June Reads

This was one of my worst reading months. Not in the amount of books I read, but in how I felt about a lot of the books I read. I hit a reading slump thanks to TBR stress, and I feel like I was reading a number of books that were not keeping my attention. Thankfully towards the end of the month my reading got better, so I’m hoping that continues into July.

Too Good to Be True by Melonie Johnson*
This was not a fit for me and I think it mainly had to do with the fact that I did not like the main two characters together. I also found the storyline very slow and in hindsight, I should have skipped this book.

History of Us by Stacey Agdern*
I adored this book that featured a second chance romance and was filled with Jewish representation! It features the second chance trope which I always like and as a Long Islander, I loved all of the references sprinkled throughout and they were spot on that I could picture the places exactly.

Last Summer at the Golden Hotel by Elyssa Friedland
This was a great family drama that will definitely transport you if you need to take a vacation through a book this summer. You can read my full review here.

How Sweet it Is by Dylan Newton*
This was a great romance debut the features fall and Halloween which I definitely need right now as we are in a heat wave! I did feel at times the story got a little slow and I felt the ending was a little too rushed.

One of Us is Next by Karen M. McManus
I loved One of Us is Lying, but I definitely could’ve done without the sequel. The storyline was not believable at many times and I thought the final twists came out of nowhere.

The Guncle by Steven Rowley
I dare you to read this book and not have a smile on your face. The hype is real for this book, it is such a great story about family and grief. You can read my full review here.

Paws and Prejudice by Alanna Martin*
Dogs and enemies to lovers, this book was something I could not pass up. This book definitely kept me entertained with the characters banter. You can read my full review here.

Hostage by Claire Mackintosh*
This book was definitely surprising with lots of twists along the way that I did not see coming. Though it wasn’t one of my favorites as a thriller, there were definitely elements from it I enjoyed.

The Sinful Lives of Trophy Lives by Kristin Miller*
I really enjoyed this fast-paced book that left me guessing until the final pages. Highly recommend going into this book blind and letting it take you on a wild ride.

We Are the Brennans by Tracey Lange*
I loved this family drama which was one of my most anticipated 2021 reads. It is a great debut book by Lange about a very flawed family and how despite what they’ve been through, how they will always be there to help and support each other.

Once Upon a Royal Summer by Teri Wilson
I listened to this on audio which I definitely think effected how I felt about it, but not my favorite of Wilson’s books.

My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan
There are not enough words to describe how much I loved this book, that also shattered me into a million pieces. Highly recommend this book, even though it deals with heavy topics of cancer and death, but it is also so hopeful while making you cry.

* I was gifted a copy of the book either through NetGalley or the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

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