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June Wrap Up – Books I’ve Read

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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!

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May Wrap Up – Books I’ve Read

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If you saw my BookTube blogpost a couple of months ago you’ll know that I’ve started getting back into reading. A couple of weeks ago I did my first Wrap Up and TBR over on my YouTube channel but decided that going forward I would do the monthly Wrap Ups over here and include my thoughts on each of the books I’ve finished reading each month. So without further ado, here is my May Wrap Up:

The Miracle Morning – Hal Elrod

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To be honest, this book reads a little bit like a sales pitch, however the principles of The Miracle Morning are good. The idea behind it is that you get up an hour earlier than you would normally and participate in 6 activities for 10 minutes each. These activities include exercising, reading and visualisation, and are designed so you can work on your self development first thing in the morning before life has a chance to feed you excuses for why you can’t/don’t have time to do them. The book also covers how you can adjust the timings to fit into your life, even giving an example of a 6 minute Miracle Morning routine if you’re really rushed off your feet – and lets face it, who can’t wake up 6 minutes earlier?! It might not seem like enough time to really make a difference, but over time these activities add up and lead to you cultivating a much more productive morning routine and habit.Hal also provides tips for getting up early and prepping yourself for success. I like the idea behind it and on the days when I actually do TMM I do notice an improvement in my focus productivity, energy levels and mood. I do wish I had just borrowed this book from the library though, as I can’t see myself referring back to it all that often.

Cinder – Marissa Meyer

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The Lunar Chronicles series is loosely based off of classic fairytales, Cinder being Cinderella. In this version, Cinder is a cyborg mechanic who is drawn to the handsome Prince Kai whilst trying to escape out from under her stepmother in a world riddled with plague. It took me a little while to get into this book as the story was a little slow to start and it took some getting used to the world this is set in, however I was surprised when it ended as suddenly as it did and I couldn’t wait to pick up the next book (which I’m currently about halfway through – you can hear more about what I’m planning on reading in June in my June TBR video which will be up in a few days time. Make sure you’re subscribed to my channel so you don’t miss it!).

Allegiant – Veronica Roth

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This is the third and final book in the Divergent series. I’ve really enjoyed these books although it did take longer than expected to finally finish it. Allegiant switches back and forth between Tris and Tobias’ perspectives and I think I was just struggling to keep up with who’s I was reading. I made a concerted effort last week to finish the final instalment and I was not disappointed, no spoilers but for some reason I was really shocked by the ending, even though it was very much in keeping with the characters. All in all, a very good read and I can now finally watch the film! I don’t like to read and watch the same story at the same time as it always leaves me disappointed with one version or the other.

 

So that’s my May Wrap Up, what books have you been reading recently? Let me know in the comments your recommendations and follow me on Goodreads if you want to keep up with what I’m currently reading.