June in books, my thoughts on what I read

June has ended and with it my reading time for the month. Lately, I have been doing really well with tackling my huge TBR and months like May were fantastic for putting a major dent in those numbers. Knowing that June was to be a busy month, I accepted the fact that I wouldn’t read as much as in previous months. June in books is the sixth installment of my ongoing series about the books I read each month. Here I will share with you what books I read in June and my thoughts on each of them.

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June in books

Boy by Roald Dahl

Now that I had finished reading all of Roald Dahl’s children’s books, the only ones left where his biographies. I will admit, I was a bit curious about the history of this man and what he did before he became a writer. This book covers his childhood up until he turns twenty. It mostly focuses on his time in school, talks a bit about his family and touches just a bit on his early adult years. There were some parts that you could see influenced his writing, like his experiences in visiting a candy shop as a child which translated into Charlie & The Chocolate Factory. A good read for any Dahl fan.

Going Solo by Roald Dahl

The second biography of Dahl, this one focuses on his adult years. Finding his first big job which put him in Africa and subsequently his involvement in the Second World War. I have no idea he had fought in the war. The vast majority of this book talks about his time as a pilot during the war and the battles he found himself in. Though it wasn’t as good as Boy, it was still an interesting read. I wish he had talked a bit more about getting into writing though.

RWBY by Shirow Miwa

Having watched and enjoyed the RWBY anime series, I was really looking forward to seeing more of it through the manga. I even waited until they were all out before reading them so that I could go through them all in one sitting. Truth be told, I was a bit disappointed with this one. The stories start off with basically what was shown in the trailer fo reach of the four main characters and there is very little new content beyond that.

Red Like Roses by Monty Oum

After being a bit let down by RWBY manga, I was hopeful that this one would shine a bit brighter. I suppose in a way it was better. It at least showed some new things that weren’t already covered in the anime, but even those stories felt lacking and didn’t really show me too much more about Ruby or the rest of the team. The art of this book was good at some points and yet felt half-assed for some of the stories.

Mirror, Mirror by Monty Oum

This one was slightly better than Red Like Roses. At least I felt like there were some things revealed about Weiss. Honestly, I’ve always felt like Weiss was the weakest character story-wise of the four, but this at least gave her some dimension that wasn’t immediately shown in the anime.

From Shadows by Monty Oum

This one was alright. We get to see more of Blake, however, it felt like some of the stories were just rehashes of what happens in the anime series and not truly new content. Once again, the art went from good to crappy depending on the story and artist. I would have liked to see some consistency in the art, as that is a major draw of manga and graphic novels.

I Burn by Monty Oum

The strongest of this series, but only by a small margin. The focus on family and friends was great. However, it felt like too little too late for this series. It needed to be solid right from book one, not end with a good book. At this point, I feel like a broken record. Much like the previous three volumes, the art and general lack of new material made it feel like I wasted my time and money on it. Unless you are a diehard RWBY fan and want to own everything there is about the series, then I would honestly avoid the manga and stick with the anime only.

The Rise of Scourge by Erin Hunter

This was a book my son recommended to me since I had read the first Warriors series. This one is a short graphic novel that is the origin story for Scourge, a cat that makes an appearance at the end of the series. While it was interesting to see where he came from and how he became the cat he is in the main series, I honestly didn’t feel like it was a necessary read. I’m sure it’s better for kids than adults.

June in books: A few of the books I read in June.

The Complete Western Stories of Elmore Leonard by Elmore Leonard

I love a good western, so getting more than 30 western short stories in one book is fantastic. I really enjoyed reading all of these stories. Leonard’s writing is beautifully descriptive and I was amazed by how fast I got through this book. Most of the stories are between 20-50 pages with a couple being longer. This book is great for anyone who loves westerns.

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Oh, this book. I kind of hated it at first. Mostly because of the writing style. I really dislike books that are written in third person present tense, it just doesn’t work in my opinion. Plus it took me way too long to feel anything towards the three main characters. It did slowly get better, which is why I actually finished it instead of adding it to the pile of shame (aka the DNF pile). So, eventually, I liked some of the characters and the story, but not enough for me to feel like I would keep on with the series. But then it happened. On the final page, in the final sentence, my thoughts changed. With those last few words, I was suddenly left thinking, ‘Well, shit, now I need to read the next book’.

Yona of the Dawn Vol. 17 by Mizuho Kusanagi

It’s so hard to review a manga that is so far into the series. I enjoyed this volume just as much as the previous 16 volumes. The story had a few big moments that have me looking forward to the next volume. The art was also wonderful, and one of the reasons why I enjoy this series so much.

Blue Diablo by Ann Aguirre

Having read some of Aguirre’s other series, I was eager to read this one. This book was SO slow to read. I haven’t read a lot of paranormal books, but I do enjoy them from time to time. This one felt like it had the potential to go somewhere, so I kept reading it, but in the end, I was left disappointed. I never really felt any connection to the main characters or the story. It’s a shame because I have previously really loved Aguirre’s writing. I can’t remember the last time a 300 pages book took me 2 weeks to read and I was putting in nearly an hour of reading time every day.

Honestly, if you want to read a great set of books by Aguirre, go with either the Sirantha Jax series or The Dred Chronicles. Those books will truly pull you into the story right from page one.

Murder, She Wrote: Coffee, Tea or Murder? by Donald Bain

I needed a quick good read after the previous book, so I went with my usual palette cleanser – a Murder, She Wrote book. This was pretty typical of the books in this series. A fairly fast-paced plot, a number of characters we are familiar with and a smattering of new ones, and a murder to boot. After having read so many books in this series, I do find these books to be a bit on the boring side, just because you know how they are going to end – Jessica will solve the mystery. Even so, they are great when you want a fast read.

Star Wars: Aftermath: Empire’s End by Chuck Wendig

Why did I read this book? Oh, wait, I know, because it’s Star Wars. Also, I’m a glutton for punishment. Clearly, I didn’t like it. The writing style is just horrible and I really felt that it added nothing to the storyline as a whole. Some chapters were so random that it made no sense. Like those characters appeared once, for a few pages, didn’t add anything to the plot and just added confusion. The icing on the cake, was the appearance of Jar Jar (yes that Jar Jar that everyone hates) and honestly it ruined an already shitty book.

June in books stats

  • Books read: 14
  • Books purchased: 4
  • Books gifted: 5
  • Books purged: 43

Did you get any reading done in June? Which book was your favorite?

 

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      Glad to hear it. I like sharing it so I can hopefully inspire others to read.

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    My daughter likes the warrior cats graphic novels more then I do too, I kind of view them as neat little side stories but I much prefer the full novels as they are more in depth story wise. If you like the character Greystripe in the main story there is a pretty neat little graphic novel about him that was interesting.

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      I totally agree with you on that, they are nice side stories. Oh, good to know, I do like Greystripe but I know my son doesn’t have that graphic novel yet. Will have to keep our eyes open for it.

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    I love Roald Dahl, but have never read Going Solo! I will have to add this to my reading list. Thanks for all the book recommendations, I’m always looking for new things to read 🙂 x

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      I hope you enjoy it. It was quite interesting to finally find out who Roald Dahl was.

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    OMGosh, you read a lot. I read some too, nut not that much lol. Right now, I am reading like 6 books and need to stop most of them and just focus on one so I can get some finished. Thanks for sharing.

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