June Reading Wrap Up

Wednesday, 4 July 2018
June was a month that totally flew by and with my return to Scotland, I've been a bit easy on the books without my lovely Stamford library. I read 6 books this month. Everything was either a 3 star or a 4 star read for me. Nothing terrible but nothing that totally blew me away either. That being said, I generally try to read outwith my comfort zone so it should be no surprise that I'll come across books that aren't quite my style. I also recently published my list of books that I want to read this summer and as always add me as a friend on GoodReads if you use it!

The Children by Ann Leary
This book follows our narrating character who is a famous Connecticut mommy blogger. The secret? She doesn't actually have any children. Charlotte lives at home with her mother in a house that was left to them by her stepfather. This book follows the characters over a summer when romance blooms in the family and an inheritance feud begins. I was attracted to this book because it involves a blogger and it was also set in Connecticut. It was a fun little mystery but honestly, at the times it didn't really seem like the plotlines flowed together very well. Like it was 4 mini stories about a family that didn't fit into a big picture very well. I gave it 3/5 stars.

Puddin' by Julie Murphy
Puddin' is a companion novel to Dumplin', a book I read last year in which an overweight teenage girl joins a beauty pageant. It's a companion novel and not a sequel as it follows some of the secondary characters instead. The book is told by two characters in alternating chapters. First of all, we have Millie, who is trying to pursue her dream of becoming a TV presenter in the world that only wants skinny blonde women. And secondly Callie, who gets herself kicked off the dance team and is struggling to find direction. I really enjoyed this book and it was a fun, lighthearted read which was just what I needed during a stressful time! I gave it 4/5 stars. 

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
This thriller focused around an agoraphobic psychiatric who lives in a house in Harlem. She watches all of the neighbours out of her windows when one day she witnesses a murder. But the police don't believe her due to her serious drinking habit. I loved this book as it was such a compelling and addictive read. However, I really didn't like the ending to this book as it seemed a bit forced and unrealistic. Personally, I prefer it when the answer doesn't include previously unknown characters/facts. I mean, I need some chance to solve it right? I gave it 4/5 stars though because I was absorbed right up to the ending. 

Refuge by Dina Nayeri
This fiction novel tells the story of an Iranian father and daughter who are separated when the daughter moves to America as a child. They meet up again 4 times in different cities across the world and this book tells the story of those meetings and also their own separate lives. I really had to rush through this one to finish it so I could return it to the library before I left the states so I don't think I really gave it the time it really deserved. The writing was beautiful but at times was almost painfully slow but I also have a feeling that the author intended it to be that way, to fully demonstrate the character's impatience with her ageing father. I gave it 3/5 stars. 

Sally Heathcote: Suffragette by Mary M. Talbot
This is a graphic novel telling the story of a fictional suffragette called Sally Heathcote. It was a really good graphic novel but I didn't find that the storyline was particularly gripping. Normally I race through graphic novels but I read this over the space of like two weeks because I just wasn't particularly motivated to pick it up and read it. I gave it 3/5 stars. 

Places I Stopped on the Way Home by Meg Fee
This book is a collection of little essays of the author recounting places that she went during her twenties and the people she met/boys she fell in love with. It was a little self-indulgent at times which felt a bit awkward. But for the most part, a lot of the stories really spoke to me and it was comforting to know that other people have the same thoughts sometimes. It was short but gripping and I really enjoyed it. I gave it 4/5 stars. 

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