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June 2018 Wrap Up

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Life Update 

  • This month has been mixed between good and bad news. The bad news: I didn’t get the scholarship for my master’s degree, I knew it was a long shot so it’s ok. The good news: my contract with the goverment is almost a done deal, out of the three approvals I need I already have two and it seems like they are gonna call me to sign my contract next week. That’s great because it’s a job I really wanted.
  • Now the real reason this month was hard was because the presidential elections took place in Colombia, and the worst possible person was elected and it we are gonna be stuck with a far right president for four years and everything sucks. Honestly it has costed me tears and moments of extreme anxiety. 
  • Also, my kindle broke down after 8 years of being my loyal companion and that affected my reading in a big way.

What I Read 

We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson  (4 stars) 

After a rough start, I ended up rooting for most of the characters in this book, even if they were unlikable and flawed, I emphatized with most of them and I really enjoyed seeing the character development they went through. Additionally, I really liked the writing and the romance for the most part.  I’m not sure what I feel about the alien aspect of this book.

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (4 stars) 

I enjoyed the concept of this book, the way the elevator was used as a vehicle to transmit the message of the cyclic nature of violence that was the central theme in this book. Also this is written in verse and it was very well done. My only minor issue was that I thought this was gonna be much more emotional and heart hitting and I felt like it lack a bit in that sense.

When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife by Meena Kandasamy  (4 stars)

The first things I need to say about this book is that it’s one of the best written books I have ever read, it deals with heavy subjects like abuse and rape in a raw and honest way, because of that, it’s not a very enjoyable book to read but a brilliant one nonetheless. My only minor issue with this book is that the narrator tries to distance herself from her story to be able to tell it, and while that makes sense,  it made me feel like I was being kept at arms leght from the story.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman  (4,3 stars) 

I wasn’t enjoying this book that much at the beginning, but I changed my mind and it ended up being one of my favorite books of 2018 so far. I completely loved the huge character development the main character, Eleanor, went through; I loved the other characters she met throughout the book and how they made her see things in a different way. The subject of depression was delicately handdled and there was a positive representation of therapy. The mystery surrounding her past had a twist that was really surpising.

A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin (4 stars) 

I’m always in awe of the world building in these books and this was no exception, the amount of details in terms of hystory, family trees, religions and so much more is mindblowing. In terms of the plot, there’s not much happening, I mean there’s a lot happening,  BUT they are minor things, small movements of the pieces of the story to set up for what’s to come. So while there’s a lot happening, it doesn’t move the plot along that much. Nonetheless, I didn’t mind it because I was fascinated by the intrigues, the strategizing and the deceptions in this book. My main issue with this was Cersai, it was frustrating seeing her make all the wrong choices and she kept thinking she was being so smart.

On the blog 

Here’s everything I posted this month on the blog:

Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Did you enjoy them? Do you want to read any of them?Tell me what happened in your life during June! What did you read? What did you post? 

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8 thoughts on “June 2018 Wrap Up

    1. Thanks! Things have already gotten a bit better 🙂

      The same thing happened to me with We Are The Ants, it was on my tbr for a long time until I budy read it with a friend. At the end I really liked it and she didn’t like it at all. I hope you end up enjoying it if you read it!

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  1. I’m crossing my fingers for you that the contract works out, it seems it’s on a great way. It’s always upsetting when elections go the way, that we feel is not aligned with our values and beliefs. I absolutely get why you got upset, I’ve been in that boat with some of Czech and now British elections as well. 😦 💗

    I really like your lists of books you read in June. Such a great selection. We Are Ants is something I am aware of and would like to read sometime soon. Glad to hear you enjoyed it. 🙂 Great wrap up. 💗

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    1. Thank you, Vera! 💗 I really hope the contract works out as well. I think so many of the election results lately in different countries have been worrisome, I don’t know where are we gonna end up 😕

      I hope you enjoy We Are The Ants if you end up reading it! 🙂

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