Best In Books | June 2017

Best in Books is a monthly feature created by BookTuber Hope Ortego
A playlist of her Best In Books videos can be found HERE.

Welcome to my Best In Books for June! I was hoping to have this done and posted on the 1st of the month but the four day holiday weekend basically hijacked all my good intentions. :)  

Best in Books was created by my friend Hope and she was kind enough to let me join in on her feature (because she's awesome that way). Her BookTube channel is linked above and I hope you'll check her out. Now on to all the best bookishness in June...

Dimple from When Dimple Met Rishi
Dimple was such a refreshing character. In many ways she broke the standard for female YA protagonists. She wasn't concerned with fashion and makeup, she wasn't yearning for true love. She was intelligent and career-minded and focused on breaking barriers in the male-dominated field of web development. Despite her usual confidence, Dimple wasn't without her insecurities - she just didn't let them cripple her. She was headstrong and temperamental but also willing to admit when she was wrong. And she embraced her geek factor with both arms. What's not to love about this girl?

Ryan Wesley from Him
For some reason Him isn't a book I mention a lot even though I *love* both it and its follow-up, Us. I did a reread of Him in June, this time on audio, and it reminded me of how much I adore both Jamie Canning and Ryan (Wes) Wesley. But I'm choosing Wes for this month's best male character. Yes, he's ridiculously hot, and funny and the life of the party. But Ryan is also incredibly selfless and time and time again he sacrificed his own feelings for what he thought was right. The times that he did allow himself to go after what he wanted he was filled with guilt over the possibility that he made things difficult for Jamie or harmed their friendship. I loved watching as he eventually made decisions based on his feelings for Jamie and the way he wanted to live his life - and was ready to deal with the consequences. Big love for Ryan Wesley!

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
The dry humor I love was abundant in this one. While overall the book wasn't a total success for me, the wit and the clever banter kept me entertained.

"How do you feel?" Lola asks.

"Like I've just had every single one of my organs harvested while I'm still alive."

"Good to know you''re not overreacting," she says."


Once Greg is satisfied that I'm taped sufficiently, he films me some more, and says I can find myself on YouTube under 'd***head.' I suggest to him that surely the 'd***head' is the guy who strips another guy naked and tapes him to a pole. I am clearly the d***head-ee.

"F***, I hate you," Greg says.

"Believe me, the feeling is mutual."

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

"We will walk onto that field and only accept Death when it comes to haul us away to the Otherworld. We will fight for life, for survival, for our futures. But if it is decided by that tapestry of Fate or the Cauldron or the Mother that we do not walk off that field today... " His chin lifted. "The great joy and honor of my life has been to know you. To call you my family. And I am grateful - more than I can possibly say - that I was given this time with you all."

Brett from Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker
This one was a no-brainer! I adored Brett from start to finish. He was sweet and kind and completely humble and grounded despite his celebrity status and privileged upbringing. His concern was always with protecting Catherine from the unwanted publicity. He was generous to a fault, open with his feelings, and easily embraced Catherine and her daughter into his life. I loved this guy!♥

Sugar & Gold by Emma Scott
Having never read anything by Emma Scott I wasn't sure what to expect. Color me impressed! I absolutely loved this contemporary romance with a paranormal twist. The characters, the writing, the plot, the sheer emotion... it was all there for me. I was railing against cruel twists of fate, swooning at the feels, loving the secondary characters, and so invested in where the story was going. So much more than I bargained for and I'm now excited to read more from Emma Scott.
it rode in on

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
The last book the in the series (from Feyre's point of view, anyway) did not disappoint. While I think that A Court of Mist and Fury was the strongest of the three, ACOWAR was still epic in its telling of the continued struggle of Feyre and Rhysand against Hybern. There was action and adventure, romance, loss, humor, surprises, suspense and so much more. Maas is a master at creating a story that is completely and totally immersive. 

Now it's your turn: What was the best book you read in June? 


  1. You make me want to read When Dimple Met Rishi so much! Already requested it! :)

  2. Dimple is such a hurricane, I love her!

    1. Yes! I felt like she was such an atypical YA heroine and I loved that.

  3. Oh. Your new blog design looks amazing!

    You summed up Wes perfectly. He is exactly all those things. God, I love him so much. How were the narrators?
    Brett was so kind. I adored him too.
    Glad you thought ACOWAR was a fitting ending. I'm still not over my disappointment. But believe me, I wish I was feeling the way you are.

    1. Thanks! I'm still kind of (totally) in love with the new look. :)

      The narrators for Him (and Us) are so perfect! I mean, PERFECT. Their voices are great and the delivery is spot-on. I can tell I'll be listening to the books again and again.

      I need to ready your ACOWAR review. I'd been saving the email until I read the book and I still haven't gone back to read it, though. (And still haven't written my own review. Gah!) No it wasn't as epic as ACOMAF and yes every main character lived through every battle (ahem) but even so... I couldn't help but love it.

  4. I am crying from that ACOWAR quote. That last part of the book is what really pulled me in. Dimple gets all my love, and you know I loved Words in Deep Blue. Great bests list. I am definitely going to check out that Emma Scott book.

    1. Oh that quote... gets me every time. I swear, SJM knows how to deliver a line that hits you in the feels.I wish I had loved Words in Deep Blue as much as you did but... *shrugs* One those times where not every book is going to work for everybody I guess. And I totally want to read everything by Emma Scott now!

  5. Wonderful post, Tanya :) I'm dying to read ACOWAR and WDMR, and I love that quote and how you describe Dimple. She really seems like an amazing, refreshing heroine, and that quote from ACOWAR is so gut-wrenching and beautiful as well.

    I really enjoyed reading this post!

    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

    1. Thanks Amy! Both books were sooo good in very different ways (and depending on what you're in the mood for). ACOAWR was just epic (loved it!) and When Dimple Met Rishi and loads of cuteness. :)