I’m not really sure how to describe June as a reading month. Initially, it was pretty rubbish, leading to me giving two 2-star ratings. However, it was also the month where I granted my first 5-star rating of 2017. I guess I’ll have to just settle that it was a bit of a mixed bag.
My #AYearAThon this month was pretty rubbish, meaning I only got through one book, and then Noteworthy took me almost the entire month to get through on top of that. I had a lot on my mind this month and I am honestly quite happy to see the back of June, roll on July and (hopefully) a better reading month.
+ It was a nice tying together of the other three, seemingly unrelated, installments.
+ I really liked Claire as a narrative perspective, her voice was very unique.
+ I enjoyed getting to learn more about the birth mothers, and about where Gabe came from.
– It didn’t feel the same as the other books, partly due to the narrative voice.
– The series just didn’t live up to my expectation after the first book.
2. Noteworthy by Riley Redgate
+ It had a very diverse cast of characters with some really interesting conversations throughout.
+ I love acapella wherever I can get it!
– The narrative felt very cluttered, too much in too little time.
– I didn’t buy the insta-lovey romance.
– It took me such a long time to get through, it just didn’t grip me that much.
3. The Curious Incident of a Dog In The Night-Time by Mark Haddon
+ The narrative is so beautiful to read, flawless in fact.
+ The details were really authentic, they reminded me so much of the autistic children I used to work with.
+ I really liked looking at the family dynamic, it was unconventional and messed up, but it was such an important part of the story.
+ I loved that this story showed how Christopher could do things on his own, his quirks didn’t make him helpless.
+ I read this book in a day, it was so perfect – I can’t even remember all the reasons I loved it, there were just too many!
4. Specials by Scott Westerfeld
+ I’m really happy that I feel like I can leave this series now. I have absolutely no desire to read Extras so I’m calling it a day.
+ Um… I finished it?
– I think, ultimately, I’ve just grown out of the premise, it doesn’t interest me like it used to.
– As is the way in dystopian novels, I hated the language and their societies colloquialisms, they always just feel so fake to me.
– Tally’s character was totally different, it didn’t even feel like I was reading from the same perspective.