June Wrap-Up 2019

Ahoy guys! Towards the end of May my reading suddenly gained momentum, which then carried over to June. Because of that, I finished 5 books. Whether that’s a good amount or not is subjective and shouldn’t be what makes reading an enjoyment. Nevertheless, I am content and grateful to have found some AMAZING books.

Monthly Wrap-up

Books I read in June

I was lucky to have been approved for We Hunt the Flame andย I requested it after reading an excerpt. The first chapter held promise and I had, for some reason after reading the synopsis, thought that the story would take place inside the dark forest. When I requested for an ARC I was reading City of Brass, another fantasy set in Arabia, and that was before I started disliking the book. What I mean to say is, I think readers who enjoyed City of Brass will like We Hunt the Flame, and the other way round, too. As for why I didn’t take to We Hunt the Flame, you can check it out here.

Fake It Till You Break It and Ayesha At Last were entertaining. The former is about two teens whose moms have been forever trying to push them together. They decide to fake dating each other and plan to concoct a big fight to prove they don’t match, and shoot the idea dead once and for all. But, as you might have already guessed, things don’t go exactly as planned! I enjoyed 70% of it until it got too cheesy and a tad unrealistic but I hear many people enjoyed it for its typical tropes. Ayesha At Last was very relateable and featured a more conservative approach to romance and marriage. Readers who like Austen-time romances, Muslims, Asians, and conservative individuals will find this book a treat! It also brings to attention many common scenarios that Muslims face in this modern age.

I don’t want this post to get too long but let’s just say that Contagion and This Mortal Coil were heart-pumping and stellar reads! I always wondered how horror movies or thrilling ones like Alien could be translated into books but, man, Contagion managed to do that! It’s not full-blown horror, which is great as I prefer not to read that kind because of the negative energy I get from it. And as for This Mortal Coil, the plot was tightly woven, scenes moved at an electric pace and the science was sound(even though it was a bit confusing for me at times). I loved the subtle foreshadowing, it made the revelations that much more satisfying and shocking.

Books I DNF-ed

I decided to leave off Mistborn as Ben from Book Bastion commented that if I wasn’t enjoying it till where I was then it’s likely I won’t enjoy it at all since the 1st book is the better one according to him. Also, I checked out some more reviews where some said the pacing was slow and not much happens. I’ve come to realize that just because a book has rave reviews doesn’t mean I’d love it, too. I think adult fantasy fiction like Mistborn just isn’t my thing.

I also DNFed I Believe In A Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo. I couldn’t support the main girl’s choice of actions for ‘planning’ everything to make a guy she liked fall for her. It’s repulsively manipulative and plain wrong. I get that she’s naive and she wants to control all aspects of her life to avoid failure or disappointment, so this the only way she knows how to get her goal, but it’s still wrong and I couldn’t stand it. I skipped to the end and I’m glad I didn’t stick with it as there were some more infuriating scenes. All the K-Drama references the book had could not save it for me either.

Books I Bought

Because of my tight budget(which is just me trying to say ‘I’m broke’ in a sophisticated way ๐Ÿ˜) I keep my book purchases low and only get them if I want them badly or they’re on a great discount. I could not believe my EYES when I saw that the e-book for Robopocalypse was up for grabs at a crazy price of ONE US dollar!! So, my sister got it for me as a late Eid gift. I also bought The 100 (finally!) as I decided I’d give it a go despite it’s lukewarm reviews (because the Bellarke ship is green lit in the books. Also, the shockingly happy news that the actors who play these two characters I ship actually got MARRIED!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ After maintaining for a very long time that they were just ‘good friends’ ๐Ÿ˜ I believe them but something must’ve changed recently and I’m certainly NOT complaining!) and Graceling.

I also have these on my wishlist but I’m not a 100% sure yet whether I should believe the reviews. Have any of you read them?

Movies and TV Shows I’m Watching

I’m halfway through Ready Player One, and although I didn’t love the book the movie is worser. I keep comparing it to the book and I feel they took a relatively fresh story and fed it through a ‘commonalizer’ machine, making it boring, way less intelligent, silly and annoying. The guy in the book was much more smart, the villain was reduced to a typical and silly character who writes his password and sticks it next to his gaming rig(!), the love interest is obviously good-looking despite her birth mark on her face, and a couple of other changes I didn’t appreciate. Also, that jaunty walk the guy’s avatar had? Who’s idea was it to make it that way??

Currently, I’m close to finishing a Chinese TV show called ‘Love Journey‘. It’s got a roadtrip, a crime-fighting undercover police, art fraud, an assassin, beautiful scenery, enemies-to-lovers trope, strong female lead and a fun romance! Of course, it’s not perfect and I could find a slew of faults to pick at but the good stuff is enough to make me enjoy it and overlook its negatives. I absolutely love the male lead’s character! He’s cheeky and cute but very capable, serious and quick-thinking when the need arises. I liked how his fighting style reflected his humorous side, too. It’s a nice touch.

Chen Xiao ้™ˆๆ™“ in Love Journey ไธ€ๅœบ้‡่ง็ˆฑๆƒ…็š„ๆ—…่กŒ

Chen Xiao and Jing Tian ้™ˆๆ™“ๆ™ฏ็”œ in Love Journey ไธ€ๅœบ้‡่ง็ˆฑๆƒ…็š„ๆ—…่กŒ

Chen Xiao and Jing Tian ้™ˆๆ™“ๆ™ฏ็”œ in Love Journey ไธ€ๅœบ้‡่ง็ˆฑๆƒ…็š„ๆ—…่กŒ

Simply put, I’m enamoured with his character! The chemistry and antics between the two leads was fun to witness and I can’t help but ship them!

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That’s all for June ๐Ÿ˜ I have tours and books planned for this month, hopefully I manage to stick to it. I’m also due for a trip to the library(which is a 1.5 hour bus ride each way! I hate that ๐Ÿ˜ญ, but at least I have an option rather than nothing!). My logical mind advises that I should get as few as possible to prevent me from straying from my reading schedule but I know the temptation will be strong to get more because of the long journey and 2 month wait in between each trip(because of the time-eating journeyโ€•again ๐Ÿ˜’โ€•and busy timetable). To inject a bit of extra fun into my trip, I’m thinking of using a randomizer to pick out a book, and if I don’t hate the sound of it I might just borrow it! This is also to introduce myself to books I might not know I’ll like ๐Ÿ˜„

So, until next month, everyone!

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