The Books I Read in June

 June was a huge reading month for me!  I read 14 books and crossed 4 more off my 52 books challenge.  



1. The Soulmate by Sally Hepworth-- Gabe and Pippa have a lovely home that abuts the ocean; however their cliff has become a spot where people come to commit suicide.  Gabe becomes known as the hero that talks people off the ledge. One day a woman is not talked off the ledge and Pippa learns that Gave actually knew the woman. Told in alternating timelines and from different points of view we learn that there is much more to Gabe an Pippa's marriage and the circumstances surrounding the woman's death. I really enjoy Sally's books so much! 


2. Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren-- I'm surprised this cute book took me so long to read. I have been very busy this past month or so and it has been taking me longer and longer to finish books.  In this story Sam and Tate meet in London and have a whirlwind romance.  Tate has always kept her real identity hidden but shares all her secrets with Sam; only to have the press turn up at her door. As soon as she realizes Sam has told all her secrets her heart shatters.  The story then picks up 14 years later where Tate is a huge success and runs into Sam once again. Forced to confront him and deal with him on a daily basis Tate is reluctant to hear Sam's side of the story but still finds herself attracted to him. 


3. The Chosen Ones by Scarlett Thomas-- This second book in the Worldquake was just as cute as the first.  Effie has been expelled from magic class and all her boons have been confiscated by her father so she can't even get into the Otherworld. Max has gone missing; sucked deep into a book with only his own powers to rely on.  Raven's witch's intuition is going crazy and the five friends need to be able to come together to defeat the Diberi once again and save the world. 


4. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman-- This book has been on my list for quite some time and I'm glad I finally got around to it.  I downloaded it on the Libby app and listened while I cleaned the house.  It was such a sweet story.  Eleanor struggles to fit in; not always knowing what to say or do and often voicing aloud exactly what she's thinking.  Her life begins to change though the day she meets Raymond and together the two save Sammy's life.  Eleanor had a very difficult childhood and as the story goes on more is revealed that explains how Eleanor became the way she is; but she's softened by Raymond and the new friends she makes along the way.  It was such a sweet, sweet story. 


5. Happy Place by Emily Henry-- I really enjoyed this cute story! Wyn and Harriet have recently broken off their engagement and then find themselves sharing a room at their annual friends vacation in Maine. Not wanting to ruin all the other couples' weekend they keep their break up to themselves but struggle with their attraction and how their relationship abruptly ended.  The story hints at problems and secrets among the other friends too until it all comes to a head one night.  It was the perfect vacation read (it didn't hurt that I was on vacation in Maine at the time and recognized many of the things they referenced!) 


6. The Guest List by Lucy Foley-- I started listening to this audiobook through my Libby app and had to switch to the physical book when I ran out of time to listen. I really enjoyed this twisty story.  Told in alternating time lines and from various points of view it reminded me a lot of Sally Hepworth's books.  Will and Jules are getting married on a nearly deserted island off the coast of Ireland in an old Folly. They have invited close family to stay the night before the wedding and the other guests arrive the day of the wedding.  Their reception is interrupted by a scream when a body is found. Nearly all the characters have something to hide and there are many hints about past wrong doings.  It was a fun little read. 


7. The True Love Experiment by Christina Lauren-- I really liked Fizzy as the secondary character from The Soulmate Equation so I was happy to see that she got her own book.  Struggling to write any of her romance novels, Fizzy ends up agreeing to make a reality TV series using both the audience and DNADuo to find her perfect match. At first Fizzy and the producer do not hit it off at all and Fizzy assigns him a series of challenges but the more time they spend together the more they realize they are attracted to one another.  It was such a fun and funny book.  Fizzy is quite the character. 


8. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher-- I needed a banned book for my 52 book challenge and this fit the bill nicely. I read the book in 12 hours (with stops to grocery shop and head to Lowe's!).  It was so good!  While I don't agree with book banning at all I can see why some schools might ban this one as we know that, for lack of a better term, suicide can be 'contagious.'  In this book Hannah has committed suicide and left behind a series of tapes outlining 13 reasons why she ended her life-- naming names and asking each person mentioned on the tapes to then mail them to the next one listed.  We read the story through Clay's eyes; a sweet boy that had a crush on Hannah who is mystified as to why he's received the box.  It was gripping and heart breaking and I just loved it.  


9. Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard by Tom Felton--I'm a pretty big Harry Potter fan so when I saw this book mentioned on a few other blogs I knew I needed to add it to my pile. Not knowing anything about Tom or his life (other than he played Draco Malfoy) it was an interesting read. I really enjoyed Tom's writing style too and found the book to be quite entertaining.  He seems to be very grounded and didn't have a single bad word to say about anyone.  


