June came and went in a flash. Despite the fast passing of the month, and how busy I was, I still managed to find a good chunk of time to read quite a few books. My goal was to get through at least 5 books in June, doing so would help reduce my large TBR. In the last few years, I have managed to shrink my TBR quite a bit. As with most months, I did read a mix of genres, though a big chunk of this month’s reading was manga, mostly because they are quick to read and I didn’t have a ton of time to commit to sitting down with a book. Without further ado, let’s get to my June 2022 reading wrap-up. I hope this inspires you to pick up a book and perhaps will even lead you to find a new book or genre to read.
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June 2022 reading wrap-up
I have not read many books set during World War II and this one takes a different approach, not focusing on the fighting but on the food struggles of those in Britain. It’s well known that Britain, and many other countries, struggled with food during the war. This meant a lot of people had to get creative with their rations and their meals in order to make everything stretch while also providing healthy and preferably tasty meals to their families. I did enjoy this book quite a bit, between the recipes shared and the story of the competition revolving around the Kitchen Front, a BBC radio show that helped housewives and others cook easier and use what they had. I think a lot of people will enjoy this book.
With this book, I went in completely blind, not knowing a thing about it. Usually, I don’t pick up books because of reviews but I kept seeing people talk about how good this one was so I figured why not. So needless to say, when it turned out to be a mystery novel, I was a bit surprised. While I thought was book was good overall, I can say I didn’t really feel a strong connection with any of the characters. Also, I often found a lot of the details were on the vague side, which may be attributed to the mystery aspect, but there were things I was questioning from the beginning because I wasn’t sure about until the end. While I didn’t love the book, I am glad that I gave it a try.
I’ve been eagerly awaiting this final volume of this series for a while now. The big difference between this volume and the previous collections editions is that it’s very short, because there is only one actual volume in it, whereas the others had multiple volumes. Even with how short it was, I really enjoyed this volume – though I will say it wasn’t quite as good as the previous ones, I still loved it. This one jumps between past and present quite a bit, showing the relationship between Narumi and Hirotaka when they were kids and now.
There was one moment where I feel some clarification needed to be made to benefit one of the characters and yet the way that scene plays out is perfect – a little misunderstanding in a hilarious way.
I do wish there was more to this series because I want to see more of these characters and their otaku ways, but I think the story was wrapped up well with this volume. There is an anime series and a live-action movie that I will be checking out soon to see how they match up with the manga. I’m sure I will also reread this one a few times because it is so enjoyable.
These two volumes were alright, I feel like they took a bit of a side step from the main story, which is fine and does add something to the overall story, but I really want to see the main focus of this series again. We do get to see Komi and the others interacting quite a bit, and some new characters were introduced as well. Overall, they were decent books but I felt like they didn’t hold up to some of the previous volumes.
I feel that Mao is getting harder and harder to review without spoiling it for those who haven’t read them yet. This series, while still at the beginning, is fantastic and I feel really showcases Takahashi’s unique storytelling, worldbuilding, and character development skills. The ending of volume 5 has me eager to get volume 6 as soon as it releases so I can continue reading this story.
I have been eager to continue reading this series as I enjoy it so much and yet I had to wait until this month to do so. Why? Because for some reason I couldn’t find a copy of volume 33 for the last 6 months, but I finally got it and happily dove in.
Given how volume 32 ended, I knew there was going to be some epic storytelling happening in the next few volumes. In a bit of a twist, there was a lot of the past shown in these volumes, especially showing the relationships that developed between Yona’s parents, Su-Won’s parents, and several events that occurred when they were younger. It really gives a better understanding of the current events and also the relationships of the various characters and why they feel certain ways about different people, policies, and other aspects that play into the main story.
Once again, the ending of volume 36 leaves a pretty big cliffhanger and now I am stuck waiting until volume 37 comes out. If you haven’t started reading this series yet then I highly suggest you do, it’s coming close to the final volume so you can catch up and enjoy this fantastic story.
Month 2022 reading wrap-up stats
- Books read: 11
- Books purchased: 1
- Books gifted: 9
- Books purged: 0
- Books DNF’d: 0
I hope you enjoyed my June 2022 reading wrap-up. What books did you read in June?