If May was my best reading month ever, June was my slumpiest of all. I managed to finish a couple of books I started in May, but after two incredible reads followed by a couple of duds, my momentum fizzled out.
It’s hard for me to measure a month by the quality of my reading as opposed to the quantity. Over the years I have gotten pretty good at knowing what I will enjoy, knowing what I need to avoid and accepting that some genres are just not right for the way I like to read.
June started off very strong by finishing the bulk of “Ask Again, Yes” by Mary Beth Keane. I’ve struggled to write a review because I can’t quite come up with the right words. I told this to the author in a DM and I was comforted to find out she is having the same trouble talking about it. I think some books were just meant to be read and absorbed – not everything has to be a blog post.
Plenty of people have written lovely words about “Ask Again, Yes” but just know that I am recommending it to everyone as a major 5-star read. I judge everyone who says “I don’t see what the hype is all about.”
What followed “Ask Again, Yes” was a major book hangover cured only by “Red White, and Royal Blue” which I did review. This is another 5-star book for me but in a very very different way.
I listened to another audiobook from Elinor Lipman’s backlist, “The View from Penthouse B” and, no surprise here, it was a complete gem. Lipman is hilarious and if you need a light read after a heavy one, I can recommend at least 3 by her that would be perfect for a refresher.
Here’s where things get a bit sluggish. I read “False Step” by Victoria Helen Stone. Her last book “Jane Doe” was recommended to me by a friend and I absolutely loved it. I picked this one up from NetGalley after Goodreads informed me she had a new book coming out for summer. Unfortunately, it was just okay for me. I was expecting a much bigger, twistier ending and it fell a little flat. I am not good at figuring out thrillers but I saw this one miles away.
My last attempt for June was a DNF I think I’ll save for another post. I know in some bookish communities ditching a book partway through is considered sac religious but at a future date I’m going to tell you why I think that’s just silly.
I hope summer reading season is finding you all enjoying some beautiful weather with your nose in something trashy. I have high hopes for the rest of the summer and July is already off to a MUCH better start.