June Wrap-Up | 2017

June was an ok reading month. I read quite a lot of books, but not many really good ones. But hey, at least I read a lot, that’s good enough for me.

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  • Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
    It was a good beginning of the month, even though the story in itself contained too much, I would have liked it even more if there wasn’t so much going on. I mean, it was Naomi’s amnesia, James’s depression, and Will, and Naomi’s dad, and her mom and everything else. Sure, I understand that there was supposed to be a lot going on but it would have been better if James’s depression wasn’t part of it since Naomi has plenty going on already. 3,5 stars.
  • Going too far by Jennifer Echols
    Not the best contemporary YA I’ve read, but it was light and (kind of) fluffy, enough for me to like the book for what it was. And it had something I hadn’t read before, so it was kind of new to me, and it made me like it even more, and that’s the bad girl instead of bad boy. 4 stars.
  • Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
    This is the book that’s probably gonna be THE most eye-opening book that leaves an impression, of the year, if not of all read books ever, for me. It made such an impression that I even dreamt about it the night efter I finished it. I just can’t get it out of my head, in a good way. The writing was really beautiful and lyrical. I had some problems with it after finishing the first day in the book since I really wouldn’t believe I would be able to finish it if all the days were gonna be the same, and living through the same day over and over again, I just couldn’t see it. But I got hooked, real bad, and I didn’t want to put the book down, and I didn’t want to finish it. I loved it, more than any other book this year (at least). 5 stars.
  • Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
    This wasn’t very good to be honest. The writing was very immature and didn’t have much of content really. I had high hopes for this book after reading Memoirs of a teenage amnesiac by Zevin, but I was very, very disappointed. I kind of had hopes that it would be a deeper and something like Before I Fall, but I wasn’t so lucky. The humor I didn’t even understand, it was supposed to have humor, but I didn’t detect any of it. 2,5 stars.
  • Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley
    This was so not was I was expecting. Yes, I knew it was a kidnapping story, but other than that everything was a complete surprise. Sure, sometimes it was very predictable. I mean halfway through the book I figured something out that was revealed in the next to last chapter or so. I should also say that this has some trigger warnings of abuse, rape, incest and mental health issues. 4 stars, though I should say it’s more toward 4,5.
  • This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
    I have never (I believe) thought a YA contemporary book to be bad, before. But this sure was. I didn’t feel anything for the characters, I felt detached during the entire book and I didn’t feel anything between the main character and the love interest, nothing what so ever. 2,5 stars (the .5 stars just because it made me smile a couple of times because of Monkey – the dog- and one of the smaller characters).
  • Just listen by Sarah Dessen
    I have only just started this book but already I can feel that Sarah Dessen is not for me. This is the second book I’ve read and it’s just not for me. First of, there’s so many infodumps/flashbacks that I have totaly forgotten what the story was really about and what happened during the ”today” parts.
    Continuing with the book it actually got good for the most part of the book, I loved the chemistry between Owen and Annabel, I loved Clarke. The only thing, I really didn’t like Sophie, I disliked her from the core of my being form the very begining.
    But then the story crashed and the whole story was kind of done for me then, but since there were only a few of chapters left, I finished the book. I mean it was way better than This Lullaby, and I’m glad I’m giving authors (well, most of them) second chances. 3,5 stars (even though I wanted to give 4 stars, I just couldn’t).
  • Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt
    I had hoped for a cute road tripstory (Like Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson) but it wasn’t as good, at all. I found myself rolling my eyes a lot and getting annoyed at all the repetatives throughout the book. I didn’t like the Courtney one bit, she was way to annoying and childish for my liking. 3 stars.
  • The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger
    I loved The DUFF way more than I thought I would. It was solid, the story was better than I believed it would and I didn’t get annoyed at anything at all. I loved Bianca as a main character, she was so kick-ass and sassy, she kind of reminds me of myself in a lot of ways. 4,5 stars.

I’m pretty happy with what I read, even though many of the books weren’t that good. But they were books I’d wanted to read since I found BookTube. So I’m pretty satisfied with the books I read.

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Goals Update:

  • I read 9 books, so I’ve read 47 books in total this year and have 0 books left to read to reach my goal of 40.
  • Read 0 books in Swedish. I’ve reached this goal already.
  • I’ve bought 0 books in June.
  • I finished 0 series this month, so I’m still at needing to finish 5 series to finish my yearly goal.
  • I read 1 books off my TBR list that I haven’t bought this year and 8 that I did get this year. From last months 114 books on my TBR I went down to 103 TBR books.
  • I didn’t read a single Classic, so I’m still at 4 to read to finish the goal.
  • I read 0 books of the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge. My goal was to read 5 this year, so I still have 4 books to read to finish this goal.

Take care and Read on! 🙂