10. Too Wrong To Be Right by Melonie Johnson-- This was such an adorable story!  Kat finds herself dumped and the proud owner of a new hedgehog rather unexpectedly.  She decides to swear off dating until she finds Mr. Right and with the help of her friends even makes a list of characteristics she's looking for.  When she literally stumbles upon Mick at his family's funeral home, Kat feels an attraction that she decides can only meal he's no good for her.  Instead Kat and Mick strike up a friendship and Kat is determined to keep things platonic.  I bet it's not spoiler alert to hear that's not how this story ends! 


11. From the World of Percy Jackson: The Sun and The Star a Nico Di Angelo Adventure by Rick Riordan & Mark Oshiro -- My boys and I have listened to just about every single Rick Riordan book there is and when I saw that my middle son had taken this book out of our local library and that it was a continuation of sorts of the Percy Jackson saga I just knew I had to read it!  In this latest book Nico Di Angelo and his boyfriend Will are heading into the underworld to rescue a friend from Tartarus. It was wonderful to pick up and fall back into the world of Percy Jackson.  



12. Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry-- I don't usually listen to middle grade fiction but the cover caught my eye when I was scrolling through the Libby app looking for something to listen to.  While I found the format a big odd to listen to since it combines verse and prose, I did enjoy the story a lot.  Calliope is in the 7th grade and has moved schools a lot because each time her mother's life ends in heartbreak they move.  The constant move is hard on Calliope and her life is hard enough trying to hide her Tourette's syndrome from all the kids at school.  Jinsong is Calliope's new neighbor and while he likes her a lot he's afraid to stand up for her at school in case the kids start teasing him as well, but Jinsong feels bad knowing that he's student body president and is supposed to be setting an example for everyone. 


13. The Sister Effect by Susan Mallery-- Finley is raising her 8 year old niece Aubrey and Finley could not love her more.  But when Aubrey's mother (Finley's sister), Sloane comes back and claims to want to be part of Aubrey's life Finley is not sure she can trust her sister to stay sober and out of prison.  Then her grandfather that walked away from the family 20 years ago is back and Finley is reeling from the changes.  She meets Jericho at work who is also reeling from his own family drama and the two become friends helping one another learn to forgive and deal with their families in a more positive way. It was really cute! 


14. A Little Ray of Sunshine by Kristan Higgins-- Harlow is dumbfounded when the child she gave up for adoption nearly 18 years ago turns up in her bookstore on Cape Cod one day.  Never having told her family she even had a child while she was away at college she has a lot of explaining to do but is much more focused on spending time with her son.  The story is told from 3 viewpoints-- Harlow, Monica (the adoptive mother who is blindsided to learn her son picked their summer vacation rental because he knew his birth mother was nearby), and Cynthia (a cousin of sorts of Harlow who is adopted and never found any reason to look for her birth parents).  As the summer goes by all three learn a lot about who they are, what parenthood means to them, and that most things in life are not so easily cut and dried/ black and white/ right and wrong.  It was a really sweet story that tugs at the heart strings. 


Just 7 books left to the challenge!

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Comments

  1. You are crushing that reading challenge- amazing! Great list- thanks for sharing

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  2. That is amazing! I'm trying to read more this summer but it's not always easy. I have to add some of these to my list. I've only read Eleanor Oliphant.

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    1. I find I have more free time in the summer and less inclination to tackle huge household projects when it's so warm and sunny out.

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  3. Sounds like you read some good books! I like all of the Lucy Foley books that I've read. She writes so cleverly and sharp. I'm a little bit confused about "books bans." No school library or any library or bookstore can stock every book that's been written or is for sale. Decisions have to be made due to the immense amount of books available to be loaned or purchased. If a library decides not to keep in its collection a certain book, that doesn't mean (to me anyway) that the book is banned. It just means that the library has decided to not purchase it for its collection. An actual book ban would seem to me would be the government saying that a certain book can't be published or distributed in any way- to try to deny its citizenry from reading/ accessing the book. I guess people have different definitions of book bans? Anyway, good job on all of the reading/ listening!

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    1. No, in some states/areas parents will ban together to talk about and vote on banning certain books from school or local library shelves and curriculum but to me that is not a real ban either. Obviously they can't stop the general public from buying it for their own kid or themselves off of Amazon or another book supplier or going to a nearby town that wasn't affected by the small "ban" of that one district/school/town but there are many books that are banned by multiple areas for being offensive. I was pretty amazed when I googled "banned books" to hear the arguments and the success rate of some of these campaigns. I think I disagreed with just about every one I read or saw because most of these books make for GREAT discussions about compassion, kindness, and seeing other points of view.

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  4. You have been busy reading.
    I quite fancy reading the Tom Felton book. He seems like such a nice guy.

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    1. He really did seem so down to Earth and kind.

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    1. I love when I find those books that just click and I can read them in no time.

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  6. What an awesome month of reading. I have Tom's memoir to read soon.

    Lauren @ www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  7. Wow. I'm so impressed with your voracious appetite for books in June. Read Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: A Novelnt and loved reading that book

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  8. Wow! Your challenge list is amazing!

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    1. Thanks! It's been fun and each time I do one of these challenges I love that they push me outside my usual comfort zone and I always find some new favorites.

