June Wrap Up and July TBR

This is the first month that I’ve actually followed my monthly TRB and I managed to read over 3,300 pages which is epic! Recently I’ve re-disovered my love for reading and I’m flying through books, I’m even running out of room on my bookshelf (we’ve had to start double stacking) so I think next month I’m going to invest in a new set of bookshelves! I’m currently craving all things fantasy and new adult, so any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

Here in the UK, we’ve been having some really beautiful weather (which is very rare for us) and it’s kickstarted all these creative juices! I’ve been spending more time writing flash fiction, blog posts, possible story ideas and I’ve even thought about creating a bookstagram account or re-designing my blog layout! I don’t want to burn myself out but I’ve found a new routine that involves me writing in the garden with my headphones in and an iced coffee at the ready; life is bliss!

Last year I made a new Goodreads account (my old one was an unorganised embarrassment) so I’ve been making a real effort to post and update on all my reading goals and habits! I always enjoy discovering new reads and seeing what other people are reading and I particularly enjoying looking at different peoples reading challenges! I would love it if you could leave your Goodread’s account in the comments below so I finally start playing a more active role in the bookish community!

My Goodreads – Amy (A Fangirls Opinion)

Anyway, here is my June Wrap Up and my TBR for July!

June Wrap Up

  • Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas – I’m currently in the process of writing my review for this epic conclusion but it’s all a bit emotional. This series and its characters have been a huge part of my life and it was heart-breaking saying goodbye to them!
  • Out of Love by Hazel Hayes – Another emotional read that I absolutely adored, I’ll leave a link to my review here! If you’re looking for an easy (and emotional) read then this one should definitely be on your TBR. Hazel has such a unique ability and voice with her writing and the way she writes about love and heartbreak is truly magical.
  • Crescent City by Sarah J Maas – I love Sarah J Maas so much that I had to dive into another one of her series after finishing Kingdom of Ash! Crescent City was everything I expected and more, it’s fairly obvious that I’ve once again fallen utterly head over heels for this world and its wonderful characters. Again I’ll leave a link to my review here so please go check it out!
  • The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater – I hate to say it but I was a little disappointed by this book, I think I had high expectations after reading the first book! I’m waiting to finish the entire series before I post my review so keep your eyes peeled for that soon!
  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater – Like I’ve mentioned previously I didn’t love the second book in the series, but this book certainly redeemed my thoughts and expectations; I loved it!
  • Warlight by Michael Ondaatje – This was our June book for my Reading Between the Wines book club and it was another surprising read. Ondaatje has been on my radar for a while now so I’m glad that I finally had the opportunity to pick up one of his books.

July TBR

  • The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater – I’m so excited to read the final book in this series, especially after everything that happened in the punnltiment book in the series.
  • Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard – I keep mentioning this series but this will be the month that I finally finish it! I’m still deciding if I’m going to re-read the entire series or to just re-read the last book I read!
  • The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary – I wanted to read something a little light-hearted and fun this month, and by the looks of things this book is just that! I don’t want to overwhelm myself by reading too much fantasy and inevitably fall back into a reading slump so I thought it would be good to have a balance and change of pace now and then.
  • Dune by Frank Herbert –  I’ve mentioned this book a lot recently and its only because I am hugely excited for it as its got all the elements that make a brilliant adaption and sci-fi franchise. I recently purchased the book so hopefully next month I’ll have the opportunity to witness the wonder and adventure first hand.

A Spontaneous Book Haul

This week I’ve been in a ‘treat yourself’ mood, so I have splurged on a few purchases including a mini book haul! These are books that have been on my radar for a while and some that we’re so cheap that I couldn’t resist.

Nine Perfect Strangers by Lianne Moriarty – This was a pure impulse buy as it was only £2.99 and recently I’ve been craving a good-old murder mystery. I really enjoyed the Big Little Lies adaptation so if it’s anything like that then I know I’m going to devour it.

Dune by Frank Herbert – I need something to fill the sci-fi void in my heart and I think this book will do just the trick. With the all-star film adaptation being released later year, I want to make sure I read it before then so join in with all the hype and excitement.All the concept art is also making me super excited as well as the cast list which includes Oscar Isaac, Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Jason Momoa and more!

Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion – This is our Reading Between the Wines book club’s book for the month of February and is a collection of essays by the wonderful Joan Didion. This is one of her most praised pieces so I really hope that it lives up to all my high expectations.

Thundercloud by Neal Shusterman – I recently finished the first book in this series and fell utterly in love with the entire concept of scythes and its characters, plus there’s no way I wasn’t going to instantly buy the second book after that ending!

The Toll by Neal Shusterman – I’ve learnt my lesson and I know that if the second book is anything like the first then I’m going to need the final book in my hands ASAP!

Most Anticipated Books and Films of 2020

2019 was the year of endings, with both Game of Thrones and Star Wars: The Last Jedi airing their controversial conclusions, and beloved YA series like Nevernight by Jay Kristoff and The Folk and Air Trilogy by Holly Black wrapping up their intense and lovable adventures. However, 2020 will witness the return of some familiar faces as well as new beginnings for much loved authors, characters and franchises, and it’s fair to say that I am excited. Here’s my shortlist for this years most anticipated books and films, and I’d love to know what you’re most looking forward to in the comments below!

Books

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas – The Queen is back! Although I still haven’t finished the Throne of Glass series I am ready to step into another one of her fantastical worlds and adventures. There’s no doubt that this series will meet all my high expectations and just from reading the synopsis I can already tell that its going to be one of my favourite reads of 2020! Also can we please discuss that cover, because its stunning and beautifully detailed!

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins – It’s about time the Hunger Games fandom awoke from their slumber, and rose in a united anticipation for the opportunity to revisit the fearful world and society of Panem. Set sixty-four years before the original trilogy, the novel will open with the reaping of the 10th Hunger Games. Update: It’s just been revealed that this is going to be a President Snow origin story and now I’m not as excited.

Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare – I haven’t read anything from Cassandra Clare in years but she never fails to transport us back to her wonderful world filled with Shadowhunters, Vampires, Werewolves and Fairies. By the looks of things I’m going to have to finally read the Infernal Devices series as this book sounds like the perfect bridge between her other series and character relationships!

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E Schwab – Last year I read Schwab’s Darker Shade of Magic series and she soon became one of my new favourite authors, so when I heard she was releasing another book I had to check it out. As expected the novels premise is hauntingly unique and magically wonderful and I’m already sold.

Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff – Another author I discovered last year, and instantly fell in love with. Like Schwab, Kristoff’s writing is something I admire and aspire to replicate, it’s always filled with unique and descriptive metaphors that come to life on the page. After the whirlwind that was Twilight, I’m now more than ever ready for another vampire adventure.

Films

Black Widow (Disney, 1st May 2020) – After the events of Avengers: Endgame, I think its only right that we finally get an origin story for Black Widow! Am I emotionally prepared? No, but there’s no way I’m missing this!

Dune (Warner Bros, 18th December 2020) – I need something to fill the sci-fi void in my heart and I think this adaptation will do just the trick. The cast looks incredible, and will star Oscar Isaac, Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Jason Momoa and more! All the concept art is already getting me overly excited, and is continuing to raise my expectations.

Eternals (Disney, 6th November 2020) – This is another film with an incredible cast and vast array of characters, I’m looking forward to discovering more about them and their roles within the much-loved comics.

The Last Thing He Wanted (Netflix, TBD) – Joan Didion is one of my favourite authors so when I heard that one of her books was being adapted I got quite excited. I’ve yet to read The Last Thing He Wanted as its very different to what she usually writes, but nevertheless its still made its way on to my ever-growing TBR list. Starring Ben Affleck and Anne Hathaway, the film follows a veteran D.C. journalist who loses the thread of her own story when a guilt-propelled errand for her father who is dying, thrusts her from byline to unwitting subject in the very story she’s trying to break.

No Time To Die (8th April 2020) – Daniel Craig is one of my favourite Bond’s so I’m sad to see him go, but just from the trailer its clear that he’s going in style.