Summer Reading: What I Read in June

A little late on catching up with what I’ve been reading, but last month I made it through a few more books, getting closer and closer to reaching 100 books for the year. (Okay, I’m actually behind, but I’m going to catch up. Hopefully.)

What I’m Reading Right Now

Summer Reading / The Attachments by Rainbow Rowell and Mazer Runner by James Dashner / hellorigby!
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell & The Maze Runner by James Dashner

What I Read in June

The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh / hellorigby!
The Weight of Blood / ★★★★ (3.5) / This is described as similar to Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. Sorry, but no. Its been described as grit-lit or a southern gothic thriller, both new to me terms, but seem to fit much better. An example of said “grit” is when the author makes no bones about describing bodies as being fed to pigs. The main character, Lucy is trying to discover what has happened to her friend, Cheri, who went missing for a year before she was found dead. Told in dual narratives, we also learn some information about Lucy’s mother, Lila, who abandoned Lucy as a baby, but also disappeared and supposedly committed suicide. After reading, I learned that this book is loosely based on a true event that occurred in Missouri in 2010, which is pretty interesting!
Find it on Amazon / Goodreads
c/o Netgalley

Aureole by Kate Mitchell / hellorigby!
Aureole by Kate Mitchell / ★★★★ / So first off, shout out to Kate the (Almost) Great, who is the author of this fun book! I picked this up and am glad I did. I won’t lie, it started off a bit slow for me, but about a quarter of the way through I grew really attached to the characters (Jess and Eddy, especially) and started seeing where the book was really going. A little bit of suspense, a lot of traditional coming of age, this YA was really enjoyable and ended up being an addictive read. This book was self-published, so note there are a few typos here and there that could use some further editing.
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The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu / hellorigby!
The Truth About Alice / ★★★★ (4.5) / This is so, so close to being a 5 star, I just loved this book. It was written from the view-point of 5 different students. Seriously, 5 points of view and it was done beautifully. This is a coming of age that will probably not make you cry, but will certainly have a you feeling a range of emotions. Topics include abortion, slut-shaming, and bullying, and overall just a good look at the human perspective. I finished this so fast, I just couldn’t stop reading!
Find it on Amazon / Goodreads
c/o NetGalley

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie / hellorigby!
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie / ★★★ / I was so disappointed to not get thoroughly engrossed in this one. I rated it a 3, but I just don’t feel good about that until I read this again myself instead of listening it to it via audiobook. I found the audiobook a bit monotonous, I find certain narrators are really hard for me to listen to, and this was one of them.
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Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore / hellorigby!
Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore / ★★★ (2.5) / I really did not like this one very much. It wasn’t particularly poorly written, but something about it just felt off. It did not help that the story just did not appeal to me either. It’s about a girl who is attacked and turned into a vampire. She meets Tommy, bites him during some sexual escapades, and she tries to figure out how to survive as a vampire. All the while, he’s testing her to see which vampire legends are true and which are false. Kind of a weird one, its supposed to be funny, but I just didn’t get it.
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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen / hellorigby!
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen / ★★★★ / I really want to read this again, already. I started out absolutely loving it, but I think the problem I have with audiobooks is sometimes my own thoughts get in the way. I think this would be a 5 star book for me if I read it again and was able to escape into the words.
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Thousand Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars) by Jennifer Graham and Rob Thomas / hellorigby!
The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars #1) by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham / ★★★★★ / I finished this one so fast. Like, insanely fast, I was done with it in a day. It was addictive, just like the television show. I hear a rumor that more of these are coming (pre-order #2… I totally am.) which is great news for someone who didn’t get enough closure with the movie. Basically, this book is just like an episode of the show. It picks up where the movie left off, with Veronica being about 28. The only thing I felt like this was missing was the romance with Logan. Logan is away for the majority of the book and only makes a few appearances.
Find it on Amazon / Goodreads

