June has been a pretty decent reading month! My birthday was this month too, so that could be why I felt extra motivated to read because I may or may not have just replenished my book supply with a birthday buying expedition. (All of those books can be found here.) In fact, here is an actual picture of me reading this month:
Now, onto the books I’ve read in June.
It must have been a pretty good month for YA for me seeing as I read several YA books this month, and I gave most of them 4 or 5 stars.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Starr is a 15 year old living in a poor neighborhood and attending a wealthy private school when she witnesses a police officer shoot and kill her best friend. Starr endures opposing ideas of what happened that night from her friends at school and neighbors and family members. This book is pure perfection, it takes a hard look at what’s happening in the US currently, and I can’t recommend it enough.
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
This book follows two Indian-American teenagers who meet at a summer camp after their parents decide to give arranging their marriage a go. It is incredibly funny and sweet and is the perfect summer YA contemporary read. Full review here.
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
What if the story of Peter Pan isn’t the full story? What if Neverland isn’t only a place full of fairies and mermaids? These are the questions this story answers, only from Tiger Lily’s point of view with Tinkerbell as the narrator. It’s a great set-up to a very touching story. Full review here.
Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda
A classmate finds Simon’s emails on a school computer. Emails that talk about Simon being gay, which he hasn’t really told anyone yet. Now, he is being blackmailed with the threat of outing him and the boy he’s been emailing, only named “Blue”, to the whole school. This book was incredibly cute and it is impossible not to love Simon. And the ending is so adorable I can’t stand it.
My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
I’m still not 100% convinced this book is YA, but I’m putting it here for lack of a better place for it. I have a review for this book here where I talk in depth about how much I was disappointed with book, but essentially it’s about two best friends who are trying to manage being teenagers in the 80s while also dealing with one of them being possessed by a demon. This one was probably the biggest disappointment this month, but ah well, can’t win ’em all.
Sadly, it wasn’t one of the best months for mysteries/thrillers, which I love to read in the summer. Still, with over two months left, hopefully I’ll find some good ones to even it out!
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
I read In A Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware last year and while it didn’t blow my mind, I definitely enjoyed it and was excited about her new release. However, this book just fell completely flat. It follows a woman who goes on a luxury cruise and here’s a woman being thrown overboard and the next day, she finds out everyone on the ship is accounted for. I had some issues with portrayal of mental illness and the plot got more and more ridiculous and unbelievable as it went on.
Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner
This book was another disappointing mystery for me. I picked it up because it was compared with Tana French’s novels, which are some of my absolute favorites. However, it became more of a character-driven story while the plot just lagged. And the “twist” at the end wasn’t a twist at all because there is nothing at all that leads up to it. This story follows a woman who goes missing from her house. There’s supposedly more about the missing woman’s love life, family relationships, and other stuff, but it wasn’t really enough to make the book more exciting.
The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka
This book was definitely the bright spot on my otherwise not so great month for mysteries/thrillers. It follows Roxane Weary, a detective hired to dig into the disappearance of a girl years ago, and the man sitting on death row who was convicted of the crime, but may be innocent after all. Full review here.
I read one contemporary book this month, which was
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Suburban moms, affairs, lies, scandals, and a possible murder. Seriously, this book is great. Full review here.
Lastly, I read four non-fiction books this month. Woohoo!
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
This book is Jenny Lawson’s memoir about mental illness and finding the humor even in the bleakest moments. It is absolutely ridiculous in the best way possible and the chapters where she talks about her mental illness are quite touching. The audiobook is definitely the best way to go because it’s read by Jenny Lawson, who is simply freaking hilarious. Full review here.
Hardcore Self Help: F**k Anxiety by Robert Duff
I have anxiety, so I picked this book up based off of a suggestion. It clocks in at only 71 pages, but it packs a big punch for being so small. It is incredibly vulgar in language, which I actually appreciated because when you have a mental illness, it doesn’t feel clinical and sterile, it feels like you’re at war with yourself. I’m really not kidding when I say it is *full* of bad language (as you can see from the cover), so that is definitely something to note.
So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
This book explores cases of mass public shaming and internet shaming culture. I thought the premise was interesting, but the book didn’t deliver for me. Full review here.
Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls To Gilmore Girls, And Everything In Between
Whether you know her from Gilmore Girls, Parenthood, or commercials where she plays the mom in plaid, this book is perfect if you love Lauren Graham. Do yourself a favor and listen to the audiobook. Full
page of me just gushing about her complete with gifs review here.
Those are the 13 books I read in the month of June! As always, bless you for reading to the end.