How are you all? I’m good thanks. I am on my summer holidays now so posting should (in theory) become more frequent. Today’s is just a simple wrap-up of what I read/enjoyed in June. Last month was one of my more productive reading months – I read a total of 4 books…WOW! I can’t believe that it was one of my best when this time last year it was 10 books a month at least. I’m making these wrap-ups more general and not just book related, so I am going to add my music loves, tv shows and favourite things that I have been enjoying too if you are interested in that. Let the wrap-up begin…
The first book was a re-read of Fall from Grace (Mad World #1) by Christine Zolendz which is one of my all-time faves as long-time readers will know. So, I won’t go into detail on my opinion on it because I love it 6/5 stars, so unbelievably quotable and hilarious. I totally recommend it!
I’m finally home after struggling through my brother’s illness and death. But, home is definitely a bit different. My best friend (the only person alive now that knows my secret) has a new boyfriend; and he has a friend. Shane Maxton: bad boy, tattooed rock god, eye candy extraordinaire. He is also New York City’s most arrogant, self-serving, son of a, well, a definite one-night stand kind of a guy.
But, it doesn’t matter to me because I’ve spent my existence looking for the love of my life, my angel. And, there is nothing that Shane Maxton can do to change that.
The next book I read was The Sight of Demons (Master of perceptions #1) by Darin C Brown. I have a review on this HERE so if you are interested in a full review give that a shot but in short, I liked elements but overall, I would recommend it for older readers as I don’t think it fits the YA genre.
Hunter Miller sees demons. The terrifying shadows engulf him and everyone he knows—yet nobody else notices their presence.
Hunter can’t escape them, so he sets out to understand them. Why do they follow him? What are they trying to tell him?
In this first installment of the Master of Perceptions series, pre-teen Hunter discovers that every sensation the demons produce—whether it be sight, sound, texture, flavor, or smell—has a different meaning, and that by breaking this code, he just might be able to harness their power.
The next book I read was Memory Walker (Inflexaen #1) by Carly Marino which I also have a full review for HERE. I really enjoyed this and thought it was very well-written and had an interesting plot, but I felt there was just something missing that meant it lost my interest in parts, but I would still really recommend it because it was a really interesting plot.
Imagine having the power to view someone’s past at the brief touch of their skin.
High school rumors are the worst. In fact, high school’s the worst. At least as the school freak that avoids human contact.
Freshman year, seventeen-year-old Thea Scott developed the suckiest burden ever. At the brief touch of a person’s skin, she’s forced to walk in their memories. She’d give anything to get rid of this ability—one she can’t control. Well, until the first day of senior year when breathtakingly gorgeous Cole Conway strolls through the auditorium doors and she faints, making an utter fool of herself, again. He acts like he knows her secret, and the last thing she wants is to end up in a lab with her brain in a jar. To protect herself, she decides to do the very thing she runs from, use her ability to enter his memories.
What she didn’t expect to find: out-of-this-world beings who have to “borrow” life essence from humans to survive. Cole unveils dangers she never imagined existed and turns out her own past is her greatest fear. The deeper she falls, the more turmoil and heartbreak crash into her. Dreams of fitting in soon dissolve, and she realizes it was way easier just being a high school freak.
The final book I read last month was Just Don’t Mention It (The DIMLY Trilogy #4) by Estelle Maskame. This was another great, great book and I have yet another full review HERE. This was incredible because it was just so hard-hitting and sweet at the same time, I loved it.
Alternating between past and present, Just Don’t Mention It is narrated from Tyler’s perspective. We see his life as a twelve-year-old boy suffering physical abuse at the hands of his dad. We see him as the daredevil seventeen-year-old we first met in Did I Mention I Love You?, the stepbrother who falls head over heels for Eden. In these parallel timelines we finally understand the enigmatic Tyler’s complex story and his innermost thoughts – on his dad, his mom, on Tiffani and Eden – all the things Eden wasn’t witness to. And, crucially, the reader gains heartbreaking insight into why Tyler becomes the self-obsessed, angry and unhappy guy we encounter in DIMILY.
I am currently reading A Bad Boy Stole my Bra by Lauren Price and I am really enjoying it but its still early days so who knows how it will go but I have a good vibe about it.
Dead Girl Walking from Heathers the Musical – which I have liked for a while but has just been stuck in my head recently. This is obviously a musical song but its a wee bit bluesy or jazzy.
I Feel Like I’m Drowning by Two Feet – oddly my brother got me into this and I am so grateful for it, this is also quiet jazzy but definetly rock influences
Mariah by Longstay – this is the first single that my friend’s band has released and it makes me feel so summery and happy for him because he worked so hard for it and now it’s an actual thing. And this is country and rock, so diffrent but incredible.
So, you should check all three of these songs out. I have quite an eclectic taste so they are all a bit different.
Grimm – Which I started at the start of June and now I’m season 3 so getting through it pretty slowly but I am enjoying it a lot.
Hamish Macbeth – This is a Scottish crime/comedy thing that I have been enjoying it’s quite old now, so you might struggle to find it if you are interested in watching it.
Miranda – which is a British sitcom staring Miranda Hart and is one of my all-time favourite tv shows that I can just rewatch and rewatch and never get bored and I was watching it the other night and thought I would add it.
Favourite Thing This Month:
My ukulele, which I technically got at the end of last month but only really got into this month. I love singing and this is so much easier than singing with my piano so yay! Bring on learning more.
So that’s it for today’s post. I hope you enjoyed this new format and that everyone is having a good day and that your holidays (whether you are on them yet or not) are great!