This Month I Read…June 2017

This month was another great reading month! Three of the books I read this month were written by authors I have read (and loved) before. The other three were brand new to me. Here’s what I thought of them all…

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins was a mystery/thriller that was full of twists and turn. If you are afraid of drowning, you should not read this book. The story centers around a woman that is found dead at the bottom of a river. Hers is not the first death connected to the river that runs through the town and as the story unfolds, you find out just how connected the other deaths are. I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars.

White Fur by Jardine Libaire was a book that I received from Blogging for Books. You can see my review of it here!

Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson was an absolutely beautiful book. I have been a fan of Woodson’s writing for many years; my first introduction being a children’s book. This story starts with August returning to Brooklyn after many years of being away and running into an old friend on the train. The encounter sparks the memories of four girls growing up together in the 1970’s. This is a coming of age story that should not be missed. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.

We Never Asked for Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh was another favorite of mine this month. One of my top five favorite books was written by Diffenbaugh so when I saw this book, I grabbed it immediately. I didn’t love it as much as her first novel but I still loved it. Letty is a teenage mother that, for years, depended on her mom and dad for support to raise her children. Her world changes when her parents decide to return to Mexico and she has to step up. Letty and her two children, Alex and Luna, are hard not to fall in love with in this story. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Language Arts by Stephanie Kallos was a book that I bought on Independent Bookstore Day and really wanted to love. Charles Marlow is the main character that the story follows both in present day and in flashbacks to his childhood. Charles is a high school language arts teacher at a pivotal point in his life and we watch as he tries to find a path for himself. The story was a bit tedious at times and I didn’t love it all that much. My friends agreed. I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars.

Behind My Eyes by Li-Young Lee was a short poetry book I found at the library. I chose it for no particular reason other than I liked the title. It is not hard to see that Lee’s own story inspires his poetry. Of the four sections in this book, I enjoyed the poems in the third section the most. I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars.

Have you read anything lately that I need to add to my to-read list?  Let me know in the comments!

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