June Reading Wrap Up and July To-Be-Read Pile

You know how reading slumps only hit you when you have ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD TO FUCKING READ?! Yeah. I hate the reading gods at the moment.

I’m actually slowly getting over it (I swear to god if this jinxed it, I’m going to throw myself off a goddamn cliff). I’, reading, but I haven’t finished a book yet, which is the problem.

I read 10 books in June, which for most people is actually really good, but I used to get to 16+ books a month easily during the summer.

I wanted to mention that because my TBR is going to be… a bit ambitious, to say the least. I’m planning to be out of this slump sometime this week because I really want to get to all of the books.





1. Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1)

by Stephanie Perkin


If you’ve read any of my book posts (excluding the really early ones), you’ll know that I don’t really enjoy contemporary books; they just don’t spark my interest that much.

But after seeing everyone and their mother rave about this book, I decided to just pick it up and see how it goes.

I ended up liking it (*gasp*), but not really loving it. I’m going to admit, I did fangirl (a couple times) about St. Claire, and loved almost all the characters and the setting, but when I finished it and started another book, I kind of got over it.

It was an enjoyable read, don’t get me wrong, but it wasn’t anything I would push everyone to read.

I would recommend Anna and the French Kiss to anyone who wants a quick and cute read for the summer.

If you were wondering, I am planning on reading the rest of the series, but I’m in no hurry to get to them.

3 stars


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2. Nobody Is Ever Missing

by Catherine Lacey



I was trying to not bash this book in my review, but I seriously can’t find any redeeming qualities about it.

I had to literally drag myself into finishing this book, that I almost DNFed it.

I should say that this book’s target audience was probably not teenage girls, so I can kind of give it that.

If you want to read my full thoughts about Nobody Is Ever Missing, then read my review.

1 star



3. Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 1 (Tokyo Ghoul #1)

by Sui Ishida, Joe Yamazaki (Translator)

I haven’t started a new manga series in so long! I’ve had this one sitting on my shelf for way over 6 months, and it’s been calling to me for the last month or so. Having my best friend raved about the anime and manga didn’t really help either.

I haven’t really read anything horror up till now, and I so need to pick up more. It’s not like it had me on the edge of my seat or anything, it just had a lovely (consistent) eerie feeling all throughout, which I found amazing.

Having a character who’s obsessed with horror and is really into reading was also a great bonus for an already great manga, as I related to the protagonist and cared for all of the characters.

After flying through this one, I desperately needed the second volume, which I sadly know I won’t be able to find in any of my local stores. BUT, I did find it when I went to Barnes and Noble in Los Angeles, I didn’t end up buying it though because I s; ready had a ton of books in my cart.

Don’t you worry, I’ll find it online, so it’ll probably be in the next monthly wrap up.

3.5 stars

4. The Grownup

by Gillian Flynn

I was not planning on rereading this anytime soon, but when I didn’t find a book under 150 pages for Read-O-Rama (I actually ended up not participating for the second half of the week because didn’t feel like reading in LA), so this was kind of the only one I was interested in at the time.

It was okay, pretty good, but way too short. I would love to see it as a full-length novel instead of just a short story; the 60 pages just don’t do the story justice.

This was supposed to be a horror ‘novel’ but it was more of an I’m-going-to-creep-you-out-quite-a-bit story.

All things considered, do I regret rereading this? not really, but there was no need to other than the readathon which I didn’t even end up finishing. Should you give this a try? Yes.

Even though there was no point in me reading this again, I enjoyed it as much as I did the first time, and still do stand by my rating of 3.75/4 stars.

4 stars




5. Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 (Wires and Nerve #1)

by Marissa Meyer,, Douglas Holgate (Illustrations)

No one will even understand how fucking excited I was when this beauty showed up on my local bookstore’s shelves. I audibly gasped. People stared at me. Did I care at the time? NO!

