June is about two weeks in, but I still want to take a moment to reflect on my previous month of reading. This past month I was able to read 10 books, which is exciting because I entered the month in a massive reading slump. One of these books was an audiobook, but I credit my reading successes to reading a little bit before bed. I hope to score some reading time by the beach or by the pool as summer is quickly approaching.
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo, 3 out of 5 Stars: The third and final Shadow and Bone novel. I honestly didn’t get the hype of this series, but still plan to watch the show.
The Wrong Family by Tarryn Fisher, 4 out of 5 stars: June is a squatter who has been staying at the Crouch residence. On the outside, their house appears to be perfect, but on the inside things are not what they seem. Winnie and Nigel Crouch have a failing marriage. And, June has a secret of her own. I enjoyed this book, but it had a really slow start. I did enjoy the ending, but it took a while to get there.
Layla by Colleen Hoover, 4 out of 5 Stars: Leeds and Layla meet when Leeds is performing at her sister’s wedding. However, when an attack happens, Layla is not the same. To go back to where they were before, Leeds brings Layla to the place where they first met. I really loved this book, but it was a little creepy at first. Once I reached the second half of the book, I could not put it down. This book is definitely one of my favorites that I read this month.
Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover, 5 out of 5 stars: This Colleen Hoover novel is one of her latest releases, but I loved it nonetheless. It tells the story of a young girl who finds her mother dead after a drug overdose. She uses it as an excuse to leave her small town behind forever and falls in love with a boy who is hiding a dark secret. I loved this book, and in true Colleen Hoover fashion, it tugged at my emotions for days.
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover, 4 out of 5 stars: Sydney finds out that her roommate Tori is sleeping with her boyfriend. She then moves in with boy band member Ryder and the two have a duet that makes my heart sing with joy. I loved this book, but sometimes Sydney was frustrating.
Maybe Now by Colleen Hoover, 3 out of 5 stars: The sequel to Maybe Someday. It was frustrating, but I still enjoyed reading it.
Without Merit by Colleen Hoover, 4 out of 5 stars: Merit is the black sheep of the family. Her mother suffers from mental illness, her father bought a church for the family to live in, and there is so much going on. So, she collects trophies. One day, she meets a guy and soon learns that he’s her sister’s boyfriend. Or, so she thought. This book was crazy and emotional. At first, it was extremely slow. However, it got intense, and I could not put this book down. Definitely recommend checking it out if you like a slow burn.
Love Your Life Not Theirs by Rachel Cruze, 5 out of 5 stars: You all know that I have been working on the whole budget and saving thing this year. This was what I used my Audible credit for this month, and I loved it. This book really gave me a chance to think about how I approached my life and what works for me. There are some things that I do not agree with, but I do highly recommend this book if you want to win with money or to change your money mindset.
The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon, 5 out of 5 Stars: This was definitely one of the cutest books that I’ve read in a while. It is an enemies to lovers’ romance with all of the right amounts of banter and cuteness. We have our main characters Shea and Dominic who despite being enemies and get on each other’s nerves. The two are asked to host a podcast, called the Ex Talk, which takes them to new horizons that neither of them could imagine. Okay, I really loved this book, and I now understand the hype. I started this on the audiobook, but ended up downloading the e-book. I highly recommend this book for all of your summer pool reads.
You Have a Match by Emma Lord, 5 out of 5 Stars: Abby takes a DNA test and instead of winning a bet with her best friend, she finds out that she has a sister. Not a half-sister, but a full blooded sister. The two meet up, and soon have the goal to figure out what went wrong with their parents. I really loved this book. It was a lighter read, but I loved the process of Abby and Savvy’s relationship, as well as Abby’s own self-discovery.