// what i’m reading | june //

hello, my friends! thank you for all the amazing book suggestions that you left on this post. i went to the library with a long list . . . and only found three of the books i was looking for. that’s ok, though, i’ll keep trying. here are the books i got, as well as a summary and what i thought of them.

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 we are okay by nina lacour

you go through life thinking there’s so much you need . . . until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother.

marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. mo one knows the truth about those final weeks. mot even her best friend mabel. but even thousands of miles away from the california coast, at college in new york, marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, marin waits. mabel is coming to visit and marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.

ellie did a mini review of this book, which was the first time i had heard of it. she didn’t seem to love it that much, and when people say they don’t like a book, i have a weird urge to go read it.

i don’t really know what to think of this book. the way it talked about pain and loneliness and love felt real and beautiful. but the characters didn’t seem as real as the feelings in the book, and i think that’s why i’m undecided on this. maybe i’ll read it again someday, and now that i know the story, it will make more sense.

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when by victoria laurie

maddie doesn’t have a choice. the forehead of every person she sees is marked by the shadowy digits of their deathdate. her unique, innate skill often feels more like a curse than a gift, and maddie grudgingly puts it to use identifying deathdates for the paying customers her mother reels in. it seems like a straightforward way to help support her family — until one client’s young son goes missing on the exact date maddie has pinpointed, and she gets pulled into a homicide investigation that turns her world upside down.

as more young people disappear and are later found murdered, suspicion swirls around maddie. at once a suspect in the investigation, a target for the murderer, and a partner in a tantalizing dance with a boy who might be connected to it all, could maddie also hold the key to cracking the case?

i’m so glad mason suggested that i read this book. i finished it in maybe a day and a half. i really wanted to figure out who the murderer was, so i sat down and kept reading till it was revealed. the evidence pointed to multiple people, so you didn’t learn who was the murderer until the very end. i couldn’t really connect with maddie, though (the only thing i could really nod my head at and think, yes, i know what that’s like, was when she said she only got to see her crush a few times a year at football/soccer games, but WHATEVER.).

it feels like i’ve seen a writing prompt similar to what this book is about — being able to see “deathdates.” it seems so cool to me that you could write an entire novel based on a writing prompt and then get it published.

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the fault in our stars by john green

despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. but when a gorgeous plot twist named augustus waters suddenly appears at cancer kid support group, hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

remember when everyone was talking about this book and how great it is and posting bad edits of lovely quotes online? those people never bothered to put up spoiler warnings, so i knew how the book would turn out before i read it.

i didn’t feel compelled to read this until some of you suggested it. romance isn’t something i usually read, so i was a little wary to start this book. but since i’m planning on adding a little romance to my next story, i figured it would count as research. i really loved the humor in this book, but i couldn’t make myself ship hazel and augustus. yeah, they’re cute together, but i think i would have preferred them as best friends.

i didn’t cry at all. there’s probably something wrong with me, huh?

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the creeping shadow by jonathan stroud

after leaving lockwood & co. at the end of the hollow boy, lucy is a freelance operative, hiring herself out to agencies that value her ever-improving skills. one day she is pleasantly surprised by a visit from lockwood, who tells her he needs a good listener for a tough assignment. penelope fittes, the leader of the giant fittes agency wants them — and only them — to locate and remove the source for the legendary brixton cannibal. they succeed in their very dangerous task, but tensions remain high between lucy and the other agents. even the skull in the jar talks to her like a jilted lover. what will it take to reunite the team? black marketeers, an informant ghost, a spirit cape that transports the wearer, and mysteries involving steve rotwell and penelope fittes just may do the trick. but, in a shocking cliffhanger ending, the team learns that someone has been manipulating them all along . . .

izzy, one of my best friends, was reading this aloud to me. i would laugh at the voice she used for one of the characters, and then i started laughing before said character got to speak. she gave up after a bit because i was laughing too hard to focus on the story.

izzy let me borrow it. at this point, i’m a few chapters in — and it’s amazing, of course. lockwood & co. is one of the best series i’ve read. i need you all to read it asap so we can fangirl together.

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harry potter and the goblet of fire by j.k. rowling

harry potter is midway through his training as a wizard and his coming of age. harry wants to get away from the pernicious dursleys and go to the international quidditch cup. he wants to find out about the mysterious event that’s supposed to take place at hogwarts this year, an event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn’t happened for a hundred years. he wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. but unfortunately for harry potter, he’s not normal — even by wizarding standards. and in his case, different can be deadly.

one time when i was hanging out with izzy, we made butterbeer and watched the movie based off this book. since i saw the film before i read the book, i already knew what was going to happen, and maybe that’s why i had a hard time focusing on this book the first time i tried to read it. but i just got it out of the library again, and i made it through this time. i’m glad that i can continue with the series again.

i don’t really know what to say about this. i mean, it’s harry potter, and i think most people have already read it.

