June Wrap-Up || July TBR (2017)

Perhaps it’s odd that I can still have a wrap-up without blogging all that much, but hey, any chance I get to ramble, right? πŸ˜‚

Despite my lacklustre month of blogging, I’ve actually been reading quite a bit recently! It’s not to the amount I was reading before, but it’s enough that I feel satisfied — at least I’m interested and engaged in what I’m reading and my slump, at least on that front, is somewhat over. πŸ˜‰

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They Both Die at the End – Adam Silvera

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today.

Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.

I skipped Silvera’s sophomore novel but I did get my hands on this one pretty quick! I’ve started it and I’m loving how it’s going — it hasn’t gotten to ~feels~ territory just yet, but I’m growing pretty attached to the story.

Now I Rise – Kiersten White

Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path.

Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinopleβ€”and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidenceβ€”but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help.

As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won… and souls will be lost.

Aka the sequel to one of my favourite books last year. BRING IT ON. πŸ™Œ

Want – Cindy Pon

Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits that protect them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city’s corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother, who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined to change things, no matter the cost.

With the help of his friends, Zhou infiltrates the lives of the wealthy in hopes of destroying the international Jin Corporation from within. Jin Corp not only manufactures the special suits the rich rely on, but they may also be manufacturing the pollution that makes them necessary.

Yet the deeper Zhou delves into this new world of excess and wealth, the more muddled his plans become. And against his better judgment, Zhou finds himself falling for Daiyu, the daughter of Jin Corp’s CEO. Can Zhou save his city without compromising who he is or destroying his own heart?

I enjoyed Pon’s debut novel,Β Serpentine, and I’ve only heard good things about this one! Besides, the premise is futuristic and I love that kind of thing. 😍

I know I’ve been absolutely, absolutely terrible at being active in the community and god knows I’ve missed tons of things around here, so let’s catch up!Β πŸ’–

  • What book are you reading and how are you liking it?
  • What was your favourite post in June, whether it’s yours or another blogger’s?
  • How’s your July going so far?

Have a wonderful, wonderful month ahead, loves. πŸ€—

48 thoughts on “June Wrap-Up || July TBR (2017)

  1. I was really interested by And I Darken, and I’d love to know your views on the sequel! I’m currently reading Mansfield Park by Jane Austen and Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny πŸ™‚


  2. I’m also excited for They Both Die In the End, even though I never read the author’s other books. June (more like 2017 in general) hasn’t been an amazing reading year… I still haven’t find that “OMG I LOVE YOU” book. I’m currently reading nothing… I don’t think I’m in the mood for reading. July has been pretty busy, so I’m really happy it’s weekend. I need my stay-in days!


    • I totally get it re: 2017 being a not-amazing reading year — mine was just OK too, definitely lacklustre compared to last year! But hey, I suppose other things have been happening so it just makes sense that reading is taking a bit of a backseat, and that’s totally fine. I hope you’re enjoying July so far! πŸ’–


  3. I might be skipping out on HIAYLM as well (because the premise doesn’t sound like it’s for me), but I’m definitely going to read They Both Die at the End when that comes out. I hope you continue to like it, and I look forward to reading your thoughts once you finish. ^.^

    Hehe, and it’s totally okay that you’ve been less active with blogging and interacting. After all you just moved what a month (or a few months?) ago. I feel like the process of moving is so tolling so you’re definitely excused. >.<

    Anyhow, I hope you have a spectacular July ahead, Reg! ❀


    • That’s how I feel about HIAYLM! I was like “Adam Silvera, yes!” but then I just kept on putting it off, haha. They Both Die at the End was so much easier to find motivation for (personally) so I get you. 😘

      It’s been a few months now since I moved but tbh it feels like it’s been a year already. So much has been happening! And yeah, adapting can definitely take its toll but at least it’s not been as bad as I thought it would be. Thanks, Summer, and hope you have a spectacular month ahead as well. πŸ’–

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  4. It’s always so good to hear from you, Reg, and I’m glad to hear you’ve been reading more lately πŸ™‚ Just like you, I don’t know if I’ll read Adam Silvera’s sophomore novel, or if I’ll skip directly to that one as well – for some reason, I’m more intrigued about that one! πŸ™‚
    I hope that July is going well for you so far, Reg, I always miss chatting with you ❀ sending you lots of love ❀


    • You’re too sweet, Marie, and I miss chatting with you too! I’m hoping I’ll settle into a better routine soon and blogging will be a bigger part of that routine. πŸ˜‚

      But yeah, I totally get skipping Silvera’s sophomore novel – I feel like They Both Die at the End has a more interesting premise and is thus easier to pick up for me? Like I just feel motivated to read it right off the bat. I hope you feel the same way when you get to it. πŸ’—

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      • I hope so, but as long as youre having a good time and that everything is well in your life, it’s the most important thing as well ❀ Blogging will come gradually, if you still feel like it for sure ❀ ❀

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    • I hope you pick them up so we can share thoughts! I’m still in the middle of They Both Die and I’m really liking it so far.

