The Random Bibliophile

by Renee Alexis

Renee Alexis
20-something Filipina, an introvert who loves young adult fiction, brush pens, Taylor Swift, and BTS. Coffee runs in my bloodstream.


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2023 Reading Challenge

2023 Reading Challenge
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June Reading Wrap Up

June Reading Wrap Up - Renee Alexis

What a productive reading month! If you have read this post, you'd know that I joined in a Percy Jackson readathon last month and it was such a wonderful experience! I got to discover a lot of fellow Filipino readers and got to reread this adventure series that I adored so much 7 years ago. I just finished the last book, The Last Olympian, last night and UGH I want more! So I was thinking that maybe this month, I'm going to read The Heroes of Olympus series...

Before going deeper on that thought, I wanted to share with you guys what I read in June. I've read a total of 7 books! This is the most number of books I've read in a month for this year and I am so proud of myself! I haven't read more than 3 books a month for a couple of years now and it just feels so good to be slowly getting back to my previous reading self. 😊 Also, have you followed my bookstagram? I update my reading journey there aside from Goodreads. So if you haven't followed me on both networks, please do so you can see my reading updates!

Okay, so the first book I read was The Sea of Monsters, the second book from the Percy Jack and the Olympians Series. It took me back to my younger self who was hungry to read more of Percy's adventures. I loved this sequel because it was set in the ocean. We were introduced to Scylla and Charybdis here, and also to Circe. My favorite part was when ... well, I don't want to spoil anything to those who haven't read this yet, but let's just say that my favorite character here is Tyson. 😉

The second book I finished was The Modern Breakup. Uhm, I had to slap myself for reading this one because it was just a TOTAL WASTE of time. 😖 I don't know why I was interested in this book in the first place. The cover is plain and it doesn't spark any curiosity at all. I think a friend just asked if I could get her a copy of this because she said it went viral on Instagram and she was curious about it. I think that made me want to read it. At first, I thought it was a poetry book, but when I started reading it, it turned out to be a novel. The first chapter was okay, but it deteriorated from there. There was no plot, no character developments, no storyline. In short, it was a crappy read for me. I had a hard time finishing the book because of the lengthy monologues that I thought were better off as a series of podcasts. Really, if this book was made a podcast instead of a printed material, I would devour it because there are insights that I can relate to. This is the first book that I really did NOT enjoy. I can just keep going on and on ranting about it but I'll stop here. Read at your own risk but keep in mind that I only gave this a one star.

I also read From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout, a highly recommended book by my friend who's a fellow bookworm. I loved the premise of the book and the fantasy world it has. It was thrilling and it made me root for the lead character to get what she wanted. I liked the dialogues between the characters the most, especially between the two main leads. So witty and humorous!

Another book I read last month was The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin. This book is light and fun. I loved reading through Suzy's perspective, a twelve-year-old girl who is having trouble processing her grief, as she traverses through her middle-grade life as someone who is seen to be out of place. It's a wonderful book that opens your eyes to how grief can manifest differently in each person. I like how Suzy was different from her peers and how she processes her thoughts. I laughed, I cried, I totally got sucked into the world of jellyfish facts and other whatnot. And that's why I gave this one a 5-star rating.

And then I got through the rest of the Percy Jackson series, books three to five. It was an epic journey filled with witty humor and adventure. I seriously wanted more so I've made up my mind. This month, I'll be reading The Heroes of Olympus, haha!

And that concludes this post. How was your reading journey last month? I hope you were able to crash out some books out of your TBR list! I know I have but mine just keeps getting longer and longer, haha!

Till my next book rants, byeeeee! xx



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