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How in the world is June over already? 

I tried to give myself enough me time but really, everyone else needed it more than I did. Swim lessons, baseball, tee ball and summer school are all over so we are in full summer mode. But that just means more time outside, at the pool and trying with all my might to exhaust the kids enough that bedtime is a breeze. I relied heavily on audio books this month to get my book fix. There were a couple huge hits and a couple complete misses. Here's what I read in June: 

Modern Lovers - I will start with my favorites first. This was a great story. It was "modern" enough that the references to everything trendy made me smile- Uber, green smoothies, etc., but it was far enough removed that I really felt like I was escaping off to the best of the best of Brooklyn and NYC. A group of friends who were in a famous band in their youth are contacted by a film company who wants them to sign over rights in order to tell the story of their former band mate and friend, who died long ago of a drug overdose. Doing so would uncover secrets and risk facing feelings some of them have long since buried. I really related to how some of the characters were lost and searching for something, even when they didn't know exactly that that something was. There is a great mix of characters- mothers, fathers, teenagers, lesbians, all with a yoga studio, first love and an amazing restaurant mixed it. See what I mean? It's a no-brainer. Favorite quote: "Choices were easy to make until you realized how long life could be.”  It's a great read that will make a good addition to your summer reading list! 

The Girls - My second favorite this month and one that I think is going to lead me to read more cult fiction just like it. There's a "Manson-esque" feel to this story of a teenager who gets sucked into a cult like lifestyle that leads to a murder. I really got hooked into the story- the author does an amazing job of foreshadowing, giving you just enough to know something good is about to happen but not giving anything away. 

A Necessary End  - I am not quite done with this yet, but it's pretty good so far. Honestly, my final opinion hinges on how it ends but it will get at least a 3 out of 5 based solely on my love/hate for the characters. Adrienne and Gabe are unable to have a baby of their own so they start the process of adoption- in an unconventional way, no doubt, but it still leads them to Leah, who has agreed to give them her son for adoption, but only under certain circumstances that prove to be tough to follow. Adrienne is very interesting- I think I hate her but I want to love her because all she wants is a baby and I can totally relate to that. This is part quirky and a psychological page turner that has me really looking forward to what happens at the end.

Falling by Jane Green  Oh Jane Green, I was so looking forward to this- Tempting Fate and Swapping Lives- these are the ultimate summer beach reads so I was happy to snatch up this e-book from NetGalley. For the most part it was a sweet read, a typical story of 30-something Emma who moves into a beach house in a small town for a fresh start. She instantly meets and falls for her landlord Dominic, and the two begin a romance. Dominic's past and his 6 year-old-son throw some loops into the mix, as well as Emma's family, since the two come from completely different backgrounds. I thought it was a typical Green read and was happily reading along- but there's a twist that made it all go down hill for me. I literally dropped the book on my lap and rolled my eyes. I was totally mad about this, but if you've read it and liked the ending, let me know so I can see another side of it, but until then, I'll just be sitting over here, pissed at the ending. 

Behind Closed Doors -  I received an Early Reader's Edition of this thanks to St. Martin's Press for a review. The first couple chapters were a total win. It was creepy, foreshadowing, alluring and I couldn't wait to find out why the main character was so afraid of her husband. Until I found out why and then I was just grossed out. There was a lack of development of the main plot- and when it was going somewhere, it switched between past and present. Just a hard no for me. 

Currently Reading: One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid - I stayed up half the night reading this and am in love so's a truly beautiful story about a woman whose husband goes missing and after 3 years, she is finally ready to move on...until life has other plans. Seriously, it's so sweet and well-written. A total win for me and I've only half way through. 

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  1. I really enjoyed Modern Lovers too, it felt like an adult coming of age and I could relate.

    The Girls is on my hold list and I keep checking every day to see if it's here yet!

  2. Oh I'm adding Modern Lovers to my list! Girls is on my list and now I think I need to move it up in the queue!

  3. The Girls has been all over the place this morning as I read blogs. And, I remember the cover and recall having seen it a lot during the past month or so. The jury seems split on it, and that in itself intrigues me. May have to put it on the TBR and let it marinate and see what happens.

    Have a good one!

  4. I loved the premise of The Girls but thought it lacked in execution and was a total dud for me. If you find other good culty books, hook a sister up! I love a good cult story.

  5. i couldn't find your email to respond to your comment on my blog, but i just wanted to say i absolutely loved one true loves as well :) modern lovers sounds interesting, falling is on my list (netgalley didn't give it to me, rude) but that sucks about the ending. jane green is supposed to be fluffy and predictable, but in a good way!

  6. Oh my goodness, almost all of these books I am on hold for at the library or are on my to read list!


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