The ImprobableTheory of Ana & Zak by Brian Katcher | Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway | Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan | The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes | All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews | One Thing Stolen by Beth Kephart | Finding Mr. Brightside by Jay Clark | Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas | The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler | Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider | Signed, Skye Harper by Carol Lynch Williams | Trouble by Nan Pratt | Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum | The Liar by Nora Roberts | Made You Up by Francesca Zappia | Where the Air is Sweet by Tasneem Jamal | Naughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman | Positive by David Wellington | I Saw a Man by Owen Seers | Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
So. As evident by this massive book haul, the month of June can be chalked up to another month where I failed, quite miserably at that, to curb my book hoarding tendencies. My theory of not posting book hauls every week to staunch trips to the bookstore was a complete failure. It seems there’s very little I can do now but to embrace this addiction. Sigh.
I read 21 books in June, which is surprising to me, considering I thought that it had been a miserable reading month. I’ve had a couple favourites and a couple that didn’t really work for me. I didn’t have any DNFs, but I sure am adding more books to my set-aside pile.
Read in June
- Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
- Last Hit [Hitman, #1] by Jessica Clare
- Stranded with a Billionaire [The Billionaire Boys Club, #1] by Jessica Clare
- Beauty and the Billionaire [The Billionaire Boys Club, #2] by Jessica Clare
- A Court of Thorns & Roses by Sarah J. Maas
- The Wrong Billionaire’s Bed [The Billionaire Boys Club, #3] by Jessica Clare
- Once Upon a Billionaire [The Billionaire Boys Club, #4] by Jessica Clare
- Romancing the Billionaire [The Billionaire Boys Club, #5] by Jessica Clare
- The Deal [Off-Campus, #1] by Elle Kennedy
- Shattered Glass by Dani Alexander
- The Taker [The Taker, #1] by Alma Katsu
- One Night of Sin by Elle Kennedy
- Knight of Ocean Avenue by Tara Lain
- The New Neighbor by Leah Stewart
- Anything Could Happen by Will Walton
- China Rich Girlfriend [Crazy Rich Asians, #2] by Kevin Kwan
- Neanderthal Seeks Human [Knitting in the City, #1] by Penny Reid
- Elements of Chemistry 1-3 by Penny Reid
- Friends Without Benefits [Knitting in the City, #2] by Penny Reid
- The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
I’ve decided to trim my reviews to 300-350 words per post. This is because I realize that my readers may not have all the time in the world to spend reading a long-winded review. I will still be posting photographs with my reviews (for physical copies), but I’ll make it a point to be more straight-forward from now on. Which means, I’ll do my best to resist doing a synopsis in my own words.
On Romance, New Adult Novels…
From time to time, I like to revisit the reasons why I started blogging in the first place. I like to tell myself that THIS IS MY BLOG. I can do whatever the hell I want with it. But sometimes, that nugget of self-doubt and fear of not being accepted takes over everything that I lose a sense of what’s important. I easily forget that I’m blogging for myself and not for anybody else.
I always struggle with this. As you can tell from the books that I’ve read last month, most of them were romance novels. I find that I have a hard time composing reviews for these novels because there’s not a lot to talk about. I always end up repeating myself, and that annoys me. To be frank, writing a review for romance novels is comparable to my hang ups and insecurities about my body. Believe it or not, I feel like I’m being judged by the books that I read. Irrational, I know. But totally true. That’s my revelation for the day. So what do you think? Do you want to read reviews for these books? God knows, I have a backlist to sort through. Lol.
I wish you all the best of July! And to my Canadian followers, Happy Canada Day!!!