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June Wrap Up!

June was a better read month for me than May – less TV Shows to get distracted by! This month I got through 8 books … a brief recap below:

Life is both fleeting and dangerous, and there is no point in denying yourself pleasure, or being anything other than what you are. – Elizabeth Gilbert, City of Girls


The Child Before by Michael Scanlon

I was somewhat disappointed by this second instalment in the Detective Beck series. I found it a tough read, but I did enjoy the storyline. 3/5. You can read an excerpt of the book here.

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

My first Elizabeth Gilbert read and I LOVED it. The book was full of the glitzy glam life of showgirls and was the brutally honest ‘memoir’ of Vivian Morris. 4.5 out of 5. Find my full thoughts here.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Wanted to love this book, but just didn’t. I kept waiting for something to happen but it didn’t. The storyline was so promising! 3/5. Click here to read my review.

This is How it Always is by Laurie Frankel

Awesome story of unconditional love and acceptance. The perfect Pride month pick! 4 out of 5. Click here to read my review.

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

My second Elizabeth Gilbert read – and I wasn’t disappointed. I wasn’t too sure about the time setting of this one, but after the first few chapters of Henry’s expeditions, it felt more of a ‘timeless’ story. Rich characters and a beautiful journey of adventure, love and loss. 4/5. Read my thoughts here.

No Exit by Taylor Adams

This has been on my radar for a while now, and finally got round to it. A very quick read (one insomniac night). Found it a total page turner, with a dark storyline. Some pretty gruesome passages too. Good suspense/psychologist thriller novel! 4 out of 5. Click here to read my review.

American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson

I’d had higher hopes for this one, but I did love the storyline idea and the characters were good fun. I would have liked this to have been a bit longer to cover off some of the unanswered questions – around Marie’s sister’s death, what happened to her for years when she moved back to the main land. I think the book would really have benefited from an author’s note. 3.5/5. Read my thoughts here.

Recursion by Blake Crouch

My Final June read – and it really didn’t disappoint! Way out side of my comfort zone with this one… a Sci – Fi, yes, I read a Sci-Fi; and I totally LOVED it! This book kept me on the edge of my seat; I was totally captivated by the storyline, the characters and the beautiful love story that Crouch interwove so perfectly. This is definitely my June Top Pick! 4.5 out of 5. Read my review here.

And that’s a wrap on June! A huge thank you to NetGalley, publishers and authors for my review copies of some of these books – this in no way influenced my reviews. If any of you have read these books and want to discuss further … ping me a note πŸ™‚

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