Hello, my fellow book lovers! Can you believe we’re already in June? It feels like just yesterday we were bringing in the new year and choosing our books for January.
But, I’m glad we aren’t because then I wouldn’t have the chance to read all these amazing books coming up.
Lately, it feels like all I do is read. Ebooks, hardcovers, audiobooks (yes, I finally tried an audiobook), ARCs. Whatever the case may be, I’ve been reading A LOT!
I can’t complain though. I love it. It was hard choosing books for June. Primarily because there are so many books coming out and some books I own that I still need to read. And it’s like I just want to read them all at the same time. But, I promise, I’ll pace myself… Maybe.
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The Ballad of Songbirds + Snakes by Suzanne Collins
When this book came in the mail, I FREAKED OUT! For those who may not know, I love The Hunger Games books and movies. Growing up I always thought I’d be the next one chosen for the games. I imagined dominating like Katniss with my bow and arrow (still trying to convince my mom to let me buy one haha)… Until I realized the games aren’t exactly real. But, anyways, childhood dreams aside, I love these books and I can already tell it’s going to be an amazing read.
It follows the life of Coriolanus Snow (yes that dreadful President Snow), but not during the time you think. In this story, we’re in the tenth annual Hunger Games, when Snow is eighteen years old and dreaming of becoming a mentor of the games. He’s the hope of his family who went through some tough times and are expecting him to bring them out of it. However, he gets paired with a tribute who might ruin his chances.
Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
Some might know Anna from her witty character on Pitch Perfect, but did you know she was also in Twilight? So naturally, I want to read her story! I received this book as a gift for Christmas one time and I never got the chance to read it. But that’s all going to change this month. Scrappy Little Nobody is all about the crazy, weird times that led Anna to the astonishing woman she is today. And knowing her personality, who wouldn’t want to read what she has to say?
The Boy In The Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
I’ve always loved learning about the Holocaust. It was one of my favorite topics to discuss and read about in school. While everyone dismissed these after we finished, I would keep them and try to understand all the little details of the occurrence. I read this back in like seventh grade and watched the accompanying movie but I want to re-read it.
It is a fiction story but its message is still so powerful and so profound. For those of you who don’t know, the story is about a boy who moves to an isolated area because his dad got a promotion. He had no one to play with or anything. The only thing around was a fence full of people who he didn’t know. One day he decides to go to the fence and ends up becoming friends with the boy on the other side who wore striped pajamas. Only their friendship led them to a tragic fate.
Let It Snow by John Green
Green is one of my favorite authors. I find his writing so relatable and touching. Let It Snow is a holiday romance collaboration with two other amazing authors, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle. Yes, I am one of those peoples that believes Christmas is all year round and watches Christmas movies every month. Don’t hate!
But anyways, Let It Snow is a story about a snowstorm on Christmas Eve that ends up setting a course for three different groups of people. One ends up going off with a complete stranger, others take an adventure to the Waffle House for their hash browns (I would do the same too), while another has their fate sealed by a teacup pig falls. The snow storm alone already shows how adorable this story will be. And anything with hash browns has me sold!
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Harry Potter + The Chambers of Secret by J.K. Rowling
What more can I say other than it’s HARRY FREAKIN POTTER! But, if you’re not an HP fan, I’ll still explain. In The Chamber of Secrets, Harry is in his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, only things have changed. For some reason, unbeknown to them, the students are turned into stone and no one has an answer why. Suspects are everywhere, but, most people suspect Draco Malfoy, Hagrid, and Harry himself! So, Harry and his friends, Ron Weasley and Hermoine Granger (baddest bitch in the game), set off on an adventure to find out what the heck is happening and what they can do to fix it. I don’t know about you, but this story had me as soon as I heard students turning into stone.
Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen M. McManus
Whenever I say or hear this title I always finish with “if one of them is dead.” If I’m being honest, I first picked up this and One of Us Is Lying because the titles and covers reminded me so much of Pretty Little Liars. And if you know anything about me, then you know that PLL is one of the most important things in my life because it’s what sprouted my love for books and mysteries. Reading One of Us Is Lying took me back to my fourth grade classroom where I’d hide my PLL books under my desk as I read during class. It was such a sweet and satisfying moment for me. And a lot of the concepts of the book were similar which was such a nice surprise for me.
Two Can Keep A Secret is a story about Ellery, a girl who makes her way to Echo Ridge, the place where her aunt had gone missing when she was seventeen. She has to live with her grandmother and like any mystery, the town is perfect, but everything perfect holds many secrets. Five years before her arrival at Echo Ridge, a homecoming queen was murdered. Now, there are threats of yet another dangerous homecoming and to further prove it, a missing girl.
I don’t know what it is about small towns and mysterious murders and disappearances, but I always, and I mean always, have to get to the bottom of them!
