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Busy month with lot’s of books // June Wrap Up

Hi and howdy :))

It’s too hot. It’s been too hot for a couple of weeks now and I am melting 🥵. You’d think after 8 summers I’d be used to it but nope. I forget just how bad it get’s every year.

Anyways, to distract me from the heat, today I am going to be talking about the books I read in June.

June was a weird month for me. I had a lot going on: my drivers test, an exam that was literally going to decide my future, and then just a lot of everyday boring life stuff I had to help with. All that being said though, I’m really happy with the 11 books I read!

Of course, it was Pride Month so I tried my best to get to a wide range of LGBTQ+ books. Normally at this point in the year I’m super busy with end of year exams so I don’t get to participate as much as I’d like so I’m glad I had that chance this year.

I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman – This was honestly the perfect way to start of my reading for the month and it was totally unexpected too. I was nervous for this book because while I love the Heartstopper series (more on that later), I’ve not had such look with her novels, so not only did I love the book, but I loved the fact that I loved it. I actually would really like a sequel.

Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert – I DID IT BITCHES!!! After I don’t know how many TBR’s, I finally read this book and had a whole lot of fun! Both characters and their romance was so well written. I had a big fat smile on my face the entire time I was reading. I really liked how Dani was the one who, at first, just wanted a no strings thing, while Zaf was the romantic. I am definitely going to be reading the third book, Act Your Age, Eve Brown, hopefully before the end of the year!

Not My Problem by Ciara Smyth – Ciara Smyth is 2 for 2 on books that I loved. I’d say this was one of my most anticipated reads for the years so I’m very happy it didn’t dissapoint. This book is about a girl that avoids her own problem by fixing other people’s. Fat mood, and just a lot of fun.

I read all four volumes this month, back to back. Highly recommend doing this all the time.

Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian – Once again all I have to say is: I DID IT BITCHES!! Actually I do have more then just that to say. This is a book that’s been on my TBR for years now and while it didn’t exactly live up to my expectations, I thought it was such an important and impactful book that showed the impact of the AIDS crisis.

The Black Flamingo by Dean Ata – I honestly don’t have much to say about this one. I didn’t know much going into it besides the fact that I’d heard nothing but rave reviews and I can’t say I was disappointed. I really liked the fact that we follow Michael through his entire life from being a child, to a teenager, to a university student, all the while he’s finding himself and learning about the world.

If This Get’s Out by Sophie Gonzales & Cale Dietrich – And then we have my favourite book of the month, and the year so far! I put off reading this ARC until the very end of the month because it follows a boyband and I didn’t want to unintentially compare it to I Was Born For This. If you let me I could probably gush about this book for hours, about how cute the romance was, how sweet and realistic the four boys in the band were, the frustration I felt but then the overwhelming satisfaction for the ending. Loved it and highly recommend reading it when it comes out!!

Eat Your Hearts Out by Kelly deVos

While this was probably my least favourite book of the month, I still had a fun time reading it. I suppose a book about a zombie apocalypse is hard not to like.

What I liked about this one was how it was brutal, like people actually died which raised the stakes, and the author also twisted and played around with the typical character archetypes and stereotypes that you would typically find in a story like this.

I didn’t get to all the books on my TBR this month, but then again it was a long one and I didn’t really expect to. I am super happy with everything I did manage to get to though.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of these books, aswell as what you’ve been reading recently 🙂 Thanks for reading.

Elli xx

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