I feel like I say this at the end of every month, but seriously, how is it July already?! I am still in shock that we’ve reached the middle of 2017. It seems like a lot has happened already, but also I have no idea where the year went!
Anyway since June is officially over, I guess it’s time to talk about the books that I read this past month. This was definitely not the greatest reading month for me, as I only read 3 books. However, one of them is a new favorite so I guess it could have been worse. Let’s get into what I read.
1. The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George — I technically started this book May 31st, but ended up finishing it in June. It was May’s book of the month for my book club. We met in the beginning of June, and I read it very close to our meeting. I’m a procrastinator, what can I say. This book definitely was not what I was expecting. I thought it was going to be more of a romantic comedy, but it ended up being a story about grief. I really enjoyed the quirkiness of this book. Our main character, Jean Perdu, owns a bookstore on a barge, so like a book boat. He calls it The Literary Apothecary and he prescribes books for hardships in life. It was cool, as a book nerd.
My biggest problem with this book was the pacing. It was extremely slow and I thought that the plot could have been a lot better. I really enjoyed all of the characters, but the slow pace made it difficult for me to get through. The writing itself is very pretty, but I could not enjoy it that much, because of the pacing and plot. I also wanted to see Perdu prescribe more books to people, there was not enough of that. If you’re someone who enjoys pretty writing and a character driven story, I’d say give this one a go. This book just wasn’t the type of book I usually enjoy reading, but it was still okay. (Rating: 3/5 Stars)
2. Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson — This massive book took up most of my reading time this month, and I’m glad that it did. It is the first book in the Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. If you haven’t heard from my other posts, I FREAKING LOVED THIS BOOK! It was just all around excellent. There were great characters, a cool world, an interesting/complex plot, and the writing was great. It also gave us a great team and was sort of a heist novel, which I personally enjoyed. Also, the magic system was thought out so well that I could see it actually being a thing. I will be doing a review for this book, when I eventually catch up with my reviews. Overall, it was just so god damn good. It has become a new favorite book and I cannot wait to dive into the next one. (Rating: 5/5 Stars)
3. A Thousand Arces by Jane Smiley — This was June’s book of the month for my Book Club. This is a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s famous play King Lear. It takes place in the 1970s and follows farmers who own a lot of land. This also wasn’t a huge hit of a book for me. The first third of the book was extremely slow, with a lot of info dumping about the Cook’s family history. It took forever for something to finally happen. However, when our characters were interacting with each other I was engaged. The descriptions could have been cut down majorly. I just thought it was okay. I’m not sure if I liked this more than The Little Paris Bookshop. It’s a draw for me, because I liked the characters in The Little Paris Bookshop more, but the plot in this book was a little more interesting. If you’re a big fan of King Lear, you should definitely pick this up. My friend, who loves Lear, enjoyed it way more than I did. (Rating: 3/5 Stars)
Those were all of the books I read this month. I wish I had read one more, although it was exciting to find a new all time favorite. Fun fact, Mistborn: The Final Empire is the first book I’ve given 5 stars too since starting my book blog. I don’t usually give those ratings out often. I like to save them for excellent books that I become obsessed with and need to reread again. This is one of those books though. Obviously it’s my favorite book that I read this month.
What books did you read this month? Did you read any of these? Was this month a good reading month for you or a sucky one? Let’s chat down in the comment section below.