June Wrap Up

June was a very good month with some very good reads. I managed to read 10 books (plus a secret project for a friend). In total I read 3257 pages.I still feel a bit slumpy and there were times where I found myself avoiding reading, although a few books did help with this.

The Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1) by Graeme Simsion 

This is the story of Don, who is in search of the ideal wife, using scientific methods. The story is told from his POV and while its never directly said, he has Asperger’s. I liked this and it lived up to the good reviews. I found all the characters interesting (Don’s though processes were interesting, Rosie felt very genuine and Don’s best friend is the worst) and the story was  quirky and fun (although the outcome of the romance was fairly predictable).  3/5

Gates of Thread and Stone (Gates of Thread and Stone #1) by Lori M, Lee

A YA fantasy series set in an almost dystopian world. I really enjoyed this. It was fast past and interesting, well-written and full of good quality world building and characters. I will definitely be picking up the rest of the series. 4/5

Not Just Jane: Rediscovering Seven Amazing Women Writers Who Transformed British Literature by Shelley DeWees 

A look at seven females authors who influenced the literary world but who are not as celebrated as Jane Austen. This was interesting if a bit dry in places. Some of the authors I had heard of and even read and some were completely new to me. I’ve made some notes of books to pick up. 3/5

Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #3) by Jenny Han 

Wrap up to the series. I really enjoyed this and read it in a about a day. It was what I needed at that time and was a fantastic ending to the series. It wrapped up a fair few things and we got to see Lara Jean grow as character. 4/5

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon 

This was completely worth the hype it’s been receiving. I couldn’t stop reading it. It was adorable and charming and just what was needed at the time. I liked that DImple was a smart female character who knows what she wants in life. Rishi was just adorable. The romance did come a bit quick but there are a few time jumps so I can excuse that easily. I can’t wait to see what Sandhya Menon brings out next. 4/5

The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo 

This months VF pick. This was a historical paranormal romance. I have to say this gave me Spirited Away vibes. I liked it, However there were issues. The main character was a bit bland and wishy-washy. I didn’t get the relationship between her and one of the characters. My favourite character was only in it for brief periods. Frankly had it not been for that character, I would have probably DNF’d. In terms of world building, it was very interesting and I enjoyed looking into the Malaysian culture. 3/5

I See You by Clare Mackintosh 

I’m gonna preface this by saying I am a massive wimp. I rarely read or watch anything in the horror genre. I love true crime, strangely. But horror,nope! This was possibly the creepiest thing I’ve ever read. It was well written and had me guessing the whole way through with some excellent twists. It played on all of my fears and I will definitely be picking up other books by the author. 4/5

Dragons of Autumn Twilight (Dragonlance: Chronicles, #1) by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman 

This is an absolute classic in D&D fiction. I’ve read it several times now and it just improves every time I pick it up. It contains all the standard D&D tropes and I just love it. Its a bit of a comfort read at this point. 5/5

Abracadaver (Esther Diamond, #7) by Laura Resnick 

This is an urban paranormal series about an actress who accidentally discovers the paranormal truth about the world and tries to help save it with a band of misfits. I love it.Its fun and fast paced and interesting. I’m now up to date with the series with no idea if there will be any more books. 4/5

The Duke and The Domina : Warrick The Ruination of Grayson Danforth (Lords of Time #3) by Jenn LeBlanc  

This was bad. Just bad. Not something I will be continuing. 2/5

Warum konzentrieren wir uns auf gewisse Dinge und vernachlässigen dafür andere? Wir riskieren unser Leben, um einen Menschen vor dem Ertrinken zu retten, geben aber keine Spende, die Dutzende von Kindern vor dem Verhungern retten können.
—  Das Rosie-Projekt, Graeme Simsion
Dymocks' 101 Must Read Books for 2014
  1. The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
  2. The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
  3. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
  4. The Harry Potter Series - J.K. Rowling
  5. The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
  6. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
  7. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
  8. The Bronze Horseman - Paullina Simons
  9. The Hunger Games Series - Suzanne Collins
  10. Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell
  11. Cross Stitch - Diana Gabaldon
  12. Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell
  13. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
  14. The Divergent Series - Veronica Roth
  15. Magician - Raymond E. Feist
  16. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
  17. Pillars Of The Earth - Ken Follett
  18. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
  19. Anne Of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery
  20. Obernewtyn - Isobelle Carmody
  21. Burial Rites - Hannah Kent
  22. The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien
  23. The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern
  24. A Fortunate Life - A.B. Facey
  25. Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
  26. Animal Farm - George Orwell
  27. The Infernal Devices Series - Cassandra Clare - currently reading
  28. The Catcher In The Rye - J.D. Salinger
  29. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
  30. The Name Of The Wind - Patrick Rothfuss
  31. Angelfall - Susan Ee
  32. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series - George R.R. Martin
  33. Paper Towns - John Green
  34. People Of The Book - Geraldine Brooks
  35. Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle
  36. The Bible
  37. The Help - Kathryn Stockett
  38. The Shadow Of The Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  39. Vampire Academy - Richelle Mead
  40. Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
  41. A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
  42. Daughter Of Smoke And Bone - Laini Taylor
  43. Fifty Shades Of Grey - E.L. James
  44. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
  45. Knife Of Never Letting Go - Patrick Ness
  46. Middlemarch - George Eliot
  47. The Mortal Instruments Series - Cassandra Clare
  48. Peter Pan - James M. Barrie
  49. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
  50. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy - Douglas Adams
  51. The Host - Stephenie Meyer
  52. The Messenger - Markus Zusak
  53. The Passage - Justin Cronin
  54. The Outsiders - S. E. Hinton
  55. We Need To Talk About Kevin - Lionel Shriver
  56. Iq84 - Haruki Murakami
  57. American Gods - Neil Gaiman
  58. Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
  59. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
  60. Cloudstreet - Tim Winton
  61. Looking For Alaska - John Green
  62. Graceling - Kristin Cashore
  63. Ender’s Game - Scott Orson Card
  64. Ice Station - Matthew Reilly
  65. Shantaram - David Gregory Roberts
  66. Wool - Hugh Howey
  67. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
  68. Tully - Paullina Simons
  69. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson
  70. Tomorrow, When The War Began - John Marsden
  71. The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer
  72. The Goldfinch - Donna Tart
  73. The Narrow Road To The Deep North - Richard Flanagan
  74. Wolf Hall - Hilary Mantel
  75. All That I Am - Anna Funder
  76. Jasper Jones - Craig Silvey
  77. On The Road - Jack Kerouac
  78. The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
  79. The Eyre Affair - Jasper Forde
  80. The Casual Vacancy - J .K. Rowling
  81. The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver
  82. Twilight - Stephenie Meyer
  83. Cuckoo’s Calling - Robert Galbraith
  84. Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
  85. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
  86. Mao’s Last Dancer - Li Cunxin
  87. My Sister’s Keeper - Jodi Picoult
  88. One Day - David Nicholls
  89. The Boy In The Striped Pajamas - John Boyne
  90. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
  91. Rivers Of London - Ben Aaronovitch
  92. Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night - Mark Haddon
  93. The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion
  94. Freedom - Jonathan Franzen
  95. Kafka On The Shore - Haruki Murakami
  96. Memoirs Of A Geisha - Arthur Golden
  97. The Road - Cormac Mccarthy
  98. The Power Of One - Bryce Courtenay
  99. The Ocean At The End Of The Lane - Neil Gaiman
  100. Persuasion - Jane Austen
  101. Signature Of All Things - Elizabeth Gilbert

Crossed Out: Read (23/101)

Italicized: Own 

Bold: On my immediate to-read list 

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