Raise your hand if you threw your To Be Read pile out the window in June. I SURE did! But it's nothing for any of us to feel disheartened, ashamed, or discouraged by. We read to have fun, to step outside our lives for a few quiet moments at a time. Reading isn't about fulfilling some arbitrary quota. It's about laughing, crying, and HATING when the author kills off your favorite character (looking at YOU, JK Rowling). So, as we look back at what we read (and didn't) in June, don't give a damn about your list.
Now, I'll step off my soapbox and get on with June 2019's Superlatives.
Can't stop, won't stop - ACOTAR Series by Sarah J Maas
I refuse to admit how many times I've read this series and I refuse to stop rereading it. This month I finished ACOTAR and am half-way through ACOMAF. I'll tackle the final novel and the novella in July.
Shut up and take my money - "Red, White & Royal Blue" by Casey McQuiston
EVERYONE needs to read this gem of a book. It's everything I didn't know I needed in a book set in 2020 – the first son falling for the prince of Wales; a female president; Harry Potter cameos; Austin TX! Casey McQuiston, I can't wait to read what you write next. And also, if anyone knows where I can buy a "History, huh?" shirt, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE leave a link in the comments. I need that in my life.
Both of these novels were IMPULSE buys and I'm not even mad about it. Sometimes you just need a good beach read (or two) to get you through the week. "The Unhoneymooners" is perfect for those who love "marriage of convenience" books and/or Hawaii vacations. "My Favorite Half-Night Stand" is one of the best modern romances I've read, complete with group texting and horrible online dating profiles. If you only want to read one of these two, go with Half-night Stand.
Honorable Mention, AGAIN - “Crooked Kingdoms” by Leigh Bardugo
I swear I'm going to finish it in July.