June Wrap Up and July TBR

This is the first month that I’ve actually followed my monthly TRB and I managed to read over 3,300 pages which is epic! Recently I’ve re-disovered my love for reading and I’m flying through books, I’m even running out of room on my bookshelf (we’ve had to start double stacking) so I think next month I’m going to invest in a new set of bookshelves! I’m currently craving all things fantasy and new adult, so any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

Here in the UK, we’ve been having some really beautiful weather (which is very rare for us) and it’s kickstarted all these creative juices! I’ve been spending more time writing flash fiction, blog posts, possible story ideas and I’ve even thought about creating a bookstagram account or re-designing my blog layout! I don’t want to burn myself out but I’ve found a new routine that involves me writing in the garden with my headphones in and an iced coffee at the ready; life is bliss!

Last year I made a new Goodreads account (my old one was an unorganised embarrassment) so I’ve been making a real effort to post and update on all my reading goals and habits! I always enjoy discovering new reads and seeing what other people are reading and I particularly enjoying looking at different peoples reading challenges! I would love it if you could leave your Goodread’s account in the comments below so I finally start playing a more active role in the bookish community!

My Goodreads – Amy (A Fangirls Opinion)

Anyway, here is my June Wrap Up and my TBR for July!

June Wrap Up

  • Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas – I’m currently in the process of writing my review for this epic conclusion but it’s all a bit emotional. This series and its characters have been a huge part of my life and it was heart-breaking saying goodbye to them!
  • Out of Love by Hazel Hayes – Another emotional read that I absolutely adored, I’ll leave a link to my review here! If you’re looking for an easy (and emotional) read then this one should definitely be on your TBR. Hazel has such a unique ability and voice with her writing and the way she writes about love and heartbreak is truly magical.
  • Crescent City by Sarah J Maas – I love Sarah J Maas so much that I had to dive into another one of her series after finishing Kingdom of Ash! Crescent City was everything I expected and more, it’s fairly obvious that I’ve once again fallen utterly head over heels for this world and its wonderful characters. Again I’ll leave a link to my review here so please go check it out!
  • The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater – I hate to say it but I was a little disappointed by this book, I think I had high expectations after reading the first book! I’m waiting to finish the entire series before I post my review so keep your eyes peeled for that soon!
  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater – Like I’ve mentioned previously I didn’t love the second book in the series, but this book certainly redeemed my thoughts and expectations; I loved it!
  • Warlight by Michael Ondaatje – This was our June book for my Reading Between the Wines book club and it was another surprising read. Ondaatje has been on my radar for a while now so I’m glad that I finally had the opportunity to pick up one of his books.

July TBR

  • The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater – I’m so excited to read the final book in this series, especially after everything that happened in the punnltiment book in the series.
  • Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard – I keep mentioning this series but this will be the month that I finally finish it! I’m still deciding if I’m going to re-read the entire series or to just re-read the last book I read!
  • The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary – I wanted to read something a little light-hearted and fun this month, and by the looks of things this book is just that! I don’t want to overwhelm myself by reading too much fantasy and inevitably fall back into a reading slump so I thought it would be good to have a balance and change of pace now and then.
  • Dune by Frank Herbert –  I’ve mentioned this book a lot recently and its only because I am hugely excited for it as its got all the elements that make a brilliant adaption and sci-fi franchise. I recently purchased the book so hopefully next month I’ll have the opportunity to witness the wonder and adventure first hand.

Crescent City: House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas

Crescent City is a perfectly crafted masterpiece. Once again, Maas excels at creating a unique fantasy world filled with an equally fantastic cast of characters and an unexpected storyline that is never once predictable. Like I’ve said before, I could read Sarah’s shopping list and I’d love it, there’s just something wonderfully magical about her writing that sends me head over heels and into her captivating worlds and adventures.

I didn’t read the synopsis before reading as I wanted to go into it blind, so those first few chapters left me stunned and savouring every page. I’m huge murder mystery and crime solving fanatic so this combined with the art of Sarah’s writing was everything I wanted and more. Everything was perfectly paced and pocketed with revelations and of course some unexpected surprises! Admittedly the world building was slightly overwhelming thanks to its intricate detailing and the unique blend of fantasy and futuristic but it wasn’t long till it became second nature and a world that I want to discover more of.

Sarah has the ability to perfectly craft an imaginative and compelling storyline that is enhanced by her breathtakingly attractive and witty cast of characters that you can’t help but instantly love. Bryce is strong-willed, quick witted, emotionally raw and has her fair share of flaws and problems; everything about her was quintessential Maas and I loved her. Crescent City is ultimately her journey of self-discovery and acceptance, and it was a privilege to have been able to share it.

Now let’s gush about Hunt! I think the reason I’m still single is that I’m waiting for one of Sarah’s fictional heartthrobs to come and sweep me and my high expectations off my feet! Him and Bryce at two sides of the same coin. Together they fill the voids of pain inflicted upon them and enable them to experience an undying love that will endure and overcome anything thrown their way. Their interactions are heartfelt but shadowed by their battling wit and sarcasm to create a thoughtful and well paced romance with fleeting moments of sexual tension and, of course, heartbreak.

Right from the first chapter I knew this was going to be a five star read that I’d struggle to put down! Everything about it has been crafted with delicate precision and endless imagination, it’s perfect.

Books On My TBR I Predict Will Be 5-Star Reads

My ever-growing TBR pile is filled with loads of anticipated new releases and far too many forgotten books from previous years, but on that list is loads of books I know I’m going love and am super excited to read! I don’t want to jinx anything but I’ve got a strong feeling that all the books are going to be five-star reads and I just hope that that they all live up to my high expectations.

Crescent City by Sarah J Maas – Sarah J Maas is the queen of fantasy and there will never be anything of hers that I wouldn’t read, I’d honestly read her shopping list and give it five stars! The wonderful worlds and characters she imagines are always among some of my favourites and her adventures have provided me with some of my most memorable reading experiences.

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson – This needs to be on my March TBR as even I’m getting annoyed that I keep talking about this book! If you’ve been living under a rock then you won’t know that I absolutely adore this series and the enchanting world Sanderson has created.

Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare – I don’t think this book needs any justification to why I think it will be a five star read! I’ve keep seeing pictures of all the PR boxes for this book and now I’m even more excited; I need a set of those illustrated tarot cards!

All The Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace – I’ve seen book all over the blogging scene recently and after reading the synopsis I’m convinced that I’m going to absolutely adore it. Set in a kingdom where danger lurks beneath the sea, mermaids seek vengeance with song, and magic is a choice, Adalyn Grace’s All the Stars and Teeth is a thrilling fantasy for fans of Stephanie Garber’s Caraval and Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series.

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard – This is a series that’s been on my TBR list for years and I can’t fathom why its taken me this long to start it! The covers are beautiful, the storyline sounds like something up my alley and all of my favourite authors always rave about it, so I think it’s only right that I start reading it soon!

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – An epic fantasy that everyone has been talking about, and now it’s my turn to jump on the bandwagon and give it a read.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi – This book seriously blew up last year and its clear why as it has such a unique and intriguing concept which is no surprise that audiences love. This West African fantasy sounds so refreshingly overdue and I can’t wait to dive into such a diverse world.