Total Books this month: 7
Total Books read this year: 48 / 100
Total Books read for the Reading Pile Challenge: 29 / 40
Total Books read for the Semi-Charmed Challenge: 8 / 13
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49 thoughts on “Summer Reading: What I Read in June

  1. Sarah

    I saw The Weight of Blood on a list that described it as similar to Gone Girl. I love Southern Gothic (once upon a time I was an English grad student who was working on a thesis about Southern Gothic literature), but describing bodies being eaten by pigs seems a little gratuitous to me. Faulkner, O’Connor, and Welty fit the bill for me.
    I can’t wait to read the Veronica Mars book (as you know!) and I definitely will be waiting on number 2. GoodReads said something about it being Pctober, so I better hurry!
    The Truth About Alice sounds awesome!
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    1. Jenn Post author

      Yes! October. So excited, I really love Veronica Mars anything, but the book was great. I hope you like it too! :)

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  2. Kristen

    YOU HAVE TO READ PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AGAIN AND GIVE IT 5 STARS OR 10 STARS BECAUSE IT IS AMAZING.
    Ahem. Sorry about that. My love for P&P will not die.
    I am going to look into that Aureole book, and I have Attachments on my kindle – I started it a couple weeks ago and got caught up in other things. I have been told it’s awesome though, so need to try again.
    Also, for me – I just can’t do audiobooks unless they are ‘easy reads’ and I love love audiobooks. But I couldn’t listen to P&P for the first time, maybe I could now because I know it off by heart, but most of the time I like easier reads for audiobooks.
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    1. Jenn Post author

      haha! i will read it again. probably not for a little while because i have SO many books, but i will! P+P was too hard to give 100% attention to on audiobook, you’re so right about audiobooks needing to be easy reads!

      i’m really enjoying Attachments. I really like Rainbow Rowell, so go figure :)

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    1. Jenn Post author

      Yes, that totally made me give it the benefit of the doubt. It wasn’t my type of read, but I’m glad I tried it. Truth About Alice was by far my favorite read for June.

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      1. Ashley

        I read Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flag and it
        was good but not something I couldn’t put down. I’m currently reading
        Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah and it’s the same way. The book is good it’s
        just not one I want to read every free moment.

        I did start reading the Lincoln Lawyer series by Michael Connelly and loved
        it. Maybe you can give me some suggestions.

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        1. Jenn Post author

          I liked Firefly Lane but didn’t love it either. I actually picked up another one of her books from Barnes and Noble, Night Road, for a few bucks.

          Ok, prepare yourself for a long list of recs, if I have reviews I’ve linked them too. :)

          Books I’ve read in the last year and enjoyed:
          Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (YA), Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (YA), The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty (Fiction), The Storied Life by AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (Fiction), Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil (YA), Someday Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham (Fiction, though if you’re not a Lauren Graham fan you may not love this as much), Swimming at Night by Lucy Clarke (Thriller), Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson (Thriller), The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh (Fiction)

          If you haven’t read these, you should:
          The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Historical Fiction), White Oleander (Fiction), Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson (Blogger at The Bloggess, Comedy), Room (Fiction), Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple (Fiction), The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (Fiction), The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (Mystery), The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (Non Fiction), Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (Thriller)

          Hope this is helpful! :)

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          1. Ashley

            Thank you! I’ve read a few from your second list and loved them! I’ll have to check out some if the others.

  3. Morgan

    You must read Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell if you haven’t already, it is super good. I just finished Where’d Ya Go Bernadette? and The Fever by Meg Abbott, The Fever is probably similar to The Truth About Alice but it is told from the viewpoint of one high school girl. It is quite an interesting read. I’m currently reading A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini and am late on this train but it is great so far!
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    1. Jenn Post author

      Yes I have and really enjoyed it! I bought Landline from Amazon (they gave me 75% off, whatttt) and am excited to read it too. I loved Where’d Ya Go Bernadette! We read that for my book club last year and it’s one of my favorites. I’ll add The Fever to my list! :) Have you already read Kite Runner?

