Sunday, 2 July 2017

June Reading Wrap Up

June was a great reading month for me as I had a lot of free time now that I'm finished with uni/holidays for the year. Plus our 7.5-hour flight to the US becoming a 9-hour flight meant I managed to read a whole book just on the plane. I've read 7 books this month and I really, really enjoyed them as I've not rated anything below 4/5 stars. July should hopefully be a good reading month for me. I've run out of paper books in the US so I'm going to spy out the local library situation, see if I can scrounge anything off my colleagues or make the most of my Kindle.


The Other Half of Happiness by Ayisha Malik
I was a big fan of Ayisha Malik's first book, Sofia Khan is Not Obliged (click for review), so I was happy to see this book in the airport bookstore when I needed something to read! This is the second diary in the Sofia Khan series - marketed as the hijabi Bridget Jones. This book was really funny and was a nice continuation of the story. I love Ayisha Malik's writing and I'm so glad I carried on with the series. I gave it 4 stars as I thought it wasn't quite as good as the original book in the series but I still really enjoyed it. 

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch*
This YA novel sees teenage Lina going to live with her father in Italy after her mother's death. The catch? She's never met her father before. Lina's not happy about the arrangement but things don't quite turn out how she expects. This is actually one of the best YA novels that I've read in a really long time. The characters were actually really well written and there was a lot of realistic character development through the book. This is her first book but she's got another scheduled for release in 2018 and I'm very excited for it. 5/5 stars. 

Truth or Dare by Non Pratt* 
I've heard many great things about Non Pratt's novels but this was my first one. I'm very glad I got around to reading one! This book is about two teens who start up a truth/dare based YouTube account to raise money for one of their brothers, who is disabled after being involved in an accident. The book is told from two different perspectives one after the other which is really interesting - especially as things aren't quite what they seem from the first perspective. I gave this 4/5 stars because whilst I enjoyed it, it didn't quite have me totally hooked.

Lonely Planet's Best Ever Photography Tips by Richard I'Anson / Loney Planet's Best Ever Travel Tips by Tom Hall
I got these little guides as a goodbye present from a friend when I was leaving. They were both fun, little reads to pass the time. I really enjoyed the photography one but found the travel one quite focused on 'less safe' countries so I didn't really feel I could apply a lot of the tips in my own travel, as I generally visit quite safe places. I gave these both 4/5 stars. They made a great present!

Nina is Not OK by Shappi Khorsandi
This YA novel is about a girl who is battling alcoholism. Think is one of the most unique YA novels I've read in a really long time and I'm so glad I did. Normally when we address addiction in literature it centres around adults, not teenage girls so I think this was a really interesting perspective. I don't want to talk too much about this because I feel like it's one of those books that you should go into not really knowing much about so I just want to say READ THIS BOOK. My favourite of the month. 5/5 stars.

Bossypants by Tina Fey
What's not to love about Tina Fey. Her autobiography is laugh out loud funny at times and has a really nice mix of stories. Sometimes when I read an autobiography there are sections that just don't interest me. But I absolutely loved this one! Plus it was given to me by the lovely Lis which makes it even better. 5/5 stars.

June Reading Wrap Up 2014 / 2015 / 2016

Did you read any good books this month? Leave me some recommendations in the comments or on GoodReads.

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