Reading Wrap-Up: June 2020

Previously: Olympic Games Wrap-Up|Coming Soon: Shortest Books Reviews

In June I participated in two readathons. I have separate wrap-ups for the Meet Your Myth Taker Readathon and the Olympic Games readathon. This wrap up will only incude books that I have/will review and books I read that were not a part of those challenges. Don’t forget to check out all my wrap ups to see all of the books I read in June.

Carpet Diem by Justin Lee Anderson ⭐️⭐️

Carpet Diem is a humorous urban fantasy novel that involves an angel and a demon-fighting over Simon’s living room carpet. I picked this up for two reasons. The first that I loved the Good Omens adaptation (though I’ve yet to read the book), and secondly because I loved Justin Lee Anderson’s other novel, The Lost War. Unfortunately, I really did not like this book. The humour, which I was so excited for, just didn’t click for me. It felt like the author was trying to make me laugh, which stubbornly makes me not want to laugh. I really hate the trope where characters are magically made more attractive, and that was in this book. Also, the depiction of women was a bit iffy. Every woman in this book is stunning, with great breasts (as Simon constantly notices), and a seemingly constant need for physical affection. Almost every female character ended up falling for a man, and honestly, those men were not worth it. Basically you could really tell that the author of this book was male. I really did not enjoy reading Carpet Diem, however, I do want to reiterate my love for The Lost War which feels as though it was written by a completely different author.

Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan ⭐️⭐️⭐️

I picked up the audiobook for Theft of Swords because I wanted to read more fantasy and this was one of the oldest books on my TBR. We’re introduced to a thief and a mercenary, Hadrian and Royce, who find themselves unwittingly implicated in the murder of a king. The book was okay– just okay. It wasn’t special or memorable, and if it wasn’t for GoodReads I probably would have forgotten that I was reading it. The characters also were okay, but I could barely remember their names. It’s a very stereotypical fantasy world that lacks any defining characteristics and is very bland to read. This is a bind-up of the first two books in the series, meaning that the individual books are reasonably short for the genre. With that in mind, I think it might not be a bad choce for someone who has not read a lot of fantasy, particularly if they’re a little intimidated by the bigger books. All in all, I am glad that I finished it, but I doubt I’ll remember this book next week.

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy in a YA historical fiction novel which follows Felicity Montague, as she travels to the wedding of an estranged friend in the hopes of fulfilling her dreams of becoming a doctor. Objectively this was a great book. The plot was fast-paced, which plenty of travel to new and exciting places. The characters were interesting, and fleshed out, and had great dynamics. There were twists and turns, and lessons to be learned. However, it is one of those book that I loved while I was reading it but as soon as I put it down I had no desire to pick it back up. Obviously I am no longer the target demographic, but I di find some of the feminist themes little heavy-handed. That said I would recommend it, though perhaps to girls who are actually young adults. 

Enigma Variations by Andre Aciman ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Guest List by Lucy Foley ⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Coming Soon]

The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ [Coming Soon]


What about you… What books did you read in June?

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