So I spent a lot of my time in June reading books. More specifically, Young Adult Contemporary books. A lot of the books were summer related, which seemed apt because it is in fact summer. I kind of challenged myself to read as many books I could.
When I was still going to school, I read a lot of books. My cousins even called me a ‘bookworm’ because I used to bring with me a book wherever I went. I used to anticipate getting my summer reading list. I spent a lot of time looking up each book on the list and marking the ones I wanted to read, and I would plan on reading more than the required two books. However through high school and college, my leisurely reading time got cut back because I had to spend more time reading my textbooks and studying.
Now, I definitely have to put effort to read books even though I’m not in school anymore. Before I started this June Book Challenge, I think the last new book I read was a John Green book. I think my first John Green book was ‘Looking for Alaska’. Then ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ came out and I fell in love with John Green’s writing, the book itself, and books in general once again. And since I fell in love with his writing, I read all of Green’s books.
One thing about me is that I discovered is that I am a binger. I tend to binge watch television and webseries episodes. And I binge read books. (And I should have realized that when I binge read all of Green’s books.)
The thing is, once I get into something I love – whether it’s watching a tv show or reading a book – I get engrossed in it and it’s hard for me to pull away until I’ve finished it. I feel the urge to finish it. I need to get to the end. I need to know what happens next. What happens to all the characters? Do they get what they want? What they need? Is my OTP endgame? Sometimes I skim over sentences and paragraphs just so that I can get closer to the end and then I read something and I’m like ‘WHAT’ so I have to go back and reread the page. Do you ever get that way too?
So yes, I wanted to binge read and see how many books I could read in a month. In total, I read 18 books in the month of June. To some, that might not be a lot, but to me it is. I would sometimes finish a book in a day and start on another one. I usually like to have time to kind of digest the book I’ve just read and just sorta ponder about it a little bit more before starting a new book, but I just couldn’t do that this month.
I love love love all the books I read, except the book ‘The Solitude of Prime Numbers’ – I just didn’t quite understand it. I don’t think I am going to do this again for a while. Just because I spent so much time reading (not that reading is a bad thing) that I kind of neglected some things I needed to do (like sleep, eat, clean). But I definitely, definitely enjoyed my binge reading. 10/10 would recommend doing a book challenge.
Anyways, here is the list of books I read with links to Goodreads (book title) and if you want to buy the book (author). I also added a brief review/what I thought about the book, and a quote (or two!) from the book that I just love. If you’d like me to do an actual book review for any of the books, let me know! Enjoy and happy reading!
“I want to say yes, but I don’t want to be with a boy whose heart belongs to somebody else. Just once, I want to be somebody else’s first choice.”
“Love is scary: it changes; it can go away. That’s the part of the risk. I don’t want to be scared anymore.”
I absolutely love love love this book. It’s the first of a duology by Jenny Han. And I’ve said in my ‘Four A Day’ Photo-Series that I have never felt more connected to a main character than I do with Lara Jean. I absolutely love the idea of writing letters to all the guys I’ve ever loved. (I think I’m going to do that too actually.) This books is really great. It’s well-written, funny, and really relatable – at least for me.
“So much of love is chance. There’s something scary and wonderful about that.”
“I know now that I don’t want to love or be loved in half measures. I want it all, and to have it all, you have to risk it all.”
This part two to ‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’ did not disappoint. Although there were a few things that I wish were different about this book, I still really enjoyed it. It was frustrating, but in a good way most of the time. I still think about Lara Jean and how she’s doing in her world and what she would do or say in different situations. I just really love this series and I have a lot of feels about it.
“Sometimes it’s like people are a million times more beautiful to you in your mind. It’s like you see them through a special lens — but maybe if it’s how you see them,that’s how they really are. It’s like the whole tree falling in the forest thing.”
I enjoyed this book a lot. It’s the first book to a trilogy. I think there’s something so relatable to first crushes and first loves and how they are just so hard to get over sometimes. Well maybe it’s because I’m currently still in the process of getting over mine.
“I hated him more than anything. I loved him more than anything. Because, he was everything. And I hated that, too.”
This is the second book from the Summer series trilogy. I liked this book also. There were a lot of highs and lows. And the main character, Belly, is so frustrating and acts like a child (well because she still is) and it’s just all so frustrating. But I couldn’t stop reading it.
“There hadn’t been one specific moment. It was like gradually waking up. You go from being asleep to the space between dreaming and awake and then into consciousness. It’s a slow process, but when you’re awake, there’s no mistaking it. There was no mistaking that it had been love.”
This is the third book from the Summer series trilogy. Okay, this book frustrated me the most out of the three books. Half of the time I was like ‘what omg’ and the other half I was like ‘WHAT OMG’. This book was truly a roller-coaster of feels. My emotions were EVERYWHERE. I like how this book had chapters written in different characters’ point-of-views. I do wish a certain character’s POV was written more and that certain things happened differently. But the book was good.
“She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”
I really enjoyed reading Eleanor & Park. I love the love between them. I love how this book is written between Eleanor and Park’s POV. It reminded me of the book ‘Flipped’ by Wendelin van Draanen. I love stories where two people you wouldn’t expect to fall in love do. There’s something so cute and cheesy about that.
“There are moments when you can’t believe something wonderful is happening. And there are moments when your entire consciousness is filled with knowing absolutely that something wonderful is happening.”
I liked this book a lot. Do you ever get the feeling of not being able to do something you’re not supposed to do? I get that sometimes and I’m definitely sure that the main character of this book felt the same way. I love the journey the main character, Lincoln, goes through – finally getting out of his comfortable way of life to challenging himself and becoming the person he wants to be. Every character in this book feels real. And I love the idea of falling in love with a person’s inner person before falling in love with that person’s outer person. It’s like you find that person’s insides so beautiful that the outsides are beautiful as well because of the insides.
