Playing for Keeps (Heartbreaker Bay #7) by Jill Shalvis 2* Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell 2*
Good Boy (WAGS #1) by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy 3* Stay (WAGS #2) by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy 3* You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson 3* The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper 3* Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger 3* The Lost Love Song by Minnie Darke 3* You Have a Match by Emma Lord 3*
Seven Days in June by Tia Williams 3.5* The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren 3.5
A lot of second or later books from authors I’ve liked before but didn’t enjoy as much as their older stuff and new books I waited months for and didn’t love. Lots of disappointments this month—not much above a 3 and that was a bit of a stretch
Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau
Somebody's Daughter by Ashley C Ford
The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris
The Road Trip by Beth O'Leary
Mergers and Acquisitions: Or, Everything I Know About Love I Learned on the Wedding Pages by Cate Doty
Yearbook by Seth Rogan (this was actually pretty fun! different peek into Hollywood life)
Loved and Wanted: A Memoir of Choice, Children, and Womanhood by Christa Parravani
The Disappearing Act by Catherine Steadman (this was the rare book where I didn’t like her earlier books but this one was okay. Not the best but enjoyable enough)
House of Sticks by Ly Tran
Good Company by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
Sandcastle by Frederik Peeters and Pierre Oscar Lévy
Couple Found Slain: After a Family Murder by Mikita Brottman
Burn Down the Ground by Kambri Crews (great portrayal of Deaf culture)
The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave - 3* - Considered a thriller but I wouldn't say it was overly thrilling. More like a mystery. It was ok.
Anna K Away by Jenny Lee - 3* - Sequel to Anna K, which I loved (very similar to Gossip Girl). I was disappointed. I just didn't feel like much happened, then there was a weird twist at the end that seemed so dumb and unnecessary.
Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge - 3* - I had high hopes for this one because it sounded interesting, but it fell flat for me.
Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid - 4* - It was good, but not AMAZING. I got the characters mixed up a lot but overall it was a good story.
Bringing Down The Duke by Evie Dunmore - 4* - Cheesy romance, but I liked the feminist twist. I mostly liked it, but some parts were really unbelievable IMO.
5 stars: And Still We Rise by Miles Corwin Hollowpox by Jessica Townsend The Guncle by Steven Rowley We Are the Brennans by Tracey Lange
4 stars: The Quiet Boy by Ben Winters Malice by Heather Walter A Peculiar Combination by Ashley Weaver Starsight by Brandon Sanderson Big Little Lies and What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty Carry On by Rainbow Rowell The Calculating Stars Mary by Robinette Kowal The Secret Keeper of Jaipur by Alka Joshi
3 stars: If I Fall, If I Die by Michael Christie Midwives by Chris Bohjalian
2 stars: The Children’s Blizzard by Melanie Benjamin The End of Men by Christina Sweeney-Baird
Moved into the Summer Beach reading part of the year in June!
Finished during the month:
The Dinner - 2*, ugh, this was recommended on a podcast but really not great The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna - 2.5* - I struggle with this because I wanted something more substantial and parts were very interesting, but too many parts were dry and science heavy We Begin at the End - 4* People We Meet on Vacation - 5* - much better than Beach Read also by Emily Henry The Four Winds - 5* - I love Kristin Hannah The Other Black Girl - 4* - not what I was expecting but still fun Golden Girl - 4* - not the best by Hilderbrand but I would just read her food on Nantucket descriptions alone