June 2020 Reading Wrap Up

June 30, 2020

June 2020 Reading Wrap Up

June Reading Wrap Up (image: a collage of book covers listed in this post)

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What Was Your Favorite June Read?

June was a mostly great reading month with one five-star (4.5) and seven four-star reads, one three-star read, and one two-star read. I did have one DNF. I read a total of ten books (52 for the year) which puts me right on pace to meet my year-end challenge of 100 books.

Find all my June reads listed below in order of Star Rating. Keep in mind that I normally recommend five- and four-star reads on the blog; three-star reads receive mixed reviews from me for various reasons; and two-star reads are books I may or may not have finished but they were not for me. One star reads are usually shelved as DNF or perhaps quickly scanned.

Under COVID-19 conditions, I hope that you’re all doing well and staying safe!

My favorite fiction read of the month is The Last Train to Key West for its page-turning story line and interesting characters. It feels like a vacation, escapist, or summer read.

Did we read any of the same books?

Titles are Amazon affiliate links and my available reviews are linked.

 The Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton

4.5 Stars. (ARC) Historical Fiction. Part women’s fiction, part histfic, part suspense. My Last Train to Key West review.

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennet

4 Stars. Historical Fiction. Themes of passing as white, sexual identity, and family drama. Review to come.

Simon the Fiddler by Paulette Jiles

4 Stars. Historical Fiction. For fans of News of the World. My Simon the Fiddler review.

Liturgy of the Ordinary by Rish Harrison Warren

4 Stars.  Nonfiction, inspirational, Christian. Not yet reviewed.

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy

 4 Stars. Picture book. Poignant and thoughtful reflections in the spirit of Winnie the Pooh. Not yet reviewed.

Paris Never Leaves You by Ellen Feldman

4 Stars. (ARC) Historical Fiction. Post-WW11. Review coming soon. Pub date: 8/4/2020.

Be the Bridge by Latasha Morrison

4 Stars. Nonfiction. Anti-racism. Christian. Not yet reviewed.

The Salt Path by Rayor Winn

4 Stars. Contemporary Nonfiction. Memoir. Review coming soon.

Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn

3 Stars. Contemporary Women’s Fiction. Romance (R). Not yet reviewed.

Musical Chairs by Amy Poeppel

2.5-3 Stars. (ARC). Contemporary Women’s Fiction. Complicated family drama. Review coming soon.

DNF: Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner

(within a few pages, I was bored with the topic…others have loved it…I’ve heard it has a big mystery to solve and an R rated romance scene but I never made it that far)


What did you read in June? Did you have a favorite?
Did we read any of the same books?
Which of these books is on your TBR?


On the Blog in June:

June Blog Challenge 2020
Simon the Fiddler
Far From the Tree
TTT: 10 Highly Rated and Favorite WW1 and WW11 Reads
Book Recs for Dad
The Other Alcott
TTT: Summer 2020 TBR
The Last Train to Key West
The Deal of a Lifetime
Red Sky Over Hawaii
The Jane Austen Society
Nonfiction/Fiction Books and Racial Injustice
The Summer House

Happy Reading Book Buddies!

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection! Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text

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  1. I just finished When We Left Cuba so in looking forward to Last Train to Key West! I definitely preferred News of the World over Simon the Fiddler. I just read The Boy, the Mole… and I loved it! Such a sweet picture book with lovely quotes!

    Linking my recent reads, if interested!

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