June was the first month of the year that I did not hit my reading goal of five books a month. With much of the month spent on medical leave, I was focused on healing and doing other things. My two season binge of Game of Thrones might have also impacted this – ha!
That said, I finished 4.5 books, so I think things will even out in July! Also, I recorded the audio book for Stretched Too Thin, so maybe that can kind of count (head to instagram and tap my “new book” highlight to hear a sample). Also, fun fact – anyone who preorders Stretched Too Thin, then fills out a form on my site (coming soon), will get the audio book for free. We will be rolling out the freebie sign up in July, so keep an eye out for the announcement on my social media and here on the blog.
Here's what I finished:
I listened to this book and really enjoyed Austin Channing Brown's reading. I believe this is a necessary book for every white person to read. Austin shares an eye-opening account of growing up Black, Christian, and female in middle-class white America. I think it is so important, as a white woman, to read books like Austin's so that I can better understand other people's experiences, how to live with understanding and compassion, and come face-to-face with my own life's experiences and learned prejudices so that I can change, grow and teach my children well. 5 starsMore info →
This is a mystery/thriller about a mom who deals with a daughter who is very.... challenging. And by challenging, I mean sadistic. I received an early reader of this book and I devoured it in 48 hours because I could. not. believe this child. That said, the end left me a bit frustrated. I felt like they left it too open for future books and just tied up a little too neatly. I do understand though why this book is getting SO much buzz (it made Publisher's Weekly's list for best books of summer 2018) and I think a lot of readers will enjoy it. 3.5 stars for me.More info →
I read this book as an effort to read more books from my shelves, as I own hundreds of unread books. An endorsement said for fans of The Help, which is a fair endorsement, though I didn't love this like I did The Help. It was a good read in terms of understanding a bit more about racism in the 50s, but I found myself wanting some of the characters to be better developed. It was interesting to read it in the same month as I'm Still Here. 3.5 starsMore info →
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This month's picks are top notch. I started The Last Time I Lied immediately and can't wait to devour it over the holiday.
The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams: I'm giddy about this one. Everything by Beatriz is fabulous.
TOTAL READ TO DATE: 29 books
What have you read lately?