Every month is an opportunity to delve into new worlds and help shrink my giant TBR a bit more. Some months I read quite a bit, and others I don’t find as much reading time as I had hoped I would. This was one of those months where I didn’t read much, but I was excited to dive into each of the books I did get to. This June 2023 reading wrap-up goes over what I read during the month and my thoughts on them.
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June 2023 reading wrap-up
I have had this series on my radar for a while and finally decided to pick up the first volume. The premise sounded good but unfortunately, it didn’t hold up to my excitement. It’s nothing to do with the story itself but the dialogue. All of the characters spoke as if they were part of a Shakespeare play and that alone ruined the entire book for me. The story itself has the potential to be good if I can get past the annoyance of reading all of the dialogue – and there is a lot of dialogue in this book. I may continue to read this series but only through the library as I can’t justify buying the other volumes if I don’t truly love it.
Komi Can’t Communicate Vol. 24 by Tomohito Oda
An entire volume devoted to the awkward relationship between Komi and Tanado was exactly what I needed. However, I will admit the best part was with Komi’s father, brother, and Tanado on their unexpected adventure. That small section was great and it kept me laughing throughout. Sure, the rest of the volume was fantastic too but that trio made this book a wonderful experience.
Compared to some of the previous volumes, this one was a bit on the slow side. However, that’s not necessarily a negative thing. There was a lot of happening, but at a slower pace as Shirayuki and the others are once again pulled into solving another mystery thanks to their roles as court herbalists. In a way, I kind of feel sorry for them because they are constantly being sidetracked from the main goals to help this person or that person with a problem, but all those little missions really help to build character and does propel the story along as well. I look forward to reading the next volume and hope that Zen and Shirayuki get to see each other again soon.
Mao Vol. 10 by Rumiko Takahashi
Though we are only 10 volumes into this series I am really impressed with how much has happened already and the development of the characters, story, and world in each book. This volume is no different. We learn so much about Mao, Nanoka, and the events that have led them and others to where they are now. I have really been enjoying watching how Yurako is intertwined throughout so much and yet we continue to know very little about her, with little details trickling in each volume or so. There was a decent chunk of action in this volume as well, which helps to break up the quieter times. I really enjoyed this one and cannot wait to continue reading this series.
Years ago, I watched the anime of this series and fell in love with it and wanted to eventually read the manga. Recently I got the box set and finally found the chance to dive into the first volume.
The manga was quite an unexpected journey. I only vaguely remember the story from the anime, so I was mostly going in blind. I had forgotten how strange this series was and most of that boils down to the characters and the antics of the host club itself. However, this strangeness is also a big appeal of the series. It makes no sense but it’s entertaining. Watching Haruhi navigate this world she has found herself in and having to work to pay off her debt is half the fun of this volume. I will say the twins kind of creeped me out. Granted I remember them being creepy in the anime but it seemed even more so in the manga. Despite the weird experience of this volume, I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
June 2023 reading wrap-up stats
- Books read: 5
- Books purchased: 12
- Books purged: 2
- Books DNF’d: 1
I hope you enjoyed my June 2023 reading wrap-up. What did you read recently?