June 30, 2022
June 2022 Reading Wrap Up
How was your June reading?
June was good to me! Out of 9 books completed, all but one was a 4 or 5 star read. I had three 5-star reads, two 4.5-star reads, three 4-star reads, and one 3-star read.
The most memorable reads of the month were Last Summer on State Street by Toya Wolfe (for its look into a world so different from my experience), A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus (exceptional MG lit with The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley vibes), and The Thread Collectors by Shauna Edwards/Alyson Richman (for Civil War content from an African American perspective).
Did we read any of the same books?
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Last Summer on State Street by Toya Wolfe
5 Stars. A compelling, gritty, and poignant coming-of-age story. Memoir-like. Diverse read. My review of Last Summer on State Street here.
The Thread Collectors by Shauna J Edwards and Alyson Richmen (ARC)
5 Stars. (ARC) Civil War Historical Fiction from an African American perspective. Review coming 8/30/2022.
A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus
5 Stars. Middle-Grade Historical Fiction. WW11 England. My review of A Place to Hang the Moon here.
The Last Dress From Paris by Jade Beer (ARC)
4.5 Stars. (ARC) Historical Fiction. My review of Last Dress From Paris here.
The Librarian Spy by Madeline Martin (ARC)
4.5 Stars. (ARC) WW11 Historical Fiction by the author of The Last Bookshop in London. Review coming 7/26/2022.
A Dress of Violet Taffeta by Tessa Arlen (ARC)
4 Stars. (ARC) Historical Fiction. Fashion. Review coming 7/11/2022.
Love & Saffron by Kim Fay
4 Stars. Women’s Fiction. Epistolary. Reflective. Friendship and Food. Not yet reviewed.
Remember the Butterfly by Rebecca Marsh
3.5-4 Stars. Women’s Fiction. A heartfelt story of infertility, foster care, and adoption. Not yet reviewed.
The Tobacco Wives by Adele Meyers
3 Stars. Southern Historical Fiction. Underwhelmed. Not yet reviewed.
What was your favorite June read?
Did we read any of the same books?
Which of these books is on your TBR?
June Blog Posts:
The German Wife Review
Summer 2022 TBR
Chasing Dreams at Hedgehog Hollow Review
6 Favorite Historical Fiction in 6 Months
The Last Dress From Paris Review
Recommendations For Historical Fiction With a Side of Thriller
All the Devils Are Here Review
Flying Solo Review
Last Summer on State Street Review
A Place to Hang the Moon Review
Red Sky Over Hawaii Review
Nora Goes Off Script Review
Book Lovers Review
Secret Daughter Review
The Messy Lives of Book People Review
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I also read 9 books, and 2 were absolutely fabulous: https://wordsandpeace.com/2022/06/30/2022-june-wrap-up/
A great selection Carol. The only book we had in common was Remember the Butterfly. Happy reading for July. ❤📚
Maybe I heard about Butterfly from you???
You may well have done. Glad you enjoyed it. ❤📚
My month was slow on purpose and I loved it!
We need months like that occasionally!
You had a great month! I am looking forward to The Librarian Spy and The Last Dress From Paris.
We had a busy month of traveling and company, so I didn’t get around to doing a monthly wrap-up. My favorite read of the month was A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood. My review is here: https://clearwaterdaybook.blogspot.com/2022/06/book-review-sky-painted-gold-by-laura.html
Have a good weekend!
Life/reading balance is important! Thanks for the rec!
I’ll be on the look out for your review of Love & Saffron by Kim Fay because it’s on my TBR.
June wasn’t a very good reading month for me with 4 audiobooks and 1 ebook. I was on holiday for almost three weeks (two separate trips). I was too busy doing things during the day and exhausted each night. My reading life is much better when I’m in a routine.
The best book I read was How the Other Half Eats by Priya Fielding-Singh. This book examines people’s attitudes about food across different economic and ethnical backgrounds. The research was performed in the San Francisco Bay area. I gained new insights, and it made me think of food a bit differently.
Living life and reading balance is important! Happy to hear you enjoyed your trips!
Looks like a solid month of reading and reviewing, Carol! Happy reading in July! 😀
June was good to me! Happy reading Lashaan!
Congratulations on such an enjoyable reading month. I’ve not heard of any of the books you list!
June was good to me! Happy July reading!
It looks like you had a great reading month, Carol. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy Tobacco Wives, I guess we all take something different from a book. I hope you have all 4 or 5 star reads in July. 😊📚
Sorry about the delayed response! I didn’t see the comment until just now for some reason. I think the unrealistic portrayal of the 15-year-old girl who suddenly turned fashion designer caused all the eye-rolling and then it was difficult to regain enthusiasm!