Hey! How are you? Today I’m excited to bring you my June wrap-up. I can confidently say it was the best month of 2019 so far. I read some great books!
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
I loved this book! It rekindled my joy of reading and I often longed to pick it up again. It’s definitely one of my favourites this year. I haven’t stopped thinking about it. I really liked the story and the world Ngan created. She did an amazing job. I also loved the characters! Usually with these kinds of stories, the main character is a trained assassin, but Lei wasn’t. That was refreshing. She was still so strong. An amazing character to read about. I also loved Wren as a character. Yet another thing I applaud is how the (sexual) abuse was handled. I loved how the King was shown as beautiful yet a monster. How he could be so kind at times, but switch in a heartbeat. I also found Aioki’s story very interesting in this regard. Would most highly recommend! I gave this 5 out of 5 stars!
Sadie by Courtney Summers
Sadly, I don’t really get the hype for this book and I have mixed feelings about it. I found it hard to get into and was ready to DNF it after about an hour of the audiobook. Through a set of circumstances, I did continue on. I must say the book changed for the better. By the end I was enjoying it. As for the characters, I found both Sadie and the podcast guy (can’t remember his name) a bit boring. They had some backstory, but it was repeated again and again. I felt they lacked depth. I did really like the Claire as a character. The plot was okay and got really good near the end. Overall, this was just a middle-of-the-road 3 out of 5 stars for me.
Bezette Stad by Paul Van Ostaijen
Then I read a Belgian poetry collection, which was somewhat out of my comfort zone. In my Dutch class we read one of the poems in this collection and I really liked it. I don’t often read poetry, even though I actually love it. The reason is that I don’t tend to like the poetry you’re supposed to like. Needless to say, I was really excited when I found another poet I liked: Paul van Ostaijen. However, after reading this collection, I can’t give him that title. It turns out that poem I was talking about was about the only one I liked. The collection was very repetitive in my opinion, with every poem trying to say the same thing. I’m happy I gave this a chance, but disappointed with the outcome. I’d give this 2 out of 5 stars.
If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio
Luckily, I read If We Were Villains next! I loved this book. The setting was so immersive. This is a story about love, hate, murder, obsession, Shakespeare and feeling everything twice as much. It was done so well. The characters were morally grey and unlikeable and I really liked how it was executed. The plot kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I flew through it! I’m finding it hard to be coherent, but all you need to know is that I loved it! I gave it 5 out of 5 stars!
Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Then I read what might be my favourite book of the year: Red, White and Royal Blue. While reading this I couldn’t keep the smile off my face. The book truly made me happy. It also made me cry at one point, a clear indication that the story affected me and made me emotional. I loved both Alex and Henry. They were really well fleshed out and were amazing to read about. The entire cast of characters was great! The plot was so fun, yet also explored harder topics. I loved that element. The writing style was great. I have nothing to complain about. Like at all. In short, I absolutely adored this book and gave it 5 out of 5 stars. I would most highly recommend it! I have bought my own copy and I’m planning on re-reading and annotating it 🙂
I hope you enjoyed this wrap-up. Thanks for reading! See you next time!