June 2021 Reading Wrap Up

Life passes us by ever so quickly, one month turns into another until another half a year has passed us by. We must ask ourselves, what have we accomplished this month? How have we grown as people? Have we made a difference? Do we matter? There are so many questions, unfortunately we do not have any of the answers because this is just a poor neglected book blog.

Yes, we do know that we’ve been neglecting our blog. Will this change? Mayhaps (probably not). But regardless! No matter how much we neglect the blog we will always be coming to you with our monthly wrap up! Because as of now, we do still read (a bit). Anywho, enough with the existential crisis, and on to the books!

Books Read:

Malka:

I somehow managed to read 13 books this month! I originally wanted to read more, but since I was busier than expected I’m not too mad. Especially since this was my best reading month in terms of quantity thus far in 2021! Possibly in quality too, since I had no 2 star reads and quite a few 4 and 5 star reads!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Both of my 5 star reads this month were NetGalley reads! My review for We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This is already up on the blog, where I semi-coherently provide a non-exhaustive list of all the reasons I adored this book! My gushing review of why I loved The Charm Offensive so much will be up closer to its release in September, but you definitely want to get your hand on a copy when it comes out!


Rating: 4 out of 5.


I read so many graphic novels this month and they all made me really happy! I’m thinking that I need to redo my graphic novel recommendations post, since I’ve read so many new graphic works since that post almost 2 years ago!



I also read quite a few books that I recently acquired, which is great! I liked all three of these books for very different reasons. The Duke Undone was a very different take on the historical romances I’ve read in the past. The Guncle was an adult contemporary that made me smile a lot. And The Roommate Risk was one of the most complex romances I’ve read and I really enjoyed it!


Rating: 3 out of 5.


My 3 stars are all ones I’d recommend, just not ones I loved. Some of them disappointed me a bit, but only from an expectation perspective!


Chana:

I read 8 books total this month, which although I know that that’s a good amount I also can’t believe I didn’t read more. The good news is that I enjoyed all 8 of the books I read! So I guess it’s better to read a smaller amount of higher quality books than a large amount of meh books.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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This book was so insanely good, I can’t believe it took me so long to get to it!! I think the number one draw of The Goblin Emperor is how unique the world is. Katherine Addison took the usual “there’s a mysterious fae kingdom with very odd customs” trope and wrote a story from that kingdom. I know I’m doing a terrible job of explaining it, but the worldbuilding is just so beautiful and unique, I’m obsessed.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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All of these are fantastic!! My only complaint is that I have to wait for the sequels.


Rating: 3 out of 5.
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As some of you may know, I was looking forward to Hani and Ishu’s guide for monthsssss, and I was not disappointed!! It was so so cute and it was the first YA book I had read in ages which was a refreshing change of scenery!

As for The Pariah….it was good, but I think I was expecting more? Also the book felt a bit too Eurocentric for my tastes. I am interested to see what will happen next, but as of now, not too crazy about the book (full review to come).


Books Acquired:

Malka:

Purchased:


I purchased 6 books this month, which I think is a reasonable amount given that only 2 of them were novels. The rest consist of manga, a graphic novel, and a collection of poetry! I have come to terms with the fact that I have a book buying problem, but will continue to act in the same manner for the foreseeable future. Ooops!


Gifted:

Chana found this at a Little Free Library near her house a few months back and she picked it up for me! I can’t wait to read it because I’ve only heard fantastic things about it!


NetGalley:

I’m a bit scared of this book, to be honest. It sounds really good with forced proximity and roommates that hate each other, but it’s also a second chance romance, which I don’t tend to enjoy. But something about this synopsis drew me in and I’m very excited to read it! In fact, I may even have a buddy read planned for it this month to make sure I get to this book early!


Chana:

Purchased:

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I really enjoyed CoBS and The Goblin Emperor, so I’m hoping for the same experience with The Ember Blade. Only issue is that The Ember Blade is a thick book and that scares me.


Things We Did:

Malka:

I spent most of June working a bit and reading a lot. But then at the very end of June, I started an internship doing research on specific medical devices and so far it has been great! I’ve had the chance to learn some really cool skills and pieces of information and I can’t wait to see what I gain from the next few weeks that I spend here!

I laser cut my initial onto this acrylic and I’m very proud of that!

Chana:

I can’t really believe that the month is over because I basically did absolutely nothing??? Catch me next month with an equally empty what we did section 🙂

What was the best book you read this month? Which of the books we read interest you the most? How are you spending your summer?

18 thoughts on “June 2021 Reading Wrap Up

    1. Does two posts a month count as blogging through an existential crises? If so, we’re doing great!

      I really enjoyed We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This! I’d definitely recommend it, even though Today, Tonight, Tomorrow is still my favorite Rachel Lynn Solomon book!

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  1. I actually just finished Hani and Ishu’s guide to fake dating and it was indeed really cute! I rated it three stars too, but I also really need to go read We can’t keep meeting like this!! It sounds so good ahh! Great post, I love your blog so much ❤

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    1. Ahh, yay happy to see a fellow positive three-star rater!! I feel like whenever I have a 3 star read I liked I have to explicitly say that I enjoyed it because otherwise, people think 3 stars is a negative rating 😪

      Thank you! We haven’t been the most active recently 🙈 But hopefully more posts coming soon 💕

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  2. I hope you enjoy First Love, Take Two! I’m like halfway through and it’s going good so far.
    All the best with your internship!

    Lol same here with the doing nothing, Chana! But yay to us just relaxing this summer because that is awesome too! I’m glad to hear you liked Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating!

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  3. i’m so glad you enjoyed hani and ishu’s! it really was such a fun book ❤ and i'm living under a rock because i hadn't heard of the goblin emperor until recently, but it looks so good 👁 but lmao i relate to the intro of this post about neglecting the blog but always coming back for wrap-ups, they really require no thought/much effort beyond a mini existential crisis 😭 hope you both are having a wonderful july so far!

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    1. I also just recently heard of the Goblin Emperor and it was so so good!! (lol about to come back to the blog with another wrap up soon but with nothing in between ✌🏻 just vibing out here) I hope your July was fantastic! ❤

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  4. My Last Summer with Cass is written/illustrated by a local author that lives in my town. I’ve seen him speak at schools and he’s very engaging. Once I saw him at our library and after talking about his Akiko books with him, he drew a picture of Akiko and signed it for my daughter (she loves those books). We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This is a must read for me as I love this author’s writing. My favorite book in June was Better than the Movies.

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    1. That’s so cool! I’ve met several authors before, but I don’t think any of them have been local my town. And he sounds like a really great guy!

      We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This was really great! I really need to pick up more of Rachel Lynn Solomon’s works!

      I’ve heard a bit about Better Than the Movies, but not much, so I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed it!

      I hope you had a wonderful July!

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  5. I’m happy to see you both had a good reading month overall! ❤ I adored We Can't Keep Meeting Like This as well, such an incredible read ❤ Sending you both so much love!

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    1. June really was a pretty great reading month! And I’m so happy that you enjoyed We Can’t Keep Meeting Like this too since you were one of the first people I saw blogging about Rachel Lynn Solomon’s books already several years back!

      Thank you so much, Marie! 💕

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