June 2015 Reads
During the month of June, I completed 6 novels and 6 volumes of comics (which I wrapped up here). I've already reviewed most of these, so I will keep this summary pretty brief.
A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
This is the first book I tackled in the month of June and it took about 2 weeks to finish. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and continue to love this series. Similarly to A Clash of Kings, A Feast for Crows is on the slower side so I gave it 4 out of 5 stars. For a more in depth review, click here.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and other concerns) by Mindy Kaling
I needed something light and fluffy after reading A Feast for Crows, so I decided to give this audiobook a go. The whole thing is only about 4 and a half hours, so it was very quick to finish. I didn't really know anything about Mindy Kaling before this, so I found it very interesting and she's very funny. My only problem with it was that there wasn't enough time to go deep on any subject. It felt very much like most of the stories were dinner party stories. I don't want to compare too much with other comedian's books, but I just recently re-listened to Amy Poehler's Yes Please, which to me is the perfect balance of hilarity and heart. Her book makes me laugh incredibly hard and bawl my eyes out. I ended up giving Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (and other concerns) 3.5 stars out of 5, because I still really enjoyed it but it was missing something for me.
STEELHEART BY BRANDON SANDERSON
Steelheart was the first book I read for the Rainbowthon I participated in this month. I was excited to get back to reading some Brandon Sanderson and Steelheart did not disappoint. It is set in Newcago (former Chicago) after an event called the Calamity, where random people gained super powers. I thought this was a really fun start to the series and gave it 4.5 stars out of 5 (full review here).
The Martian by Andy Weir
After I finished Steelheart, I picked up The Martian (also for the Rainbowthon). The movie adaptation is coming out this fall, and since there are trailers everywhere, I wanted to read it before I get spoiled. This turned out to be a great read-a-thon book because it was suspensful enough that I didn't want to put it down. I wrote a full review here if you want more details, but I rated this 4.5 stars out of 5.
Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
The last novel I read for the Rainbowthon was Please Ignore Vera Dietz. This story is told from the perspective of Vera following the death of her former best friend, Charlie. Before he died tragically (not a spoiler btw, this happens on the first page), Charlie and Vera had a falling out. Through Vera's point of view we find out what happened with Charlie and truth about his death. This is one of the best YA contemporary novels I've read. I really enjoyed Vera as a character- she was flawed and witty and most importantly, didn't annoy me. I gave this 4 out of 5 stars, taking away one star because it didn't transcend the genre. What I mean by that is I still had the idea that it would have been on of my favorite books IF I was a teenager, but as an adult, I didn't relate as well.
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
The last book I read this month was my favorite of the bunch, Never Let Me Go. I wrote a full review of this here, but suffice to say I will be thinking about this one for awhile. It was a beautiful and tragic story. I gave this one 4.5 out of 5 stars and the more this book stays on my mind, the more I'm thinking this will be changed to a full 5 stars.
What did you read this month? Have you read any of these books?