June is finally over and it’s time for another wrap-up! 🙂
My Sister’s Grave (Tracy Crosswhite #1) by Robert Dugoni
|| Despite having watched a lot of murder/mystery movies and TV shows, this turned out to be the first book for me in its genre. I loved everything from the characters, the plot, revelations, and the pace of the story. Tracy’s relationship with Sarah made me wish I had a sister, too. And Dan during the trial reminded me of Annalise Keating in the courtroom. It was too intense, I couldn’t put the book down. I finished it earlier than I thought I would. || Full review coming soon.
Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1) by Stephanie Perkins
|| When I read this I expected a super light, fluffy, and sweet love story. Well, I got that plus some drama; there was more drama than I really expected. I didn’t actually like Anna very much but the other characters were interesting, too. Overall, I didn’t love the book but I didn’t hate it too. 🙂 || Will post a longer review later.
Spy on History: Mary Bowser and the Civil War Spy Ring by Enigma Alberti
|| I enjoyed this more than I should have for a book that is targeted to an audience generally younger than me. It is about a Union spy during the American Civil War, whose name is – you guessed it right – Mary Bowser and her life as a spy. What’s cool about this book, is that the readers are supposed to solve another mystery altogether! You have to look for clues, read between the lines, and decipher a series of codes to discover where Mary hid her spy diary. I’m always interested in codes and ciphers and mysteries, so it was plus plus plus points for me.
I have yet to solve the final puzzle but I believe I’m cloooooose. :))) || Full review coming soon.
Si Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tabon & Si Janus Silang at ang Labanang Manananggal-Mambabarang (Janus Silang #1 & #2) ni Edgar Calabia Samar
|| I gave 5 stars to both books! Ever since Percy Jackson, I’ve been wanting to read books on Philippine mythology and folklore. I loved how these creatures we were told about since we were children, the tiyanak, manananggal and other beings were portrayed in the modern world of computers and video games. I can go on listing other reasons why I love this series but I’ll save them for the actual reviews. 😀 || Full reviews coming soon.
Goodreads Reading Challenge
I’m done with this challenge, yaaay! It’s only halfway through the year but I’m not thinking of extending my goal to a higher number. It’s just set a higher goal next year. 😀
Popsugar Reading Challenge
A book set in your home state || Si Janus Silang at ang Labanang Manananggal-Mambabarang ni Edgar Calabia Samar
A book set in Europe || Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
A murder mystery || My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni
Still 1/5 done, and it’s already the 2nd half of the year. Will I ever be able to keep up? *sigh*
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June Book Haul
So it’s my birthday this month and people give me books by default, hence the (un)expected book haul. Normally, I don’t buy more than 2 books this month. But here they are! I’m attaching the covers instead of actual photos because I lack the necessary photography skills for that. Hihi.
~ The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins ~ Si Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tabon ni Edgar Calabia Samar ~ Cinder by Marissa Meyer ~ Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray ~ Si Janus Silang at ang Labanang Manananggal-Mambabarang ni Edgar Calabia Samar ~
Plus, I also got a gift card from Fully Booked! But I haven’t spent that yet because I can’t decide which book to buy. Oh, the struggle!
I haven’t come up with a to-read list for July yet. But it doesn’t matter, because I’m so bad at following them anyway. ✌
Reviews || You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan
Top 5 Wednesday || Favorite Names AKA Names of My Future Children
That’s it for my June wrap-up.
How about you, how was your June? 🙂