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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
All of these are fantastic!! My only complaint is that I have to wait for the sequels.
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).
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!
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!
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!
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:
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!
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 🙂