Wrap ups

June Wrap Up: The Secret History of Romance


Welcome to another reading wrap up! June was exam season so there wasn’t a lot of reading done, but on the plus side, I managed to finish a book a started in January. It took me exactly 171 days to finish, so beat that.

A quick PSA: I am going to Italy on Sunday! YAY! This means I won’t be on here as much, but there will be prescheduled posts coming at you! But if I am not responding, just be patient, I am away and I’ll get back to you as soon as I am back.

As with all of my reads this year, I have mostly 3.5 star reads (unless I am rereading) and then one book that is one of the best I read this year. So let’s chat about them!

the wise and the wicked

The first book I finished this month is The Wise and the Wicked by Rebecca Podos! I ultimately really liked the atmosphere and the writing of this book and I think the whole premise was really intriguing, but somewhere around the mid-point this started unraveling and the book had a really unsatisfying ending. On top of that, I did not really like the main character and had some issues with the way she was written. So, a pretty good read up to a certain point, but in the end, quite unsatisfying. You can read my whole review HERE.

beard science

Next, I reread Beard Science by Penny Reid, because I was feeling slumpy and bleh, so I always reread faves when I am in such foul moods. Beard Science is probably my favorite or second favorite book in the series, and it’s mostly due to the fact that the main character’s name is Cletus. It’s a whole thing. I really love both main characters in this book, and I think the book tackles big themes, like emotional abuse and manipulation, really thoughtfully and really well. Highly recommended, and if you want to know more of my thoughts on the Winston Brothers, you can find them HERE.

the right swipe

Then I moved onto The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai, and this was one of my most anticipated romance books of the year, but sadly, it did not live up to my expectations. It was a fun read, but nothing amazing. I enjoyed both the main characters, and the accent on online dating, but ultimately, the romance did not do anything for me and I felt like the book was off-paced. Still, Alisha Rai’s writing is consistently great, so if you’re looking for a romance about online dating, this one might do the trick. I reviewed this book in my last Minis post, which you can find HERE.

the wedding party

Similarly to The Right Swipe, my next read was one of my most anticipated romances of the year – The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory. I enjoyed the characters in here as well, but I feel like the book lacked any sort of real conflict and the whole relationship did not make a lot of sense. Still, Jasmine Guillory manages to write really compelling novels, and I really loved seeing Alexa from The Wedding Date again. A more in-depth review can be found HERE.

the secret history

Finally, the big read of the month was The Secret History by Donna Tartt. This novel really impressed me, because it’s such an accomplished piece of writing, and it really made me think a lot. I really loved it and it’s by far one of my favorite reads of the year. I wasn’t as obsessed as everyone else with it, but this is one of those books that will stick with me for years to come and I am really excited to revisit it in the future. Plus, the characters were awful and I loved them. My full review can be found HERE.

Here’s how I did this month:


It was a really meh reading month! The Secret History was a standout, and I am so glad I finally got around to reading it – it’s definitely worth the time and every person who recommended it to me was right!

addI’d love to hear from you – how was your reading month? What was your favorite read in June? I’d love to know!



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14 thoughts on “June Wrap Up: The Secret History of Romance

  1. Have fun in Italy !!! You’ve really motivated me to read the secret history 💕 I wanna read more romance but I feel like I’m super picky 😦

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      1. I feel like this is a relatively new genre for me to dive into so I don’t really know precisely what I like, you know ? I gravitate towards the romance novels that make me feel like a good romcom makes me feel if that makes sense (for example, the kiss quotient or simon vs the homo sapiens agenda)

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  2. My month in terms of reading was pretty ‘meh’, too, but I’m also going to wait until the end of August to do one big summer wrap up to see how everything looks 😅

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