Related: May TBR
House of Earth + Blood (Crescent City) by Sarah J. Mass
This book has been taking the book community by storm. It’s like left and right all I see is Crescent City, so I had to look it up and see what it’s all about. Bryce Quinlan is on the hunt for demons trying her best to seek revenge for the murder of her best friend. Her path leads her to Hunt Athalar, a fallen enslaved angel who’s job is to assassinate any enemies of his boss. They team up to help find the murderer and seek Athlalar freedom. But upon the discovery of a dark power nestled deep in Crescent City, Bryce and Hunt end up falling for each other. How stunning and captivating does that sound? I mean we have demons, angels, love, a murder and HUNTS!!!! It’s like all the best stories combined and perfectly packaged with a bow.
Don’t Call The Wold by Aleksandra Ross
This book was chosen by members of a book club I’m in, The Howling Pack. In all honesty, I don’t know much about it. But that’s the best part. It leaves me with no expectations and provides me with a mystery. And who doesn’t love a good mystery? The one thing I do know is that it involves a dragon, a forest, a slayer, and a queen. I love anything that deals with a forest. I find it so fascinating how people use the stars to navigate their way around. It’s one of the reasons why I love Once Upon A TIme so much, because every single time they were in the enchanted forest I was SWOONING.
The Honey Don’t List by Christina Lauren
This is one of my buddy reads for June, along with Crescent City. It’s a story about Carey Duncan and James McCann who are on a road trip with their bosses Melissa and Rusty Tripp who despite being married, absolutely hate each other. Now Carey and James are on a mission to make the book tour as successful as possible by not only keeping their bosses and their secrets at bay, but also keeping their jobs they so desperately need. But is it possible they’re falling in love?
Fence Vol. 1 by C.S. Pacat
So many of my favorite booktubers have been speaking about this graphic novel. It’s about Nicholas Cox who dreams of getting the opportunity to compete in fencing. He’s trying to prove himself so he can earn his position along with his dad and other fencing legends. But, after being accepted into Kings Row private school, he’s up against the unbeatable Seiji Katayama and his golden-boy half brother. I love the fact that it’s not just a competitive story about private school kids, but it also features romance between the teammates and rivalries.
Serpent + Dove by Shelby Mahurin
This is another very popular book in the book community. It follows the story of Louise le Blanc, a witch that escaped her coven to a city in which witches, like her, are hunted and burned. She crosses paths with Reid Diggory who is a Chasseur to the Church and they end up bound through matrimony. I’ve seen a lot of people who love this book as well as a lot of people who hate it. But, it seems like something I would be into.
Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee
Okay first, can we talk about the title. Without even reading the synopsis I. Was. Hooked. It combined two things I love: forests and souls. And then merged it into one. Such a captivating title. And don’t even get me started on the cover. It is breathtaking!! I am in love with the vibrant yellow on the black cover and the character looks beautiful! And those glowing eyes? I am beyond amazed. I didn’t even want to read the synopsis because I wanted to be surprised but I couldn’t hold back.
Forest of Souls is about Sirscha Aswyn who’s been training in the hopes to become a spy for the queen. But, then her best friend Saengo is attacked by shamans who end up killing him. Somehow someway Sirscha brings him back to life, making her the first soul guide. Her abilities capture the attention of the Spider king who recruits her to tame the trees of the Dark Wood (the Forest of Souls). But, the problem is that she has to master her skills before the trees wreak havoc and destroy the peace of their world or take Saengo. Captivating title. Stunning cover. And an intriguing synopsis. I am in.
Orange by Ichigo Takano
I watch a booktuber called Books With Chloe who is always raving about this book. And it sounds like something I’ll love to read. It’s about how the main character received a letter from her future self urging her to save the life of the new transfer student. Naturally, she thinks it’s a joke, but then things mentioned in the letter start to come true and she has no choice but to take action. It’s gut-wrenching, and full of friendship and time-travel. And who doesn’t love that?
The Priory of The Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
This book was a last minute edition to my TBR for this month. It’s for a read-a-thon I’m doing along with other people and one of my favorite booktubers. It is such a huge book with so many different parts. But, luckily Olivia split the parts up by weeks so we won’t be overwhelmed. All I’ll tell you is this: “A world divided. A queendom without an heir. An ancient enemy awakens.” HOW COOL DOES THAT SOUND?
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
I remember watching the movie to this book back in junior year of highschool. It was one of the best movies my school ever introduced us to. And I remember going home the day we finished it trying to look for the book online. I didn’t end up buying. But, thankfully one of my friends, without even knowing I wanted it, got me it for christmas, and it was one of the best presents ever. I can’t wait to read it this month. It’s a groundbreaking story about three women who work together to try to defy the odds of their small town in Mississippi. The three women also happen to be the maids of the white folk in town who are tired of the way they’re mistreated by them.
I tried to do a mixture again of different genres and I think I have a pretty good list. I’ll most likely end up reading more than fifteen books because I have the habit of getting overly excited and reading a book in a day. I’m not saying I’ll read thirty books in June.. But, there’s a possibility I’ll read somewhere near twenty. Maybe one day I’ll do a challenge where I read a book per day for a month. That’ll be so fun. Sort of like Vlogmas, but with books. Anyways, make sure to follow me on my socials, sign up for my mailing list, and subscribe to my Podcast! I hope you guys have a magical June full of amazing books and love.
Until next time,
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