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  9. I may have to read that Thirteen Reasons. Sounds like something very different and interesting,. I didn't realize there were still banned books.
    OXOX
    Jodie

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    1. I was surprised at some of the titles that popped up when I Googled "banned books".. and the stats were amazing too. Even though 70% of parents are against banning books somehow banned books are on the rise in several southern states.

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  10. You're a reading inspiration to me. ❤️

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  11. Your challenge grid is so impressive. I read the Soulmate last week and enjoyed it.

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    1. It was such a fun story! I enjoy all her twisty tales.

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  12. I have only read one of the books you read this month, Eleanor Oliphant. I enjoyed it, but it's been so long since I read I don't really remember it. Many of the books I used to read to my kids appear on banned book lists. I think it's terrible when a few people (who probably haven't even read the book) manage to get books banned. Libraries and books are there for us to learn as well as to question.

    https://marshainthemiddle.com/

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    1. Yes, I agree! I was surprised to see Charlotte's Web on a banned book list for some elementary schools-- that was one of my all time favorites growing up!

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  13. So many books read! Well done. I've read 2 of the books you covered. Didn't know Tom Felton had a book, that's maybe one for my stepdaughter who's mad on Harry Potter.

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  14. I put the Tom Felton book on my list!

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  15. You are rocking your reading challenge!! I had no clue 13 Reasons Why was a book. I knew it was a show and I couldn't bring myself to watch it, but I may read the book. We also just saw Forget Me Not at the library the other day. Olivia almost grabbed it, but we were wondering if it might still be a little old for her.

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    1. I tried watching the show after reading the book but I didn't like it nearly as much; they changed the storyline just enough that I didn't like it. I think Forget Me Not was probably a bit old for Olivia; the girl was in like 7th or 8th grade so I think it's more geared towards middle school-- "first kiss"/serious crush kind of age range.

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  16. Great job on your reading challenge! I always pick up a few book recommendations from you and this post was no different. Thanks for the great suggestions :)

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  17. Wow, that is a lot of reading in the month. Very nice.

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  18. I haven't read any of these books, but Eleanor Oliphant is nearing the top of my list. I loved looking at your 52 week challenge graphic. I always enjoy seeing the books that others match to the prompts.

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    1. I find that part so fun too; plus those graphics help me when I do have a prompt I'm stuck on.

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  19. You're doing really well with your reading challenge and I like the way it makes you move outside your usual reading style! I always enjoy Sally Hepworth's books and must read this one. I've read a few others in your post but there are some I'd like to read after reading your post. Thanks for joining us for WOYBS.

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    1. Thanks! I like that about reading challenges too.

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  20. You are powering through the 52 Book Club Challenge Joanne! I've read The Guest List and Eleanor Oliphant and enjoyed both. I've seen The Soulmate on social media and reading groups so will check that one out. Sally Hepworth is hit and miss with me. Thanks as always for joining in with the WOYBS? link up and I look forward to reading your recommendations again next month. Happy Reading!

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    1. Thank you! Usually it takes me the full year to read all 52 books (from the right categories!) but I do feel like I am going to finish up early this time.

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  21. Loving your book challenge collage - it looks so colourful. I almost picked up Emily Henry's at the airport the other week and didn't...and have been regretting it ever since. Next time.

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  22. Looks like you're nearly finished with the Reading Challenge! I'll be very surprised if I can finish the whole thing - I just don't have as much time to read as I think I do! The Soulmate and The Guest List both look very appealing to me.

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    1. I'm very impressed with myself this year and that reading challenge; I'm usually trying to finish up in November and December cramming in lots of obscure books I put off for the rest of the year.

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  23. Wow you got through a lot of good books this month - there are just so many books to read and so little time! Thanks for sharing such a great selection

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  24. I've been wanting to read The Guest List - sounds like I need to move it up the list a bit. I love a good twisty thriller! You might like One of the Girls by Lucy Clarke - another twisty thriller centered on a wedding in an exotic location.

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation; I'll have to check that out!

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  25. 14 books in a month is incredible! I read Eleanor Oliphant years ago, but it was one of those books which stays with you and I still remember it so clearly. Have been wondering whether to read Tom Felton's autobiography and you've inspired me to give it a go!
    Popping over from Book Worms Monthly.

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    1. Thank you! I was pleasantly surprised with Tom's book; I wasn't sure what to expect but it was just a sweet and easy read.

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  26. Hi, Jo - I said that I would drop by on Monday, but Thursday is pretty close, right?! :D
    You are doing an amazing job on your reading challenge. I have only read 3 of the books that you have listed on that challenge (This Time Tomorrow, Remarkably Bright Creatures and Eleanor Oliphant). Your reviews on this post are excellent. I look forward to checking out some of the titles that you have listed here.

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    1. LOL! Anytime is fine! Thank you; I try to give honest feedback and short summaries but some stories make that harder than others.

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