My Biggest Wrap Up EVER! // June 2020

On average, I’d say I read between 8-10 books. During quarantine, this has gone up quite a bit, and I’ve been able to read around 12 books per month. I don’t know what happened in June, but I read NINETEEN books (and had one DNF). That is more than I have ever read in a single month before.

I’m not going to go into too much detail about all of these, but here they are!

Currently Reading

  • Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles: Okay, as you all know, most of my wrap-up’s include the book I’m currently reading when I have plans to finish it before the month ends (I still have one day left to finish it, and I think I will!!). I will update you all on my rating after I read it, but I will also have a review up for it in August :)

5 Stars

  • Save the Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody: I read the majority of this in May, so I don’t know if it reallyyyy counts, but I’m counting it anyway. This was really good for helping me with the structure of my novel, and I highly recommend it for all writers!!
  • Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson: Jacqueline Woodson is one of those authors you absolutely need to read. This was a short book, but it contained so much inside of it. We get to see the lives of different family members through short vignettes, and I really enjoyed it.
  • Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo: Elizabeth Acevedo is forever going to be a favorite author of mine, so there should be no surprise that I gave this one 5 stars!
  • Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane: I have been loving adult contemporary novels recently, and this one was no exception. If you like books that focus on families and characters (rather than plot), you will most likely enjoy this!
  • Beach Read by Emily Henry: I know that this has been getting a lot of hype (and some mixed reviews), but I personally loved it. I thought it was so fun and light-hearted. Plus, I could relate to the characters in terms of having an interest in writing!
  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo: I knew I would give this one five stars after really enjoying Six of Crows! I personally loved this one even more because I was much more familiar with the characters and the story.
  • All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson: I picked this one up on a whim after seeing so much hype for it. It was a beautiful memoir, and I can not wait to buy a copy for myself.
  • You Should See Me in A Crown by Leah Johnson: This is quite possibly one of my new favorite books of all time. It was such a great book, and I don’t even know how to describe it in words. Please check it out!
  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng: I really adored this story. I love Celeste Ng and she is now a new favorite author of mine! I probably liked Little Fires Everywhere a little bit more, but both were equally incredible!
  • Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon: This book was SO MUCH FUN. I loved everything about it, and I will talk even more about it in a blog post next week, so stay tuned for that 👀

4 Stars

  • The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta: This was another very beautiful book. It is the story of a boy figuring out his identity and sexuality- I listened to the audiobook and highly recommend it. The cover is also one of the most gorgeous ones I’ve seen.
  • Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi: This is a non-fiction book about the history of racism in America. There was so much that it taught me, which I never would have learned otherwise. It is such an important read, and I think everyone should pick up.
  • King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender: I don’t read a lot of middle grade, but whenever I do, it always blows me away by how good it is! This one was no exception. It explores grief, racism, and sexuality.
  • Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams: This was such an incredible read. It’s very different from other books I’ve read, in that the voice of the main character is so unique and fresh. She’s not afraid to say what’s on her mind, but she’s also self-destructive and hits some low points. I will be thinking about this one for a long time.

3 Stars

  • Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson: This was a solid story, but not my favorite of the three Jacqueline Woodson books I’ve read. It was a good read, and I enjoyed it!
  • Letters to the Lost by McKayla Debonis: McKayla is coming out with a new poetry collection, and you all need to read it! Her collections are always so personal and raw, but I love them all because of this! You can really relate to her words.

2 Stars

  • You Are Not Your Thoughts by Frances Trussell: This was a nonfiction guide to mindfulness and meditation, but it just felt way too basic for me. The first few pages were really good, but then the rest kept repeating itself and it felt more like the author was spouting cliche philosophy. I wanted more from it.
  • The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abi Waxman: I was SO excited about this book. It’s about a girl who works in a bookstore, loves to-do lists and routines, and loves to read. Hello- that’s basically me. Unfortunately, there were just too many flaws with the structure of this book. It’s pitched as a romance, but the romance was so cringeworthy- there was absolutely no chemistry between the characters. I would have preferred to learn more about the newly discovered family of Nina, but that fell short, too. Just not for me, unfortunately.

DNF

  • Cursed by Thomas Wheeler: I started the audiobook for this and I was so lost the entire time. I got up to 30%, but I honestly couldn’t get into it at all.

How was your reading in June? Did you read any new favorites? Let me know in the comments :)

21 thoughts on “My Biggest Wrap Up EVER! // June 2020

  1. I’m glad to see you enjoyed All Boys Aren’t Blue. I’ve been eagerly awaiting my turn to borrow the ebook from my library. I’ve been taking some unusual interest in adult contemporary as well, so I’m definitely going to have to pick up Ask Again, Yes and some Celeste Ng books.

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  2. Congrats for reading so many books this month! I’ve barely read 4 this month (maybe 5 if I finish reading The Cruel Prince by Holly Black today). You’ve read so many books I can’t wait to read (such as Crooked Kingdom and You Should See Me in A Crown) but I especially need to pick up All Boys Aren’t Blue and any book written by Elizabeth Acevedo!

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  3. Ahh so so many good books on this list that I can’t wait to get to! You really killed the reading game this month (: Happy to read your review on the Bookish Life of Nina Hill, I’ve seen it floating around bookstores and have always been tempted to pick it up (I mean, it has a girl reading on the cover!) but you definitely had some good points. Also, super random, but I just graduated from college w a degree in public relations!! Love to see some other PR ladies out there 🥰

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  4. 19! That’s fantastic! And so many 5 and 4 star reads, too. I hope July goes just as well for you. As per new favourites – I read Let Me Hear a Rhyme this month and loved it.

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  5. 19 books is incredible! Congrats :D
    Oh noo, I just bought The bookish life of Nina Hill because it sounds like she’s me, but now I’m a little hesitant!
    You have so many 4 and 5 star reads too, that’s amazing! I really want to read Beach Read too, despite the different opinions.
    Hope you have a great July too! :)

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    1. Thank you so much! I seem to be the unpopular opinion for Nina Hill, so I definitely think you should give it a try anyway (and don’t let me review detract it for you). Beach Read was great, though, and I hope you think so, too :)

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  6. I had All Boys Aren’t Blue on my TBR, then I took it off because I thought I wasn’t going to read it, then I put it back on again and now I’m 100% sure I’m going to read it. I’m really glad you think it was 5 star! Plus the cover is absolutely beautiful. I’m always interested to see what other people thought of Queenie, I rated it a 3 star because I thought some opportunities were missed in terms of highlighting important issues and so on but at the same time it was a good read .xx

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    1. Yes definitely read All Boys Aren’t Blue!! It was as beautiful as its cover 🤩 There were definitely a couple of things in Queenie that I felt could have been done better and explored more, but overall I did enjoy it :)

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  7. YESSSS!!! All Boys Aren’t Blue and Beach Read were also five stars for me. They’re,,, so good?!?!?

    I also eagerly awaiting my copies of You Should See Me In A Crown and Clap When You Land to arrive *insert all the heart eyes* And want to read Black Flamingo and Kacen Callendar’s books. Just ALL of them welp.

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  8. Woah! 19 books is a lot! And such a lot of great reads on your list! I am looking forward to read ‘You Should See Me in a Crown’ and ‘Clap When You Land’.

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