I read some really spectacular books this month. So many 5 star reads! I highly recommend every single book on this list, but my favorites this month were The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lomardo and A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum. Here are all the books I read in June and my thoughts about them!

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I read some really spectacular books this month. So many 5 star reads! I highly recommend every single book on this list, but my favorites this month were The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lomardo and A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum. Here are all the books I read in June and my thoughts about them!

To All the Books I Read This Month: June

June 30, 2019

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I read some really spectacular books this month. So many 5 star reads! I highly recommend every single book on this list, but my favorites this month were The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lomardo and A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum. Here are all the books I read in June and my thoughts about them!

Can you believe we’re halfway through the year? Where has the time gone?! This marks the 6-month anniversary of this site. And with that, a reskin. A Dream To Do has officially been renamed to Book Slut Book Club! We’ve always been readers first and writers second here, which is why books are officially getting the top billing!

I read some really spectacular books this month. So many 5-star reads! I highly recommend every single book on this list, but my favorites were The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lomardo and A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum.

Here are all the books I read in June and my thoughts about them!

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1. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

AUTHOR: Jenny Han

GENRE: Young Adult Fiction | Romance

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

DO I RECOMMEND THIS?: Yes

SUMMARY: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean and the love she’s kept buried deep in a hatbox.

Each time Lara Jeans falls in love, instead of confessing her feelings to the boy at the other end, she writes a heartfelt letter. She pours her soul onto the page, and then tucks the letter safely away, knowing it will never to be seen again. Except, somehow, all of her letters find their way to their never-intended recipients.

While mortifying, the public reveal of her feelings wouldn’t be that bad, except that her sister’s newly ex-boyfriend Josh received one.

To save face and try to restore some of her dignity, Lara Jean makes a deal with Peter K., the school’s resident heartthrob.

As Lara Jean and Peter go about their fake relationship, she starts to realize maybe she doesn’t have the feelings for Josh she thought she had. And Peter isn’t at all like she thought he was.

PERSONAL THOUGHTS ABOUT IT: This was such an adorable book. The main character, Laura Jean, was a goody-goody but she still felt very real and likable. I can’t wait to read the rest of this series!


2. The Most Fun We Ever Had

AUTHOR: Claire Lombardo

GENRE: Contemporary Fiction | Family Saga

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

DO I RECOMMEND THIS?: YES!

SUMMARY: The Most Fun We Ever Had is the story of the Sorensons—a Chicago-based family with four adult daughters, Wendy, Violet, Liza and Gracie, and their still-madly-in-love parents, Marilyn and David.

The Sorensons always assumed their family’s problems were pretty run-of-the-mill—potential torrid love affairs, life-threatening overdoses and sociopathic children. But when a long-buried secret emerges, the entire family has to question how “normal” they really are.

Diving into the gritty, and often dark, histories of each family member, this book is an unputdownable story of the pain we bring to those who love us the most.

PERSONAL THOUGHTS ABOUT IT: This book had me gripped from the very first page. I laughed. I cried. I didn’t want it to ever end. This has been one of my favorite books of the year (easily as amazing as Where the Crawdads Sing and Daisy Jones & The Six!).

Claire Lombardo is a master of words, capable of running you through the gamut of emotions in just a single page. I fell in love with this family and their story. This is a must-read!


3. The Au Pair

AUTHOR: Emma Rous

GENRE: Psychological Thriller

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

DO I RECOMMEND THIS?: Yes

SUMMARY: The Au Pair is the story of Seraphine, a girl who has never felt quite like she belonged. She looks different than her brothers, one her twin and one a few years older. She didn’t get along with the other kids in her village when she was growing up. And she never had a mother; her own threw herself off a cliff just a few hours after Seraphine was born.

Days after her beloved father’s death, Seraphine comes across a picture buried among his things—in the photo is her mother, beautiful and beaming, holding just one baby. Suddenly, all of Seraphine’s doubts about who she is and where she comes from have crashed to the surface. Obsessed with learning about her cryptic past, she must hunt down the au pair from all those years ago—the only living person who might know what possibly happened the day of her birth and her mother’s death.

PERSONAL THOUGHTS ABOUT IT: This was an interesting thriller with some fun twists, but there were several parts that felt farfetched and unrealistic. Technically, I guess they were possible, but the sheer unlikeliness of the events pulled me out of the story.


4. Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls

AUTHOR: T Kira Madden

GENRE: Nonfiction | Memoir

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

DO I RECOMMEND THIS?: Yes

SUMMARY: Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls is the memoir of T Kira Madden, one of the members of the Steve Madden shoe empire. In addition to gaining fame and exposure for their shoe label, her family was also highly involved with Jordan Belfort and the Wolf of Wall Street crimes.

This book starts with T Kira’s childhood and goes into detail of her overly priveledged life full of lavish vacations, multiple ponies and luxury lifestyle. But it also dives into the dark side of all that glamour—her parents’ ongoing drug and alcohol addictions, her difficulty blending in to her prominently white community as an Asian-American girl, and the yearning she felt for something, anything, real.

When she was finally able to escape her extravagant and unhealthy upbringing, she found herself in New York City. There she allowed herself to give in to the questions and longings she’d felt her entire life, the ones she had previously kept buried deep, trying so hard to ignore.

PERSONAL THOUGHTS ABOUT IT: I was wary of this one at first—I thought it could easily become a memoir of a girl who only received a book deal because of her connections and famous last name. But I was grossly mistaken. This book deserves every ounce of praise it has received. It is twisted, heartbreaking and very well-written.


5. Heart-Shaped Box

AUTHOR: Joe Hill

GENRE: Horror

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

DO I RECOMMEND THIS?: Yes, but only if you want to be SCARED!

SUMMARY: In Heart-Shaped Box, Judas is an aging ex-rockstar. While at one time his days were spent on tour busses and rocking out on stage to packed arenas, he now wanders around his remote farmhouse lost and lonely. Now, he spends his time replaying his glory days in his head while he tries to avoid his peppy and overly optimistic assistant.

But one day his assistant shows him a post online for a ghost for sale. Judas, with his love of all things spooky and macabre, buys it immediately.

Little does he know that it really is possible to buy a ghost online. Now, haunted and scared for his life, Judas has to figure out how to get rid of this evil spirit that’s determined to drag him down to the grave.

PERSONAL THOUGHTS ABOUT IT: This book actually probably deserves 4 or 5 stars; it was really good. But it was so scary! I had nightmares for nights after reading it!


6. The Alice Network

AUTHOR: Kate Quinn

GENRE: Historical Fiction

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

DO I RECOMMEND THIS?: Yes

SUMMARY: The Alice Network is the story of two women—Charlie and Eve—and their intertwining lives, told in dual chronology between 1915 and 1947.

In 1947, Charlie St. Clair is a sophomore in college, pregnant, unmarried and on her way to Switzerland to get an abortion at her parents’ insistence. In the midst of all the heartbreak and drama, all Charlie wants is to be reunited with the one person who understands her—her cousin Rose who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France.

In 1915, Eve Gardiner is recruited to join the Alice Network—a group of female spies led by a woman named Lili. Eve’s job is to eavesdrop on the German soldiers who come into the cafe where she poses as a waitress. Her innocent looks and ability to speak three languages help her to transfer everything she learns to Lili and help take down the Germans. But if she gets caught, she’ll have to pay with her life.

Including everything from spy minutiae to family drama to real-life retellings of historical figures, this book is as captivating as it is emotionally wrenching.

PERSONAL THOUGHTS ABOUT IT: I loved this book! It was so vivid and enchanting. I learned a lot about how Europe was during wartime. This is not only a great story, but an educational experience as well.


7. The Bear and the Nightingale

AUTHOR: Katherine Arden

GENRE: Fantasy

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

DO I RECOMMEND THIS?: Yes

SUMMARY: The Bear and the Nightingale is the story of Vasilisa, a girl who lives in the Russian wilderness with her father, siblings and elderly nanny.

Vasilisa has always loved fairy tales, one of her favorites being about Frost, the winter demon notorious for capturing wandering souls, especially those of wild little girls.

Growing up without a mother, Vasilisa is as wild as her father’s stallions—running through the forest at all hours of the day and night, going wherever she pleases without much concern and unable to be kept cooped inside for long.

But when her father remarries, things start to change. With her father’s new wife, Anna, comes a brooding and serious priest named Konstantine. Thirsty for reverence and obedience, Konstantine uses fear as his main teaching technique. The townspeople, once carefree, are now dangerously stout, making sure to only place their devotion to the church.

The new dedication of the townspeople creates a dangerous ripple—the magical creatures who lived hidden, protecting the crops, animals and hearths undetected, start to lose their strength now that their fuel has been placed elsewhere. And because of this lack of protection, dark forces sneak in that were never able to get through before.

