Good morning and happy Monday you guys! It’s a new week and almost more importantly: a new month too. We’re actually already halfway through 2018 and it’s kind of a bit mind-boggling how quickly this year goes by! And as per usual, with the beginning of a new month, it’s time to talk about the books I managed to read the previous months.
Surprisingly, I really didn’t get a lot of reading done during the month of June? But! I managed two read two new releases which is always fun because that means I am not falling too far behind. Hooray! Without any further ado, here are the books I read during the month of June!
As always, I’ll start my wrap up with books I’ve previously reviewed on the blog to make it easier and quicker for all of us! If you’re interested in hearing my thoughts on the books shown here, please click on the image to be directed to their respective review!
But since A Reaper At The Gates is the third book in the series, I obviously can’t tell you guys anything because I would be spoiling you and no one wants that.
Just know that I love this series and these characters but also, I need Sabaa to please take it down a notch and not hurt Elias and Laia quite so much. Honestly. I’m so glad the series is going to be over with the next book because at least the characters won’t be put through hell anymore after. God knows, what Sabaa has in store for us with the final book (I’m still betting that at least one of our POV characters doesn’t make it out alive) so I might as well be eating my words around this time next year and you’ll all be allowed to laugh at me!
Now, I obviously want you guys to read this series too (and if you aren’t yet – WHAT. WHY) so here are a few things to look forward to with these books:
- Elias and Laia are such fantastic characters to go on these journeys with. Elias is especially fascinating to me. He grew up in this brutal military academy but he refuses to be that person. He is still good. He fights for his humanity to the very end and I love it.
- Laia though. My god. She gets thrown into this brutal world overnight and she learns how to navigate her way through it. Her strength and resilience is something else entirely.
- The continuously broadened world and everything that comes with it. We’re shown small glimpses in the first book but we really branch out in books two and three and I am loving it!
There’s more but apparently, I’m struggling to find the right words today? One thing I do want and need to mention is that this world is brutal. People die. Often. Violence is something that plays a big role, especially when the Commandant is present (god, I hate this woman with a burning passion) and rape is threatened and attempted at one point in book one.
I’ve basically been meaning to read this book for over a year now but for some reason I just never did it. And I honestly want to give myself a talk about this because this book was so good? I was first introduced to Trevor Noah leading up to the US election in 2016 and basically watched every interview he did for months. His story was such an interesting one and the way he talked about it always fascinated me so I knew I had to read this book at some point.
I love that Trevor Noah basically wrote this book the same way he always expresses himself on air and during interviews and since he’s the one narrating the audiobook it was just like watching him during an interview where he tells his life story.
Hearing him talk about his life growing up in a country during apartheid and how that affected him and his parents, hearing more about his childhood and how he slowly made his way into what he does today, hearing about what his life was like with his stepfather and more, it really gives you this insight into him that you don’t get from just watching him on air – even though he shares quite a bit of it there too.
I recently heard that he’s writing a second book about his adult life and I cannot wait! This was such a good book to read as an introduction to what a memoir can be that it has made me curious about others too!
You guys. I’m so disappointed right now. I had been so looking forward to this book and I was really hoping I’d love it a lot, especially considering that I really liked the first book. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen at all. I started feeling pretty ‘meh’ about Smoke In The Sun at around the halfway point and things just continued down that line for the rest of the book too.
I didn’t even find myself rooting for either of the characters or the relationships? And one particular relationship was what really got me invested in this story in the first place? This was such a frustrating reading experience in the end. xD
But, I still very much enjoyed Renée’s writing style, so I’ll probably check out whatever other books she releases in the future – or I’ll go back to her previous duology while I wait because people seem to really enjoy that relationship dynamic too!
As always, I want to know what you guys got up to this month – both reading-related and life-related! What was your highlight of June? What were the best and the worst book you read this past month? Also, how are you guys doing with your reading challenges? Are you staying on track? Or are you done with it already? Let me know down in the comments below!