My (pathetic) June wrap-up and July TBR

Hi there,
So the month of June was a rather disappointing one in terms of how many books I managed to read. I read only three books in June, 2 of which seemed to take me forever to finish. In my defense though I had a drama production last week and had a million rehearsals in preparation. Also had exams. I’ll be including a July TBR this time because I have a clear idea of which books I’d like to read in July. So lets just start I suppose.

June Wrap-up:

1) The Assassins Blade (Throne of Glass 0.1-0.5) by Sarah J. Maas
This book is a compilation of novellas that preceded the Throne of Glass series. I read this so that when I came to reading Heir of Fire I knew more of Celaena’s backstory, something I’ve always craved. These books were better than I expected. The first book and the last book were the best in the compilation were the best as they included Sam more strongly, a character I love. I only give this book 4/5 stars thought because there was a couple of novellas, one in particular, that were pretty difficult to get into.
Rating: * * * *

2) Off the Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer
This book is a “companion” novel to the book Between the Lines but I treated it as if it were a sequel. It ran exactly like a sequel and I really had fun with it. Ultimately the first book was more enthralling and I enjoyed it to a higher degree, but this book was still cute and fun and told a romance story in an entirely new way. These books are really adorable and I really enjoyed them and I think you would definitely benefit more from reading Between the Lines first.
Rating: * * * *

3) All the Light we Cannot see by Anthony Doerr
This is a book based during WWII and focuses on an innocent civilian and an innocent(ish) German soldier. This book really tugged at my heart strings and it told the story of the Holocaust in a poetic but frighteningly real way. The main issue I had with this book is the fact that the first half was incredibly slow. It took a really long time to set up the story and, ultimately, that isn’t how I find enjoyment in books. It really picked up in the second half though and saved this book from a lower rating.
Rating: * * * *

July TBR

1) Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
This is the book I am currently reading and I have been anticipating reading this for a really long time! I’m really excited to be finally reading this because I’ve heard such good things and so far the story is amazing. Looking forward to completing this in July.

2) Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
I’m actually reading this for an English class at the moment but I’ve been intending on reading it for years. It’s been on my TBR for ages and I’m excited to finally be getting around to it. It seems like a good book so far so maybe we have a new favourite classic on the table.

3) Yes Please by Amy Poehler
I’m actually going on holiday soon and I hope to get the audiobook to listen to on the plane. I love Amy Poehler and everything about her, she is so funny. I’ve wanted to read her book for a while and then I heard that her audiobook for it is amazing and that she has special guests and everything so I decided to get it as an audiobook. We’ll see.

4) Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
This is the third book in the Throne of Glass series and I intend to read this while I’m away. Her books are always so fast to read and I adore the worlds and the characters she creates. They inspire me and I feel so connected to all of them. Really excited for this read.

Alright so that is all for my June wrap-up and July TBR. Hope you guys enjoyed and feel free to comment your reads.

Signing off, Verity