Though I didn’t read many books in June (the number seems to get smaller and smaller as the year goes on), every single on received a 4 star or higher rating. I tackled many genres from short stories to historical fiction to memoirs and YA science fiction. Without further ado, here are the seven awesome books I read in June!
Uncommon Type By: Tom Hanks (4 Stars): Tom Hanks did an amazing job with these stories. They were unique, well written, and thought out to such amazing detail. They were long enough to get into them, but not so long that you couldn’t read one before bed. Truly an awesome book!
The Underground Railroad By: Colson Whitehead (5 Stars): This was an amazing book through and through. I loved listening to it but I think I would’ve loved reading it just the same. His writing has a natural cadence to it that is addicting. Cora’s story felt so real; she shared her pain with the reader in a way that cannot often be done by authors. In all honesty, I did not know the extent of slave cruelty or black hatred until I read this book. A must read for everyone.
The Immortalists By: Chloe Benjamin (4 Stars): Not going to lie, what pulled me into this book was the cover. It is stunning. Then add in the premise of the book: knowing when you are going to die, and you have the perfect storm for a great book. I love these “what if” type books and will probably never tire of them.
I Was Told to Come Alone By: Souad Mekhennet (4 Stars): Souad is a German journalist of Moroccan descent who is also Muslim. And throughout her career, writing for the Washington Post, New York Times, and other major news sources, she has interviewed some of the most wanted men in the world. She regularly risks her life to fairly write about all sides of an issue. Souad has a passion for knowledge and sharing it with the world. A wonderfully written memoir with a great peak into the world of terrorism and the major events that have happened in the middle east.
LIFEL1K3 By: Jay Kristoff (4 Stars): Disclaimer: Jay Kristoff is one of my favorite authors. His creativity is on a whole new level. This is a dystopian young adult book that follows main character Eve. She is is flawed with a very low level of trust (and for good reason) because her entire life has been a lie. This book subtly tackles one big moral question: what are the rights of robots in the human world? Such a great book and a fast read.
As Bright as Heaven By: Susan Meissner (5 Stars): It is not often an author makes me cry, but Susan Meissner did it to me three separate times. And all three times were in public. In its simplest form, this book is about a family living in Philadelphia when the Spanish Flu hits. But there is so much more. This family has a deep and impenetrable love for each other making this a truly phenomenal book and one I will never forget.
Lab Girl By: Hope Jahren (5 Stars): Hope Jahren’s prose is unique. It is rhythmic and calming but at the same time, I didn’t want to put it down. The way her brain thinks is fascinating and she can remember even the most minute details. Her obsession and passion for all forms of plant life is addicting. I’ve never known so much about plants and trees as I do in this very moment. Such a great book!
June was quite an adventure of a month, I traveled quite a bit: from Baton Rouge, Louisiana to Detroit, Michigan and my books were always with me! Through canceled flights and traffic delays, I always had a great book to read. Click the links on the titles to check them out (if you purchase them off of that link, I may get a small amount of money at no extra cost to you).
Want to know what else I have been reading? Check out my past posts!