What I’m Currently Reading // June TBR + Reading Goals

Quest of 2019: read the to-be-read pile.

I want to try a little experiment to read the unread books before 2019 ends, well before Christmas to be precise. So that I can get more books after that. Haha.

To do that, I need to read as fast as I can to finish all the unread books that are collecting dust on my shelves.

Can I do it?

I am a turtle reader so challenge accepted.

Mission:  Read 5 books in June

A mission to conquer.

I know what you’re thinking. Alex, five is not enough.

Excuse me, *points at me* slow reader here. Ya…yea…

june book haul

Here are five of the books I want to get to in the next month:

Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan

Goodreads Synopsis: Jasmine and Chelsea are sick of the way women are treated even at their progressive NYC high school, so they decide to start a Women’s Rights Club. They post everything online—poems, essays, videos of Chelsea performing her poetry, and Jasmine’s response to the racial macro aggressions she experiences—and soon they go viral. But with such positive support, the club is also targeted by online trolls. When things escalate, the principal shuts the club down. Jasmine and Chelsea will risk everything for their voices—and those of other young women—to be heard.

I recently picked this up and so far, am loving it. I admit that I got hooked when one of the characters is a poet. Something relatable! Love stories that have writers, artists, poets, aspiring authors. GIMME TAT! Call me bias but what can I say? I love reading stuff about that.

Off the Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Veer

Goodreads Synopsis: Delilah and Oliver shouldn’t be together. But they are together. And just as they’re getting used to the possibility that happily ever after may really, truly be theirs, the universe sends them a message they can’t ignore: they won’t be allowed to rewrite their story.

Delilah and Oliver must decide how much they’re willing to risk for love and what it takes to have a happy ending in a world where the greatest adventures happen off the page.

I am continuing with the series…? Is it a series? Am not too sure. But I know it is a companion novel. Love, love book 1, Between The Lines. That was my absolute favourite of 2018. Highly recommend this.

Draw the Line by Laurent Linn

Goodreads Synopsis: After a hate crime occurs in his small Texas town, Adrian Piper must discover his own power, decide how to use it, and know where to draw the line in this “powerful debut” novel (Publishers Weekly, starred review) exquisitely illustrated by the author.

Adrian Piper is used to blending into the background. He may be a talented artist, a sci-fi geek, and gay, but at his Texas high school, those traits would only bring him the worst kind of attention.

In fact, the only place he feels free to express himself is at his drawing table, crafting a secret world through his own Renaissance-art-inspired superhero, Graphite.

But in real life, when a shocking hate crime flips his world upside down, Adrian must decide what kind of person he wants to be. Maybe it’s time to not be so invisible after all—no matter how dangerous the risk.

Found this book in a new bookstore in my area. Happy to dive into this.

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

Goodreads Synopsis: “What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.

I have not picked up this yet. Shame on me! Everyone has been raving about this book non-stop AND I need to read it. This month is a good month to read this masterpiece. 🙂

Tell Us Something True by Dana Reinhardt

Goodreads Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old River doesn’t know what to do with himself when Penny, the girl he adores, breaks up with him. He lives in LA, where nobody walks anywhere, and Penny was his ride; he never bothered getting a license. He’s stuck. He’s desperate. Okay . . . he’s got to learn to drive.

But first, he does the unthinkable—he starts walking. He stumbles upon a support group for teens with various addictions. He fakes his way into the meetings and begins to connect with the other kids, especially an amazing girl. River wants to tell the truth, but he can’t stop lying, and his tangle of deception may unravel before he learns how to handle the most potent drug of all: true love.

Got this book from Christmas last year. One thing about this book is that the title grabs you. Tell us something true. Mmmmm…makes me wonder whether this story is about a liar who is trying to turn over a new leaf.  Need to read to find out!

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(Book Review) SOLILOQUY by Nor Azian Hashim // Spoiler-Free

Title: Soliloquy

Nor Azian Hashim

Genre: Poetry

Synopsis: SOLILOQUY, is a collection of poems from a mother’s point of view.


I was a little bit skeptical when I bought this book because I didn’t know whether I would like modern poetry. I’m a picky reader especially when it comes to something I specialise in too. Modern poetry just doesn’t flow naturally for me. In my opinion, real poetry has to be strong, and at the same time powerful too. It needs to have meaning, and sometimes you need to carefully choose words that would convey your true feelings, so that I as a reader could feel what you’re going through.


Not to say I am a better poet than other poets. I’m not. Few people say I am. I don’t think that’s true. It’s just that some things are to our liking. We have different tastes. Different opinions too. And that’s fine.


When I turned to the first page, I was hooked with this one sentence from the first poem she has written.


“I am no Dickinson or Wordsworth.”  


OMG! Yes! That’s how I feel every time I put words on paper. She literally talks about how we, poets or authors or anyone in that matter, cannot be as great as Shakespeare, or the famous writers from the past, and present. That poem shook me, in a good way.


The pacing for all of her poems was good. When I read each poem, I asked myself these questions: Why was she writing this? What was she feeling when she wrote this? What was the meaning conveyed?


I enjoyed all the poems, and they flowed naturally like a quiet stream. Some swallowed me into a whirlpool, and I couldn’t breathe. But once I understood the author’s feelings throughout the poem, I could breathe again.

I rate this 5/5. Hands down this is the best poetry book I’ve read so far this year!


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