2021 June Mid-Month Wrap Up

OMG IT’S ALREADY MID JUNE!?!?!??!? I need time to start slowing down! Now!

During the mid-month wrap up you’ll see all the books I’ve read before it’s posted (as close to the 15th as I can get it) and a link to the review post or I’ll give a quick (couple sentences) review along with a star rating. During the month wrap up, I’ll give stats and show off what I read after the mid-month wrap up.

So with all that out of the way, let’s take a look at what I read for the first half of June.

Finished This Week

Just Pretend by Tori Sharp

I reviewed this one (here) and I gave it 4⭐

Goals Met:
✔ eArc

Heartstopper Vol 4 by Alice Oseman

OMG! This, like always, was such a pleasure to read! It continued the storyline relating to eating disorders and depression. I believe Alice tackled these well and would help anyone who experiences these both as the person suffering and those close to them. I love Charlie and Nick and can never get enough of them! It also got me on an Alice Oseman binge!

I gave this 5⭐

Goals Met:
✔ Diverse Reading
✔ Physically Owned
✔ Finish series (well caught up)

Loveless by Alice Oseman

This was the first novel I’ve read by Oseman and OMG! I should have started reading her stuff way earlier! Oseman writes amazing sarcastic and hilarious characters. They are all fleshed out and feels like they could be real. I identified with both the main character and her roommate and the two best friends were exactly who I’d want to be friends with. It once again handles things like exploring sexuality, societal expectations, and mental health. I 100% will be reading EVERYTHING Alice writes!

I gave this one 5⭐

Goals Met:
✔ Physically Owned
✔ Backlist
✔ Owned before 2021
✔ Diverse Reading
✔ ARC

Solitaire by Alice Oseman

This wasn’t as good as Heartstopper or Loveless and you can definitely tell this was Oseman’s first book. That being said, it was a sweet book furthering the Heartstopper story. I’m glad I read Heartstopper first since I don’t think I would have been as excited to read it if I read Solitaire first. It was much darker than Heartstopper – at least in feel. Overall, I’m glad I read Solitaire and I got to have more time with these characters. I can’t wait for Heartstopper Vol 5! I still have more of Oseman’s backlist to keep me tied over until it’s release.

I gave this one 4⭐

Goals Met:
✔ Physically Owned
✔ Backlist
✔ Owned before 2021

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

I enjoyed this one. If I’m being honest, it let me down for the first quarter. Everyone raves about how good this is and I just wasn’t feeling – yet! However, I got a little over a third in and it started to come together. There wasn’t as much of a “romance” like I had expected, but the romance wasn’t meant to be the true focus. I loved the family relationship – I loved that Yadriel had a close relationship with his cousin. Every time the family misgendered or used Yadriel’s dead name, my heart broke a little because it broke Yadriel’s. Thomas did an amazing job writing the characters and the magic within it, explaining how it merged within our world that made perfect sense. And OMG that ending, those twists! Clearly that was what made everyone love this book, because I had not expected any of them! I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves fantasies (urban) and don’t mind the romance taking a backseat, while friendships and family take the forefront.

I gave this one 4.5⭐

Goals Met:
✔ Backlist
✔ ARC
✔ Diverse Reading

Fire with Fire by Destiny Soria

I’ve already posted my review (and interview) of this book yesterday (here).

Goals Met:
✔ ARC
✔ Diverse Reading

Up Next

Benny Rose, the Cannibal King by Hailey Piper

The Woods Are Always Watching by Stephanie Perkins

The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson

Not a bad start to the month. Have you read any of these? What did you read so far? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

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