June 2021 Reading List

Hey guys! I am BACK with another reading list because I’m tackling my HUGE TBR list that just keeps growing and growing one book at a time. Last month I was watching a ton of book recommendation videos on YouTube and just doing research on which books to read and guys, there are SO MANY good ones out there. Like so many.

I’ve also just been going to the bookstore once in a while to just look around and soak in all of the beautiful books. It’s so calming and I love seeing all of the new stuff- and the old stuff that they put on clearance. I got a book on psychology for six bucks, and a combined hardcover copy of Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey for twelve. I’m going to need to keep finding deals like that because all of this reading is going to make me broke. Anyways, I definitely recommend just going to a bookstore and chilling if you need some time to chill!

I picked three books for this month that I think will be great for summer, and are all super highly recommended online. Last month I read A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab which I enjoyed- I wanted to read the second one this month but they didn’t have it available in paperback. But I think A Darker Shade of Magic was my first foray into adult fantasy. Up until a few months ago I thought all fantasy books were either for kids or teens, so this opens up a whole new world! I’ve included an adult fantasy read on this list:)

I also have kind of a darker fiction/fantasy novel that should be interesting, and more of a summery teen mystery as well. So as usual there’s a pretty good mix going on! I just need to start reading more intensely because I’ve been slacking a bit by watching history videos on YouTube before bed lately….

Hope you enjoy this list!!

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

What a cover, hey? This book follows a middle aged man who come back to his hometown in England for a funeral, and basically begins reminiscing about his childhood and all of the weird and kind of haunting things that happened to him when he was seven and met a girl named Lettie Hempstock. Lettie lived at the end of the lane where there was a duck pond that she claimed was an ocean- and takes the boy along for a pretty wild ride. This book was supposed to fit into my prompt of “Less that 200 pages”, but then I realized this edition has more than that!! I might just use it anyways lol. I’m about fifty pages into The Ocean at the End of the Lane and it’s alright so far. Neil Gaiman is also the author of Coraline which totally creeped me out when I was younger (and still kind of does), and I can definitely sense that kind of vibe going on in here so far. Should be an interesting read!

We Were Liars

This book was actually recommended to me by my cousin a while back but I haven’t picked it up until now- and I’m so excited to read it! A group of friends is summering on a private island in Massachusetts, and they each have something to hide. That’s, like, almost all of the info about this book that I can glean off of the internet and the back cover. But I DO know that it’s a mystery/thriller novel and it seems like it will be a great summer read! I also heard that there’s a bit of romance going on, so that’s kind of fun. And apparently there’s a revolution and a secret and an accident, so I don’t know if that means a murder???? I guess we’ll see! I’ll keep you guys updated.

The City of Brass

This is the longest book so I thought I’d save it for last, but it might be the one that I’m most excited for. It’s an adult fantasy novel and it’s set in the Middle East which I think is so unique, and it just looks amazing!! It follows Nahri, who is a con woman in eighteenth century Cairo, struggling to survive. But she accidentally summons a djinn warrior named Dara, and is forced to flee with him away from Cairo in search of the city of brass, Daevabad. It’s full of magic and royalty and an epic adventure and just such good stuff!!!!!!! Also I believe it is the first book in a trilogy so if it’s good y’all know what I’m reading next month:) If you’re looking for something that’s fantastical but are a bit bored of your typical fantasy story lines, definitely give this one a try!

That’s all for June! Hopefully I get all of these done by the end of the month, but I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself. Reading is supposed to be enjoyable, and I have all of the time in the world to get through my TBR list.

Have a great week and happy reading!! Let me know what you plan on reading this month in the comments:))

Yours Truly,

Olivia:)

The Fantasy Lover’s Book List

Hi guys! It feels like it’s been so long since I’ve done a book post, so I’m back with one today. I’m SUPER excited because fantasy is my absolute favourite book genre. There are so many great fantasy series out there, and these are definitely at the top of the list of books I’ve loved reading the most. They’re full of adventure and really allow you to escape into them! Summer is a great time to lie outside in the sunshine with a good read, so stock up on some of these novels and enjoy!

Throne of Glass Series

This is my second all-time favourite series, just a smidgen beneath Harry Potter. It has pretty much all I want in adventure novels; a great heroine, lots of action, twists and turns, and some royalty. I would give a LOT to read these books for the first time again! They feature Celeana Sardothien, who is an ex-assassin brought to compete in a series of challenges to become the king’s champion. (The king is a bad dude, by the way). But there’s a bigger evil force at play and she needs to delve into her past (queue a MAJOR plot twist- I won’t spoil it though) and she gathers a whole bunch of interesting characters to help fight it. This is a lengthy series but it’s so well done, and there’s so many little side stories and pieces of background information that come together beautifully at the end. These books are definitely must-reads!

Red Queen Series

I read these books a while back but I really enjoyed them. They have a bit of a futuristic/sci-fi spin, which is pretty cool. They take place in a world where some humans have evolved to have awesome powers and silver blood. I wish. Everyone else with ordinary red blood are ruled by those with silver. A red-blooded girl named Mare is revealed to have powers too, and the king is like, not cool man, so he betroths her to his son and calls her a long lost silver princess to cover it up. Mare has to survive in the world of silvers and, as the series goes on, a crazy war that’s started after some twists. Be sure to check these out!

A Court of Thorns and Roses Series

These books are by the same author as Throne of Glass, and I have to say I like Throne of Glass a bit better. This series of four books is still pretty good though. It starts off as a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, but then it gets a bit darker and features betrayal and some shocking reveals, as well as some magical lands (which are always awesome). I enjoyed the adventure and plot line of these books a lot, but there was a little too much romance for me.

Six of Crows Duology

This is a set of two books that I want to read again soon because I remember really loving them! They’re about a group of criminals who get offered a crazy amount of money to pull off a heist. These books are great because the characters are developed so well and they each have their own kind of backstory, which adds so much. And it’s still set in a magical destination with magical stuff going on, so you get your fantasy fix. 10/10 recommend!

Three Dark Crowns Series

Finally, we have the Three Dark Crowns series, which is the one I finished the most recently. I really enjoyed all of the folklore and magic and mystery in this series! It’s about three sisters that are destined to fight to the death to become the Queen of the island of Fennbirn. There’s people with magic powers, rebellion, plot twists, and so much more in these books! You should for sure check them out.

Hope you got some great summer reading ideas! I love all of these books so much and this made me want to revisit some of them;) See you on Friday!

Yours Truly,

Olivia