June 2020 Wrap-Up/TBR Update

I actually had a really good month! I’m surprised at how well I was able to stick to my TBR.
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Also read/reading: Books finished this month: 20 (1 DNF) Books currently reading: 2
Overall TBR:
TBR at the beginning of the year = 296 TBR at the beginning of June = 318 Books added to TBR = 7 Books read/deleted from TBR = 8 Total on TBR now = 317
How did your reading go this month?

35 Best Book Deals for 6/16/20: Black Leopard, Red Wolf; Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts); Naturally Tan; and more

Book Deals
As of this posting, all of these deals are active, but I don’t know for how long!
Less than $1
Iphigenia Murphy by Sara Hosey The Impossible Girl by Lydia Kang
Less than $2
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart The Iron Flower by Laurie Forest More Than Words by Jill Santopolo Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams Ghosted by Rosie Walsh My First New York: Early Adventures in the Big City by New York Magazine Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender Rule by Ellen Goodlett Coraline by Neil Gaiman All Out by Saundra Mitchell Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World by Sarah Prager Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) by L.C. Rosen The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray
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When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore Cinder by Marissa Meyer This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen Dread Nation by Justina Ireland You Know Me Well by David Levithan & Nina LaCour The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann The A.I. Who Loved Me by Alyssa Cole The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta Edinburgh by Alexander Chee How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake Incendiary by Zoraida Cordova Talon by Julie Kagawa Naturally Tan by Tan France
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ARC Review: Again Again by E. Lockhart [6/2]

I just wrote a very long review for this book and then proceeded to accidentally delete it, so I’m a little frustrated and am now just going to write a brief summary of what I’d previously written.

The multiple different timelines was an interesting concept. I liked that we didn’t have to follow specific timelines all the way through the story. Instead, we just saw a glimpse of the possibilities that are out there.

Lockhart sets up this book like it’s going to be an Adelaide/Jack love story, but it’s really not. It’s about Adelaide coming to terms with her brother’s addiction. I thought their story was really heartbreaking, but ultimately hopeful. Something I especially like is that this is coming from the perspective of an older sibling having to watch their younger sibling go through it. I think a lot of books are about a younger sibling watching an older sibling become an addict. Adelaide is protective of her brother and doesn’t really know what to do with those feelings if he’s doing this to himself in some ways.

Adelaide as a character was okay. I thought she was a little weird and not entirely realistic, but I did think she was sympathetic. Other characters didn’t feel fully fleshed out and I wish we’d gotten more time with her parents or from their perspective.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. I thought it was a fresh and original take on alternate timelines. I didn’t think there was a ton of closure at the end, but I felt okay with that.

Order: Hardcover | Kindle

Overall Rating: 4
Language: Mild
Violence: Mild
Smoking/Drinking: Moderate
Sexual Content: Mild

Note: I received this book free from NetGally in exchange for an honest review.

35 Best Book Deals for 6/5/20: Dread Nation, Me and White Supremacy, This Book is Anti-Racist, and more

Book Deals
As of this posting, all of these deals are active, but I don’t know for how long!
Free

Veins of Gold by Charlie N. Holmberg

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Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

The Arctic Incident (Artemis Fowl #2) by Eoin Colfer

The Eternity Code (Artemis Fowl #3) by Eoin Colfer

The Opal Deception (Artemis Fowl #4) by Eoin Colfer

The Lost Colony (Artemis Fowl #5) by Eoin Colfer

The Time Paradox (Artemis Fowl #6) by Eoin Colfer

The Atlantis Complex (Artemis Fowl #7) by Eoin Colfer

The Last Guardian (Artemis Fowl #8) by Eoin Colfer

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The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae

Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Calendar

The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal

This Side of Home by Renee Watson

Mirror, Mirror by Cara Delevingne

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Alice Isn’t Dead by Joseph Fink

When the Moon Was Ours by Anne-Marie McLemore

Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn

Don’t Call Us Dead: Poems by Danez Smith

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Talon by Julie Kagawa

The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty

How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Black Wings Beating by Alex London

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen

The Cactus by Sarah Haywood

You Know Me Well by David Levithan & Nina LaCour

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell & Aurelia Durand

Reverie by Ryan La Sala

Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke


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Mini-Reviews: The Silent Patient, The Great Alone, The Holdout, and Beach Read

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I’ve noticed lately that I’ve been reading a lot more adult fiction. It’s not a conscious decision and I’m not sure why it’s happening, but I’m going with it! Here are a few of the adult fiction books I’ve been reading lately.

