All the Books I Read in June 2020

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Phew! Dusted this blog off and I’m back…for now.

Make sure to check out my recently updated Books page. Every book I’ve read going back to 2018 (or at least the ones I tracked and can remember) is on there. I included a few of my favorite coffee table books I actually have and cookbooks. You can sort by categories too! I’ll keep the page updated going forward with all my recent reads.

I always wish I had more time for reading but I’m always happy to squeeze in what I can. Earlier this year, I finally caved and started listening to audiobooks so that helps me get in a few more books than I normally would be able to. Who else has been on the fence about audiobooks?

Here are my June 2020 reads

Happy & You Know It by Laura Hankin

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This was a fun read about a group of rich NYC moms who are just trying to be the perfect moms ever. Their playgroup is perfectly run by Whitney who hires Claire, a struggling musician recently kicked out of her band that’s now famous, to play music for their little kiddos. All seems perfect in this idillic world until everyone’s secrets start unraveling. Claire begins to realize these moms’ worlds aren’t so perfect.

3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)

The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith

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This is a good non-YA fantasy read. It’s a delightfully spooky read. It gave off very big fall cozy type vibes. It’s part of a series and I’ll probably wait until October to read the other books. Elena is a vine witch, witches who run vineyards, who has spent the last seven years of her life cursed. When she finally breaks free from the curse, she doesn’t know who it was but she’s determined to find out. Elena returns home to the vineyard Château Renard to find out it’s been sold to Jean-Paul and her Grand-mère isn’t doing so well. The vineyard is cursed and Jean-Paul doesn’t believe in magic. How is Elena supposed to save the cursed vineyard and find who cursed her when she has to hide her magic from Jean-Paul?

3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)

This Is My America by Kim Johnson

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Everyone read this book. It’s a heart wrenching story tackling being Black in America and the corrupt justice system. Tracy writes letters every week to Innocence X hoping they’ll take on her father’s case. He’s been wrongly convicted and is sitting on death row with less than a year to go. Then her brother is accused of a murder and Tracy is determined to prove his innocence. She starts to unbury her small towns racist past and learns the racism isn’t exactly in the past. This is a such a powerful story. It’s a quick read and I finished it in a weekend. This was a ARC but it’ll be released July 28, 2020.

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin 

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This is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice but I’ll admit I’ve never read it, so I can’t compare Ayesha at Last to it and I was able to read it with no expectations. Ayesha is a Muslin poet/teacher living in Toronto, Canada. She lives with her extended family. Her younger very catered to cousin, Hafsa, has rejected tons of arranged marriage proposals waiting for the just perfect really rich guy. Aeysha doesn’t want an arranged marriage, she doesn’t want marriage at all. One night she covers for Hafsa and pretends to be her at a Mosque meeting. There she gets to know Kahlid who is a devout Muslim with an uber controlling mom. His mom arranges his marriage to the real Hafsa. There’s lots of secrets and rumors flying around and Ayesha must decide what she truly wants. Is it Kahlid or is it another path?

3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)

 

There you have it, everything I read in June 2020. It was a pretty good month of books, no let downs or unfinished books.

Next month, I’m hoping to read Born a Crime, The Vanishing Half, and The Marriage Game.

I’d love to hear what you read this month! Share in the comments.


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