Oh hey! Remember me?!
As per usual I grossly underestimated the amount of time I would have to blog during a particularly hectic time. If you remember from my last wrap-up, I had house guests last week, and this week I am on vacation up at my parent’s house on Lake Erie. When will I learn to prepare and schedule posts ahead of time?! Let’s be honest, it probably will never happen.
Anyways! This wrap-up is a little late, but let’s see what I accomplished in June…
*Book titles link to Goodreads
» Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Feelings in a few words: great concept with potential to bring important issues to light, but execution was off; needed more development with secondary characters; Hannah should have been portrayed differently – would have had better effect
» I Found You by Lisa Jewell
Feelings in a few words: converging storylines well done; steady paced; realistic & flawed characters; believable
» Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
Feelings in a few words: blended family dynamics; existential; felt jumbled at times due to time hopping; hard to get into
» The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Feelings in a few words: Gorilla POV well done; animal cruelty/abuse – hard to read but important to address; quick read; inspired by true story; heartbreaking & heartwarming
» The Last Girl by Joe Hart
Feelings in a few words: liked the dystopian concept; slow start, but pacing gets better; not a fan of the “girl hate” for no reason; cliché at times; enjoyable read, but didn’t knock my socks off
*Full review to come
» The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Feelings in a few words: enchanting; subtle “magic”; wonderful character growth; friendship; recommend to nature & animal lovers; wanted a little more from the ending
» North of Here by Laurel Saville
Feelings in a few words: portrayal of loss & grief; darker than anticipated; cult-like group well done; not a fan of the convenient ending in regards to the romance; decent read
» Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery
Feelings in a few words: better than the second book; loved Anne’s college escapades; Patty’s Place just as beloved as Green Gables; new friend Phil welcome addition; the loss of an old friend; Gilbert!
» The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
Feelings in a few words: magic; good plot line; swap monster, tiny dragon & crow are loveable side-kicks and comedic relief; some aspects needed more development; climax felt rushed; random, but it works; would make a good movie
» The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
Feelings in a few words: favorite Kubica book to date; thought I had figured out all the twists – wrong! well played Kubica, well played; Stockholm Syndrom-ish; could have done without the romance that involved the detective
» Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Feelings in a few words: I’ve never read a book where each chapter is a new character’s perspective – had my doubts whether this would work – Gyasi nails it; so many things to think about & discuss – cannot wait for my own book club discussion; the ending felt a tad off – not sure why
» I am currently 22 books ahead of schedule on my goal to read 90 books this year. Could this be the year I break 100 books read? I do hope so 🙂
» I Found You by Lisa Jewell
» Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
» The Unseen World by Liz Moore
» Lie Still by Julia Heaberlin
» Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
» The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
» Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
» Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica
Which books did you read in June?
Have you read any of the books I read or hauled this past month? If so, what did you think?
Did you buy any books in June? If so, which ones?
Comment below and let me know 🙂