Hey, everybody! It’s that time of the month again!
Can you believe June is already half over?
I’m linking up today with Modern Mrs. Darcy to share short reviews of the books I’ve read so far this month. Summer reading is in full swing now, and I’m loving it!
How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind by Dana K. White
Nothing really new here but this was a good easy read for getting a handle on basic housekeeping. I needed a refresher course! Now that I’m working full time, my routines are all messed up. When I was home with the kids, I was definitely in the “one load of laundry a day” camp. But I’m now fully embracing the idea of “Laundry Day.” Lots of other reminders like “Do the dishes” were super helpful. (I know, duh, right?) And yet, just doing the dishes every day makes so much sense. 4/5 stars
Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan
Jenny Colgan is one of my favorite authors. Her plots are predictable (and often delectable) but fun, romantic, and heartwarming. This one isn’t my favorite but it’s still a perfect summer read. My favorite? The Little Bookshop on the Corner. 4/5 stars
The Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo
This is a pick from MMD’s Summer Reading Guide and it’s a good one. It has the feel of a mystery thriller, but there are lots of loose ends that never get tied up. It’s really a book about family and I was particularly drawn to the character of Claire, the mother in the story, who’s raising a middle school girl and a high school boy. So much resonated and there were times I was moved to tears. This book is different than anything I’ve read before and certainly makes you think. 4/5 stars
News of the World by Paulette Jiles
If I had known more about this novel, I never would have picked it up. It’s a Western, y’all. With shootouts and saloons and everything. Here’s what saved it for me: completely lovable characters and a traipse across reconstruction era Texas. Since I’ve been to all the places mentioned in the book, I could picture them perfectly and it made me fall in love with my state all over again. I highly recommend the Audible version of this one. A short but worthwhile read. 4/5 stars
Eat Right 4 Your Type by Peter J. D’Adamo
This book was recommended to me by my trainer at the gym (yes, I joined a gym). It’s a diet based on blood type, and it sounds okay. It’s just that I’m so worn out by dieting (and dieting, and dieting) and not losing any weight. I’m just not sure I can commit to this much restriction at this point. And I only read the part about my blood type. The explanations about how the author came to all of these conclusions read like a medical textbook so I skipped over most of it. But –like most diet books — there are people who swear by this one. 2/5 stars
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
This is the much anticipated summer thriller by the author of The Girl on the Train. It’s very well crafted and keeps you guessing up to the end. I listened to this one on Overdrive, and in retrospect, I think I would’ve preferred the print version. There are lots of characters and story lines to keep up with in the beginning, and the audio version made it a little confusing. 4/5 stars
That’s it so far this month. I’ve got a nice big stack to work my way through this summer, so I’ll be back on June 30th with another wrap up for What I’m Into.
So what’s on your reading list for summer? What have you read so far that you couldn’t put down? I’d love to hear about your favorites!