June 2020 Book Recommendations: What to Read & What to Skip
Welcome to my regular round up of books for my June 2020 book recommendations! This month I read a few hits from 2019 and recent releases that will be perfect to add to your summer reading lists.
This list of June 2020 book recommendations includes a few must-read hits and some middle of the road reads you can take or leave. I like to share both my five star reads and any misses to help you get a better idea of what you should read or might want to skip.
As always, I love to hear if you agree or disagree with my ratings! Let me know in the comments what you thought of my June 2020 book recommendations.
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June 2020 Book Recommendations
The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes
Moyes breaks away from her usual stories to tackle historical fiction and does a terrific job. Set in rural Kentucky during the Great Depression, The Giver of Stars tells the story of the female packhorse librarians. These women took it upon themselves to deliver books to poor families in their community, facing danger at every turn.
This novel was a slow read for me, but I enjoyed every bit of it. The descriptions of the hills of Kentucky are breathtaking and the relationship between the women is moving. It’s a story of independence, friendship, love and dedication. 5 Stars | Amazon
The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
One of the most discussed YA books of last year, The Grace Year is a feminist dystopian novel. The girls in this community are forced to spend their sixteenth year in the woods where they can release their deadly “magic” and return as docile women. No one speaks of The Grace Year, but the girls come back missing limbs, lost, or dead. When it’s Tierney’s turn, she attempts to revolt against this horrendous tradition.
I adored this YA fantasy wholeheartedly. It kept me guessing as to what was really happening with the girls’ “magic” and didn’t exactly have the neatly wrapped up ending that YA fantasy often features. 5 Stars | Amazon
The Guest List by Lucy Foley
Anyone who’s been reading my blog for more than a week will notice I very rarely mention thrillers or murder mysteries. They’re just…not my thing. Despite this, I couldn’t resist the Irish setting and rave reviews of The Guest List. Plus, the drama focuses entirely on a glamorous wedding and the people involved.
While I can say I enjoyed the story, I didn’t think the revelations at the end were worth all the build up. I have a feeling anyone who normally enjoys this genre will like a lot. If you’re on the fence though, it’s a skip recommendation from me. 3.5 Stars | Amazon
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eBooks (reading from Netgalley / Library):
The Love Square by Laura Jane Williams
This was a completely unexpected hit!! I requested it on a whim from NetGalley based on the cute sounding book summary. A woman finds herself involved with three very different men after a lifetime of misses. I liked that this turned the love triangle trope on its head, plus the main character is a chef! I’m a sucker for books about food.
It turned out to be just the type of rom com I was hoping to discover. The protagonist is likable and independent. Plus the rotating group of guys each have their own charm. 5 Stars | Amazon (Release Date June 29, 2020)
Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner
Part women’s fiction, part murder mystery? It’s a strange combo but it works! Daphne is a body positive social media influencer who gets an out of the blue invite to be in a former friend’s wedding. Despite their history, she can’t pass up a glamorous beach wedding. When someone ends up dead, she’s pulled into the investigation and starts uncovering her friend’s secrets.
I enjoyed the first half of this more as we got to know Daphne and her history. The murder mystery investigation and ultimate reveal seemed a bit far-fetched to me. Thankfully, that did play more of a background role as this was ultimately about Daphne’s life. 4 Stars | Amazon
Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn
This is a tough review to write! I was so excited to read this book since the premise is adorable. Meg is a well known letterer, creating beautiful hand-lettered designs on wedding invites, calendars, planners, etc. When a former client accuses her of hiding a message in his wedding program, she never expects the journey it sets her off on.
I really wanted to like the lettering aspect of this book, but honestly it ended up boring me a bit. I like the development of Meg and Reid’s relationship and the focus on female friendships, but the overall background for the story didn’t grab my attention. This might be best if you have a particular interest in this creative field! 3 Stars | Amazon
Audio Books (listening on Kindle Unlimited / Audible):
I finally finally dived into an audio book this month. Unfortunately it was The Dutch House and it was a rare DNF for me. So instead, I picked up Of Literature and Lattes from my library’s Hoopla account! Stay tuned next month to see what I think!
Reading Tracker Analysis (Data: Jan – Present)
Since I created my Reading Tracker (available for $5 in my store), I thought it’d be fun to showcase a few of the graphs each month. I’m an accountant, so books + Excel is my dream combo 🙂
One of the easier graphs is my comparison of male vs female authors. This is one diversity statistic that I’m not struggling with at all! I actually probably should incorporate a few more males into my lineup.
Also, I’m planning to add a category into my 2021 Reading Tracker to track Black authors and other POC authors!
Next up is a line graph showing how long it takes me to read a book in each genre. About as expected, genres like historical fiction and mysteries take quite a while for me to get through. Whereas, romance/chick lit (which is easily my most read genre) is sitting at less than 5 days!
If you’d like to analyze your reading or you’re tired of tracking books with Goodreads, check out my Reading Tracker!
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For more mini book reviews, check out What I Read in May 2020!