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June Wrap-Up

Wrap Up

I think I haven’t read that many books for ages. *lol* Well, at least I can’t remember the last time I actually managed to read 8 books in a month. Certainly not ever since I started to do my monthly wrap-ups. XD So I guess book-wise my June was amazing! I suppose to commute to work more regularly might have helped to get back into my reading swing which is a really nice side-effect I never truly noticed.

Unfortunately commuting also caused me to visit my library more often and my borrowed books almost push the allowed boundaries of 25 items. (At the moment I have 22 books at home and my library pile never seems to get any smaller. >_<) I know I’m way too greedy but I just couldn’t resist all the amazing LGBTQ+ books I found on the shelves. 😛 As it seems our libraries are finally jumping on the train and I couldn’t be more happy to see so many of my beloved books. They finally get more new books in other genres as well and this is just awesome.

So yeah, I think my library pile won’t get smaller anytime soon. *lol* And speaking of LGBTQ+ books! I finally created my own The LGBTQ+ Rep Book Tag (Original!) and I’m so glad so many of you seemed to like it! ❤ A few of you already did it as well and I got a lot of new book recommendations I can’t wait to read. XD Thank you so much for doing my tag and for spreading the love! 😀 This means a lot to me and I love you guys so much! ❤

*clears throat* Erm yeah, before I go all soppy on you I better start with my Wrap-Up, okay?

Books read: 10 (books &webcomic)

Pages read:  2.452 (Yes, as usual I didn’t count the webcomic pages so that’s the actual page number only from the books. XD)

Average rating: 4,10 (Not bad! Guess ACOFAS is the only reason it wasn’t higher. *lol*)

Books that were on my reading list:  2 (from 2019 and 1 from 2020, Funnily enough I’m close to finishing my reading list 2019 but not even moderately close to reading the books from my 2020 list! C’est la vie! 😛 )

June Reads:

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Traitor’s Blade: 4 Pfoten

I’m so glad my „Hugs’n’kisses OR Dismissed by the Missus/Messrs“ blog meme caused me to read this because otherwise it would have stayed on my TBR forever and I would have never gone on that interesting journey! XD  I really liked Falcio and his two friends Brasti and Kest! Also I kinda loved that this was different than the other fantasy books I read?! The ending might have been a little abrupt but the rest was great! Can’t wait to read book two!

Warm Up: 4 Pfoten

This was only an additional short story to „Vicious“ but since it’s written by V.E. Schwab I enjoyed it immensely. This woman can write and just like with Maggie Stiefvater I’d even buy her grocery list. *lol* Those about 15 pages may not add a lot to the plot but the tension of the main character was amazingly done. 😀

Vengeful: 5 Pfoten

I just loved this!! It was so, so, so good! ❤ Seriously, If I wouldn’t have been Victor Vale trash already this book would have made me Victor Vale trash through and through. XD The chemistry between Vic and Eli is off the charts and I still think they would have made a great couple. *lol* Also I loved the female villains in this book and I was glad to see that they were able to hold their own against our two boys!

Bomb Boy: 4 Pfoten

Jay Grewal offered me to read his book about a year ago and I finally got to it!!! (Guess this says A LOT about my long ARC/review copy list and why I’m not accepting any until the beginning of next year >_<) Anyway, I loved Jay’s book and even though it was very painful to read I couldn’t help but admire the way he wrote it. This is one of those books that stays with you and the comparison to „The Kite Runner“ is getting pretty close. If you want to read more about „Bomb Boy“ you can do it here!

A Court of Frost and Starlight: 3 Pfoten

Me only giving ACOFAS 3 stars!!?? Yeah, I know that’s kind of a shocker but urgh there were so many things that rubbed me the wrong way, I just couldn’t help but write a super long rant review! *lol* I won’t go into detail here but if you actually want to know why I was so disappointed you might as well read my full review! I wasn’t all too kind (and that’s an understatement) though so don’t attack me with your pitchforks and torches, okay? *lol*

Always Human: 4 Pfoten

This was such a cute webcomic! ❤ I called it „the f/f answer to Heartstopper“ and I still stand by this first impression. XD Sunati and Austen where the cutest, the art was amazing and very colourful and the story just warmed my heart! If you’re looking for a sweet f/f webcomic you should definitely give this one a try!

Beartown: 5 Pfoten

There are books and then there are BOOKS!! This one belongs to the latter category and it totally destroyed me. I can’t even remember how often I flat out cried or at least had tears in my eyes while I read it. „Beartown“ is one of those books that leaves a mark and changes you while you read it. Every single sentence hurt, every page cut deep, and every paragraph let me lose hope in humanity and rebuilt it once again. Yet I still loved it! It will take me quite a while until I’ll be ready to pick up „Us Against You“ but damn, I’m so going to read this sequel even if it kills me. T_T

Black: Shades of your Soul: 4 Pfoten

Can you believe it? I finally managed to read another book for my „German speaking Authors Year“ challenge! YAY! I admit it, I was a little bit sloppy those last few months because our current global situation kinda made me a mood reader and I really couldn’t bring myself to read books according to plan. So yeah, it took me a while to get back to my initial plans but I don’t regret it because this was great! I paged through „Shades of your Soul“ in no time and I really didn’t know that German authors could write such great steamy mafia romances. *lol* If you speak German and want to read something addicting and fast this might be the right book for you! 😉 (Be careful though, the insta-love is strong in this one. XD)

