What I read in June

I read four books in June. Not quite as many as I was hoping for, but hey, I am doing so much better than many previous years, so I won’t be hard on myself, but continue to read whenever I can.

I very much enjoyed all four books that I read, so it was quality over quantity this month!

The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton (★★★★☆)

This was a great book. It took me a while to get into it, but at the end, I was really invested in these ladies and their friendship of a lifetime! It’s a true testament to the importance of having a good group of girlfriends. Too damn bad most of mine live so far away.

With love from the inside by Angela Pisel (★★★★☆)

This was a very thought-provoking and emotional book to read. It centers around the relationship between a daughter and her mother who is imprisoned for allegedly killing her infant son and is written from alternating perspectives of the two main characters. Are you a proponent or opponent of the death penalty? This book will undoubtedly make you revisit your conviction!

A world without you by Beth Revis (★★★★☆)

Lots of people LOVED this book… I liked it and am glad that I read it, but it was long-winded for me at times and since ‘mental illness’ is such a sensitive topic, I am also very critical when people attempt to build a story around it. Parts of this book were great, parts of this book were fantastical, parts fed into the common stereotypes of mental illness, some parts downright confused me. So, my feelings about the book are a bit of a mixed bag, but overall I’d recommend it.

The signature of all things by Elizabeth Gilbert (★★★★☆)

I am pretty confident when I say that this book isn’t for everyone. Some may find it too long, others may find parts too graphic, too detailed, or unnecessary. Some might find it downright boring. But personally, I loved this book and Elizabeth Gilbert is a very talented writer. I love books that combine a fictional life story (with a female heroine!) with historical context and events, scientific theories, relationships, and life struggles and this book has it all! The book speaks to the parts of us that desire order, reason, and evidence and those parts that want to embrace the opposite; faith, belief and unwavering optimism and hope. Especially the second half of the book kept me turning the pages and reading well into the night.

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  1. Definitely checking out With Love from the Inside!

  2. I’m glad you loved The Wednesday Sisters! I also loved that book and have recommended it quite a bit. Do NOT read the sequel, though. It’s awful!! I’ve debated reading The Signature of All Things but think that I will probably get around to it eventually! I definitely want to read “With Love from the Inside”. I am opponent of the death penalty. It’s very costly to execute a person and I think that God is the author of life so I don’t think humans should be able to take manners into their own hands… It’s hard to have this position when someone is guilty of horrific crimes but I think that sometimes life in prison can be worse than being killed, in some ways…

    June was a ‘meh’ reading month for me, honestly. I had to push myself to finish a couple of books (one was a book club book, one was a book that got such great acclaim that I stuck with it thinking it would get better, but it didn’t). My favorite book by far was Behold the Dreamers – that’s one of the best books I’ve read this year!

    1. You’re the third person that has warned me about the sequel to the Wednesday Sisters. I hate when sequels disappoint….
      I would love to hear what you think about the Signature of all things in case you get around to reading it ;)

  3. I’m always impressed how many books you get to read ;-) I just finished “Die Tuchvilla, 2. Teil” and am now looking for new book recommendations. I think I’ll give “The Wednesday Sisters” a try. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you… I am making time for books right now (and other hobbies have fallen to the wayside in the process – ha!).

  4. I haven’t read any of these, but I am going to the beach tonight so I think I might have to download them on my kindle for the trip!

    1. I am curious if you end up reading any of them and how you like them.

  5. The Wednesday Sisters sounds really interesting especially (I love books about female friendships). Thanks so much for sharing your list–you read quite a lot of books in June! I’m going to look into the Elizabeth Gilbert book, too… I haven’t been as impressed with some of her latest works, but I do love her writing style so much and she is a wonderful author. Thanks for sharing :)

    1. Elizabeth Gilbert is a hit or miss, I heard, and this book is definitely not for everyone, but I really thought it had a LOT to discuss.

  6. I”m on book 62 for the year, being injured has up’ed my reading time, ha!! I need to check out some of these! Just finished The Marsh Kings Daughter and that was really good

    1. I don’t know if to cheer for 62 books or be sad because it is because you’re injured… LOL I guess, you can only make the best of it!

  7. Ooh, I’m glad you gave 4 stars to two of my well-loved reads. With Love From the Inside was a favorite among my book club members, and we had such a great discussion about prison and the death penalty.

    My favorite book from June was You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero, followed very-very-very closely by The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.

    1. I put “You’re a badass” on my to -read list :)

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