Greetings friends, I hope you’re all having a lovely weekend. What exciting things are you up to? The end of my week was fairly busy and with plans yesterday too I’m definitely feeling the need for a slower day today. That’s what Sunday’s are for after all! Part of a slowish Sunday? Reading of course, so as I’ll be spending most of today with my head in a book it seems sensible to bring you my June reads post today too. A little behind schedule, I know – sorry, but blame Photobucket and their stupid new account changes!
Before I dive into the June reads and my mini reviews of each book I should probably mention that when I started compiling this list I thought it had been a bit of a rubbish reading month. I felt like I’d barely read anything at all, but actually it was a good reading month! I read seven books, plus one work book that I can’t discuss yet, so definitely not a bad month for reading. Maybe it just felt that way because of the second half of the month. For the last couple of weeks I was in a bit of a reading slump and feeling like everything I read was a bit meh. It’s funny how your brain at one moment in time can cloud something that’s actually been awesome, isn’t it? Anyway on to the books!
June Reads #1 – The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
This was a surprisingly good book, I say surprisingly as I’m never really sure what to expect from a 99p Kindle sale book. Especially when I’ve forgotten why it caught my eye in the first place! It’s a really easy read and follows a lonely woman who inherits a house and a pile of lost things from her employer. While reuniting owners with their random items she ends up finding herself. Clichéd perhaps but still good!
June Reads #2 – When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
This is such a good book and the perfect summer read. It’s the tale of two teens whose parents have arranged their marriage, which one of them (Rishi) is on board with this and one of them isn’t (Dimple). The book explores both points of view really well, so you totally ‘get’ both Dimple and Rishi’s opinions on it all. Also, as characters Rishi and Dimple, are so well written and complete – you can’t help but want to be besties with both of them. I defy you not to love this book
June Reads #3 – The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
This is the second book from award-winning Kiran Millwood Hargrave and it’s just as delightful as her first. Her writing is so beautiful and every sentence is perfect, plus her characters are just great. This book follows a young girl growing up on an Island of lepers who is forced to leave the Island with the rest of the non-leper children and adults. This is a tale of acceptance and family, prejudice and love and the lengths we’ll go to for those we love.
June Reads #4 – The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
This book should be required reading for everyone. It’s a brilliantly written look at the horrific and wrongful shootings of black people in America. It’s told from the perspective of a teenager who watches her best friend gunned down for no reason. You then follow Starr during the aftermath of the shooting and how it impacts the two communities she lives in. The run down, poverty stricken community where she lives and grew up and the largely white, very privileged private school she attends. It’s heartbreaking and honest, moving and anger inducing. It’s absolutely an important read.
June Reads #5 – I See You by Clare Mackintosh
This is a brilliant page-turning thriller of a read and is would be perfect beach fodder. The book follows a women who sees her picture in the classified ads along with people who have met grisly deaths. Talk about a freaky idea! The book flicks from the police investigation back to the women and the impact it has on her family. Having these different perspectives makes this novel a real speed read. Oh and the fact that Clare Mackintosh is a genius at creating suspense. I couldn’t put the book down during the last 100 pages – it was just that good!
June Reads #6 – Calling Major Tom by David Barnett
I was a bit meh about this book when I was reading it. It just didn’t hook me in right away and I had to force myself to finish it. I have no clue why that is. It must have been more about me than the book itself, as now thinking about it, it was really enjoyable. It looks at the relationship between a man headed to Mars and a family struggling in North England. And this combination makes for a heart-warming read. It’s possibly a bit too predictable by the end. And I could have done with feeling more for the characters sooner than the last act but overall a good read. Plus it was 99p on Kindle – so can you really go wrong with that?
June Reads #7 – Not Working by Lisa Owens
This book got me out of my mini-reading slump and it’s hilarious. It’s about a women in her late 20s/early 30s who packs in her job as it wasn’t her ‘dream’ job. We then follow her as she tries to find out what she wants to do with her life. Each chapter is broken into smaller sections focused on everything from zebra crossings to coffee, which range from paragraph length to just a sentence or two. Some of these bits are right on the nose and ridiculously funny. I could totally relate to so much of this book and I’m pleased I was swayed by this brilliantly bright cover and decided to pick it up. Definitely one to add to your TBR pile!
So those are my June reads, but what about you? What was the best book you read last month? You know I’m always on the look out for recommendations!