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June Wrap Up – Books I’ve Read

June Wrap Up, what I'm reading, bookclub, books, reading, bon bona to yoga pants, the new girl, scarlet, lunar chronicles

My June Wrap Up is going to be another small one. I haven’t managed to read as much as I would have liked for a couple of reasons. Firstly the books on my TBR pile for June were all physical books, and given that I only really find time to read that type of book before bed, that doesn’t give a slow reader like myself the opportunity to get through many books. Secondly, Ben took me away to London for the weekend in the middle of the month for my birthday. I did take a book to read but only got the chance to once, and since we’ve been back I’ve had a manic time of trying to sort the house out (it was a state) and get organised for having a new kitchen put in (it’s going in this weekend). On top of that we had a meeting with our wedding venue where we realised we had a shiz tonne of things we needed to get done ASAP (you can read more about that here). As such I wasn’t getting to bed till gone 11pm and I’m usually a lights-out-by-10-at-the-latest kinda girl, so I really haven’t had the time to read! I did however get a Kindle for my birthday (you can watch my birthday haul here), and going forward I think I will ensure I always have at least one digital book on my TBR pile as I can read those on my lunch break at work, and hopefully get through a few more books during the month. So with all that said, here’s what I did manage to read last month:

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Bon Bons to Yoga Pants – Katie Cross

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This was a very easy to read story about a girl learning to come to terms with the loss of her father, break the habit of turning to food whenever things felt uncomfortable, and ultimately learning to love herself for who she is. The main character, Lexie, starts off being overweight and not feeling good enough. Through a series of events, she arranges a date at her sister’s upcoming wedding with a cute boy she’s been chatting with online and also ends up joining a weight loss group. Lexie thinks that if she just loses the weight and looks a certain way then she’ll be worthy of this boy, and that he couldn’t possibly be interested in her the way she is. Gradually, through her weight loss journey and with the help of friends new and old, she begins to question those limiting beliefs. It’s a lovely, inspirational story with very relatable and realistic characters, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

Scarlet – Marissa Meyer

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This is the second book in The Lunar Chronicles series. Scarlet’s grandmother has gone missing and the police aren’t really doing anything about it, so Scarlet takes things into he down hands and goes looking for her with the help of a street fighter named Wolf. I got into this book a lot quicker than I did Cinder and found Scarlet much more relatable than Cinder (which isn’t too hard when you consider that Cinder is a cyborg!). The story moved along at a fairly stead pace until about 3/4 of the way in when it picked up dramatically as things came to a head in the plot. Cinder’s storyline is continued in this novel, which gave a sense of familiarity whilst getting to grips with the new storyline, and the 2 plots slipped together nicely and didn’t make the book feel disjointed. Again, I’m now eager to start the next book to find out what’s happens now that Cinder and Scarlet have joined forces.

The New Girl – Tracie Puckett

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I wasn’t expecting much from this book to be honest. It showed up on my daily Bookbub list and I believe it was free – never one to turn down a free book that looks like my kinda thing, I grabbed it and one night whilst unable to sleep decided to pick it up. To be honest, it’s not the best writing and it’s a very simple storyline. It follows high school student, Steph, who has just moved to yet another town with her mother. Steph’s mum has been moving around ever since she left Steph’s abusive father in the hopes that he will never find them. When I first started reading this book I didn’t realise it was part of a series and fully expected the big finale to be Steph’s dad finding them and most likely getting thrown in jail after some, no doubt, alcohol fuelled showdown. Well, the story hasn’t quite gotten that far yet (if it does in fact turn out that way), and there’s been the side distraction of Steph having feelings for her teacher, who’s brother just happens to be involved with her mum. Not quite what I was expecting, but I did end up picking up the next book in the series – not sure if that says more about my inability to not finish things, or that the book was actually better than I thought. It’s not something I’m jumping up and down to start reading immediately though, I think it will just sit on my phone until I don’t know what else to read.

 

Like I said, I think I need to make sure I have at least one physical and one digital book on my TBR lists each month, just to give me the chance to read more as I don’t typically carry around physical books with me. The only reason I managed to read 3 books this month is because 2 of them were digital and I was able to read them on my lunch breaks. That being said, I did reach my reading goal over on Goodreads – I think next year I may need to set the bar a bit higher! Make sure you’re following my YouTube channel to see what books I’m planning on reading next – my July TBR will be up this Sunday!

My latest obsession is BookTube - a YouTube community for book lovers, book nerd and bibliophiles. I picked up a few new books recently, inspired by these lovely YouTubers and thought I'd do a quick mini haul

BookTube: My Latest Obsession

My latest obsession is BookTube - a YouTube community for book lovers, book nerd and bibliophiles. I picked up a few new books recently, inspired by these lovely YouTubers and thought I'd do a quick mini haul

My latest obsession is BookTube.. I don’t know about anyone else, but I have this tendency to stumble across something and then get completely obsessed with it, to the point it’s all I do/think about/talk about.. It drives my fiancé nuts! Just recently I was sat in my doctors waiting room feeling bored with no signal on my phone. I was scrolling around wondering what I could do to keep myself entertained when I remembered that I had the Divergent series on my iBooks app. I’d already read and loved the first book, and when I went into the second book I realised I was close to the end. I continued reading and remembered how much I loved reading but I have felt for a long time now that I don’t have time to read.

 

A couple of days later I was googling “how to read more”, as you do, and somewhere in my search for the key to reading more I stumbled across a YouTube video a girl had done about her top books to read in 2015. Getting sidetracked, I searched for books to read in 2016, found PeruseProject’s channel and realised there was a whole community of people that had channels about reading. Perfect! I was hooked (much like I was when I stumbled across the Beauty community 6 years ago). In the past week I have watched countless more YouTube videos of peoples recommendations of books to read, tips on how to read more, and bookshelf tours (yes, those are a thing). I’ve also subscribed to a bunch of new people whose videos I love – I’ll link them below – as well as followed them on Goodreads, adding their recommendations that appealed to me to my “to read” list.

BookTube inspired mini book haul - To All The Boys I've Loved Before and The Lunar Chronicles series

Being very much inspired to read more, I popped into the city on the Easter Bank Holiday weekend and picked up 4 new books. I realised a big part of the reason I wasn’t making time to read (because, basically, I have had time to read, I’ve just chosen to spend that time doing other things – mostly watching YouTube videos…) was because I wasn’t excited to read any of the books I had. I picked up To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han, as well as Cinder and Scarlett by Marissa Meyer. The first series is about a girl that writes a love letter of sorts to each boy she’s loved by way of letting go of her feelings. She seals each one, addresses it and then puts it in a box with no intention of ever mailing them out. But of course, somewhere along the way they get sent out and Lara Jean has to deal with the repercussions of that. I’ve started reading it and am really enjoying it, it’s well written and easy to read so I’m actually getting through it a lot quicker than I thought!

BookTube inspired mini book haul - To All The Boys I've Loved Before and The Lunar Chronicles series

The second series of books appealed to me because they are based off of the traditional fairytales like Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel, but they are set in a fantasy world and the story isn’t quite the same. The first book in The Lunar Chronicles series is about Cinder, a skilled mechanic that is also a cyborg.. How cool does that sound? I can’t wait to start reading this one and there are several books in the series which is great, because when I really get into a world, I just want to stay there and keep reading more stories.

So anyway, there was a little book haul for you and my initial thoughts on To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. If you’re on Goodreads add me as a friend, and let me know in the comments or tweet me your book recommendations and favourite BookTube channels!

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BookTube inspired mini book haul - To All The Boys I've Loved Before and The Lunar Chronicles series