What I Read in June 2020 + Reviews

With the attention span of a squirrel at the moment, it’s a miracle I made it through four books last month (but not all the ones that I hoped to get to). What I read in June 2020 was four stars across the board, although most didn’t do much for me. So let’s jump into some reviews!

what i read in june 2020 + reviews
 

What I read in June 2020

THE KNOCKOUT QUEEN by Rufi Thorpe
My rating & review: 4 stars. I really struggled with my feelings about this book. Did I like it? Hate it? Somewhere in between? I’m still not entirely sure. It was a slow read that was heavily character-driven opposed to a strong plot. Michael’s friendship with Bunny was beyond complicated, but it was unique. I did adore Michael and how he was beyond his years, even though my heart broke for him multiple times. The writing is beautiful, and I think the story as a whole is a testament to how friendships/relationships/life circumstances can make or break you.

SOMEONE LIKE YOU (Oxford #3) by Lauren Layne
My rating & review: 4 stars. I haven’t read this series in order – I started with book four and then jumped to this. That said, it’s pretty easy to put all the pieces together and figure out the different characters/couples, etc. I enjoyed this a lot more than the other book I read. Very much a slow burn romance that I was getting antsy to resolve itself by the end. There was more character development and backstory than I expected, even though some felt overly-familiar and like it had been done before.

I FOUND YOU by Lisa Jewell
My rating & review: 4 stars. It had been so long since I picked up a Lisa Jewell book, so this felt like coming home. One of my favorite thriller/mystery writers, and this book further proves why. A little slow at first, but then next thing I knew I was up until 2 a.m. because I had to know what happened next. Definitely a page-turner that would make for a great beach read.

TAKE A HINT, DANI BROWN by Talia Hibbert
*ARC received from NetGalley.
My rating & review: 4 stars. I was anxious to read this after thoroughly enjoying Chloe Brown, and it didn’t disappoint. This was just as good and stands on it’s own – you don’t need to read the first in the series to know what’s happening. Dani and Zaf were adorable together. I appreciated that the author gave us an elevated version of the typical fake-dating-turns-real plot. Both characters were well flushed out with plenty of context, depth and insight. Always refreshing to read a contemporary romance with real, relatable characters and life situations.

Currently reading: Normal People by Sally Rooney

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33 Comments

  1. 7.22.20
    Heather said:

    Oh yay! I loved Dani Brown too. Will be VERY curious about your thoughts on Normal People. lol. I also really enjoy Lisa Jewell and The Oxford series.

  2. 7.20.20
    Becki said:

    Sounds like a decent reading month 🙂 I think I got Knockout Queen as an Amazon First Reads, but still haven’t read it. It’s on the list! Thanks for sharing.

  3. 7.16.20
    Julie said:

    I just returned Knockout Queen to the library and didn’t get a chance to read it. I haven’t heard much positive about it lately so it may just stay.

    • 7.20.20
      Karly said:

      I can’t argue with you – it was pretty hit/miss for me, so I would say get to other books first!

  4. 7.15.20
    Kristin said:

    I loved I Found You. One of her best.

  5. 7.14.20
    Tina said:

    I hope you love Normal People! I thought it was really special.

    • 7.20.20
      Karly said:

      I absolutely loved it! Definitely a unique book.

  6. 7.14.20

    Someone else reviewed The Knockout Queen and gave it a solid review, but I don’t know how I’d handle reading a book with a character named Bunny. I feel like it would get on my nerves, even in the context of a good story.

  7. 7.14.20
    SMD said:

    Lisa Jewell is usually a solid read for me.

    • 7.20.20
      Karly said:

      Same! I know I always can count on her books.

  8. 7.14.20
    Nadine said:

    I like Lauren Layne and Lisa Jewel, so I will have to check those out. I have Dani Brown on the TBR.

    • 7.20.20
      Karly said:

      Hope that you enjoy them all!

  9. 7.14.20
    kristen said:

    i read the oxford series in order so you get a lot of lincoln build up, but i felt the same as you, like it’d been done before so i was a wee bit disappointed after the build up, but still liked it. glad you liked dani brown! i think i own that lisa jewell book so will have to get to it soon.

    • 7.20.20
      Karly said:

      Loved Dani Brown! Such a good read. I think you’d like the Lisa Jewell book – she hardly ever disappoints for me.

  10. 7.14.20
    Kay R.D. said:

    I really enjoyed I found you! Lisa Jewell is one of my faves for sure!

  11. 7.14.20
    Ashley said:

    Thanks for the honest information! Always love to see what others are reading!

  12. 7.14.20
    Dani said:

    I still need to read Chloe Brown, and The Knockout Queen is on my TBR, too. Hoping to read more of Jewell’s backlog as she is a new fave author of mine, so happy to see another positive review of her work. Curious to hear your thoughts on Normal People- it was quite a polarizing read!

    • 7.20.20
      Karly said:

      Jewell is one of my favorite authors – always a go-to when I’m in a slump, so I hope that you enjoy more from her. Loved Normal People!

  13. 7.14.20
    Maureen said:

    I hear you. I haven’t been reading much since the outbreak and isn’t because I don’t want to. It’s because I cannot sit down long enough to get through a few pages – my little guy needs to be moving all the time if you know what I mean. I Found You sounds like my type of book. Looking forward to getting my hands on it!

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

    • 7.20.20
      Karly said:

      It has been a super distracting time for everybody! Hope you enjoy the Lisa Jewell book if you get to it.

  14. 7.14.20

    Glad you enjoyed these! I ordered Get A Life, Chloe Brown so I’m hoping that will come sooner than later.

    -Lauren

    • 7.20.20
      Karly said:

      That was such a good one, happy reading!

  15. 7.13.20
    Debbie said:

    It’s always interesting to see what you’ve been reading, I’m still trying to find the time to finish The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo!

    • 7.20.20
      Karly said:

      You need to finish it one of these days, lol!

  16. 7.13.20
    Lisa Autumn said:

    Thank you for the reading inspo girl x

    Lisa | lisaautumn.com

    • 7.20.20
      Karly said:

      Always, thanks for stopping by!

  17. 7.13.20
    Biana said:

    I love Lauren Layne and really enjoyed that series!! I am reading two books simultaneously right now – one on my kindle and one actual book LOL! xo, Biana BlovedBoston

    • 7.20.20
      Karly said:

      I always admire those of you that can read two books at once – I wish I could, but my mind is too much of a jumble these days! Ha!