(an extremely long) june + july + august 2020 wrap up

yes, i am well aware of how extremely behind i am in my wrap ups. no, i have no reason. but i have decided to finally do one, so there’s that.

i haven’t done a wrap up in so long and i’ve only been putting this off because i have so many books to wrap up (i just counted them and i– yeah). since this is probably going to be a long ass post, i would recommend you sit back, relax, grab some popcorn if you have any and let’s just have a nice talk about the 26 books i have read in june, july and august:

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  • Heartstopper Vol. 1, by alice oseman: this was such a breath of fresh and an escape from life (which was hard at that time). i think it’s more the timing of reading this story than the story itself that did it for me concerning Heartstopper.
  • You Should See Me in a Crown, by leah johnson: this! was! so! cute! i don’t know if i ever talked about this book before on here but i ended up loving it so much! it’s weird because the whole time i read it, i thought it was going to be a 3-stars but at the end i was so overwhelmed with positive feelings that i gave it four.
  • I Want to Eat Your Pancreas Vol. 1 + 2: CONFESSION: this was my first manga ever. i have watched animes before but i had never read a manga and i feel like this one was a great start! it was so cute and emotional and sad and i fought the urge to cry.
★★★★☆
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DNF.
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  • Not Your Sidekick (Sidekick Squad #1), by c. b. lee: this was actually a very fun experience. i didn’t expect to love it because i couldn’t care less about superheroes but this had a powerful message and it was so cute so definitely give it a go! i also feel like the audiobook enhanced my experience so i highly recommend it!
  • Get a Life, Chloe Brown (The Brown Sisters #1), by talia hibbert: THIS BOOK. it was absolutely amazing. talia hibbert delievered a strong beautiful romance (as usual) that left me giddy with feelings and eager for more.
  • Something to Talk About, by meryl wilsner: mmmm…no. this was just sooo anoying and had my absolute worst pet peeve in romance: problems of miscommunication. the entire book is literally built on that. i just want to forget i have read this book
  • Can’t Escape Love (Reluctant Royals #2.6), by alyssa cole: i listened to the audiobook of this one on a whim and i don’t regret it! it was the exact boost of serotonin i needed at that time.
★★★★★
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  • All Boys Aren’t Blue, by george m. johnson: this book is…phenomenal. amazing. wonderful. words cannot do it justice. i was left speechless after finishing it because it was just so powerful. normally i don’t give memoirs a star-rating but this one was so impactful that i had to.
  • Meet Cute Club, by jack harbon: this was soooo lovely and cute! highly recommend it if you’re looking for a fluffy story with a bit sexy times.
  • The Black Flamingo, by dean atta: this book was so impactful because it tackles so many issues, yet gives each one its time. written in verse, it’s also very short and easy to get through. i finished it in one sitting!
  • The Henna Wars, by adiba jaigirdar: aahhh this book. i can’t begin to express how much i loved it. it was so cute and beautiful and just talking about it makes me want to reread it again because aaaahhh!!
★★★★☆
DNF.
★★★☆☆
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  • Rafe, A Buff Male Nanny (Loose Ends #1), by rebekah weatherspoon: this was my first rebekah weatherspoon novel and i must say, i was pleasantly surprised. this was so cute yet so hot and i had a blast reading it!
  • In The Neighborhood of True , by susan kaplan carlton: a classic it’s not you, it’s me. there was nothing visibly wrong with this book, but for some reason i just couldn’t get into it and couldn’t enjoy it.
  • Girls of Paper and Fire (Girls of Paper and Fire #1), by natasha ngan: i have very mixed feelings about this one. while the first half was intriguing and captivating, i found the second half to be lacking plot-wise and by the end i had lost interest (still want to know what happens next though).
  • Xeni (Loose Ends #2), by rebekah weatherspoon: i loved this book just as much as i loved Rafe, if not a little more. so so so good! read it!!!
★★★★☆
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  • I’ll Be the One, by lyla lee: i know i said this before on the blog but this book is the perfect mood lifter. i loved it so so much, and i’m glad i picked it up when i wasn’t in my best mood because i felt so much better afterwards!!
  • Cherish Hard (Hard Play #1), by nalini singh: while this book was one i enjoyed a lot, i felt like it streched for way too long and would’ve liked if there was less miscommunication problems.
  • Amazing Muslims Who Changed the World, edited by burhana islam: this also was a book i read in one sitting and i am so glad i did! i highly recommend it for Muslim and non-Muslim people, because it is easy to get through and very informative.
  • The Poppy War (The Poppy War #1), by r. f. kuang: no words. wonderful. amazing. clever. genius. i just– i was left speechless. after reading this book, i was officially obsessed with kuang and her world. and i wanted more.
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  • Court of Lions (Mirage #1), by somaiya daud: i have waited months for this book and it did not disappoint at all. i loved it so so much, it was the perfect conclusion to the duology and everything i could ask for in a sequel. *hugs the book*
  • Say Yes to the Marquess (Castles Ever After #2), by tessa dare: this was actually way better than i expected! it was fun, light-headed and very good! i was rooting for the characters to get together.
  • Take a Hint, Dani Brown (The Brown Sisters #2), by talia hibbert: this book, guys. THIS FUCKING BOOK. it’s everything i love in a romance and more. i adored it. the two main characters can have my heart for all i care.
  • Go Deep (Unexpected Lovers #1), by rilzy adams: i went into this book with zero expectations and my my! i was so pleasantly surprised! this friends-to-lovers wonderful novella is definitely one that you should pick up!
★★★★★
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  • The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War #2), by r. f. kuang: even better than the first book. i am in complete awe of this world, this story, these characters. i just…*screams*.
  • Heartstopper Vol.2 + 3, by alice oseman: again, i picked these because i was feeling down and i don’t regret it at all. this story put me in a better mood because it’s so soft.
  • Room for Three? (Erotic Accomodations #1), by katrina jackson: the smut, the writing, the hotness… this was just what i expected diving into this story and i don’t regret picking it up at all. it is SO GOOD.
★★★★☆
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  • Neighborly (Erotic Accomodations #2), by katrina jackson: while this was a complete different story from Room for Three, i still loved this one, maybe a little more than the previous book. i am so excited to read more of this author’s works!
  • The Roommate, by rosie danan this was one of my most anticipated reads of the year, and while the book was AMAZING, i feel like it lacked closure and the last 25% were very rushed and not satisfying enough for me.