The Lunar Chronicles is back! I was super excited to dive back into the world and see my favorite characters again after everything that happened in Winter and the heartwarming epilogue in Stars Above.

It did have one setback though: the artwork. It didn’t really fit the story and made the characters look a lot less badass and more chibi and cute. That’s why I had to dock a half star off the rating.

Overall, I loved everything except the artwork, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t recommend it. If you’re a fan of Iko, or just the series in general, then you should 100% pick this graphic novel up, or at least give it a chance.

You can check out a post I wrote about the Lunar Chronicles here. 

Or you can check out my review of the first book in the Lunar Chronicles here if you’re interested in starting the series.

4.5 stars






6. Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1)

by Cassandra Clare

H O L Y    S H I T


I seriously can’t believe it took me this long to start the Infernal Devices.

Not only did I instantly fall in love with all the characters, but I got so invested in the setting and the book in general that I went out and bought Clockwork Prince a day or two after I finished Clockwork Angel. You should be expecting to see that in my next wrap up too.

I wrote a full review of the book, so if you want to see my in-depth thoughts, click here.

5 stars


7. The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave #2)

by Rick Yancey

I liked this book [The 5th Wave], but I didn’t love it, it was mediocre (at most). I liked the survival aspect, but I don’t think I loved it as much as everyone else loved it. I’ll probably pick up the second book when it’s available in my bookstore.

After saying this about The 5th Wave in one of my reviews, most of you thought that I would never actually pick up The Infinite Sea, BUT HERE WE ARE! 

I decided to read it on a whim; I needed a short book to read on my flight, and this just happened to be there. Let’s just say I didn’t hate it.

This was good, not mind-blowingly brilliant, but good. It was quite entertaining and hooked me after I reached the 5th chapter or so.

Now that I really think about it, I like the 5th Wave a little more than I used to; it has nothing to do with TIS, it’s just the type of book that you need to think about after you’ve finished it.

TIS was good, as I said, but I don’t know what’s going to happen in the last book, The Last Star. With that type of ending, I don’t really know how we might come to a conclusion. That’s exactly why I decided to buy the 3rd book when I saw it in the bookstore.

Are you going to see this in any of my 2017 wrap-ups? I don’t know. Probably.

3 stars


8. The Merciless (The Merciless #1)

by Danielle Vega

Walking through the bookstore and finding a hot pink hardcover with a pentagram on the cover with 100% grab anyone’s attention.912GKL6izFL.jpg

I’m going, to be honest, I’ve only heard one person talk about this, so I didn’t know anything beforehand. This was purely a cover buy, and I’m not ashamed.

Everything about this screamed BUY ME and that’s what I did.

This is one of the few horror books that I’ve read, and I have to say: I don’t think they’re for me. I absolutely love horror movies, but all the books I’ve read are lacking. They just end up being creepy, not really scary in the way that’ll give me nightmares.

It was enjoyable though, and I’m pretty sure I would read the second book if I found it in a bookstore.

3 stars

9. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

by Lewis Carroll

I really thought I was going to enjoy this with it being the book behind one of my all-time favorite movies. In this rare case, I have to say that the movie is way better than the book.

The writing was super confusing and 90% of the time I didn’t even know what was happening.

I’m still on the search for a classic (other than Animal Farm) that doesn’t bore me to death, as this one clearly didn’t end my search.

1 star

10. Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)

by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff


Realizing a couple moments before I started reading Gemina that I’ve forgotten almost everything from Illuminae made me pick up and read this book for the second time.

I loved it just as much as I did the first time, and a little more. You’ll 100% be seeing Gemina in either my July or August wrap-ups!

Unless you live under a rock, then you’ve probably read this, so I don’t have to go and tell you to.

5 stars







1. Heartless by Marissa Meyer

2. Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare

3. A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas

4. The Shining (The Shining #1) by Stephen King

5. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) by J.K. Rowling

6. Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

7. I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan

8. Rooms by Lauren Oliver

Much love, Rawan 🖤 …