“There are other people on the Internet. It’s awesome. You get all the benefits of ‘other people’ without the body odor and the eye contact.”
I actually enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would. However, I didn’t care much for the snippets of fanfiction throughout the book. I don’t write or read fanfiction, but I do like the idea of fanfiction and being able to make your favorite characters live on in many different universes. I love the different dynamics of relationships and relationship development the main character, Cath, has with the other characters in the book.
“Choices are made in brief seconds and paid for in the time that remains.”
This was the least book of the month that I enjoyed the least. I wanted to read this book because I saw some good reviews about it and it seemed interesting. I think the title is interesting. I liked the book cover. I think the idea of prime numbers and mathematical metaphors are interesting. I just didn’t quite get the whole book. It just wasn’t for me. I did read it through so at least I made an effort.
“You are all the colors in one, at full brightness.”
I saw this book on the shelf in Target next to ‘P.S. I Still Love You’ and immediately I was drawn by the title and book cover. I absolutely love this book. The quote above is probably one of my favorite quotes ever. ‘All The Bright Places’? More like ‘ALL THE FEELS’. I love how this book was written – alternating between the two main characters’ POV. I love how each of the characters brings something out of the other person and how they somehow complement each other well in a way I’d never expect. This book does talk about suicide, which is a sensitive subject to a lot of people. It is also full of adventure and love and friendship and so much feels. Oh my goodness, this book. It’s just really good.
“Tomorrow will be better.”
“But what if it’s not?” I asked.
“Then you say it again tomorrow. Because it might be. You never know, right? At some point, tomorrow will be better.”
I love the scrapbook-like way this book was made and written. I love the songs and playlist and photos and things throughout the book. I love the spontaneous adventuring. Living on an island, I’ve never really been on a road trip, I’ve always wanted to go on one, so reading this book made me feel like I was on one. I love how the character comes out of her shell and sprouts again and comes to terms with the present.
“The thing is that people only get hurt—really hurt—when they’re trying to play it safe. That’s when people get injured, when they pull back at the last second because they’re scared. They hurt themselves and other people.”
The idea of second chances are really interesting to me. Sometimes I’m all up for it and other times I’m just like no I can’t. I guess it just all depends with me. I really like this book because it talks about second chances and taking responsibility for our actions and not running away from our problems. I love how it’s not easy for the main character, Taylor, to be in good terms with and get forgiveness from the people she’s wronged. I think Taylor is very relatable and I would have probably done the same things she did if I was in her situation, which is why I loved this book and reading about how she handled her difficult situations.
“I don’t think you have to do something so big to be brave. And it’s the little things that are harder anyway.”
I enjoyed reading this book a lot. I love how Morgan incorporates songs and playlists in her books because I am a big music and playlist person. And I recognized most of the songs in the playlists she includes. I love the idea of lists and scavenger hunts. I sometimes fantasize about going on throughout the island. And I love how the items on the list are not just tangible things but experiences – that’s what’s important. The main character, Emily, discovers she is much more than what people thought, what she thought, and how she discovers that was great to read. I love Emily’s relationships in this book, and I really liked the character Dawn. I just really like this book and the adventures and lessons from it.
“I love you as certain dark things are loved, secretly, between the shadow and the soul.”
I was kinda reluctant to read this book and series because of the title – it kinda put me off a little bit, but oh my goodness this book was really good. It’s very cute and an easy read. And it’s set in Paris! I love Anna’s character and personality. I liked the problems and situations this book has because it’s very true to life. Overall, this book was a pleasantly surprising good read.
“You should show encouragement whenever you can. People try harder when they know that someone cares about them.”
This is part two to the series, but it doesn’t continue Anna’s story and I kinda love that about this series. And I love how Anna is still part of the story but it’s not her story anymore, it’s about Lola and the Boy Next Door (wow, shocker, I know). I love Lola and how she’s a designer and creative and freely expresses herself in various personas. That being said, that does causes challenges and problems for Lola but I love love love how she overcame those. Her character development was very well written. And I love “the boy Next Door”, Cricket. I kinda like how his name is Cricket and I loved his character. I think this was my favorite book out of the series.
“Phones are distracting. The internet is distracting.The way he looked at you? He wasn’t distracted. He was consumed.”
This is the last book from the series. Again, Anna and Lola is in the story, but it’s Isla’s story now. I like how Isla isn’t a new character in the series, but we go deeper into her perspective and her story. And she is really an interesting character. Her thoughts and feelings are very relatable. This was such a cute story and I liked this book a lot as well.
“If everything really does get better, the way everyone claims, then happiness should be graphable. But that’s crap, because better isn’t quantifiable.”
Okay, this book was soooo good. Like. So. Good. I cannot explain how good this book was. The characters in this book are great. I love the puns in the book. I liked the plot, and I kinda guessed the thing in the middle of the book, but reading it still gave me chills. The ending wasn’t what I was expecting and I really enjoyed reading it. I wish there was more character story for some, but overall this book was very interesting and I loved it a lot. I am planning to read more of Robyn’s books in the future.
“It’s just whether you’re going to do a decent thing or keep doing shitty things. So choose. Just stop whining about it.”
So this was my last book I read this month. I really enjoyed this book also. A lot of BookTube / Booklr people recommend this book and books from Huntley Fitzpatrick so I decided to read this book first. I like the strong family aspect of this book. It’s a cute, fluffy, summery book to read. And I just found out there is a part two to this book so I might go and check that out too.