What I Read: June

I am not someone who gives out five star ratings easily. This month was truly full of exceptional writing. Aside from Kristen Hannah, these were all new authors to me and I absolutely plan to read more of their work. Any recommendations on what to read next by these authors? Leave a comment so I can add it to my list!

One Day in December by Josie Silver

Rating: four stars

Thoughts: This love story was a good just-for-fun read. The characters will draw you in making it difficult to put the book down. It touches on themes of love, loss, grief, friendship, and forgiveness. I was worried I was going to be unhappy with the ending, but really enjoyed how the book came together. My recommendation: save this one for winter. It’d be a great book to cozy up with on a snowy day.

The Great Alone by Kristen Hannah

Rating: five stars

Thoughts: Someone recommended that I read this as a follow-up to Educated. The advice was spot on. Set in the remote wilderness of Alaska, there are several parallels between the two books. Although The Great Alone is fictional, it tells a beautiful coming of age story. We witness the main character grow from a young girl into a young adult and experience how she uses an atypical set of circumstances – growing up in a remote wilderness while coping with an abusive father and a mother that loves her father too much to leave him – to find her way in life.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Rating: five stars

Thoughts: After being roughly 650 in line at the library, my hold came up! I didn’t waste any time diving into this book. Until I got past the first 50 pages, I was hesitant, but as soon as I got to know the characters and plot line, I was all in. This book is beautifully written. The author knows the setting well – a marsh on the outskirts of a southern town – and describes it so eloquently you truly feel transported back in time. If you aren’t a fan of flowery writing with lots of description, this may not be the book for you. I was drawn into the story by the challenges the characters faced and the mystery and suspense woven into the novel. It left me on the edge of my seat until the very last page.

The Writing Life by Annie Dillard

Rating: five stars

Thoughts: A perfect review of this book has already been written and can be summed up as such:

“For non-writers, it is a glimpse into the trials and satisfactions of a life spent with words. For writers, it is a warm, rambling conversation with a stimulating and extraordinarily talented colleague.”

The Chicago Tribune

July’s Reading List:

  • The Next Right Thing by Emily P. Freeman
  • The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation Into the Writing Life by Julia Cameron
  • Breathe Again: How to Live Well When Life Falls Apart by Nikki Hardy (I’m on the launch team for this book, which comes out on August 6th – so expect to hear lots from me on this one! Can’t wait to tell you about it.)
  • This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
  • Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin

Planning to add any of these books to your list this month? If not, what’s already on your list?

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