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June Wrap Up & TBR Check-In

I can’t believe the time has come to share my June wrap up with you guys. June literally flew by for me which I’m not surprised with as I did do a lot of traveling. This does mean that I didn’t read as much as I usually do but I’m still happy with all the books I have read as they are all pretty much 4.5 to 5 star reads. So let’s just get into the wrap up!


One by One by Chris Carter

4.5

‘I need your help, Detective. Fire or water?’
Detective Robert Hunter of the LAPD’s Homicide Special Section receives an anonymous call asking him to go to a specific web address – a private broadcast. Hunter logs on and a show devised for his eyes only immediately begins.
But the caller doesn’t want Detective Hunter to just watch, he wants him to participate, and refusal is simply not an option. Forced to make a sickening choice, Hunter must sit and watch as an unidentified victim is tortured and murdered live over the Internet.

The LAPD, together with the FBI, use everything at their disposal to electronically trace the transmission down, but this killer is no amateur, and he has covered his tracks from start to finish. And before Hunter and his partner Garcia are even able to get their investigation going, Hunter receives a new phone call.
A new website address. A new victim. But this time the killer has upgraded his game into a live murder reality show, where anyone can cast the deciding vote.

This is the fifth book in the Robert Hunter series (one of my most beloved series out there) but you can read it as a standalone! I personally really enjoyed this one and I loved the motivation behind the murders and reading the backstory, like wow! Also, it was crazy reading about the methods he was using and him allowing the public to vote, it really showed how crazy the world is that we live in today. I do have to say I did cringe a couple of times when reading the murder scenes as Chris Carter really knows how to write gruesome scenes. I am not surprised that it took me a while to read this book as you definitely need to take a break between the deaths…
I’m still blown away that I have three more books left to read and then I am all caught up with this series. It’s going to be sad but at the same time a huge relief as currently there are ten books in this series! This is definitely one of those series that isn’t for everyone but if you love thriller books and have the stomach to read through really graphic and gruesome scenes then I highly recommend.

GOODREADS


The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

5

Vanessa Mazur knows she’s doing the right thing. She shouldn’t feel bad for quitting. Being an assistant/housekeeper/fairy godmother to the top defensive end in the National Football Organization was always supposed to be temporary. She has plans and none of them include washing extra-large underwear longer than necessary.
But when Aiden Graves shows up at her door wanting her to come back, she’s beyond shocked.
For two years, the man known as The Wall of Winnipeg couldn’t find it in him to tell her good morning or congratulate her on her birthday. Now? He’s asking for the unthinkable.
What do you say to the man who is used to getting everything he wants?

I loved it so much, oh my gosh I can’t get over that I have pretty much read/listened to this book all in one day…
Vanessa is one of the best female protagonists I have ever read from, she is honest and I loved following her perspective. She felt like a BFF chatting with me throughout the book. I’m so happy for her and Aidan but can I have a story following Zack falling in love with someone? I love that guy so much, whenever he said darling with his Southern accent I melted… His friendship with Vanessa was so sweet to read about and oh my gosh LEO!!! What a cutie!
There were just so many sweet interactions in this book that I couldn’t stop reading, such a well-written slow-burn romance! Hand me all the slow-burn romances as I am obsessed with them. It feels like such a big pay-off once the couple finally kiss or confess their feelings for one another, and that epilogue!
I might have to pick up Kulti next as I am on a Mariana Zapata high and feel like reading all her novels ❤

GOODREADS


Conversations With God Book 2 by Neale Donald Walsch

5

The dialogue continues in this anxiously-awaited follow-up to the best-selling Conversations with God.. Conversations with God, Book 2 resumes the dialogue where Book 1 left off, moving from personal issues to more global and political concerns. Included are questions about the nature of time and space and human sexuality, as well as geophysical and geopolitical considerations of worldwide implication. The dialogue in Book 2 is, in Neale Donald Walsch’s own words, “…captivating, disturbing, and challenging…In this book, God suggests nothing less than a social, sexual, political, and economic revolution that would help create the paradise on Earth we all seek.” Just as fascinating and compelling as Book 1, Conversations with God, Book 2 will take you to new and more expansive understandings, to greater and more universal truths–as The Dialogue Continues…

I think I loved it as much as I loved the first one, I even teared up a little bit at the end. I think what I love about these books is that they make me feel not alone and this God that speaks in these books is the type of God or Higher Power I always pictured as a little kid. It makes you think, gives you free-will, it makes observations and allows you to make up your mind if you agree with it or not, I love that!
I can’t wait to read the next book. Also these books you can read in whatever order you would like but I prefer to read them in order as they start off with simpler topics and then delve into more difficult topics.

