Can you believe June is over? And with it, half of 2020 is down the drain. I’m not really sure how I feel about the year… on one hand, I finished my degree, became a Licensed Master Social Worker, read a lot of good books, and did some fun things. On the other hand, there’s been a literal pandemic, more Trump problems, I’ve been job hunting since February with no luck, and there’s been so much drama on bookish Twitter and Instagram. It’s just been a really… strange year so far.
That being said, June was a weird reading month for me; but in a good way! I read four books in June, which is great as that’s usually my monthly goal. Even better? They were all five star reads! Isn’t that crazy? I don’t think that’s ever happened to me!
I read a really interesting mix of books last month; true crime, middle grade, contemporary romance, and young adult. I skipped reading any of the Vampire Knight books as I was worried about getting some of my ARCs and partner copies in, but I think I’ll end up picking some up next month. Check back on Monday for my full, planned July TBR!
Let’s jump in so I can gush about all my great reads last month!
First up, a contemporary and adorably fun romance from Hope Ramsay, one of my new favorite romance authors! This is the second book in her Moonlight Bay series, a relatively new series from her about a small harbor town. I read and loved the first novel in this series and I’m happy to say this one lives up to what I was hoping for! I loved the premise right away; grumpy but hot veterinarian returning to his hometown and running into a wayward Navy veteran looking for a forever home. It had all those elements I was really looking for in a cozy, summer romance; witty banter, sexual tension, a small town setting, pets, a small mystery, a little bit of action, and a happy ending. This was really the perfect Summer read and I can’t wait to pick up the next novel in the series, Return to Magnolia Harbor, which I just got in the mail from Forever two weeks ago!
Review for this one isn’t up yet, but check back Friday!
The second novel I finished is the new middle grade novel by Nicole Melleby, In the Role of Brie Hutchens…. I was part of the blog tour for this amazing release and I’m so happy Algonquin Young Readers reached out because otherwise I don’t think I would have picked this one up. Middle grade is a genre I enjoy but isn’t what I tend to gravitate towards, especially general fiction, but this one absolutely blew me away. It was so heartwarming and gut wrenching at the same time; it tackles themes like coming out, first crushes, friendship, school challenges, and other vital middle grade topics. I loved the family dynamics and the representation in this book and I can’t recommend it enough for not only middle grade readers but adults, as well.
You can check out my full review and some other blog tour goodness here!
The third book I finished last month is the true crime powerhouse that is I’ll Be Gone in the Dark. I devoured this book; it was so impossible to put down and while it is a nonfiction, it wasn’t heavy. It reads like your typical thriller and thus is just as compulsively readable as any Ruth Ware or Lisa Jewell. I don’t read a lot of nonfiction and I don’t talk about them a lot on my blog, but I don’t think I’ll ever stop raving about this one. The HBO documentary just dropped on Sunday, and I cannot wait to sit down and watch!
I don’t have a full review on this one, but just know that I loved everything from the research, to the memoir moments, to the afterward where you learn about the arrest. This was just a great read from start to finish. You can read more of my thoughts on this and get two other nonfiction recs from me here!
The final book for June was the audiobook for Angie Thomas’s YA masterpiece, The Hate U Give. This has, arguably, become a YA classic and for damn good reason. I listened to this as an audiobook and it was both incredibly uplifting and gut wrenching. Thomas weaves this story that is, sadly, utterly believable and helps to take an inside look at the impact of racial inequality, police brutality, and the day-to-day of minority communities. The narrator for the audio was spectacular, to say the least, and this was just a great book from start to finish. The audio is available on Scribd if you’re interested in this for the first time or the second time as an audiobook! And the movie is also on HBO! I’ll be watching!
No review for this up yet, I’m hoping to publish it next week!
And that’s my eclectic mix of five-star reads for June!
I don’t think I’ve ever had a month where I read all five-star books, but I’m not mad about it! It makes for a great set of reviews and lots of great discussions.
I’m currently reading three books at the moment and I can already tell I’m shaping up to have at least two five-star reads in July! I also want to incorporate more nonfiction into my reading; I have at least a dozen nonfiction books on my shelves I’m dying to pick up so I may throw in one or two a month because June really sparked my love for nonfiction again.
What did you read in June? Any greats? New releases? Backlists? Let me know!