What I Read in… June

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I knocked out six books this month. Woo! Honestly, I think it would have been more, but I started reading The 5 Love Languages about a week or so ago and got stuck there. It’s a really good book, but I am taking the time to process it and make sure I really pay attention to what I am reading, so it’s taking me longer to finish than a regular book. But this was a REALLY good month for books – all but one of them I gave 5 star ratings to! (Out of 5.)

In June I read:

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The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant. I definitely forgot what this book was about when I started it – it had been that long since I bought it and added it to my Kindle! For some reason, I kept thinking it was a mystery but it turned out to be a lovely tale of historical fiction about a young Jewish girl from an immigrant family growing up in Boston. I loved how the story was woven – the protagonist is now an old woman and grandmother and she is giving an interview of sorts to her granddaughter about her life. It was so well written and I fell in love with the story. In a way, it reminded me of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – one of my all-time favorite books. Overall Rating 5 out of 5.

Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen by Jazz Jennings. I stumbled onto learning about Jazz Jennings through reality tv as I found her show one day and was hooked. She is a refreshingly normal teenager and it took me until a few good minutes into the show to realize she is transgender. She has been an advocate for transgender youth since she was a youth herself and God bless her parents and family for supporting her as they do. I enjoyed that her book sounded like she wrote it, unlike the Malala book where some of the text seemed to be written by someone far beyond her years. The only thing that annoyed me was when Jazz referred to her genitalia (still male), she called it her D. Like, either call it a dick or be correct and call it a penis! LOL. Otherwise, she is fantastic and I appreciated the refreshing honesty from the book. I hope she writes more as she gets older. Overall Rating 5 out of 5.

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern. This is the same Cecelia Ahern that writes chick lit like P.S. I Love You. Now she’s come out with a dystopian tale of a society to tries to right their corrupt government and nature, only to become even more corrupt themselves. The Flawed are second-class citizens who are branded as punishment for their crimes – they have a literal F branded onto them, on different places on their bodies depending on their crime. And these aren’t always crimes as we know them today. They are also branded for ethical crimes, and neighbors, friends and loved ones are encouraged to rat each other out. Celestine, the heroine, is the Katniss Everdeen of this tale and I found myself comparing the two characters a lot. It’s a great, faced paced read! Overall Rating 5 out of 5.

Perfect by Cecilia Ahern. Part two of the Flawed story, Celestine is now in hiding but has plans to take down the whole system due to something only she and Judge Crevan (the one who deemed her flawed) know about. This sequel is just as good as Flawed and while still reminiscent of the Hunger Games series, it stands on its own and I found Celestine to be less weak than Katniss was portrayed at times. Overall Rating 5 out of 5.

Beautiful Broken Girls by Kim Savage. I’m torn on this book. Some chapters enthralled me and kept me going while others I wanted to skim past. Two sisters commit suicide and the town is reeling, especially after the death of their cousin only weeks prior. One of the girls, Mira, leaves notes for Ben, a boy that loved her, so he can discover why they did what they did. Due to bad things happening early in Ben’s own life he starts to misinterpret Mira’s notes and starts to unravel from her death as well has his own storied past. This book was just kind of… weird. It just fell flat for me overall in the end. Overall Rating 3 out of 5.

The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story by Hyeonseo Lee. I love books about societies that are shrouded in secrecy, like Scientology, Polygamist Mormonism, and North Korea. (Three very specific topics haha.) This was the first novel I’ve read about North Korea and it was a great introduction into the veiled country. Hyeonseo Lee accidentally defects to China (seriously… she was planning on coming back but oops!) and lives her life in exile, missing her family while trying to hide from authorities on both sides of the wall. I found her story to be so intriguing as she tries to live a normal life all while keeping everyone at arms distance so they don’t discover her true identity. She changes names often, hence the title of the book. The end of her story has a happy ending, but I appreciate that she doesn’t paint everything as sunshine and rainbows in the end, and continues to detail the struggle that she and her family face. Overall Rating 5 out of 5.

Honorable Mentions (aka books I couldn’t finish):

On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety by Andrea Petersen. I was really excited about this book to learn more about someone else and their anxiety but it was too much of a technical, scientific read for me. The parts that dealt with Petesen’s personal anxiety struggle were interesting, but I felt that was was so much medical jargon that I couldn’t keep up.

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Comments

  1. I likebooks like the Boston girl, will have to check that out!
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  2. I LOVED The Boston Girl & just added Flawed AND The Girl With Seven Names to my ever-growing to-read list.
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  3. I have the boston girl on hold; glad that it’s a good read 🙂

  4. Wow, a lot of 5-star books! I haven’t read any of them, but put them on my every-growing to-read list! 🙂
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  5. That escape from North Korea book is so amazing! Highly recommended to just about anybody.
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