Hey guys! Today I’m going to to be talking about my god awful Reading Slump and my hopeful June TBR. For those of you who don’t know, a reading slump is basically not being able to read. When you are in a reading slump, you aren’t in a mood to read at all. Those who know me might know that I’m a voracious reader. I love to read. But lately, I just can’t seem to pick up a book and completely get lost in it.
When I was in school I had very little time to read. So I grabbed every single opportunity to read in my jam-packed schedule. I read on the bus, in between classes, short breaks, lunch breaks, PE (what we call ‘Games’) etc. Once school was over, I had all the time to read. Considering my reading speed, I could have at least read 6 books per month. Guess what? I read 0 books in April and 1 book in May. Shocking.
I read A Darker Shade of Magic by V E Schwab and I did absolutely love that book. I have a buddy read review right here. Since I was beginning to love YA Fantasy I decided to pick up another book from the same genre. I started reading Heartless by Marissa Meyer. And I’m still reading it. I am really enjoying the book and hopefully, I’ll post a review by next week. However, what bugs me is the fact that I’m taking so long to read it. I could have easily finished it in 4-5 days. To be honest, I haven’t even been reading every single day, I’ve skipped at least 5-6 days.
It’s haunting me. Now I know why it takes some of my friends so long to finish a book. I never knew finishing a book could be that hard.
I’ve decided that June isn’t going to be that kind of month. I’m going to fix a reading schedule – I’ll be reading at least 75 pages every day. I’ve picked up a bunch of YA Contemporary novels to help me get back on track. Hopefully, I won’t let myself down.
1) Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
Goodreads Synopsis: Ramona was only five years old when Hurricane Katrina changed her life forever.
Since then, it’s been Ramona and her family against the world. Standing over six feet tall with unmistakable blue hair, Ramona is sure of three things: she likes girls, she’s fiercely devoted to her family, and she knows she’s destined for something bigger than the trailer she calls home in Eulogy, Mississippi. But juggling multiple jobs, her flaky mom, and her well-meaning but ineffectual dad forces her to be the adult of the family. Now, with her sister, Hattie, pregnant, responsibility weighs more heavily than ever.
The return of her childhood friend Freddie brings a welcome distraction. Ramona’s friendship with the former competitive swimmer picks up exactly where it left off, and soon he’s talked her into joining him for laps at the pool. But as Ramona falls in love with swimming, her feelings for Freddie begin to shift too, which is the last thing she expected. With her growing affection for Freddie making her question her sexual identity, Ramona begins to wonder if perhaps she likes girls and guys or if this new attraction is just a fluke. Either way, Ramona will discover that, for her, life and love are more fluid than they seem.
2) The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Goodreads Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.
Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.
There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?
3) Wanderlost by Jen Malone
Goodreads Synopsis: Not all those who wander are lost, but Aubree Sadler most definitely is on this novel’s whirlwind trip through Europe.
Aubree can’t think of a better place to be than in perfectly boring Ohio, and she’s ready for a relaxing summer. But when her older sister, Elizabeth, gets into real trouble, Aubree is talked into taking over Elizabeth’s summer job, leading a group of senior citizens on a bus tour through Europe.
Aubree doesn’t even make it to the first stop in Amsterdam before their perfect plan unravels, leaving her with no phone, no carefully prepared binder full of helpful facts, and an unexpected guest: the tour company owner’s son, Sam. Considering she’s pretending to be Elizabeth, she absolutely shouldn’t fall for him, but she can’t help it, especially with the most romantic European cities as the backdrop for their love story.
But her relationship with Sam is threatening to ruin her relationship with her sister, and she feels like she’s letting both of them down. Aubree knows this trip may show her who she really is—she just hopes she likes where she ends up.
4) Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
Goodreads Synopsis: Lara Jean’s letter-writing days aren’t over in this surprise follow-up to the New York Times bestselling To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You.
Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.
But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.
When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Goodreads Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.
With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.
The only reason why I haven’t decided between these two books is simply because I still don’t own a copy of Always and Forever, Lara Jean. I do have a copy of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, but I do really want to read the former book. So let’s just see how it goes.
5) A Gathering of Shadows by V E Schwab
Goodreads Synopsis: It has been four months since a mysterious obsidian stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Prince Rhy was wounded, and since the nefarious Dane twins of White London fell, and four months since the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift–back into Black London.
Now, restless after having given up his smuggling habit, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks as she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games–an extravagant international competition of magic meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries–a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.
And while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night will reappear in the morning. But the balance of magic is ever perilous, and for one city to flourish, another London must fall.
This is the only fantasy novel here and I’m not exactly sure when I’m going to read this in June. I’m going to be buddy reading this with Jasmine @howusefulitis just like we did for the previous book in the series.
Did anyone just realize that 3 out of 6 books are LGBTQ? I didn’t notice that until the end of this post.
That’s all I have for you guys today! Let me know what you think of my June TBR! Have you ever been in a reading slump? Let me know in the comments!!!
Thanks for reading!