Now that I have updated the site and made the books page (newly named: The Library) searchable, I am going to switch up the reading list a little bit. I will tell you what I read and what I liked, but leave the longer reviews over at the library. It was feeling redundant putting the full review here and also there, and that page is so great because you can filter, etc etc! So, going forward you can expect the books pages to be updated every week in real time, and then once a month I will do this shorter, summary post like this one.
So let’s talk about this month’s books! I polished off 8 books this month, and.. wow: I really liked every single book! Like realllllly, really liked every book. I would wholeheartedly recommend every single book on this list. The world is shit but the books are great. So we will celebrate that little win.
Everything I Read in June 2022
What I absolutely loved: Run, Rose, Run… recommended by my mom. Dolly Parton and James Patterson make for such an incredible writing duo. This is the perfect mix of heartwarming rags to riches meets high-stakes thriller. I love it.
Can’t Look Away, by Carola Lovering (she is one of my favorite authors) was an amazing, up-all-night thriller that just came out. I devoured this.
I categorized it as a thriller but it’s more scammer drama… I devoured Counterfeit by Kirstin Chen. A woman finds herself thrown into the world of counterfeit bag exports (and taking the fall for her old friend’s antics). I couldn’t put this down, it was the perfect read in a day, lose yourself in a book kind of book.
Maybe Emily Giffin’s best book yet? I could not put Meant to Be down!! It’s inspired by JFK Jr. and Carolyn Bessette’s love story and was just so much fun to read. I absolutely loved it, especially the ending. My mom agreed.
A very cute romance. Meant to be Mine, by Hannah Orenstein! I am, admittedly, not a huge romance person (and I will say that I wish she ended it differently but then it wouldn’t be a romance) but I still loved this book, mostly because Hannah is such a talented writer and she made me miss my old neighborhood (Williamsburg, Brooklyn) so so much. The premise of this is fun: what if you knew the exact day you would meet the love of your life!? That’s what happens here, except all maybe is not as it seems.
I am still not sure what to make of The School for Good Mothers. I think it takes an excellent book to make you that sad. But… it’s extremely dark and very sad. I recommend it nonetheless. Handmaids Tale vibes for sure. Definitely avoid this if you are pregnant or a new mother or feeling any sort of hopelessness. A very good book but a very upsetting book.
After reading The School for Good Mothers I knew I needed something light and fun. My mom had leant me her copy of Lessons in Chemistry. I started it without reading what it was about (I figured, romance). I was pleasantly surprised to find that it wasn’t a romance at all. More of a fun, feminist tale with a strong female lead you’ll completely fall in love with. I LOVED this!
Lastly, on the non-fiction front, I really enjoyed Amy Odell’s biography of Anna Wintour. It lagged at times but was still completely fascinating. I’ve followed Anna’s career since probably 2006, so it was fun to learn more about her life. Juicy and salacious it is not, but it’s still very enjoyable and informative.
Tell me what YOU read and loved this month in the comments!
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