This Month in Reading


Each month I round up the best things I have read. In June, we found a new apartment, went bowling, walked a 5k, went for a picnic, went stand-up paddleboarding, and won the month in bar trivia.


Books – I read 10 books in June.

  • The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu – 3 out of 5 stars. This was a fun read but nothing too substantial.
  • Passenger by Alexandra Bracken – 5 out of 5 stars. I’m in love with this book. Apparently the author and I were at William & Mary at the same time. This is a most excellent time travel adventure/romance. Next one is coming out in January of next year and I can’t wait!
  • Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld – 4 out of 5 stars. Quite great YA sci-fi. Intriguing concept but not a lot of character development.
  • I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith – 3 out of 5 stars. I wasn’t all that into this book. I thought I would be, but it was fine. Good, even, but maybe I was disappointed that it turned out to not, in fact, be fantasy?
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir – 4 out of 5 stars. So this book is a way better “one of us is a slave” narrative than the Winner’s trilogy. I liked it a whole lot. And the sequel is coming out in August!
  • Legend by Marie Lu – 3 out of 5 stars. I didn’t find this dystopian novel particularly compelling. The main girl was not skeptical enough at first. I dunno. It’s OK.
  • If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo – 5 out of 5 stars. I can see why possibly this could be seen as too optimistic and rosy but I loved it! A trans narrative by a trans author, with a trans cover model. Awesome.
  • Howl’s Moving Castle by Dianna Wynne Jones – 3.5 out of 5 stars. Cute and straightforward. Not mind blowing but a really nicely told story. Honestly not sure why I liked it as much as I did.
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon – 4 out of 5 stars. I feel mixed about this. There were so many logical “wait, what?” moments, but on the other hand this book was emotionally pretty perfect. Definitely not an accurate depiction of SCID I’m certain.
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer – 3 out of 5 stars. I did enjoy this but it was certainly predictable (as fairytale retellings normally are). But I am interested in where they take it in the next book.

What did you read in June?

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