      And I’m glad you’re enjoying Lady Midnight! I’ve actually only picked up City of Bones from Cassandra Clare and must admit that I wasn’t a fan… πŸ™ˆ


  5. Want sounds very interesting! Plus I have been seeing it around lately and people seem to be loving it. That makes me even more exited for that book! It’s definitely one that I need to check out. πŸ™‚
    I’m currently reading More Than This by Patrick Ness (among other things, as I tend to read multiple books at the same time). So far it’s amazing and I’m very interested in how the story is going to continue.


    • It definitely does! I think it’s that killer combo of diversity, potential angst and dystopia that really gets to me, haha. I hope you like it!

      And Patrick Ness! I have The Knife of Never Letting Go on my TBR and I’m kind of intimidated by how many people loved it. The Rest of Us Just Live Here disappointed me, though – have you read that one yet?


      • I haven’t read The Rest of Us Just Live Here. I have heard quiet a few mixed things about it though. The Knife of Never Letting Go is one of my favourite trilogies, I read it before I knew the hype surrounding it so I didn’t have to worry about that. And I totally get being intimidated by it, there are some books that I really want to read that a ton of people love and I’m intimidated by those as well. I do hope you end up enjoying The Knife of Never Letting Go whenever you get to it! πŸ˜€


  6. HIII! haha. I’m glad to hear you’re out of your reading slump! Those can be terrible. I think I’m kinda in one now because I’m not really enjoying what I’m reading (Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter) and I just haven’t been reading (although it doesn’t help I’ve been quite busy in July!) I’m also glad to hear you like Adam Silvera’s new book! It’s on my long tbr! πŸ˜›


    • HELLOOO πŸ’– Aww, I’m sorry to hear that you’re in one now that I’m just coming out of mine – it definitely can be so, so bad, and being busy certainly doesn’t help!

      I think during reading slumps I’m MUCH more prone to DNFing books so anything I don’t enjoy, I just drop – do you reckon you’ll be more interested in a different book?

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      • ☺️
        I think I’m starting to come out of my slump, it was sort of a mini slump!
        That makes sense, it’s possible; I ended up finishing that book, and it wasn’t completely terrible, but I know I didn’t care for it. I’m currently reading A Court of Wings and Ruin and so far it’s good, so that could be helping!


  7. I think I’ll end up skipping History is all you left me. I just find that I’m not gravitating towards the book. I think They Both Die at the End might be a better fit for me but I know it’s one that’ll end up punching me in the feels.

    Right now I’m reading Our Dark Duet. I’m only about 50 pages in so I can’t really say if it’s a hit/miss yet but I’m hoping I love it since I’ve loved all of Schwab’s previous works. I’m also in one of those moods where I seem to be wanting to read contemporary and fantasy so I’m noy sure how that’ll affect my reading haha.


    • Yeees, that’s how I feel about that book as well! I was super excited in theory but when push comes to shove I was just like, eh, not that interested. But with They Both Die at the End, I found that I was more into it even before I picked it up. I think many people feel the same way.

      I love Schwab too but for some reason I’m just not feeling Our Dark Duet just yet, despite really enjoying This Savage Song. Hope you like it more and more as you go, though. πŸ’—

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  8. I’m really glad your reading slump is over Reg, and I hope the books you are reading are amazing as well because based on the reviews you posted this month you didn’t have any luck with Flame in the Mist or Waste of Space. πŸ™‚
    In my opinion Now I Rise is brilliant, even better than the first, so I’m sure you’ll love that book too, and Adam Silvera is an incredible author so I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying They Both Die at the End.
    I hope you have a great July Reg! πŸ˜€ ❀


    • Thanks, Beth! Yeah, I didn’t really have much luck in June but I suspect it’s also partly because of my slump… I did, however, read Waste of Space ages ago and I think my opinion would’ve been the same anyway. πŸ˜‚

      I am SO excited to read Now I Rise because of you! It’s next on my list after They Both Die at the End, and I’m expecting to like it as much as I did And I Darken. Hope you have a wonderful July too. πŸ’•

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      • That’s all right. Oh yeah I guess slumps do affect your opinions on books sometimes don’t they? I’ve definitely found that time and time again when I’ve been in the middle of slumps.
        In that case I hope it doesn’t let you down, but knowing how you enjoyed And I Darken I’m sure it won’t.
        Thanks Reg! πŸ˜€ ❀

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  9. I’ll have to wait until They Both Die In the End is released to actually read it, but I am REALLY looking forward to it. I hope you’ll enjoy it! It seems like it will break hearts left and right.


    • I know, I’m sad about it too! I had quite high expectations for that one. πŸ˜‚

      And Cindy Pon’s Want I think is more popular than her debut novel, so I think it would be a good one to start with. πŸ˜‰


  10. I’m so jealous you’re reading They Both Die in the End. It’s one of my most anticipated releases for 2017. I can’t wait to read it myself, but I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts about it πŸ™‚


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