Burial Rites: 4 Pfoten

This book is inspired by true happenings and it was quite an experience. Iceland in 1829 must have been a hell of a place to live at and I really loved all the detail that went into this story. Also this is a book that kinda sneaks up on you and then leaves you gasping for air. When I started to read it I was like: „okay, that’s interesting and nice but where is the gripping story I was promised?“ You won’t get action, you won’t get shocking events, but you’ll get the life story of a poor girl that had to survive the cold of Iceland. I never thought I’d cry at the ending of this book, but I did and it killed me. >_<

Where Tangents Meet: 4 Pfoten

This was another cute and fluffy webcomic! 😀 This time around actually an f/m one and I really loved it! ❤ Landon and Rachelle both carried some wounds from their past with them, but they learned to trust each other and they fell in love! Also the sibling relationships in this one were great and the art?! Amazing! Highly recommended!

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How was your June? Did you read more books than usually as well? What’s the limit of your library card and are you constantly pushing it too? Did you like my „LGBTQ+ Rep Book Tag“ and are you planning to join the fun? XD What was your favourite book last month? And was I really the only one who was disappointed by ACOFAS? *lol*

Talk to me and let me know! 😉


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Allgemein, Bookish Fox Knowledge

June Wrap-Up

Wrap Up

For once I’m actually surprised that I managed to read so much! *lol* Okay, admittedly two of those seven books were mangas but still! At least 3 of my seven books had more than 300+ pages and this is quite an achievement. Rating wise June apparently wasn’t an all too good month though.

Well, at least I only had one 5 paws read and this was „Fruits Basket Vol.22“! XD Either I’m getting extremely picky lately or I need to find a good book that’ll sweep me off my feet. I might be inclined to say it is the latter. 😛

Still, overall June was a very productive month and I’m glad I managed to get in a few pages every once in a while . (Obviously to find some time to review those books properly is an entirely different matter though. *looks at my kid, raising an eyebrow* *lol*)

Anyway! Before I head to the official wrap-up and my monthly statistic I want to mention two things WordPress was kind enough to point out to me: In the last 9 months I wrote 100 blog posts and got a total of 1.337 likes for them. Which is just: WOW!!! O_o Thank you all so much for following my blog and reading my posts! ❤ It makes me happy to be among so many talented and wonderful people and I really hope I’ll get to know even more of you over the years to come! 🙂

This said we can finally move on to my monthly statistic before I get all emotional again XD:

Books read: 7

Pages read:  2.060 (And the amount of pages is still sinking. 89 less than last month, but still 7 books. Weird. XD)

Average rating: 3.86 (Ohhh, as it seems I’m getting really picky now. *lol*)

Books that were on my reading list:  4 (2 from 2018 and 2 from 2019)

June Reads:

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Leah on the Offbeat: 3 Pfoten

I had such high hopes for this and I guess that might have been part of the problem in the end. „Leah on the Offbeat“ was a nice and fast read but I had so many issues with the book and the topics it tackled that I just couldn’t give it more than 3 paws. I kinda hoped that it would be as fluffy as „Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda“ but that didn’t happen and I got a pretty unsatisfying bi rep instead. If you want to know why I was so unhappy you can read my full review here!

Lost in the Clouds: 4 Pfoten

THIS BOOK WAS SO CRAZY! *lol* Half of the time I didn’t know what was happening and was confused as hell but I also wanted to continue and find out more so despite my utter bafflement I still enjoyed it? *bites lips and frowns* Well, it definitely was something new. Haha! Guess I can’t say more than that and this will have to suffice. XD

The Empty Grave: 4 Pfoten

All the while I read this book I was struggling with my feelings. On the one hand I wanted to read this so badly but on the other hand I didn’t want it to end. It’s always hard to finish a series and „Lockwood & Co.“ was one of those that never truly leave you. I’ll miss all of Strouds precious characters but it was a good ending to a great series and I can’t ask for more than that. Thank you Stroud! ❤ If you want to read my review you can do it on goodreads.

VOX: 3 Pfoten

This book made me realize that I need to steer clear of dystopian books for a while. *lol* Don’t get me wrong, the book was good but damn I hate injustice and all those dystopian books seem to have it aplenty. >_< In „The Power“ it were women that suppressed men and in „Vox“ it was the other way around and both scenarios made me angry af! XD So uh, no dystopian sci fi books for me. XD (At least for a few months…)

City of Ghosts: 4 Pfoten

My first Victoria Schwab book and I really enjoyed it! Since this was middle grade I’m really curious about her YA and adult books now though. I can’t wait to see what Schwab is going to do with a more mature setting so I’m totally ready to get lost in her other series. 🙂 „City of Ghosts“ definitely was a good start and caused me to crave for more.

Fruits Basket Vol. 21 & Vol. 22: 4 Paws &  5 Pfoten

This series!!! OMG!! THIS SERIES!!! ❤ My heart is so full and so empty at the same time! I really could have read at least 20 volumes more! Natsuki Takaya’s characters grew on me and to finish this manga felt like saying goodbye to a beloved family member. I’ll miss them all so much and Vol.22 made me cry so hard that my vision was so blurry I could barely read. ❤ My only five paws read this month and it broke my heart. *sobs*

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So what about you? Did you read any interesting books in June? Maybe even one I had in my wrap-up as well? If yes, what did you think of it? Did you like it or hate it? Can you recommend me a new fave?

Talk to me and let me know! =)

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