The Best Books I Read in June 2021

I finished 16 books in June. The last one I finished on the afternoon of the 30th turned out to be my 100th book of the year. I couldn’t have done that if I’d tried!

Out of my 16 reads last month, three were 5-star reads and a whopping seven were 4-star reads. Unfortunately the rest were pretty much duds but that still makes for a decent reading month!

Here are my highlights:

The Best Books I Read in June 2021

Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosmiano

Mystery/Audiobook

By far one of the most entertaining listening experiences I’ve ever had! Finlay Donovan is a stressed out single mom and a novelist who isn’t going to be able to meet her deadline. While having lunch with her agent, she’s overheard discussing the plot of her next murder mystery and mistaken for a contract killer. The story is darkly hilarious. The writing is sharp and funny and unique. Angela Dawe’s narration takes the writing to the next level. She voices all the characters to perfection. I loved everything about this audiobook and can’t recommend it enough.

Early Morning Riser by Katherine Henly

Literary fiction

This is a charming novel that hasn’t gotten the buzz it deserves. Jane is a teacher in a small town who falls for Duncan, a local woodworker and handyman. The trouble with a small town is that everyone knows everyone else’s business, and Duncan has had “business” with many of the women in the town. Jane feels like their relationship includes more than just the two of them! This is a book about how love can take many forms. The writing is very witty, and the story will keep you thoroughly engaged. I highly recommend it for just about any reader.

Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne

Contemporary Romance

I’m a semi-professional book reviewer and I’m having a hard time finding the words for how perfect this book is! Ruthie is 25 and she’s been working and living on site at a retirement community for six years. She prefers the company of the residents to people her own age. Teddy is a rebellious tattoo artist who just so happens to be the son of the owner of the company who just bought the retirement village. He’s Ruthie’s temporary new neighbor, oh and by the way he’s totally gorgeous and immediately smitten with Ruthie. This is a story about finding your own identity separate from your family’s expectations, and creating a chosen family. It’s also about recovering from childhood trauma and learning you are worthy of love. All the side characters are fantastic and the scenery is gorgeous, plus there’s some great humor. I highly recommend this one for readers of romance.

The Guild of the Infant Savior by Megan Galbraith

Memoir

I bought this book because the format is similar to what I’m working on for my own memoir, it’s narrative interspersed with photos. The author’s story is very different from my own, she was adopted as a baby, but I’m surprised by how much I still relate to my search for my family history. Her own story is told in between anecdotes about the history of adoption in the US as well as specific programs and facilities that existed in the past for unwed mothers and babies up for adoption. It’s a truly powerful read that I recommend for any reader of memoir.

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

Classic play/Audiobook

My therapist suggested I read this in regard to my current issues with anxiety and trying to be prepared for every possible scenario that might come up. Keeping that in mind, I suspect I interpreted it in a way I wouldn’t have if I’d just picked it up randomly at a different time in my life. I listened to the audiobook which featured multiple narrators. I doubt I would have understood it as well or enjoyed it as much if I’d read the print version. I chose to listen to it instead of watching a recording of the play so that I wasn’t distracted by visuals. While difficult to follow at times, I found the story interesting and entertaining overall. I appreciated the humor and repetition. I recommend it for readers of the classics.


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