So I have no shame in admitting that this year I have really struggled with my reading. I’ve been in slump after slump, hence the reason I haven’t done a wrap up until now. After reading my first book this month, I was suddenly hit with a jolt of motivation and went onto read another couple in just a few days. So here they are! –
Daisy Jones & The Six
by Taylor Jenkins Reid
So this is the book that got me out of my slump so as you can probably guess, I loved it. This book, written in an interview layout, follows the story of one of the world’s most popular bands active in the 60s, Daisy Jones & The Six. How did they rise to fame? And most importantly, how did it all fall apart? Daisy Jones herself is the fictional Stevie Nicks and I loved reading about her eccentric nature mixed with her troubled life. This book was an easy read based on the format but it was hard-hitting and has made Taylor Jenkins Reid an author I’ll always look out for.
The Cantankerous Molly Darling
by Alvy Carragher
I was kindly sent this book by Chicken House in exchange for an honest review. If you read our blog, you have already seen my thoughts about this book here. However, a quick summary – this book follows Molly, a teenager living in rural Ireland. If you loved Louise Rennison books when you were younger, then you’ll love this. Molly has to deal with an absent father, a best friend obsessed with internet fame and her missing chickens. A short and fun read perfect for the Summer.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Despite only finishing this book this month, I’ve already mentioned it at least three times on previous blog posts. It was just amazing. There’s a lot of hype around this book that kind of scared me a bit but now I’m annoyed it took me so long to pick it up. This follows the story of Hollywood icon, Evelyn Hugo as she finally reveals all her secrets to reporter, Monique Grant. What really happened with her seven husbands? And who was the one true love of her life? Diverse, beautiful and with one of my all time fictional friendships (Evelyn & Harry.) Please read this one.
The Bone Garden
by Heather Kassner
I was kindly sent this in exchange for an honest review by Titan Books. Despite not knowing this when I read the book, this is a middle grade novel. I don’t usually delve into this genre but I was pleasantly surprised with the level of horror and creepiness this book still managed to involve. This follows the story of Irrèelle, a girl made entirely of imagination, magic and bone dust. She lives with her controlling mistress, Miss Vesper who threatens to imagine her away so Irrèelle must risk everything to keep her body and hopefully become a real girl. This was a very quick read that would be perfect for Halloween time.
by Laura Jane Williams
Thank you to Avon Books for kindly gifting me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Despite being marketed as a chick-lit, a genre I don’t usually go for, I wanted a quick, Summery read and thought this would be perfect. However, it just wasn’t for me. I knew going in that this book would be a slow burner but when the book is just over 300 pages and the couple don’t meet until page 200-and something then it just feels very slow. However, the book was very funny and deals with feminism and male stereotypes. I think this was just a case of ‘it’s not you, it’s me.’
After the Eclipse
by Fran Dorricott
I have been meaning to read this book for a while. First of all because Becky recently read and loved it and because it’s marketed as a mystery thriller with a lesbian MC. This book follows Cassie who is a reporter following the case of a missing girl in her childhood town. The child was taken during an Eclipse under very similar circumstances to Cassie’s younger sister, Olive who was also taken during an Eclipse sixteen years earlier and never seen again. This book hooked me from start to finish. It had the perfect amount of mystery and emotion (that ending got me) and I’m excited to see what this author releases next.
What was your favourite read in June?
Let me know in the comments.
Lots of Love,