hi. hello. so it’s been one year since i’ve posted anything on here. wow. well, i don’t know whether i’ll be fully back but i do know that i need somewhere to talk about the books that i’ve read this month (because this is by far the best reading month i had this year). i don’t actually remember how blogging works lmao. i’m basically writing to say i’m back (sort of)?? if anyone cares at all lol.
i think it’s safe to say that i’m officially back on track with my goodreads reading challenge (which is 50 books if anyone is wondering). i’ve read 26 books in total this year but i didn’t count in my rereads, which i’m kinda regretting now haha (should i?).
total: 14 books
library books: 4
(yes i actually went to the library this month)
average rating: 3.96⭐️
finale by stephanie garber // ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ // the third and final book in the caraval trilogy (damn i’m sad). a firm 5 stars on this one although my favourite is still legendary. this book has both tella’s and scarlet’s point of views but i still preferred tella’s and found scarlett’s storyline boring at the beginning and it was only redeemed for me after a certain incident with a certain fate (lol). jacks is amazing as always.
a very large expanse of sea by tahereh mafi // ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 // i was super excited to read this book and while i wasn’t disappointed by it, i didn’t absolutely adore it. i still think that it’s a must read because of the important issues the book talks about (e.g. racism, bigotry). the protagonist, shirin, was slightly unlikable at the beginning but i understood where she was coming from after reading about the how the way people treated her was uncalled for. the romance was cute too haha (although it was kinda frustrating at times).
girl made of stars by ashley herring blake // ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ // i finally read this after seeing it being raved about by so many people haha. i definitely enjoyed it. this book shows how victims of rape are suffering and how people often refuse to believe them, choosing to be on the side of the rapist instead. i really liked the friendships in this book (especially the support mara and hannah gave each other).
a court of wings and ruin by sarah j. maas // ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ // a re-read for the 28319th time hahaha. i actually started this in may but i put it down because i was more interested in other books. the acotar trilogy still remains one of my favourite books of all time but this acowar always feels so damn long. is it good? yes. is it my favourite in the trilogy? no (acomaf hands down is my favourite lol).
the fault in our stars by john green // ⭐️⭐️.5 // i have no idea why i convinced myself to read this in the middle of the night (and also finish it in one sitting) because all i gained from this re-read is the confirmation that i truly did not like this book, a slightly more appreciation for gus (none still for hazel) and of course, sleep deprivation. yay. the last time i read it was 2014 so i thought maybe my opinions towards tfios would change (for the better) but nope. end of story.
a study in charlotte by brittany cavallaro // ⭐️⭐️⭐️ // a sherlock holmes retelling with great characters but a lackluster mystery (as in it wasn’t mindblowing at the end when it was revealed lol). i liked charlotte and jamie very much. but still the plot felt kinda slow at the beginning. i liked the development of the relationship between jamie and his dad throughtout the book. oh and even though august moriaty was only mentioned and does not appear in the book, i actually already liked him lmao (i love a tragic backstory haha).
the last of august by brittany cavallaro // ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ // the sequel was definitely better than the first book. august moriaty appears (!!) and the plot thickens now that more moriatys are involved. this is probably my favourite mystery out of this entire series ( i haven’t read the last book yet but still) but it still wasn’t like ‘omg-wtf-i-totally -didn’t-see-that coming-wow-just-wow’ kind of amazing. can i just say how cool would it be if i could be milo holmes?? there’s also traveling so that was fun. my only complain is that there was little to none development when it comes to charlotte and jamie’s relationship.
the case for jamie by brittany cavallaro // ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ // i loved the inclusion of charlotte’s pov. i really liked the way her chapters were written (it was in a very matter-of-fact kind of way, just like how she thinks) and it was a nice change after only having jamie’s pov (mostly) in the previous two books (not that i have anything against it lol). the so called ‘mystery’ in this book was probably the worst in this series so far, but the characters were great so it wasn’t that big of a deal for me. i wished jamie and charlotte had more time together because they weren’t for like more than half of the book and only got together towards the end (which felt very rushed by the way). but i absolutely loved their relationship ahhh.
passenger by alexandra braken // ⭐️⭐️⭐️ // i’m so late to this hahaha. it was a pretty meh read for me because the characters were boring and i don’t particularly care for love interest nor the romance itself. i was getting bored because of the lack of time-traveling in the beginning lol. i thought there would be more but oh wells. my favourite place etta and nicholas travelled to is london 1940 when the blitz was happening because i liked the inclusion of historical events. the ending was super rushed, leaving me extremely confused. i’m still going to read the sequel, wayfarer, though.
the afterlife of holly chase by cynthia hand // ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ // i didn’t expect to love this book so much but i did. i knew i wanted to read it because it’s a retelling of a christmas carol (not that i read a christmas carol before lol) but it just sounded so cool. the main character, holly, is by no means a good character (i think that’s a given considering she is a scrooge haha) but! i found myself rooting for her as the book progresses. i really enjoyed the whole premise of this book and the romance was very fun to read about haha. the ending was bittersweet, to say the least. you have to read this!!!! also side note, i want to read a christmas carol now lol.
