I was really busy with school and work in June, but I was still able to read 4 books. I’m actually pretty happy with that number. I went into the month hoping to just read books for fun so I wouldn’t feel overwhelmed by school work, and that’s what I did. I did manage to post a couple reviews, though!
1. Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
I don’t know why I decided to try this one this month because I knew it would be on the slower side. However, I loved it and all it’s characters. It’s actually simpler than I thought it would be in regards to the world and magic system, but the characterization is probably the best I’ve ever read. I’m not as attached to the characters as I am with other characters, but it’s only the first book so I’m sure they will get up there. Here is my spoiler free review.
2. Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Not my favorite read this year, but it still has a really good message. There’s themes of feminism and oppression all throughout this book, but it was too structured and overall predictable. You can read my spoiler free review here.
3. America is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
I finally finished it! At first I thought I would call this an ode to Filipinos, but it’s so much more than that. It’s a story for those who haven’t been represented enough. I feel like Elaine Castillo was trying to say, “Hey, Filipinos exist! And Filipinos can be bisexual! And not everyone in America speaks English!” AINTH is also riddled with the U.S. and Philippine’s intertwined history. There’s this saying in America that Asians are the “model minority,” and I think people feel this way because many of us are taught to keep our heads down and work diligently so we can succeed in this society. But that doesn’t mean that Asian people are respected, and I think when Elaine Castillo wrote our histories she was trying to remind us of that.
4. Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
This is the third and possibly my favorite installment in the Wayward Children series so far. I swear Seanan McGuire has heard of Sailor Moon because a girl named Rini falling out of the sky to save her mother? Sounds familiar! I’m going to be honest, I read this completely for entertainment purposes during breaks, so I didn’t read it as critically as I probably should have. However, I have to mention how much I LOVED Cora, a fat and fit mermaid. Because of my mental health I have gained and lost so much weight one too many times, and I’ve always struggled with feeling attractive and confident when I’m bigger (like now). Lately I’ve been really working on the self-love thing, so I was so thankful to have read about a fat character who wasn’t presented as lazy and/or disgusting. I can’t even begin to describe how empowered I felt reading about Cora!
And that’s all the books I read in the month of June! How did your reading month go?