June Wrap-up 2019

 

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In the month of June, I finished six books, three being novels and the other three being graphic novels. I participated in one read-a-thon, that being Sims-a-thon, all my books were for challenges in that, which I finished with a total of twenty-nine points. In June, I read a total of 1,261 pages. (I don’t give ratings to graphic novels, so these ratings will be for the actual novels.)

IT by Stephen King – 3/5 stars, e-book and audiobook.

IT by Stephen King Review

Da Vinci’s Tiger by L.M. Elliott – 3/5 stars, physical book.

Da Vinci’s Tiger Book Review
A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood – 3/5 stars, physical book.

A Sky Painted Gold Book Review

A pretty average reading month.

June Reading Wrap-Up Video

Da Vinci’s Tiger Book Review

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“It will make you, and all of us, immortal, my dear.”

  Da Vinci’s Tiger by L.M. Elliott tells the tale behind an early work of Leonardo Da Vinci. A short and young adult, historical fiction novel that takes us through a time in Renaissance Florence, when the Medici were the most powerful house and one if not the richest family in the world.

Ginevra de’ Benci is a young and beautiful woman in Florentine society. Her family is allies to the Medici and she has married a man, twice her age, for a political gain to her family. She is a pawn in a game like many women of noble blood were at this time. Florence is looking to strength its ties with Venice and Milan, two of the other city-states in Italy. A Venetian ambassador has come to the city at the request of Lorenzo de’ Medici, il magnifico. In Florence, it is common for a man of power to have a platonic lover, like Lorenzo has Lucrezia and Giuliano has Simonetta, the Venetian ambassador, Bernardo Bembo has set his eyes on our main character Ginevra.

He wants to have a piece of art done of her to bring home with him to Venice. This is where Da Vinci comes in. Da Vinci is commissioned to do the painting of young, Ginevra de’ Benci. The discussions that she has with Leonardo really opens Ginevra’s eyes to many of the problems in their medieval world. Her view on life is changed forever.

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Ginevra de’ Benci by Leonardo Da Vinci.

  I was excited to dive into this book. If you did not know, I LOVE the Medici family and this time in world history. Sadly, this book let me down. Right off the bat when I saw that it was in first person perspective, I became hesitant, I prefer third person, but I will still read the book. There are some instances where onomatopoeias are used and I am not a huge fan of those, just describe the noisy. Words were drawn out at least every other chapter, one example is on page ninety-six in chapter nine, “Hmmmm.” Good Reads labels this book as a romance, don’t read it if that is what you are looking for. It is barely touched on and one thing that annoyed me would be they would talk about when they went to dinner the Medici villa, I think it would be better if the writer wrote out the dinner than just mentioned it two weeks later.

My main complaint about Da Vinci’s Tiger is the characters!! I feel like there was no character development whatsoever. They just felt rather flat and I would have liked to know them more. I think Leonardo was the most interesting character but then again, is it possible to make Leonardo Da Vinci sound boring. I like Sancha as well, she was one of Ginevra’s maids.

Time for what I liked about this novel. I absolutely loved the Tuscan setting. I wish that more books would take place in Florence and around the families that lived there, the Italian peninsula was just so interesting at this time. Elliott was very descriptive and made this book feel so atmospheric, the way she described the art, the fashion, and architecture of Florence was truly beautiful. The way that she described Venice as well, I want to read a book that is set there now, if you have a suggestion, tell me in the comments!

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     It is obvious that L.M. Elliott did her homework for this book. I have three suggestions of nonfiction books that might make for an interesting read if you would like to read them alongside Da Vinci’s Tiger.
1. The Medici by Mary Hollingsworth
2. Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
3. April Blood by Lauro Martines

 

All the Books that I Want to Read in June

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Today I will be sharing with all of you, my June TBR, this month I will be participating in the Sim-a-Thon, reading challenges. All these books will be helping me complete the challenge in this read-a-thon, if you would like to know more about this, click the link at the end of this post.

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Da Vinci’s Tiger tells the story of the girl in the painting. Ginevra Da’ Benci, was one of Leonardo da Vinci’s muses. This book takes place in renaissance Florence, a city filled with the arts thanks to the Medici family. We really venture into what inspired this painting by one of the most intriguing men throughout history.

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With this one, I don’t think I need to do a lot of explaining. This is the graphic novel for episodes I-III of the Star Wars Saga. Unpopular opinion but I love the prequels, they are my favorite movies in the whole series.

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First off, can we look at this cover? It’s beautiful!!! A Sky Painted Gold is set in Cornwall, in the 1920s, the setting and the cover is what really brought my interest to this story. Lou has always been fascinated by this old abandoned mansion in her village, one day a set of twins come and open it back up. Attending lavish parties and becoming more invested in these siblings, Lou has started forgetting about her original dreams and ambitions in life. Will she remember them?

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The word ‘Kids’, in the title but an adult book, that’s ironic. Meddling Kids is said to be a Scooby Do like story, but I am getting more of IT by Stephen King vibes. The plot is that four kids in 1977 have had to solve a mystery but then Cantero skips ahead to 1990, the friends must come back together again and see if they really did solve the mystery from when they were children.

 

You can expect reviews for all these except the graphic novel throughout this month!

June TBR Video

Sims-a-Thon Announcement Video

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