June Reading Wrap Up

This month has been a really interesting month for me. At the end of May I finished my Undergraduate degree and so this is the first month in a very long time that I haven’t had anything to do. I did anticipate at the start of June that I’d read at least 10 books, but that didn’t quite happen. I rather enjoyed just sitting and doing absolutely nothing… because I could.

This month I finished 5 books and I’m part of the way through another. There was also one book that I chose to DNF (for now) but I will explain why in a second. Here’s my little wrap up of the books I’ve read this month!

Currently reading:

Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping our Future by Ashlee Vance.

This is a non-fiction book looking at the life of Musk, right from childhood and his teens to where he is today. I find Elon a completely fascinating person – he’s a complete genius, but he also has so much wit about him that just makes him more of a great guy. I’m not a great deal of the way through this book yet, I’ve been distracted by other things like getting my degree results and a 3 day bout of anxiety on the run up to that (I got a 2:1 by the way!!), but I’m hoping to finish this book before the month is over.

DNF:

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris.

I started this book during the 3 day bout of major anxiety that I just talked about. I managed to read 3 chapters before having to give it up as a bad job, for now at least. I haven’t completely abandoned the book – it’s gone back on my shelves and I do intend on picking it back up at some point in the near future. I had to stop reading it due to the subject matter. It’s obviously a book with quite a deep and dark topic and my anxious little brain just wasn’t prepared for it at the time. The bits I did read I thought were good though!

I didn’t have any books this month that I rated a one star or a two star.

Three Star:

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

I wrote a review on this earlier in the month, but if you haven’t read that yet, then I’ll give you a quick overview of what I thought. This is the second book I’ve read by Jewell – the first one was The Family Upstairs and I really loved that book! I really do enjoy her writing and psychological thrillers in general but I found myself constantly comparing this book to the Family Upstairs, which I enjoyed a lot more. I just want to say that there was nothing wrong with Then She Was Gone, it was an alright read! A lot of people over on my Instagram have said that my three star review has made them a bit reluctant to read it but I definitely think people should still give it a go. A few people I’ve spoken to said that they preferred Then She Was Gone to the Family Upstairs – it’s all just a thing of personal preference! You can find my full review here: https://theverybookish.com/2020/06/23/then-she-was-gone-lisa-jewell/

Four Star:

Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

This is another book that I’ve written a review for and if you want to check out my full review, you can find it here: https://theverybookish.com/2020/06/23/get-a-life-chloe-brown-talia-hibbert/ . I read this as part of the Chronic Illness Book Club on Instagram and it was a book I really enjoyed. Chloe Brown suffers from a chronic illness herself and the book is about her ‘getting a life’ after she realises her life is pretty dull and controlled by her fibromyalgia. She comes up with a to do list of lots of new and exciting things that she wants to do to spice up her life a bit. She ends up finding love with her apartment’s superintendent, Red and the story develops into a romance. This is the first proper romance I’ve ever read, I usually avoid this genre and for the most part I did enjoy it. The reason I didn’t give it a 5 star was because some of the more smutty scenes made me feel a bit uncomfortable as they were pretty cringe-worthy. I loved the fact that Talia Hibbert used a main character who had a chronic illness, though! It felt nice to be able to relate to a character for once, and I also think that for people who don’t suffer from a chronic illness that it really does draw attention to some of the symptoms us Spoonies can have on a daily basis.

This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay

Back in December, I buddy read Adam Kay’s Christmas diaries Twas the Night Shift Before Christmas and I thought that was a 5/5 read, it had me laughing out loud at pretty much every single page. This book did not disappoint. The majority of the stories Kay had to tell had me asking myself ‘is this for real?!’ – I seriously cannot believe some of the things that NHS employees have to witness and deal with!! The reason for giving this four stars was because I felt it started to go on a bit. I only have so much tolerance for a non-fiction book before I start to get bored and this book started to cross over into that territory. This is just me being fussy and it is a fantastic book.. Maybe I’d have preferred it if I listened to it as an audiobook. Generally speaking I prefer non-fiction as an audiobook and fiction as a physical copy.

Five Star:

Wonder by R J Palacio

This book tugged on every single heart string I have. August (Auggie) is a 10 year old born with a severe facial disfigurement. Up until this stage in his life, he had never been to a normal school, he had always been home schooled by his Mum. This book is probably more of a middle grade to YA book, but I think that everyone should read it. My heart absolutely ached for Auggie. He was (understandably) so shy and school was such a big mental step for him. He had to face bullies and many stares, but in the end he managed to get himself a really lovely group of friends. I cried many times throughout this book!!

Wilde About The Girl by Louise Pentland (book #2 in the trilogy)

This book was by far my favourite book of the month and it was right up there with being one of my favourite books of the year. I read it right at the start of June and it genuinely feels like an eternity since I read it! I read book 1 in the trilogy Wilde Like Me back in October and I enjoyed it but it wasn’t my favourite, which is why I put off reading the second book for so long. This book though I just completely adored from start to finish. Robin Wilde starts to really develop as a person in this book and I spent the entire time reading it wishing that she was one of my friends, I just love her!! In the first book I thought she was a bit annoying, so I’m glad that wasn’t the case throughout this book too. After finishing my degree, I really needed a feel-good book like this! It’s easy to follow and although nothing too major happens, I just thought it was an absolutely fantastic read!

So that’s it! This had been a really good month of reading and it’s definitely ended on a major high for me with my university results and also being offered a part job over summer! I’ve still not received the final details on my job, but hopefully I will still have enough time to read plenty in July. There are three books I’ll be starting with next month which are Educated by Tara Westover, Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott and The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. These were all books I planned on reading in June but didn’t quite get round to!

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