June in Review: Book Edition
There’s something about summer that always makes me want to devour a good book. Reading for pleasure is something that seems impossible for me while I have school, internships, etc. during the other 3/4 of the year.
When I was younger, I would read one book for every day we were at the beach for a week. Those were magical times; no worries or jobs and only my singular goal to finish a book.
This past month I picked up my first book since last August and have been through several since.
Anyway, here is what I read in the month of June.
If You Like Rom-Coms
Paris for One and Other Stories by JoJo Moyes ★★★★☆
A great, quick summer read. Nell has never been to Paris. When her boyfriend is a no-show for their vacation, she abandons her careful sensibilities to have an adventure of her own. From the author of Me Before You, Moyes never fails to surprise with twists and turns in her compilation of compelling short stories.
Still Me by JoJo Moyes ★★★★★
The third book in the Me Before You series. Louisa moves to New York City to be a companion for a wealthy society woman and is thrust into life with the city’s most elite. She struggles with a long distance relationship while living life to the fullest. The third book I didn’t know I needed, but loved.
Once and For All by Sarah Dessen ★★★★☆
I just love Sarah Dessen’s books so much. She creates flawed characters in realistic worlds to create compelling novels that I can’t put down until they’re over. This is the perfect beach read. Louna is cynical about love despite working for her mother, famous wedding planner Natalie Barrett. It doesn’t help that her first love is gone. Enter Ambrose, a womanizing but caring guy, and see he is determined to break her hard shell of an exterior.
Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren ★★★★★
Another book I read in a day. This is a funny, sweet romance that made me laugh to myself throughout reading. Hazel is eccentric and playful while Josh is serious and calming. They shouldn’t work but do, and the result is adorable and romantic. The ending could’ve been better, but I enjoyed the rest so much that it gets five stars.
Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella ★★★★☆
This is a book I could totally see becoming a rom-com. Lexi wakes up in a hospital and realizes she doesn’t remember the last three years of her life. Now she has the perfect designer wardrobe, a millionaire fiancé, and a Mercedes. A funny book, reminiscent of the 13 Going on 30 movie, Lexi discovers she may have inherited more than she wanted, including secrets, lies, and schemes that threaten the image of her new, perfect life.
If You Like Dark Fiction
Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll ★★★☆☆
Marketed as the next Gone Girl but did not live up to the hype, in my opinion. Ani went through a traumatizing event in high school and became desperate to reinvent herself. Now in her 20s, she is successful in New York City with the perfect job, apartment, and fiancé, but her past comes back to haunt her. Some dark themes including sexual assault, eating disorders, and toxic relationships. Pretty slow-paced book. None of the characters had any redeeming qualities. Wouldn’t recommend.
Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering ★★★☆☆
I really wanted to like this book, but it was not one of my favorites of the month. It is quite similar to the darkness of Luckiest Girl Alive. It is about a toxic, all-consuming on-again, off-again relationship between Lucy and Stephen. It is the kind of book that made me want to slam my head against a wall and shake all of the characters because it was so frustrating. Sometimes slow, many times difficult to read, this book may just drive you crazy.