And another month has gone by, I can’t believe time is flying so fast! This month has again been productive in terms of reading. I have also been working at the bookstore for a little bit over two month which I can hardly believe! I spend my days among books, and it’s pretty great. Here’s the list of those I have read/finished in June.
Books I read:
Anne’s House of Dreams by Lucy Maud Montgomery ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Not my favourite in the series so far, but I still enjoyed it dearly. And boy did I love seeing Anne being called “Mistress Blythe” or “Mrs Doctor”. It was interesting to meet new characters such as Captain Jim, Miss Cornelia and Leslie, and to see Anne and Gilbert’s amazing chemistry and connection now that they are married. I have truly, completely fallen in love with this series.
Cogito by Victor Dixen ⭐⭐⭐.5
New release I got from the bookstore! It’s in the same vibe as his series Phobos, but set a litte further into the future and deals with computers and artificial intelligence. I did enjoy Victor Dixen’s writing and the work he put together to create this universe, however it did tend to get a bit predictable (when it was not confusing because of my lack of knowledge when it comes to technology!) (Full review in French)
Le Silence des Etoiles by Sanäa K ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I absolutely love Sanäa’s drawings, so when I saw that she was releasing a graphic novel I knew that I had to read it. And oh my was it worth it. From beginning to end, it is aesthetically pleasing. As for the plot, it is based on her own life if I am correct, and deals with a bad breakup, but also with the power of friendship! It was realistic and moving and beautiful, and I completely fell in love with this book.
The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson ⭐⭐⭐
Also known as On the Count of Three. It’s a story about friendship, and about two best friends falling in love with each other over one summer. That seemed right up my alley, however I didn’t like it as much as I wished to. (Full review if you want to know more!)
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Victoria Schwab’s middle grade novel is about Cassidy a young girl who can see ghosts, and follows her on a trip to Scotand with her parents who are hosting a TV show about ghosts and the surnatural… Although they do not have Caissidy’s gift. I read this in one day and I absolutely loved it. Can’t wait for the sequel! (Full review)
Pardonnable, Impardonnable by Valérie Tong Cuong ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Another novel in French! The title means “Forgivable, Unforgivable”. Basically it’s a family drama told from the POV of four different characters: a mother, her mother and her husband, as well as her younger sister, taking place after her kid got into an accident. It was a very moving and beautiful book, about humans making mistakes and growing. The writing was really great and I found myself really enjoying this book!
Notre-Dame by Ken Follett ⭐⭐⭐⭐
When I heard that Ken Follett had written a book about the Notre Dame after the fire, I knew that I had to read it (and it’s a really short book, about 70 pages). When I saw that the fire was happening, I immediately thought about Pillars of the Earth and he indeed talks about it. It’s a short book in which he explains the history of the cathedral and I really enjoyed it.
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This book is everywhere and has been everywhere for the past few months, so I had to pick it up eventually. Well I’m glad that I did because I really loved it! (Full review)
Aru Shah and the Song of Death by Roshani Chokshi ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I said at the beginning of the month that I wanted to read more books by Roshani Chokshi and I actually did the thing that I said I wanted to do?
And of course, I loved it! I really like the humour, and the characters are absolutely awesome. Meanwhile, I’m shoving the first book (which was just translated into French) into the face of as many people as I can at work, and it makes me really happy when they buy it! I can’t wait for book three! (Review to come)
Shadow Frost by Coco Ma ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This one is a YA fantasy that will be released in October. I had a lot of fun reading it (and I possibly cried as well, but what matters is that I really enjoyed it!) It has a really great word building and very realistic characters, magic and fantastic beasts, as well as an impossible quests. It also has humour and is nicely written. It’s Coco Ma’s first novel, and I can’t wait for you all to be able to discover how amazing she is! (Full review)
La Tresse / The Braid by Laetitia Colombani ⭐⭐⭐⭐
A French novel that had been on my TBR for quite some time! It follows three women from different countries (Italia, India and Canada). They are all facing a different struggle, and trying their best to live their best life. It’s really beautifully written and very moving. I would definitely recommend!
Rainbow Valley by L.M. Montgomery, Un Amour de Mille Ans (A Love of a Thousand Years) by Akira Mizubayashi and La vie rêvée des chaussettes dépareillées (The Dream Life of Mismatched Socks) by Marie Vareille. I am reading more and more books in French through work, but I’m also trying to keep reading in English because I really enjoy it!
TV Shows I’ve been watching:
SkamNL ✨ Skam Italia ✨ Skam France ✨ Druck ✨ Brooklyn Nine Nine ✨ The 100
The Princess Switch✨ The Last Summer ✨ Booksmart
An update on my reading challenges:
Goodreads Challenge: 45/70 (I read 11 books this month)
Audiobook Challenge: 6 books
YARC: 9 books (I’m going to make a more detailed update soon I swear)