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the dark prophecy by rick riordan

zeus has punished his son apollo — god of the sun, music, archery, poetry, and more — by casting him down to earth in the form of a gawky, acne-covered sixteen-year-old mortal named lester. the only way apollo can reclaim his rightful place on mount olympus is by restoring several oracles that have gone dark. what is affecting the oracles, and how can apollo/lester do anything about them without his powers?
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after experiencing a series of dangerous — and frankly, humiliating — trials at camp half-blood, lester must now leave the relative safety of the demigod training ground and embark on a hair-raising journey across north america. somewhere in the american midwest, he and his companions must find the most dangerous oracle from ancient times: a haunted cave that may hold answers for apollo in his quest to become a god again — if it doesn’t kill him or drive him insane first. standing in apollo’s way is the second member of the evil triumvirate, a roman emperor whose love of bloodshed and spectacle makes even nero look tame. to survive the encounter, apollo will need the help of son of hephaestus leo valdez, the now-mortal sorceress calypso, the bronze dragon festus, and other unexpected allies — some familiar, some new — from the world of demigods. come along for what promises to be a harrowing, hilarious, and haiku-filled ride . . .
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W O W, that was a long summary. i haven’t read this one yet. but it’s got to be good if it’s by rick riordan, right? granted, i think the trials of apollo is one of his worst series, but it’s still much better than a lot of books out there. i’m very excited that leo is playing an important part in this series. out of all of riordan’s books, he’s one of my favorite characters.
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have you read any of these books? what did you think of them?
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xo
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loren
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15 thoughts on “// what i’m reading | june //

  1. olivehiddenhollow says:

    some sound interesting! others sound…weird. I liked the goblet of fire, but it’s not my favorite. the dark prophecy is the worst book EVER. It’s worse than the first, not enough Leo humor, and Calypso is grumpy for most of the book. I doubt I’d read the third one, but I’ve gotten attached to meg. but when I do read it, it will be with much reluctance. *looks back at what you said earlier* oh, I probably made you more curious to read it, huh?
    Most crazily, ~Olive

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    • olivehiddenhollow says:

      I also made up a (bad) prophecy for the goblet of fire, like if harry had visited the oracle before going to hogwarts. which would be totally weird, but still. XD would you like to see it?
      Most crazily, ~Olive

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    • loren ☾ litost says:

      yep, this round of books was pretty weird. XD izzy has told me that the dark prophecy is pretty bad, but my mom bought it for me, so i guess i need to read it. meg is pretty great. :) and, yep, now i want to read it even more.

      xo loren

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  2. Kathleen @dollsanddance says:

    I still have yet to actually finish BoO, much less Kane Chronicles, ToA, Magnus Chase, and whatever else has come out since I stopped paying much attention. Whoops?
    I’ve heard great things about Lockwood & Co. – it’s on my tbr so hopefully I’ll read it soon?
    What sort of writing style does Nina LaCour have? Can you think of anyway to describe it? I know that’s sort of a weird question, sorry.

    -kath

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    • loren ☾ litost says:

      i don’t particularly care for the kane chronicles or the trials of apollo, but magnus chase is actually quite good. :) lockwood & co. is amazing, you have to read it.

      hmm, ok. she has a really beautiful, flow-y style, and we are okay felt a lot like how you would write a journal. not the “this happened and then this and then this” kind, but how you sound when you’re musing to yourself and pouring out your feelings onto a page that you know no one will ever read. i hope that helps. :)

      xo loren

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  3. May @ Forever and Everly says:

    I want to read We Are Okay soooo bad! And I’m glad you liked When — that’s one of few books I’ve ever reread. I DIDN’T CRY OVER TFIOS EITHER!!! For some reason I really didn’t care for them, you know? It was sad, but I didn’t FEEL sad. And lucky you! I want to read The Dark Prophecy so bad! I read part of it at Costco and really liked it. And I think Rick’s recent series will never live up to his original PJO! <3 (Though I personally think Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard is his worst series.) Loved this post!

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    • loren ☾ litost says:

      we are okay is pretty good. :) i liked when a lot, but i don’t think i’ll be rereading it anytime soon. i finished reading tfios at two in the morning, and even though my emotions tend to go haywire that late, i still didn’t cry. yeah, the first percy jackson series will always be rick’s best. i like magnus chase quite a lot, but i see how some people wouldn’t enjoy that series. :)

      xo loren

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  4. The Joys Of Julia says:

    I also just recently read TFIOS, and I did not cry either.. I watched the movie later that night though, and that did make me cry. Which is strange for me but oh whale. I’ve also read The Goblet of Fire, of course, because HP is life. And I’m currently reading the first Trials of Apollo book and I’m really excited about it, I love all these characters so much!!
    ~Julia <3

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