June Wrap Up – True Crime and Fictional Killers


I am just starting to get over another bad month (better than May, but not great), so I didn’t have a particularly good reading month. I feel like I wasn’t in a good enough mood to truly enjoy anything, so just take my ratings with a grain of salt this month. But things are looking up! I feel a lot better, and I have some exciting projects in the works that I’m looking forward to sharing soon! Fingers crossed July is even better and I can get back to a regular blog schedule. For now, keep reading to see what I did get done in June:

What I Read:

Providence by Caroline Kepnes – ★★★☆☆. I had high hopes for this one because I really enjoyed You, but I struggled to get into it. I enjoyed the beginning, but my interest wanted about a third of the way through this book. I think I might have enjoyed it more had I read the Lovecraft book that’s heavily referenced in this one, but I didn’t. It’s not a bad book, and I can see people really liking this, but it wasn’t a favorite. Read my review of Providence if you want to find out more.

Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth – ★★★★☆. This is a memoir about a black cop who infiltrated the KKK in the late 1970s. It’s a really fascinating story, and something I hadn’t heard about before reading this book. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how they handle the movie adaptation later this year. If you’re interested, find out more in my review of Black Klansman

Confessions of the Fox by Jordy Rosenberg – ★★★☆☆. Admittedly, I think my hopes for this one were a bit too high. I really appreciated that it was a historical fiction novel with a transgender main character – something I’ve never seen before – and the story was interesting, it just didn’t pull me in. Check out my review of Confessions of the Fox if you want more info about this book.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara – ★★★★☆. If you haven’t heard of this book, maybe you need to read more news. It’s been everywhere lately because they just caught the Golden State Killer – the man McNamara spends years tracking and writes about in this book. I love true crime, and this was such an interesting story. For me, the only thing missing was the connection to the actual killer, but that’s absolutely no fault of the author’s since this was published before he was caught. I just want to find out more! I wrote a review of I’ll Be Gone in the Dark as well, if you’re interested.

Henry VIII by William Shakespeare – ★★★☆☆. It was getting pretty close to the end of the month when I realized I hadn’t read any Shakespeare. So I read this one over a few days (because Shakespeare is free and I can read on my computer at work). Not my favorite, but it was pretty interesting. I think I might have enjoyed this more if I wasn’t so familiar with Tudor history, because I already knew the whole story. But I’m glad I read it.

What I’m Currently Reading:

Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman. I needed a new audiobook, and decided to give Reese Witherspoon’s newest book club pick a shot. It took me a while to figure out what this was even about, but I’ve gotten pretty into it. It’s not blowing me away, but I definitely need to find out what happens next.

Factfulness by Hans Rosling. This has been on hold for a few weeks while I (try to) get around to reading other books I’ve committed to (life of a reviewer), but I am enjoying it quite a bit. It’s all about how the world is not as bad as we tend to think it is, and it’s making me feel a lot better. Which is a huge feat considering it’s 2018. Thank you Bill Gates for recommending this because I probably wouldn’t have picked it up otherwise, but I’ve learned that anything he likes belongs on my TBR. Seriously, the man has amazing taste in books.

The Colonel and the Bee by Patrick Canning. I took a chance on this one, and it has already paid off. I am really enjoying it so far! It’s weirdly reminding me of The Night Circus, even though it’s a completely different story. I’m planning on having a review up next week, so hopefully I’ll be finishing this soon.

What I Watched:

Set it Up. Did anyone not watch this? Admittedly, it took me a bit to get to it, but everyone was talking about it, and I am all for watching movies from the comfort of my own home. (I’m not a big theater-goer.) This was really cute, and reminded me of a lot of the rom coms I liked as a teenager. I might have already watched it twice.

Solo. For Father’s Day, we went to see the new Star Wars movie. I didn’t love it, but it was pretty good. Apparently they’re making this a trilogy, which I don’t see the need for, but whatever.

What I Did:

Saw the Genghis Khan exhibit at the Reagan Library. This was really fascinating! I’m a huge history nerd, and enjoyed learning more about Genghis Khan and the Mongol empire. If you have the opportunity to see this exhibit, I highly recommend it. (Though try and go on a weekday if possible, because they did not organize it well enough to handle Saturday crowds – I got stuck in a corner for a good five minutes.)

Non-Book Favorites:

Green Tomato Grill. If you’re in Orange County, you have to check out Green Tomato Grill. I recently discovered it, and they have the best vegan and vegetarian food I’ve ever eaten. I’m obsessed. Highly recommend the BBQ Tofu Bowl. And the Thai Tofu Wrap. And the Fried Green Tomatoes. (They also have non-vegetarian options – I haven’t tried those, but I’m sure they’re great.)

That’s it for June! I’m hoping July is a better reading month. I’ve been spending quite a bit of time getting my editing business off the ground – fingers crossed I can share my new website and everything with you soon! – so I just need to make more time for reading. Anyone have a time turner I can borrow?

What was your favorite book this month?

12 thoughts on “June Wrap Up – True Crime and Fictional Killers

  1. Hope you have a wonderful July!

    I was really interested in the book from Reese Witherspoon book club but then i got distracted by Netgalley stuff 🙈. I think it’s one of those books i will need to read, not listen to, to be able to follow what is happening.

    1. Thank you! You, too!

      It’s definitely a bit confusing, but I’m not sure how much easier it would have been reading vs. listening. It just took me a while to understand what’s going on and how everything connects.

  2. You are still doing well with reading, love. You are just in need of a five star read! And I’m wishing you many of them this July, love. Happy reading! 💗

  3. I’ve been horrible with reading lately and only finished one book this month that I’ve been working on for 2 months but I absolutely loved it. Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist

    1. I’ll have to check that one out. Thanks!

      Hope you get back into reading soon. But it’s always good to spend time on a book you love.

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