Read it In… June

So I definitely made up for my crappy reading in May with nine books read in June! Granted some of them were light reads and I did have over 24 hours worth of plane travel but still – that’s a lot of books!

In June I read:

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After the Lie by Kerry Fisher. After the Lie is about Lydia who seemingly has the perfect life. Great family, perfect house, perfect friends, great husband, etc. But she’s been living a lie since she was a teenager after a foolish act changed the course of her life.  This book just kind of like, pissed me off? It was well written and suspenseful but then when the lie was revealed it was kind of let down.But I understood how the who series of events with an overbearing mother in the mix could alter the course of someone’s life like that. Overall Rating: 4 out of 5.

Petite Confessions: A Humorous Memoirette with Sassy Drink Recipes by Vicki Lesage. Ugh this book. I didn’t realize “memoirette” would mean a book of tiny little stories sometimes taking up two pages. And then the drink recipes at the end of each “chapter” were far reaching. The stories were cute, but the book honestly felt like a waste of time. Overall Rating: 2 out of 5.

Summer Flambè (The Rachael O’Brien Chronicles Book 2) by Paisley Ray. The 2nd book out of the eight book series was just as good as the first. It’s a direct continuation from the first book and follows the story of Rachael O’Brien as she’s home for the summer, continuing her hands-on art restoration learning and art theft solving. I like that the series deals with crazy stuff like art theft but doesn’t present itself in an outlandish way. Super enjoyable and I will eventually read the rest of the series. I just like waiting until they go on sale on Amazon! Overall Rating: 5 out of 5.

Batter Up (Bachelors of Buttermilk Falls #1) by Robyn Neely. This book had a little bit of a Practical Magic vibe to it (God I love that movie.) A small town baker can conjure up a bachelor’s true love’s name in her cake batter. An investigative reporter hears about her “talent” and decides to uncover her as a fraud. The book was a little bit predictable – well a lot predictable – but it was well written and really cute and a nice easy read. There are two more books in the series and I’ll probably scoop them up at some point. Overall rating 5 out of 5.

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler. A spin on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, Vinegar Girl tells the tale of the bitter older daughter, the insufferable younger sister and the absentee, delusional father. Throw in an unsuitable suitor and the tale grows from there. I really enjoyed this story until the end when it pissed me off how Kate, the main character, handled her situation and where things wound up. In the end, I liked Ten Things I Hate About You better. 🙂 Overall Rating 4 out of 5.

KIYA: Hope of the Pharaoh (Kiya Trilogy Book 1) by Katie Hamstead. Apparently I downloaded this book in November and only got around to reading it now. Ooops. I didn’t even remember purchasing it! This book was GREAT. A lot of the more recent reviews are bad which I don’t understand. Well I guess if they were looking for historical accuracy then they would be disappointed. Entertaining – yes! This is the FICTIONAL story of Tutankhamun’s mother – how she came to be Akhenaten’s wife, fighting against Nefertiti and saving her son, the heir to the throne. I can’t wait to read the other two parts of the trilogy. Overall Rating 5 out of 5.

Out of Sorts by Aurélie Valognes. This is another one I purchased last year and didn’t get around to reading until now. This is the timeless tale of how a young girl wins over a grumpy old man. It has some twists and turns that have you feeling for the old man Ferdinand and everything wraps itself in a nice little bow at the end. I found the French to English translation a bit rough in some spots but nothing too impossible to get over. Overall Rating 4 out of 5.

Deliver Her by Patricia Perry Donovan. While I gave this book a high rating there were parts that had me going, “Really??” (So Kate, totally agree with you!) It was a really good read – sucking me in right away and leaving me angsty to find out what happened next. As a mother I found parts of it unrealistic and far fetched but the story, characters and plot as a whole had me at hello. I was happy that the ending didn’t tie all the plot points together nicely but left some things open ended/frayed. Overall Rating 5 out of 5.

I Know I Am, But What Are You? by Samantha Bee. I’ve liked Samantha Bee ever since she was on The Daily Show and Dave and I LOVE Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. I expected her book to be on the level of Tina Fey, Amy Poehler or Mindy Kaling but it fell short for me. Her childhood stories were really amusing but I would have loved more about her adulthood and her marriage to Jason Jones. The book was basically one long, run-on sentence about how awkward she was as a child. Funny but a bit overkill after the first few anecdotes. Overall Rating 4 out of 5.

I forgot to put this book in my mosaic of titles but just remembered I read it as I went through my Kindle. 

Triangle: The Fire That Changed America by David von Drehle. I picked up this book because it’s the type of history I geek out over. I love reading about New York City in the late 1800s, early 1900s. I also remembered learning about this tragedy in school, but it was always a quick, glossed over bullet point in the massive amounts of history we were tackling. This book went into crazy detail about NYC politics around the time of the tragedy, which I understand had a lot to do with the fire, but it just wasn’t all that interesting to me. Learning about the fire, how it broke out, the individuals affected and more – that was riveting. Overall Rating 3 out of 5.

Honorable Mentions – (Books that I started and could not finish.)

The Worst Day Of My Life, So Far by M.A. Harper. When the book was about the main character’s childhood it was interesting. When it segued into her adult, fucked up life, well it got boring fast. Wah wah wahhhh. I found myself digitally flicking past the pages to see if anything interesting would happen so then I gave up.

The Jolly Coroner: A Picaresque Novel by Quentin Canterel. NOPE. Nope, nope, nope. I was able to get this book for free from NetGalley and I couldn’t even make it past the first chapter. It barely warranted three stars on Goodreads and somehow got four on Amazon but blech.

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  1. Batter Up is such a fun title! Adding it to my to-read list, hopefully I can get to it soon 🙂

    Also, so impressed by all your reads this month!

  2. For some reason, a LOT of the books that I’ve download on NetGalley have been “honorable mentions” (as you categorize it). Wonder why I find so many NOPEs there.
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    • I find more “honorable mentions” from the books I download from Bookbub than from NetGalley. Sometimes they’re cheap on Bookbub for a reason!


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