Happy monthly book day, blog world! The sun is shining, it’s finally warm out, and my deck is calling to me to come outside and read a book. Anyone else find it that much more fun and relaxing to read outside? It’s simply the best. So! I won’t waste one more minute and get to it – here’s my June reads and reviews.
ROOMIES by Christina Lauren
My rating & recommendation: 3 stars, it’s okay. I’ve almost made my way through all of CL’s stand-alone novels, and this is probably my least favorite of the bunch. The biggest thing for me is the title/synopsis of the book is extremely misleading. This wasn’t at all what I was expecting – the characters, story and plot line … frankly, it’s kind of all over the place. Holland’s and Calvin’s constant doubt/insecurity was exhausting. Guess that’s to be expected given the situation that they willingly entered into, but still.
DEAR LILY by Drew Davies
*ARC received from NetGalley. Out now!
My rating & recommendation: 3 stars, it’s okay. I quite liked the diary/stream-of-conscious writing style in this book. It helped give it some depth where the story was otherwise lacking, and I always find this type of narration more personal and relatable. Unfortunately, beyond that this book fell pretty flat. Joy was so ridiculously whiny and self-absorbed most of the time that by the end when she kind of redeems herself I was already over it.
GRACE AFTER HENRY by Eithne Shortall
My rating & recommendation: 4 stars, yes! I picked this up on a whim from the library, not knowing a thing going into it. It did drag in some parts, and honestly was overall kind of a boring character study … But oddly enough, I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed the story. It’s an interesting premise and examination of how people cope with sadness and tragedy. I often found myself thinking “what would I do?” throughout the book. It’ll definitely make you think.
THE MISTER by E L James
My rating & recommendation: 1 star, absolutely not. I really need to learn how to DNF books because this is hands-down the WORST BOOK I’VE EVER READ IN MY LIFE. There’s no point in even writing a proper review because it was that bad. Take E L James for what she is – a one-hit literary wonder (and even that’s stretching it).
THE BRIDE TEST by Helen Hoang
My rating & recommendation: 4 stars, yes! I simply adored this book. What’s not to love?! There were some character traits of My that bugged me – her desire to be independent but also using old-school seductive tactics to get to Khai seemed contradictory. She also never felt compelled to research Khai’s condition to better understand him? This both seemed odd and somewhat selfish. The ending also seemed a little rushed, but I digress. The haircut scene between Khai and My was so ridiculously endearing that I nearly teared up a little bit. And, it’s cute/sexy/romantic scenes like this one that make the book what it is. A must-read for summer!
BEFORE SHE KNEW HIM by Peter Swanson
My rating & recommendation: 4 stars, yes! Peter Swanson continues to prove why he’s one of my favorite thriller/suspense writers. Admittedly, this took me a hot minute to get into. Hen kind of got on my nerves, and some of her paranoia/stream-of-conscious moments were repetitive and too aplenty. Overall these were my least “favorite” characters of any Swanson book. But that twisty AF ending?! Didn’t see it coming at all.
Bottom line …
The Bride Test and Before She Knew Him are my top two not-to-miss reads for the month. At all costs, avoid The Mister.
Currently reading: Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes; The Cactus by Sarah Haywood; and Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith
What’s on your reading list for the month?