GOODREADS


Eve Was Shamed by Helena Kennedy

5

What comes after #MeToo? One of our most eminent lawyers and defenders of human rights answers with this urgent, authoritative and deeply shocking look at British justice

In Eve Was Shamed Helena Kennedy forensically examines the pressing new evidence that women are still being discriminated against throughout the legal system, from the High Court (where only 21% of judges are women) to female prisons (where 84% of inmates are held for non-violent offences despite the refrain that prison should only be used for violent or serious crime). In between are the so-called ‘lifestyle’ choices of the Rotherham girls; the failings of the current rules on excluding victims’ sexual history from rape trials; battered wives being asked why they don’t ‘just leave’ their partners; the way statistics hide the double discrimination experienced by BAME and disabled women; the failure to prosecute cases of female genital mutilation… the list goes on. The law holds up a mirror to society and it is failing women.

The #MeToo campaign has been in part a reaction to those failures. So what comes next? How do we codify what we’ve learned? In this richly detailed and shocking book, one of our most eminent human rights thinkers and practitioners shows with force and fury that change for women must start at the heart of what makes society just.

Such an informative book to read, it is inclusive and looks at how the justice system if failing all types of people – women, BAME men, children etc.
What I really loved about is how easy it is to read, Helena Kennedy’s writing is accessible to all and anyone can truly read this and understand it. Whatever she says she backs up with statistics and even though some sections were truly upsetting to read about (I had tears in my eyes) I still highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about our British Justice and how it is failing.
So glad to have stumbled upon this book as I was surfing the Waterstones online store!

GOODREADS


Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

5★ {REREAD}

Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:
Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)
Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)
Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)
Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.

I thought I should start off with saying that this is a reread for me, I’ve been wanting to reread the Six of Crows books ever since finishing my read of the Grisha trilogy as I knew many characters from the original trilogy made an appearance in this one and so far in the first book there were only mentions of Zoya and Alina, which I really appreciated in my reread, I can’t wait to actually see some of these characters in my reread of Crooked Kingdom!
Of course, I loved this book a lot, the characters and the relationships between each of them are so precious, like how can you not love them? I think during my reread I have finally decided the order of which character is my favourite and here it is: Nina (love her so much), Matthias (I love broody guys, what can I say), Jesper (he is so funny), Inej (her and Nina’s friendship melts my heart), Kaz (I love how he reminds me of a more brutal Tommy Shelby), and Wylan (he is an entertaining character but I have never felt a connection to him). This is actually the first book I have ever annotated where I used the colours of the book tabs to mean a certain emotion, so it now makes it even more extra precious. This book made me laugh out loud so many times and whenever I did pick it up I couldn’t put it down. Leigh Bardugo is such a talented writer and I will probably read any book she comes out with. The characters are immaculate and I just can’t wait to get to my reread of Crooked Kingdom and then my hands on the third book. I NEED IT NOW!

GOODREADS


TBR CHECK-IN

So from now on I have decided instead of making specific TBRs for each month I would update you guys on how well I am doing with tackling my whole physical TBR. Currently I have 28 books on my bookshelves that I have yet to read, 14 books are books I have bought last year and the other 14 I have gotten this year. I will include a list so you guys can tell me which ones I should read as soon as possible so here is the list:

  • Scythe by Neil Shusterman
  • Thunderhead by Neil Shusterman
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen
  • Warrior Witch by Danielle L. Jensen
  • The Broken Ones by Danielle L. Jensen
  • Way of Kings: Part One by Brandon Sanderson
  • Way of Kings: Part Two by Brandon Sanderson
  • The Lady of the Lake by Andrzej Sapkowski
  • The Caged Queen by Kristen Ciccarelli
  • Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson
  • Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
  • Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle
  • Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
  • King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
  • The Darkest Bloom by P.M. Freestone
  • Conversation With God Book 3 by Neale Donald Walsch
  • Hunting Evil by Chris Carter
  • Broken Throne by Victoria Aveyard
  • Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
  • The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad
  • The Sexual Politics of Meat by Carol J. Adams
  • Animal Liberation by Peter Singer
  • Tales of Norse Mythology by Helene A. Guerber
  • The Secret Barrister
  • How To Create a Vegan World: A Pragmatic Approach by Tobias Leenaert
  • I Heart Hawaii by Lindsey Kelk
  • Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

That’s it for my June wrap up and TBR check-in. I would love to know how many books are currently on your TBR and what was your favourite book in June?

See you in my next post 🙂
Natalia aka Bookish Vegan

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