June Wrap Up

I think it’s safe to say we’re all shocked we’re halfway through the year already, so I’ll skip that this month and say that I read some of the best books in June. I gave just about everything either 4 or 5 stars, which is rare for me. AND I read 11 things, which continues to surprise me. I think since I’ve started listening to some audio books I’ll end up sliding in a few more each month.

Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood (4)

I picked this up because it was on so many “best of” lists last year and I wanted to see if I liked it as much as everyone else and I definitely did. This is one of the most laugh out loud funny books I’ve ever read. Seriously irreverent and hilarious, Priestdaddy is a memoir about growing up in the midwest with an off the walls priest for a father.

Highly recommend (but know that she doesn’t go easy on religion, family, or anything, really). Also, don’t read this in public unless you’re prepared to cackle on a train, which may or may not have happened to me.

The Verdict: Read it!

When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri (3.5)

This was one of my June BOTM books, and I read it all in one sitting. It’s definitely a quick read, perfect for the beach, and it ended up being a great pick for June since it was Pride month. I really enjoyed this one but ended up wishing there was just a little bit more to it — more plot, more character development, and more depth.

The Verdict: Read it!

 

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer (2.5)

Thinking about it now, I can’t believe I made it through this book at all. 500 pages about some of the most boring/unlikeable characters I’ve ever read about; how did I commit to this?

I still love the idea of this book — the coming of age, the college setting (in the beginning), and the feminism, but I really just didn’t like any of the characters and with such a hugely character-driven book, that matters a lot!

The Verdict: Skip it!

Summer Sisters by Judy Blume (4)

I did a full review of this one (one of my only reviews this month…whoops!) so I won’t gush about this one too much other than to say, I loved it so much more than I expected to. This is seriously the perfect summer book, and one I can see myself coming back to every summer going forward.

If you’ve slept on this one like I have, give it a chance!

The Verdict: Read it!

 

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren (4)

Christina Lauren can basically write anything at this point and I will read it. I loved Roomies earlier in the year, and had heard such great things about this one I had to get it when I found it on audiobook.

The audiobook itself was amazing, narrated so well that I never wanted to stop listening. But the writing and the love story and just everything about this book was exactly what I was looking for. I’ve said it about so many books on this list so far but: it’s a great summer read!

The Verdict: Read it!

Reunion by Hannah Pittard (4)

I picked this up on a whim without knowing much about it and absolutely loved it. Kate’s on a plane when she finds out that her father has killed himself. She’s never been close with him, and since losing her mother at five, he’s married and divorced five women. Kate reunites with her siblings and confronts secrets of her present and past over three days. I loved Kate so much as a narrator, and I loved the sibling relationships even more. In such a short time this book built an entire family and really packed a punch.

The Verdict: Read it!


Dear Fahrenheit 451
by Annie Spence (4)

Another audiobook gem this month! When this opened with a love letter to The Goldfinch, I knew I was going to love whatever came next, and I definitely did. I laughed out loud at some of the anecdotes, and I added a ton of books to my TBR.

The Verdict: Read (or listen to!) it!

 

 

On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan (4)

I’ll fully admit that I read this because I wanted to see the movie because I love Saoirse Ronan SO MUCH, and it was so much better than I ever anticipated it being. This book basically unfolds over the course of one day, the wedding day of Florence and Edward, and the tensions between them. However, we move back and forth in time through their thoughts and it’s just so well-written, I couldn’t put it down.

I can’t wait to see how the movie adaptation plays out, because the book was amazing.

The Verdict: Read it!

Vacationland by John Hodgman (3.5)

So funny and like everything else on this list — perfect for summer. John Hodgman writes about family and accidentally buying summer homes and so many other things in this memoir-ish collection. Some had me cackling out loud and others snuck up on me and made me think, which I hadn’t been expecting. I will say that this book took me a week to read and felt long at points even though I was enjoying it.

The Verdict: Read it!

 

Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno (5)

I read this in one sitting and couldn’t put it down for anything. Georgina and Mary are twin sisters who look nothing alike and come from a long line of women who have certain abilities. Mary has been able to float for her entire life, but Georgie’s powers have yet to show themselves. Summer of Salt is set at an island inn and is the perfect book for summer (of course) but I could see this being a really great fall book, too. This went in a direction I really didn’t see coming going in, and I can’t recommend it enough.

The Verdict: Read it!

Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West (4)

I can’t say I expected to like a book with a fluffy cover like this one, but I TRULY loved every minute of this book. It’s nothing ground breaking but has some really great friendships and relationships, and wasn’t cringey at all, which I think is rare for me in contemporary YA. This one follows a girl in high school in a podcasting class, which is already something different for YA.

The Verdict: Read it!

 

What was your favorite book this month?

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    1. I know! I feel like a few years ago a few people read it and that was it. I’m hoping to pick up Visible Empire at some point this summer!