June Wrap Up

Total Number of Books: 15
Total Number of Pages: 4,350
Physical: 3
eBooks: 7
Audiobooks: 5
Favorite (New) Reads of the MonthWhen You Call My Name by Tucker Shaw AND Love & Other Great Expectations by Becky Dean

Physical:

I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han (reread) – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han (reread) – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Casey McQuiston’s first YA novel was such a delight. She has such a way with creating relationships that go through such great and complex developments. To refresh my memory before the show, I had to reread The Summer I Turned Pretty series by Jenny Han. I’d been wanting to reread the series for a while, but once I heard about the show I waited until closer to the release date.

eBooks:

Dream On by Angie Hockman – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
Circling Back to You by Julie Tieu – ⭐️⭐️.5
Melt With You by Jennifer Dugan – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Boys I Know by Anna Garcia – ⭐️⭐️
All the Best Liars by Amelia Kahaney – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Love & Other Great Expectations by Becky Dean – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
When You Call My Name by Tucker Shaw – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Not going to lie, it took everything in me to finish some of these books. A lot of these don’t even warrant a mention. Not only is the cover adorable, Dream On was a really fun and different romance. The exploration of relationships after traumatic events and a good old fashion love triangle. I loved the supporting characters and just had an overall great time. A big surprise for me this month was Becky Dean’s debut Love & Other Great Expectations. I love a good American transplant story, especially when it’s set in England. Add in a scavenger hunt following classic literature clues. I loved the main character Britt—she was funny and genuine while also dealing with the aftermath of an accident that changed the course of her life, leaving her in a state of limbo. If you’re looking to cry your eyes out, When You Call My Name by Tucker Shaw is for you! Set in NYC in the early 90’s, it follows two gay teens getting their first taste of the real world when the Aids crisis starts to infiltrate their lives. Extremely well written and just a punch in the gut.

Audiobooks:

Inheritance by Katharine McGee – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Missed Connection by Denise Williams – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Kiss & Tell by Adib Khorram – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Break This House by Candice Iloh – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
Fiona and Jane by Jean Chen Ho – ⭐️⭐️⭐️

I loved how much context Inheritance, the prequel to the American Royals series, gives to the rest of the books, especially with it coming out a few weeks before the third. I really wanted Fiona and Jane to be better. I thought the stories were going to focus more on their friendship. There were only a handful of chapters that they were even in the same city and they didn’t seem to really like each other all that much. Candice Iloh is a really polished and fantastic writer—listening to her prose is such a treat.

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