June Wrap-up

Hi everyone!

This is still relevant, it will always be: BLM petitions and links

June was an amazing month for me personally, although not so much reading wise. I finished my degree! I’m oficially an Occupational Therapist and I counldn’t be happier! It’s a little bittersweet without the graduation ceremony to celebrate with my friends and family, but with the COVID-19 there was no way it was going to happen, oh well.

In terms of reading I didn’t read nearly as much as I wanted to, big surprise. I ended up finishing 4 books. However, I did love everything I read so really I’m winning.

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Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins

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I’m still having so much fun with this reread. I remembered less things from this book compared to the previous one, but I did remember loving this one more than book one and this time around I think I prefer The Hunger Games. Still, this was amazing.

I understand that people critique the pacing in here since we spend half of the book in District 12, but the games are rushed for a reason, it’s not lazy writing, it’s intentional. At least that’s how I see it.

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Song of the Dead (Reign of the Fallen #2) by Sarah Glenn Marsh

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This is the last book in the Reign of the Fallen duology. It’s a fantasy series featuring necromances and a black, bisexual protagonist. Unfortunately, I didn’t love this as much as the first book. I was let down by the f-f relationship, the predictable plot and amount of characters. However, I loved the world-building and the magic system and I’m overall really happy I read this.

My review here!

Aristotle and Dante
Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamine Alire SaenzΒ  White Flower on Mozilla Firefox OS 2.5White Flower on Mozilla Firefox OS 2.5White Flower on Mozilla Firefox OS 2.5White Flower on Mozilla Firefox OS 2.5White Flower on Mozilla Firefox OS 2.5

This book was stunning. I adored it with every fiber of my being, one of my new all time favorite books and definitely will make an appearance in my Top Books of 2020.

It’s a historical-fiction that tells a very quiet story about a Mexican boy who is one of the purest and sweetest characters I’ve ever met, and his friendship with a guy from his small town. It’s told over the course of two summer and I cannot recommend it enough. I will scream about this book forever and ever.

Review coming soon!

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my dark vanesa
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

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This is one of the best books I’ve read in 2020. The story is heartwrenching but incredibly important. This is a very hard to read adult-contemporary that deals with an abusive relationship between a 15 year old student and her teacher, so please check out the content warnings if you want to give it a try because it is not an easy read at all.

I adored how well explored the theme of abuse was. I was completely in love with our MC Vanessa, even though she isn’t necessarily likable, but was so well developed that I coulnd’t help but love her. This made me very uncofmortable, which is the whole point. Stunning book.
Review coming soon!

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Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins

I just started this as of writing this post, so I’m on chapter 2.

I’m excited to see if my feelings on this controversial ending have changed over time. I don’t remember much about the plot, just the overall feeling of being a bit let down so hopefully this time will be different.

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Girls Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake

I’m 10% into this and I can already tell that this is going to be a hard-hitting YA-contemporary. I guess I was in a sad reading mood this month.

the black flamingo

My Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

I’m currently 20% into this and let me tell you, I adore it already. I’m listening to the audiobook at the same time as I’m reading my ebook, and guys this is a stunning book to read. Not only is the prose and the story beautiful, but there is art throughout the pages that make this book stunning.

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Since I didn’t do one for May, I’m combining posts from May and June:

Fadwa showed us 100+ books by muslim authors with content warnings for all of them which I deeply appreciate so go show her some love!

Margaret made an amazing post about 40+ queer books by Black authors that I loved!

Charlotte and Anna also delivered on some wonderful Pride Flag Book recs!

Leelynn made a wonderful post all about the upcoming release A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A Brown that made me even more exctited to pick it up.
The Quiet Pond is a blog I recommend every single month because not only is it trully stunning but the content is 10/10, so just to mention one post I especially enjoyed we have Book Recommendations: Pride month

Caitlin reacted to some Twitter unpopular opinions and I coudln’t agree with her thoughts more!

Jess testes recipes from books and not only is her blog one of the most beautiful ones I’ve seen, but the pictures of the food she cooked were mouth-watering. I adored this unique idea!

Belle recommended books based on her favorite karaoke songs and it was such a fun post to read I couldn’t not mention it!

How was your reading month? Did you read any new favorites? Let me know!

Until next time,

Leyre

13 thoughts on “June Wrap-up

  1. R A I N says:

    OH YAYY!! YOU FINISHED YOUR DEGREEE!! CONGRATSS, Leyre! Soo soo happyyy for youuu!! And Occupational Therapist? Sounds AWESOME! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜β€οΈ

    AND YESSS! Aristotle and Dante STOLE MY HEARTTT! Such a beautiful, beautiful story! 😍😍😍😍😭😭😭😭😭

    SOO MANY NEW BLOGS TO DISCOVER FROM YOUR POST. You are so sweet to mention all of them here! ❀️❀️

    Loved your June Wrap Up, Leyre. And here’s to an even more awesome Julyyy! 😍❀️

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  2. Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea says:

    thank you so much for mentioning my post! i’m glad you liked it! & congrats on being an occupational therapist!! that’s amazing πŸ₯ΊπŸ’• i’m sad that i wasn’t able to get to ari and dante last month lmao. i’m so excited to reread it (when i read it the first time, i didn’t like it, but my reading tastes have changed so much), & see how i feel about it now! the fact that you loved it makes me more enthusiastic
    hope you have a wonderful July ❀

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    • ReadyouLeyre says:

      Of course! It was a great post! πŸ’œ πŸ’œ I hope you end up enjoyint Ari and Dante more, I thought it was so sweet and we are getting a sequel! So if you like it you’ll have more of their relationship to look forward to! Thanks for the sweet comment πŸ’œ

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  3. Margaret @ Weird Zeal says:

    Congrats on finishing your degree!! πŸŽ‰
    Even if you didn’t read as much this month, that’s wonderful that you enjoyed everything that you picked up! Ahhh I also reread the hunger games trilogy recently and really enjoyed it πŸ˜„ And Aristotle and Dante is just!!!! the best!!!!
    Thanks so much for sharing my post, and happy July ❀️

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  4. Belle says:

    Congrats, Leyre πŸ₯³πŸŽ‰ !! OT is so cool – that’s so awesome πŸ˜„πŸ’–! You still won this month even if you didn’t get to read that much hahaha πŸ˜‚.
    I’ve heard nothing but good reviews of My Dark Vanessa! It does sound like a really hard and uncomfortable read though πŸ˜•. I’m looking forward to your review! And that cover of The Black Flamingo is so beautiful!! I hope the story doesn’t flop haha.
    I hope your July is happy and peaceful πŸ˜„πŸ’•!
    (And thank you so much for mentioning my post πŸ’›.)

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  5. Veronika @ Wordy and Whimsical says:

    I reread The Hunger Games trilogy recently, and I agree with you, the first novel worked better for me than the second one. I’m one of the people who minds the pacing. πŸ˜„ I don’t necessarily think it’s bad writing, it just simply doesn’t work for me. I loved Girl Made of Stars so much, I hope you’ll love it too. πŸ™‚ Hope your July is going well! πŸ’›πŸ’›

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