CJ’s Bookshelf: June Reads

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I’ve finally gotten back into my usual reading pace, thoguh this will probably still be a shorter post as most of the books I read this month I chose to review individually. I’ve provided links to those reviews in case your interested in reading more about each one.

Throne CollageThrone of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

You can read my full review here. Cliffnotes version: This book has one of the best female protagonists I’ve seen in a YA series. If you’re tired of all the Bella Swans out there, check this series out.

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

I’ve become hooked on this series, in case you can’t tell. I have written a full review here if you’re interested. I’ll just say that the second book was a great follow-up to Throne of Glass, and just makes this series even better.

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

You can see my full review of this book here. While I’m still not entirely sure it lives up to the hype, it was definitely much better than The Girl on the Train.

Mort by Terry Pratchett

MortIt took me a while to finish this book as I kept getting distracted by other books as I was reading it. That’s not a commentary on this book at all – in fact I really enjoyed it. Equal Rites is probably still my favorite Discworld novel so far, but Mort would come in a close second.

In Mort Death decides to take on an apprentice. However, in doing Death’s job Mort saves a life instead of taking it, setting off a chain of events that could lead to disaster. Also, Death takes a holiday. Death is probably one of my favorite characters in the series so far, and I know that’s a common perception. I just love the humor that’s present with this typically terrifying character. He’s unlike any incarnation of Death I’ve seen or read before, and I’m really enjoying him. I also continue to really love Pratchett’s writing style; I am so disappointed I didn’t start reading the Discworld series earlier, but I’m glad I’m discovering it now.

The Martian by Andy Weir

I’ve already reviewed this book on my blog, but I feel the need to reiterate here that this is one of my favorite books I’ve read this year. It’s smart, funny, suspenseful and hard to put down. Once I started reading it was very hard to stop until I was finished with the book. I highly recommend adding this to your summer reading list – at the very least you’ll want to have it read before the movie hits theaters in the fall.

Phoenix Rising (Ministry of Peculiar Occurances) by Pip Ballantine and Tee MorrisPhoenix Rising

If you’re a fan of steampunk fiction, then you need to check out this series. I have had this book on my to-read pile for a long time, and finally pulled it out just before a signing with the authors. The story is fast-paced and fun, and I absolutely loved Eliza Braun and Wellington Brooks. They’re a great pair of opposites who learn to work together quite well; I really enjoyed seeing their partnership develop as they gradually began to trust each other. I haven’t read many steampunk novels yet, but the few that I have read tended to have a male lead character and female assistant. I was very pleased to see that reversed in this series. I also really enjoyed the humor throughout the book. If you like steampunk, you’ll probably enjoy this series, and if you’ve never read any steampunk this is a good place to start.

Civil War by Marvel

I finally finished Civil War, which I actually started reading months ago. I kept letting myself get distracted with other books, and then I became obsessed with Daredevil and read through two decades of those comics before finally coming back to Civil War. Part of what took me so long was that was reading every single title with connections to the storyline, which is somewhere around 100 issues.

And that’s what I read in May. My current reads include (a few have been on the list for a while because they got displaced by other titles):

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Blood and Iron by Jon Sprunk

And my upcoming reads include (Subject to change based on whim and mood):

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
Orphan Train by Christine Baker Kline
Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman

If you’re interested in staying up-to-date on what books I’m reading you can also find me on Goodreads.

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