Wow, have I managed to come in late with this. Life’s been hectic, but still. I hope everyone in the States had a great July 4th weekend, and if you’re not in the States, I hope your weekend was wonderful anyway.
In the month of June, I read 8 books. Some were great and others just okay, but all things considered it was a pretty good month.
1. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs
Miss Peregrine’s was the first book I read to start off the month, and was actually a re-read in preparation for its sequel, Hollow City (which I still haven’t actually read. Oops.) It had been quite a while since I read this book the first time, and I was surprised at how much I had forgotten.
That being said, I would give this book a solid 3.5-4 stars, leaning towards 4. It was a quick, unique read, and a good choice to jump-start the month.
2. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
John Green. I’ll be honest – until now, the only book of his that I had read was TFioS. And I had really, really liked it, even if I wasn’t perhaps as entirely enamored as everyone else seemed to be. So when I found myself looking for my next read of the month, I picked up another of his books – Looking for Alaska.
All in all, I did enjoy this book. I’m planning on doing a review for this book sometime in the near future, though, so I won’t go too deeply into it just yet.
I gave this book a 4 star rating on Goodreads.
3. The Fault in our Stars, by John Green
After Looking for Alaska, I was kind of on a John Green kick, so I went back to the one book of his I had read previously. So third on the list is The Fault in our Stars, which as I mentioned previously was my second (and final) re-read of June.
I think the thing that I appreciated most about this book was that it was funny and yet it was realistic. Green did a good job portraying his characters as real people suffering from cancer, rather than the heroically happy, always strong figures who are always happy and miraculously glowing with health despite their disease that we usually we in the media.
I gave this book 5 stars on Goodreads.
4. Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern
Night Circus was the fourth book I read this month. For the most part, I very much enjoyed this book. I went into it not knowing much in terms of plot, which after reading it I honestly kind of felt was a good decision as it gave me a chance to discover and figure things out along with the characters. That being said, there were still a couple of questions that I felt went somewhat unanswered by the end of the story.
This book earned 4 stars.
5. My Life Next Door, by Huntley Fitzpatrick
I’ve been trying to read more contemporary lately, as I tend to stick more towards the paranormal/sci-fi/fantasy/dystopian genres and so even though I love a good contemporary from time to time, they tend to get pushed back on my TBR list.
This is another book on which I am hoping to do a more detailed review over soon, but in the meantime I gave it a 3.5 star rating in my review on Goodreads, which can be found here.
6 & 7. The Darkest Minds and Never Fade, by Alexandra Bracken
For those of you who follow me, you know that I recently posted about how much I loved these books. They were full of everything I had been missing in some of my recent reads. If you click on each of the pictures, it will take you to the respective review over each book.
Both of these books earned a solid 4.5 stars.
8. Across the Universe, by Beth Revis
The final book I picked up this month was Across the Universe. I was pretty excited going into it: it was a sci-fi dystopian, which naturally peaked my interest, it seems to get great reviews from everyone, and it sounded interesting anyway.
While I wasn’t as head-over-heels in love with this book as a lot of people I know, I did enjoy it. The beginning was a little slow, making it somewhat difficult to get into, but it did pick up in the second half and definitely had me wishing I had the second book.
I gave this book a 4-star rating on Goodreads.
So there you have it, guys. My (LATE) list of all the books I managed to read in June 2014. What books did you read last month? Have any recommendations? Want a more in-depth review on any of the books mentioned? Feel free to let me know in the comments below!