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      1. Morgan

        Yes I read Kite Runner (wasn’t my favorite) I liked A Thousand Splendid suns much better. I just finished Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (if you haven’t read gone girl you should read that too!) and am onto The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton now. So happy to chat about books with ya!
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        1. Jenn Post author

          Oh that’s good to know – I actually really enjoyed Kite Runner (then again I read it when I was in high school) so I’ll definitely have to read A Thousand Splendid Suns! I loveeddd Gone Girl, I also read Dark Places but haven’t got to Sharp Objects yet! I’ve never read anything by Kate Morton – you’ll have to let me know how it is! :)

          Oh I could chat about books all day erryday… ;)

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    1. Jenn Post author

      Hi Uris! Nice to e-meet you! So far I’m really enjoying the Attachments, but I’ll have a full review next month :)

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    1. Jenn Post author

      I LOVED Gone Girl. I couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend it! I did not see the similarities here, but I’ve noticed a lot of Publishers using the comparison in the marketing and it rarely is actually similar. Another good thriller I read that I thought was similar to Gone Girl is S.J. Watson’s Before I Go to Sleep. So much creep.

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        1. Jenn Post author

          Haha yeah, I do feel like they may stretch it a bit but oh well! Let me know what you think of Before I Go To Sleep! :)

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    1. Jenn Post author

      Yeah, I’m not sure what to think. I wouldn’t be opposed to reading another book from Moore, but I’m definitely not running out to pick one up either! ;)

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      1. Kristan

        I was pretty much going to say what Sarah said above: it seems to me like people either LOVE Christopher Moore, or just aren’t into him. I haven’t taken the plunge yet, and now I’m not super eager to.

        I did just finish Orange is the New Black which is, refreshingly, much better than the show. Starting Gone Girl tonight!
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        1. Jenn Post author

          Ooh, hope you like Gone Girl! I have Orange is the New Black on my list to both read and watch! Glad to hear the book is good :)

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  4. Carly Blogs Here

    This is such a great list! I absolutely love to see what other people are reading. The Truth About Alice and The Husband’s Secret are two I’m planning to read soon, along with Pride & Prejudice! I just finished When The World Was Young by Elizabeth Gaffney and while I loved certain elements of the book, the lack of plot followthrough in the ending left me disappointed!
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  5. Felecia Efriann

    First off, you read a lot of books thus far! Second, I did not know there was a Veronica Mars book!!! I’m adding that to reading list.
    Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite books and favorite movies, it for sure deserves a second read to get lost in the story.
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  6. Tami

    I’ve seen The Truth About Alice in our book stores over here, I think I’ll definitely give it a try after your review. Currently, I am reading Trista Sutter’s ‘Happily Ever After – The life changing power of a grateful heart.’
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  7. amber

    I just read my first Rainbow Rowell book last month and loved every ounce of it. EVERY. OUNCE. I have her three others waiting to be read, but am trying to vary all that I consume literary because I could just read chick-lit all day, every day.

    The Maze Runner series… Can’t wait to hear what you think because I’ve heard SO MUCH about them but, for some inexplicable reason, haven’t gone so far as to jump into one.
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    1. Jenn Post author

      I read Eleanor and Park a few months ago and liked it a lot. I just finished Attachments and honestly liked it even more. I bought Landline on Amazon and will totally be cracking that open after I finish my book club book!

      I liked Maze Runner quite a bit. I recommend reading it, though I still prefer Hunger Games (or my forever fave, HP) even though I don’t find them to be all that similar.

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    1. Jenn Post author

      Haha, I will not, I just did not get the appeal. Are you normally a Christopher Moore fan?
      Maze Runner was a good one!

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      1. Jamie G

        I am! Some of his earlier stuff is really fun to read: Fluke, Lamb, The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove. They’re weird and entertaining- a little bit of an escape, something silly and light to read. Island of the Sequined Love Nun was funny too- in case you couldn’t tell by the titles ;)
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        1. Jenn Post author

          I’ll have to give one of those a try then! I thought his writing was good, just the subject matter was a bit odd and the characters felt flat.

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