Love, Joleen: Recent Reads: June 2015

Friday, July 3, 2015

Recent Reads: June 2015


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After reading 11 books in the past two months (Whoa, that's a lot, even for me!) I've decided to make Recent Reads a monthly feature on the blog. Of the five books I read in the month of June, only one was on my Summer Reading List. I don't know about you, but most of the books I read are checked out from the library or passed down from friends. I still [and always will] prefer actual paper books to digital, although I do enjoy audio books from time to time and have read several on my Kindle. All this to say that the library doesn't always have the books I want when I want them. I like to log in online from time to time and place holds on a bunch of books from my "wanting to read" list on Goodreads. Then, when they become available to me, the library alerts me via email. If I'm lucky, I can pick up several books at a time. This is my preference since we usually only have our one family car around once a week. [My husband uses it the rest of the time to get to and from work.] 
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
This was the one book on my summer reading list this month, but all I really took from the reviews was that this book was "The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park". So, let me elaborate on that. It is VERY sad. And if you have experience with suicide (as I do) you absolutely will ball your eyes out while reading this book (which I did). It was very well written and engaging. If you're looking for light beach/poolside reading, this is not the book for you, but if you're looking for something more, I highly recommend it.

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
After loving Big Little Lies so much, I ran right out to get another Liane Moriarty book as recommended. I enjoyed this book, I really did... but I didn't looooooove it and that's because of the ending. Never one to give spoilers, I won't tell you too much about it, but I just didn't love one of the main characters and the decisions she made. That makes it pretty hard to love a book! It was entertaining and so I give it a 3.

A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson
This was a book from my "friend stash" (thank you!!). I had read one of Jackson's books years ago -- Between, Georgia -- and enjoyed it, so I was happy to read another from this author. I wasn't disappointed! "A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family."

The Fixer Upper by Mary Kay Andrews
This was another from my "friend stash" and it wasn't bad. My favorite thing about it was that it took place mostly outside Atlanta. There were a lot of references to suburbs and places within the city that I'm familiar with, which is always fun. I was able to relate to it more. I liked the characters in this book and enjoyed the ending. This is good light summer reading.

Landline by Rainbow Rowell
I am obsessed with Rainbow Rowell. Like, I should basically join her fanclub already. I could be one of her own Fan Girls (ha ha). I loved both Fangirl and Eleanor & Park! Landline didn't measure up to either of those epic young adult books IMO but it was still a good read! It was both easy and entertaining -- perfect for summer! I checked it out in hardback but you can currently preorder this book on paperback, here. It's set to release in just a couple of weeks.

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