What I Read this Month

June 2020 Reads

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I loved this month’s reading! My June reads were diverse and very entertaining! What was your favorite book that you read this month?

The Lake House

Rating: 5 out of 5.

My sister introduced me to Kate Morton, and The Lake House was the first book I read by her. I fell in love with the story from the very first chapter! Her combination of historical fiction and the modern mystery was so fascinating! Alice’s character was definitely my favorite, but all of the characters each had their own unique thing that I could relate to. The Lake House is a powerful story full of ups and downs and twists you won’t see coming!

Project 333

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Courtney Carver wrote Project 333 to promote a minimalist and stress-free life. I love reading about minimalists and how I can incorporate that lifestyle into my own life. Wearing only 33 items for 3 months is definitely a doable challenge, and I’m considering doing it. But I think this project is mostly for people who need that push into minimal living or want to try something new. For me, I have already taken several steps to live minimally, so the book wasn’t as much of a shock for me. I also felt like it was a bit repetitive and could have been condensed. I would definitely recommend borrowing an e-book version; there’s really no point in buying a hard copy.

Chosen Ones

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I loved the Divergent series, even though I was extremely disappointed with the final book, so I had mixed expectations for Chosen Ones. Roth did an amazing job of creating an intriguing and mystifying setting for this book; it’s so real but also quite dystopian at the same time. I relate a lot to Sloane’s character. Right away, I knew she would be my favorite. The only complaint I have is that the plot and characters took so long to develop, that I felt the end of the book came rather quickly and ended almost too neatly. I think Chosen Ones could have easily been over 500 pages and still would have been exciting and page-turning. I hope she writes a sequel!

The Guest List

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Reese’s book club pick for June was The Guest List by Lucy Foley. I already wrote a separate blog post about this book on my June reads list, so click here to read!

My Dark Vanessa

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

The first half of My Dark Vanessa was so good! I was immediately intrigued by the story and the characters. However, it quickly became drawn out and boring for me. I was most puzzled with the ending. Randomly, one afternoon, Vanessa had adopted a dog and the next thing you know, she’s somehow had a mental shift. The whole book was Vanessa trying to deny what had happened to her, and suddenly she’s turned a new leaf on her own? It really just didn’t add up for me. However, I do believe that the topic and narrative of this book is extremely important and should be discussed by more people. As painful as this book was to read, it also shed light on sexual abuse that hasn’t been talked about very much.

The Silent Patient

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I actually haven’t quite finished The Silent Patient yet, but since there are a few days left in the month, I’m counting it in my June reads. So far I am loving the storyline and the author’s writing style. I can’t wait to find out the mystery behind the murder!

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