daisy jones and the six by taylor jenkins reid // ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ // funny story: i actually thought it was a real band when i first saw this book at the bookstore hahaha and i also didn’t realise it was told through interviews until i started reading lol. the characters felt so real and the plot was still great despite it only being told in an interview format. all i wanted to do after finishing this was to listen to the songs because they seemed so amazing (but unfortunately they weren’t real) (someone make this happen asap!!). i wasn’t the biggest fan of daisy because of reasons that i’m not going to mention because spoliers? maybe one day i’ll write a review of this haha.
stay sweet by siobhan vivian // ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ // this is the perfect summer contemporary, especially with the amount of ice cream in this book. amelia, the protagonist in this book, frustrates me sometimes because she was kinda boring at the beginning and felt too nice(??)/naive at times. i liked the romance more than i thought i would lol (it’s so cute eek). i especially adored the history behind the ice cream stand and molly, who started the stand. molly’s story was actually quite interesting and not gonna lie but sometimes i feel like i would rather read about molly (someone who’s already dead, mind you) than amelia whoops.
a good girl’s guide to murder by holly jackson // ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 // this is the first book in a while that i bought without looking at the ratings and reviews on goodreads lol. but it’s surprisingly really underrated?? well, if you’re looking for a really good YA mystery book, do check this out because i actually thought the mystery was very satisfying. i personally didn’t figure out the actually ending of the whole mystery but maybe that’s because i’m dumb(?). i liked that this book didn’t focus a lot on the romance but rather on the murder case instead. this isn’t important but the tittle feels kind of misleading because the mc is more smart than good in my opinion lol. this book makes you think while and after, reading and i like that.
pride and prejudice by jane austen // ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ // are you proud of me for finally finishing this after trying to read P&P for 2 times prior to this?? (no? okay.) i’m just so happy i finally read this. now onto more classics haha. it’s good but not my favourite, hence the 4 stars. i guess maybe it’s due to the fact that i had really high expectations after seeing how literally everyone who has ever read this book raved about it.
i’m gonna make thus real quick because i think everyone and their mother is sick of my rambling already lmao. onto the movies i’ve watched this month!
aladdin (2019) // ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ // i think it’s a given that disney live action movies will never beat the originals but i still think that this is pretty good (better than the live action beauty and the beast at least). i like the changes made to jasmine. and also yay for more fleshed out story for the genie. a whole new world is amazing (but the original is still the best, duh) and just so very disney (?). i just didn’t think jafar seemed evil enough (voice wise lol), compared to the 1992 version because the animated jafar sounds straight up evil haha.
x-men: apocalypse // ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ // i got introduced to the x-men prequels in may by my friends so i started watching them lol. and i actually really like them (idk about the original ones because i haven’t watched those). if i’m being honest, james mcavoy is a big reason as to why i’m watching these hahaha. the highlight of this (and in days of future past) is definitely quicksilver’s scenes, especially because it’s in slo-mo and the music added to it just makes it so much better.
godzilla: king of the monsters // ⭐️.5 // i don’t get the point of this movie’s existence?? other than the action scenes, i didn’t like it very much. if i remember correctly, i actually rolled my eyes once or twice at the characters’ stupidity lol.
the princess bride // ⭐️⭐️⭐️ // this film is the epitome of cliche but it’s also hilarious at the same time so i’ll forgive it lol. i mean, it’s the basic fairytale plot so i didn’t really expect much of it. i do like the sword fighting scene between inigo and westley.
- school’s out for this month so i was supposed to get my shit together and start revision. did i? haha obviously not.
- to rub salt in that wound, i also didn’t complete much of my homework (the amount i’ve done is pathetic) (and it’s also the day before school starts as i’m writing this lol)
- here’s a silver lining in this super unproductive month: i read a lot more (yay)
- i was going to blog at the beginning of the month but i was lazy (whoops). i’ll try to be more active at the end of the year once my exams (ugh) are over.
- oo here’s a highlight: i got the chance to watch phantom of the opera (in real life!!!!). it was everything i hoped for and better. i loved the sets, the characters, the songs, just everything!! my favourite songs include: think of me, phantom of the opera, notes (this was hilarious), all i ask of you (this made me fall in love with raoul) (it’s so beautiful ahh) and more!!!
- i ended up going to the gym to run (once) (but still) so yay. i actually went another time but the threadmill stopped working a minute into running (is this a sign for me to not exercise??).
well, i hope june has treated yall good hehe. honestly, i’m not looking forward to july and the months following it because it’s nearer to o levels 😦 and i don’t want to go through it. help. i don’t even think anyone will be reading my blog, to be honest. haha oh wells.
what are your favourite/ least favourite books you’ve read this month? have you read any of the books i talked about? talk to me haha