aaaaand these are all the books i have read in the past three months. i am actually very proud of the amount and quality of the books i have read this summer, and hope that the next months will be great as well!

have you read any of these books? what were your thoughts? how was your summer reading-wise?

7 Replies to “(an extremely long) june + july + august 2020 wrap up”

  1. i had the same feelings about you should see me in a crown and something to talk about (though somehow managed to drag myself through the latter…)! also so glad to see you liked say yes to the marquess!

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  2. Love you and all your posts Maha!! And it seems like you had such a great past few reading months!!

    yay Heartstopper, ugh they are so adorable. I really need to get my hands on volume three. And All Boys Aren’t Blue is also WOW AMAZING!! I’ve also been super keen on reading Black Flamingo and ahh The Poppy War series. Going to destroy me but need to read.

    Hope you have an amazing September xoxo

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  3. you’ve read so many amazing books, and i love how we have such similar tastes!! tpw is obviously a 5-star, and i really enjoyed get a life, chloe brown and i’ll be the one too ❤ i also thought the roommate was fun, but i agree that it needed more developed. i also felt the ending was pretty rushed!

    can't wait to see what you read this month!

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  4. Sounds like a good few months of reading!! I have also just read the first volume of heartstopper and it was just so adorable! I also just read I’ll be the one and it’s so good! I hope you have a wonderful month❤️

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