I guessed I was on a reading roll after April and May, and hoped to continue on the same pace for this month. But, I didn’t. It started very soon in the month where I suddenly felt a reading slump coming up. I was barely getting through my book, my attention was everywhere but where it needed to be, and it took ages to finish anything. Add to that the fact that I started exercising intensively three times a week and had no energy left to pick up a book afterwards, and my reading pace started diminishing immensely. And the FIFA worldcup hadn’t even started yet at that point (GO BELGIUUUUUUM).
Coming down from reading 13 and 11 books in a month to a measly 5 books is bumming me out. Especially as I also didn’t manage to blog on a regular basis. WHAT IS GOING OOOOOON.
Flying Tips for Flightless Birds by Kelly McCaughrain
Picked this one up from my YALC reading challenge TBR as I was in the mood for some contemporary. Unfortunately I didn’t have a lot of faith in the story due to that very children’s book cover. I quickly knew that this book WAS going to be a hit with me as both the style of writing and the story resonated in the same frequency as my soul. I freaking adored the story and the message in this book, and I want to hug the stuffing out of it. If you’re looking for an amazing beach read, this is definitely a good book for you. Even if the cover is still an absolute eyesore.
The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May
Continuing on with my third series I need to finish list and let me start by saying this: I don’t know if it was due to a reading slump or due to the story, but I could NOT get through this book. Did a part of the magic disappear as the idea wasn’t as fresh as in the first book? Was the plot more tedious? I DON’T KNOW, but it didn’t capture my heart as the first book did. It wasn’t bad or anything, but for the longest time I just didn’t care what happened. It got a lot better when certain secondary characters entered the stage again, but all in all, it was so difficult to follow… Is it just me???
Beware That Girl by Teresa Toten
So what do I read when I had difficulties getting through the book I was reading before? An awesome thriller of course! Okay so, I knew that I need to be “beware of that girl”, but the story is set up in such an amazing way that I didn’t know for which of the two main characters I needed to be aware or if the title was missing a comma and actually meant “beware that, girl”. I loved how Toten played with my theories and mind and how I kept on guessing until the very end where she completely blew my socks of!
Golden Son by Pierce Brown
From the outset, I expected this book to be as political as can be, knowing what happened in the first book and I was right. Now, after all the gory stabby-stabby non-stop action in book one, so much political plots, ploys and twists is a completely different thing to read. I personally love a good political intrigue plot, but I completely understand that for some people this is a giant turn-off. Still, don’t worry there is still a lot of stabby-stabby gruesomeness splattered around the pages. I can’t wait to finish this series and even start the sequel series, it’s just what my dark, sadistic heart needs. (*heart emoji*)
The Girl With No Past by Rachel Ledge
(E-book received for free, this does not affect my opinion.) When Ledge contacted me to read her book, I was a little hesitant to do so, but after reading the short description, I was all in. The main character’s background is so intriguing to read and I was just as desperate as her to figure out who she was. I was hooked from the very first page and loved how everything unraveled and developed. Hooked from the very first page, intrigued all the way through and a definite fan of the premise and ending. Full review to come.
What do you think of all the books I read this month? Are there any on this list you’d like to read too? Let me know in the comments!