PERSONAL THOUGHTS ABOUT IT: I loved this story and all the magical components of it. The only reason I didn’t give it a full 5 stars is because it was confusing at times. The ending was confusing and the characters were referred to by several different names throughout the book, which I found hard to keep track of.


8. A Woman is No Man

AUTHOR: Etaf Rum

GENRE: Contemporary Fiction

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

DO I RECOMMEND THIS?: YES!

SUMMARY: In A Woman Is No Man, three generations of Arab-American women tell their story, something that’s never been done in their culture before.

Fareeda is the family matriarch, running the household in Brookyln, New York after she and her husband escape from Palestine, their horrendous homeland. Fareeda is a stickler for tradition and reputation, making sure to let her new daughter-in-law Isra know how much she’s letting the family down by only bringing baby girls into the world and no boys.

Isra moves to Brooklyn from Palestine when she marries Fareeda’s son Adam in an arranged marriage. Eager at the idea of a new start in America and freedom to be her own person, Isra’s hopes are extinguished when she quickly discovers that America is not only just as suffocating as Palestine, but now she’s surrounded by strangers posing as family.

Deya, Isra’s daughter, has approached the age where she’s meeting with suitors, but despite her grandmother Fareeda’s urging, she objects to marriage and only wants to set her focus on college. When a mysterious stranger shows up looking for her, Deya begins to understand why she feels so rebellious and what her past memories really mean.

PERSONAL THOUGHTS ABOUT IT: This book gives eye-opening insight into Arab American culture. While this is a hard and heartbreaking book to read at points, it’s an incredibly important story.


9. I Miss You When I Blink

AUTHOR: Mary Laura Philpott

GENRE: Nonfiction | Personal Narrative Essays

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

DO I RECOMMEND THIS?: Yes

SUMMARY: I Miss You When I Blink is a collection of personal narrative essays where the author, Mary Laura Philpott, shares many of her important, harrowing and often hilarious life experiences.

Mary Laura is a self-proclaimed perfectionist, unable to rest until all the t’s are crossed and the i’s dotted. Growing up with a demanding mother who taught her the only way to be prepared is to be outrageously overprepared, Mary Laura has carried that mentality into her adult life. But even after she was able to check all the boxes—marriage, career, dogs, house, babies—she realizes that there’s still something missing, something that can’t be found in routines, lists or by chairing PTA events. Now, she has to risk getting a little messy in order to find true authenticity.

PERSONAL THOUGHTS ABOUT IT: This book is hilarious! And also heartwarming and relatable. I found myself laughing out loud multiple times. I highly recommend this book even if you aren’t a huge fan of essays.


10. Mrs. Everything

AUTHOR: Jennifer Weiner

GENRE: Women’s Fiction | Family Saga | LGBTQ

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

DO I RECOMMEND THIS?: Yes

SUMMARY: Mrs. Everything is the story of Jo and Bethie Kaufman, two sisters coming of age in the ’50s and ’60s. Growing up, Jo and Bethie got along well, despite their differences. Jo was sporty, good in school and harboring a secret that caused her to build heavy walls around herself. Bethie was girly, felt alive in the center of a stage and would go to any length to look the part of the glamorous star she believed she was meant to be.

But as time passes, Jo and Bethie grow apart.

Jo finds herself conforming to all the ideals and expectations of women in modern society, despite her earlier iconoclast years. After fighting so hard to stay out of the cookie cutter mold, pure exhaustion leads her to fall right in the middle of it.

Bethie finds herself lost, literally and figuratively. After a devasatting and traumatic experience, Bethie wanders the world, sleeping on park benches, eating whatever food she can find and roaming farther and farther away from the idyllic life she’d always wanted.

But as the sisters get older they both start to realize that there’s never a time when one must stop trying—it’s always possible to change your own circumstances. Instead of letting their lives happen to them, they finally realize that it’s their personal responsibility to mold their experiences into the lives they truly want.

PERSONAL THOUGHTS ABOUT IT: This is a spectacular book about women—their history, their present and their future. Written as an anthem of hope, this book is a must-read for all women who believe they can, despite what they have (or haven’t) grown up believing


RATING SYSTEM:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️—Add this to your must-read list immediately. This is an important and moving book. I highly recommend.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️—This book was entertaining, well-written, and worthwhile. I definitely recommend.

⭐️⭐️⭐️—This book was decent and a good read. I recommend, but do not consider it a must-read.

⭐️⭐️—This book had one or two positive qualities, but overall I do not recommend.

⭐️—This book fell flat in several ways. I do not recommend.


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