Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all been doing well in the past month and staying safe as countries around the world start to open up more.
For those of you who don’t know, the #RockMyTBR Challenge is a challenge originated by Sarah K at The YA Book Traveler, which I’ve kind of adopted for myself over the past few years. The challenge is pretty simple, you pick a list of backlist books from your TBR (i.e. books not published in the year that you are reading them) and read them over the course of a year. I always choose 12, a book for each month and then each month I post an update of everything I’ve been reading. In June, I read another 5 books, a continued win for lockdown reading:
The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves #1) by Roshani Chokshi:
This was my June #RockMyTBR read and is definitely one of my favourite reads of the year so far. It has such an amazing squad/found family dynamic, it’s wonderfully diverse and the story is just a lot of fun whilst also touching on really important topics like colonialism. I read this one from 26th May-9th June. Here is my review of it:
Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust:
One of my Netgalley reads for this month, unfortunately this one was kind of let down. The characters were quite flat and though I appreciated the different take on a stepmother/stepdaughter relationship in a fairytale retelling, the slow pace of the story made it very hard to get into. I read this one from 22nd April-13th June (on and off). Here is my review of it:
Incendiary by Zoraida Cordova:
My other Netgalley read of the month. I enjoyed the magic system that the author created and I really liked her writing style but the plot was kind of slow paced and the characters were a little flat for me. I read this one from 7th May-18th June (again on and off). Here is my review of it:
Dry by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman:
My PIFM read from the YA Addicted Book Club on Goodreads. I had mixed feelings on this one, I thought it was a really interesting concept and had a very intense plot, but the characters felt kind of flat and I had a few issues with the toxic masculinity presented in the plot. I read this one from 9th-22nd June. Here is my review of it:
The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty:
My audiobook read for June. I really enjoyed The City of Brass, but I found The Kingdom of Copper somewhat slower than I would have liked, though I still loved the characters and it did have some amazing plot twists toward the end. I read this one from 14th May-26th June. Here is my review of it:
So that’s everything I read in June, here’s what I’ve got coming up in July:
King of Scars-Leigh Bardugo
My July #RockMyTBR read. I actually started it last week as there were only a few days left of June. I’m enjoying it so far, though it is a little slow and the chapters are slightly longer than I would like.
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes-Suzanne Collins
I’m hoping to finally get around to this one this month, as apparently July is my month of chunky reads! I’ve seen very polarising opinions on this one so I’ll be interested to see which side of the fence I fall on.
Girl Serpent Thorn-Melissa Bashardoust
One of my Netgalley reads for this month and I’m thankful that I’m enjoying this one much more than I enjoyed Girls Made of Snow & Glass, Melissa Bashardoust’s writing has definitely improved since her debut.
The Court of Miracles-Kester Grant
My other Netgalley read for this month, and to be honest, I’m struggling to get into it at the moment but I’m hoping things will improve soon.
The Empire of Gold-S.A. Chakraborty
Yes, I have the final book of this one on audio to read for this month. I’m really looking forward to seeing how everything turns out in the end for the characters, though the almost 29 hour length is making me a little nervous!
Another pretty ambitious TBR but since I’m not really doing much at the moment, I feel like it’s very achievable. What have you guys read this month? How is your Goodreads Challenge going? I’ve read 25 books so far and I’m still 5 books ahead of schedule so I’m feeling pretty good about it. Let me know in the comments!