I’ve had such a good reading year so far but June truly broke that lucky streak. I didn’t read much, and the only reason I have more than one book to share with you all today is manga. I’m making July into a no-pressure month when it comes to reading, in the hopes it will make me want to read more. So, what did I actually manage to finish in June?
Walk on Earth a Stranger (Gold Seer #1) by Rae Carson – ★★★.₅ – liked it
This book had been on my shelf for years already. I bought it soon after its release date because I adored the author’s previous series, Girl of Fire and Thorns. Gold Seer follows Lee (or Leah) Westfall, who has always been able to sense gold around her – a welcome talent during the Gold Rush. Tragic circumstances force her to flee her home in the South and travel west.
I listened to the audiobook of Walk on Earth, which I would highly recommend. The narrator has a slight Southern accent, which adds to the story and Lee’s character. I enjoyed the characters, the setting, and the comments this book made on slavery and the horrible and disgusting treatment of Native Americans. However, I felt like this book lacked something to work towards. We know that Lee is fleeing, but it never feels like she’s running towards something, if that makes sense. I didn’t know what she was trying to achieve, which made me less invested in the story overall. I will still continue the series, probably on audio as well.
Fullmetal Alchemist vol. 5 by Hiromu Arakawa – ★★★★ – really liked it
Like I mentioned before, Fullmetal Alchemist is the only reason I managed to finish more than one book this past month. I am so in love with this manga already, and I honestly can’t believe I’ve lived for almost 25 years without this story.
Fullmetal Alchemist vol. 6 by Hiromu Arakawa – ★★★★★ – a new favorite
Volume 6 is my favorite by far at the moment. It delves into the background of the Elric brothers. Instead of just hearing about what happened to them, we get to see them grown up, their relationship with their parents, their reaction to the death of their mother, their alchemist training… It’s devastating, and made me want to roll them up in a blanket to protect them from the world.
Fullmetal Alchemist vol. 7 by Hiromu Arakawa – ★★★★ – really liked it
While it wasn’t as fantastic as the previous volume, I stilled adored volume 7. I’ve become so attached to Ed and Al! Their teacher has also quickly become one of my favorite characters in the manga.
That’s really all I managed to read in June. I know it’s not that much, but I’m happy I enjoyed all the books I finished. A few months of no-pressure reading is exactly what I need before diving into the NEWTs in August. I need to find my reading mojo again before August starts. Wish me luck!