The Silent Patient

I’d heard so much buzz about this book before I picked it up for a book club. Even with all the buzz, though, I really didn’t know what to expect. This book ended up being a little more detective-y than I had anticipated. It was almost as if Theo was conducting some kind of criminal investigation. I wished he’d stayed in his lane a little bit more and that there was more to the interactions between him and Alicia. The author did a good job of making virtually every single male character suspect. Perhaps because of that, I actually didn’t love Theo as a character and especially as a narrator. In the end, I understand why the story was told the way it was, but I’m not sure how I feel about the whole “twist”. 3.5/5

Order: Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle

The Great Alone

I picked up this book because I’ve been meaning to read something by Kristin Hannah FOREVER. After reading this, I’d probably read her again, but she’s not an author who I would binge her entire backlist. Her books are long, heavier, and slower paced than something I would typically want to binge read. That being said, this book is so well-written. The setting of Alaska comes alive in this really unforgiving way. After reading this, you’re getting a big “NOPE” from me re: living in Alaska. Throughout this book I had a really uneasy feeling. Part of it was the tension involved with Leni’s dad, but I honestly think a big part of it was the setting itself. I was surprised at how far the author took the plot. The story kind of just keeps going beyond when I would expect it to conclude. I’m not totally sure how I felt about the ending. Parts of it felt a little too clean to me and I would have liked a bit more open endedness. I also had a big question about what happened with Leni’s grandparents, but maybe that’s just me. 4/5

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The Holdout

The story sucks you in really fast, but I wished that I had a summary of the case right off the bat. Just like a news clipping at the beginning would have been perfect, I think. I wouldn’t say that I loved Maya as a character, but with that being said, we know she didn’t kill Bobby so I was really invested in her figuring out who actually did. This story took many unexpected turns and I thought that was reflected in the ending as well. I liked that we were given answers, but some things don’t feel all the way resolved. There was a resolution to Bobby’s death, though, and I thought it was plausible. The way the book was written was interesting as well. We got flashbacks with different jurors and I thought all of the changing timelines actually kept the story moving along instead of bogging it down. It was really interesting that the author showed how people remember things differently from how things happened or how others recall the same events. Overall, a pretty good “mystery” with insights into the legal system and what it’s like to be on a jury. Also, I love this cover. It’s so simple and I love it. 4/5

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Beach Read

Okay, I think everyone’s been saying this but I’ll just reiterate–this book is NOT as light as the cover would make you think. January and Gus are both dealing with some pretty heavy things. So though they do find love, they have to get through the other stuff first. With that being said, right off the bat I found January to be extremely likable and the chemistry between her and Gus was great. You really just root for them to make it work. And with their history, I also imagined where their lives could have ended up had they gotten together in college (though that line of thinking wasn’t really explored in the book). A couple of critiques: I wish that January’s dad had been a little more present somehow. Maybe his letters could have been sprinkled throughout the book? Or we could have gotten flashbacks from his perspective? My only other critique is that “olive” was used a few too many times to describe Gus’ complexion. It just kept popping up and I didn’t feel like it was necessary. Ultimately, I thought this book ended on a happy and uplifting note. Fingers crossed that Emily Henry decides to really write the book January was working on because I would TOTALLY read it. 4/5

Order: Paperback | Kindle

June 2020 TBR

This month we’ve got some of our local libraries opening up. They’re doing reduced hours and services and all that, but it’s a sign that things might be returning to normal soon-ish.

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Let’s see how this month goes!

What are you guys reading this month? Let me know in the comments!