This month has been very interesting, reading-wise. I wasn’t sure what I’d be able to read, since this was my first full month at my new job. I’m still working on figuring out my schedule, and I feel like I don’t have a lot of free time to read. Somehow, I still managed to read eight books and one short story. Three of them were audiobooks I listened to on my commute, and the rest I read during lunch breaks. And at my desk when I had no work to do (shhh… don’t tell my boss).
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman – ★★★★★. This is an old favorite, and I finally got around to rereading it. I loved it just as much as the first time, and even remembered to review it.
“How the Marquis Got His Coat Back” by Neil Gaiman – ★★★★★. This is a short story set somewhere in the middle of Neverwhere. I actually hadn’t read it before, but I really enjoyed it! I loved how it filled in some gaps, but still stood on it’s own. If you like Neverwhere, definitely give this a read.
Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi – ★★★☆☆. I still can’t believe I actually finished this book! I’d literally been reading it since January. And it’s not even 300 pages. It was weird and original and really interesting. I liked it, but didn’t love it. You can read my review for more info.
The Chalk Artist by Allegra Goodman – ★★★★☆. I really enjoyed this book about a teacher and an artist who fall in love. It’s actually one of the best adult contemporaries I’ve read in a while. If you like contemporary literature, head on over to my review for more info.
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut – ★★★★☆. I have been meaning to read this one for so long, and since I already had the audiobook, I thought I’d just go for it. And I really enjoyed it! Enough to write a (somewhat incomprehensible) review.
The Changeling by Victor LaValle – ★★★★★. My expectations for this book were pretty low. Which is probably part of the reason it blew me away. This is exactly the kind of magical realism I’ve been looking for, and I really loved it. You can read my review if you’re interested.
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson – ★★★★★. This was an unexpected favorite! I listened to the audiobook, and just found that it was the perfect balance of educational and exciting. It was so fun to listen to, and I just really enjoyed it!
The Sellout by Paul Beatty – ★★★★☆. I tried to read this at the end of last year, and just wasn’t into it. But I picked it back up this month, and ended up kind of falling in love with it. It was a great satire, and I definitely appreciated Beatty’s commentary on politics (and Southern California, because it was so spot-on). If you didn’t love this, I’d say give it another shot when you’re in the mood for it.
Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry – ★★★★★. I’ve been eagerly anticipating this book for months. I finished it yesterday, and it 100% lived up to my expectations. It was so creative and fun and well-written, and I loved it. Christina Henry has quickly become one of my favorite authors. I’ll have a full review up on Monday.
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. I put this on my 2017 reading list, and have been staring at it for about six months now. I finally decided it was time, especially since I have extra motivation in the form of HAMILTON TICKETS! (I’m going to see it in LA in December.) I went with the audiobook, and it’s a surprisingly good listen. It might take me a while, since I can’t listen for too long at one time, but I’m hoping to finish it in the next month or so.
Moving Kings by Joshua Cohen. I actually just started this one, and I’m already pretty into it. I’m really enjoying the writing, and I’m excited about reading about Middle Eastern characters, because that’s something I’ve been trying to read more of (since I am half Palestinian). I’m planning on having a review up before this book comes out on July 11.
Wonder Woman. This was SO GOOD! I adored this movie, and Gal Gadot. It was just really entertaining and empowering and fun. I definitely want to see it again.
Doctor Strange. I finally got around to watching this one (thank you, Netflix), and I enjoyed it a lot. I mean, Benedict Cumberbatch.
I don’t think I did anything particularly exciting this month. It was mostly just me getting used to my new job, and not being exhausted every day when I get home.
Bath and Body Works Tomato Vine candle. This candle literally smells like tomatoes. It’s weird and I love it. It’s a nice bright, fresh scent for summer that is not at all sweet.
Trate Maracuja Oil. I’m not sure if you like when I share cosmetic and skincare things, but I’m going to anyway. The second I turned 28, my skin decided to be super dry. And after a lifetime of being crazy oily, I had to figure out how to deal with it. This was the key. It’s expensive, but lasts forever. I use it as a moisturizer at night, and mix a few drops into my makeup to help with dryness during the day. Totally worth it in my book.
This month, I introduced a new feature – Audiobook of the Month! I think it’s fun to share not only what I’m reading, but what books I’m listening to as well.
I’d say June was a great reading month! I loved almost all of the books I read, and read quite a bit more than I thought I would.
I hope you all had a great month as well! Share your favorite June book in the comments!