by Matt Tarpley
I don’t really have a way to describe this other than to say it was adorable and different from what I was expecting. The different comic strips cover such an immensity of emotion and topics in such a simple and beautiful way.
Tin Man by Justin Madson
I didn’t like the graphics much in this one, and I thought I was going to dislike the story when I first started, but the further I read, the more I could appreciate Solar and Fenn, and by the end, I was happy to have gone on the journey with the two siblings.
Refund High School by Lico
I started this in February and finally finished. And oh! Why did it take so long? The beginning was slow, but after the first 10 or so chapters, I wanted nothing more than to keep reading. I loved this so so much and Mook is one of my new favorite characters. Both the art style and story were beautiful, and the ending hit in a way that was both heartbreaking and perfect.
Whatever After: Fairest of All by Sarah Mylnowski
I discovered this series on Hoopla in my recommendations and listened to the audiobook. Admittedly, Emily Eiden does an excellent job at narration and although the story is definitely lacking for an adult, they are still quick and cute reads. Also as someone who isn’t very fond of Snow White, I like the changes in the story.
Whatever After: If the Show Fits by Sarah Mylnowski
Cinderella has broken her foot and must find a job if she wants to find her prince and have a happily ever after. But is that the HEA Cinderella really wants? Join Abby and Jonah as they mess up yet another fairy tale… I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the previous one, but again, short and easy to listen to.
Rebel Rose by Emma Theriault
Honestly, I’m not really sure how I felt about this one. I loved the way they brought Belle into a realistic future after she saves the beast, but at the same time the book seemed to drag on. There were interesting parts, but at the same time I got easily distracted. I’ll likely read the next book in the series before deciding if I want to continue.
Whatever After: Sink of Swim by Sarah Mylnowski
This time Abby and Jonah visit the Little Mermaid and tries to change her story in an effort to prevent her from dying! Out of the first three, this one definitely has more humor elements than the others and with the exception of one particular change I didn’t care about in the story, I particularly enjoyed the way this one was handled.
New Kid by Jerry Craft
I came across this graphic novel on Hoopla and read it during work. The art style was decent and I enjoyed the story well enough. It has a good balance of struggles and overcoming’s that speak well about being the minority, but also can be relatable to anyone who is the new kid.
Far Out Fables
I think I’ve read all of these that are out currently. There are many authors among these books, but they’re all deviations of fables we’ve heard before. They’re extremely short and aren’t particularly great, but the graphics are decent, they’re imaginative, and of course we still have the life lessons in all of them that are important to learn.
The Girl and the Glim by India Swift
A graphic novel I probably wouldn’t have read if I had known there wasn’t a sequel because the graphics were cute and I thought the story would be interesting, but then it just kinda stops and I was extremely disappointed. However, for what we do have, it’s a nice story.
Whatever After: Dream On by Sarah Mylnowski
Abby and Jonah jump into Sleeping Beauty’s story. Okay, admittedly I didn’t really like this one. I’m not a fan of Sleeping Beauty, and also I was a little disappointed by the decisions the kids made in this book (although to the point they did learn their lesson kinda but still).
Your Letter by Hyeon A Cho
Another Webtoon recommended after finished Refund High School that I was pleasantly surprised with. I love the art style and the story and just everything about this one.
Love à la Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm
Lots of food and Paris and drama. So. Much. Drama. Luckily the food part made up for some of it. I had high hopes in the beginning but then the drama started early on and nope. Not a huge fan of this one.
Class Act by Jerry Craft
I didn’t like this one as much as the first one. I feel like while it focused a lot more on racism and prejudices, it also seemed a bit more all over the place that made it hard to really stay invested. I also feel like we didn’t get as much of the other characters in this one – this book had a large focus on only Drew as opposed to his relation with the others.
~ Currently Reading ~
Dark Rise by C.S. Pacat
At this point, I am actually finished with this book, but ya know. I’ll mention more about my thoughts in my July wrap up.
As I said, I got a lot of reading done last month. I am taking July rather easy in regards to reading, although I’ll try to have some sort of TBR list posted later in the week (depending on if/when I can get to the library) as I at least want to read 2-3 books during the month. I am dabbling a little bit in Camp NaNoWriMo as well, although just in the sense of trying to put together a coherent storyline for an idea I’ve been brooding on for awhile now, so nothing too serious right now.
I hope everyone has been having a good month so far, and if you’re participating in Camp NaNo, or you want to share how June went for you, feel free to leave a comment below!