June Wrap-Up

Anyway, here’s what I did manage to read this month:

What I Read

This Train is Being Held | Ismée Williams

Pages: 336

Format: E-Audiobook (Library copy)

Rating: Definitely Worth the Read

This book surprised me. I was expecting a pretty typical YA romance, but I think Williams raised the bar a bit. There are several twists and turns to the romance plot, with racial differences being one of the main points of contention. Race is talked about a lot in this book, particularly from Alex’s perspective, and I think it’s handled well and realistically. It’s definitely topical in the current climate. This book is very much a contemporary. I think the characters feel real and each have their own flaws, but ultimately they are likeable and I was happy with how their stories ended. It’s a dual POV, if that’s something you’re into in the romance realm!

The Ones We’re Meant to Find | Joan He

Pages: 384

Format: Hardcover (Personal copy)

Rating: Definitely Worth the Read

This is such a clever book! I loved all the twists and turns that He took me through in this story. It’s so different than other dystopias that I’ve read, in that it’s set in the future and involves eco-cities, cities where the few, privileged people can live safe from the effects of global warming. This book also involves the ethics of androids, which I found fascinating, and I love the dual storyline between the two sisters. It’s definitely a book that will stay with me long after I’ve read it. I would definitely recommend it to sci-fi lovers, and people who enjoy mystery-oriented dystopias.

Dragonflight | Anne McCaffrey

Pages: 299

Format: Paperback (Library copy)

Rating: OK, But Not My Cup of Tea

I read this book for a book club and I feel like it was a bit of a letdown simply because it contains far too much misogyny and physical abuse/rape (in that it’s not played off as rape, but in a more contemporary culture, we can understand it as rape). What saves this book a little is the really interesting sci-fi elements, including time travel. You might think it’s fantasy based on the dragon situation, but reading this book will definitely open you up to a world that is a lot different then the cover would have you believe. I think if I got into this series when I was younger, like in middle school, I might not have enjoyed it more because I wouldn’t have been as aware of all the very cringe-worthy aspects.

How to Be Ace | Rebecca Burgess

Pages: 208

Format: Paperback (Library copy)

Rating: Definitely Worth the Read

I’m trying to broadening my reading range to include more LGBTQIA+ authors and books, plus I’m just curious about this little-talked about sexual-orientation. Representation matters, and I think Burgess does a great job of addressing this issue. It is a graphic memoir, which I think is an awesome aspect, because a lot of younger people are exploring this particular genre of non-fiction. Burgess is really relatable and she uses this book not just to discuss her discovering her asexuality, but also her mental health and struggles with being OCD. I think the illustrations are a great compliment to this story, particularly since Burgess is an illustrator and much of the book describes her struggles with getting a job based in doing what she loves, which is art. I would definitely recommend this book, to all ages.

Man Enough | Justin Baldoni

Pages: 368

Format: Hardback (Library copy)

Rating: Definitely Worth the Read

This is a really thought-provoking book and I learned quite a bit from Baldoni. I would definitely recommend it, because it’s just a slightly different take on feminism, from a man’s perspective, on how men can by allies by working on re-writing what masculinity should be. I enjoyed Baldoni’s take on things. This book is very thoughtful, spiritual, and takes a good look at gender study and breaking down all the different ways that men are struggling under the weight of societal expectations of manhood and how men should change this from within. It’s very empowering and even if you’re not a man, it’s still worth reading because it does contain a lot of insight and I certainly learned some things.

📖 Total Pages: 1,595

📚 Total Books: 5

How about you?

How was your month of reading? Did you meet any of your goals? What was your favorite book you read this month? Least favorite? Let me know in the comments!

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