June is my favorite month of the year but even I have to admit that those 30 days felt like five years. The Black Lives Matter and LGBTQ+ movements are so incredibly important and just because we have moved into a new month we need to make sure that we are not leaving those causes and people behind. Especially as those communities are still being targeted with hate, bigotry and violence as I am writing this. I hope that we all continue to fight and push back against ignorance and injustice as we encounter it.
Now, let’s talk about some books. June has been my worst reading month in terms of how diverse my genres were. Also, I only read one physical book last month. ONE. PHYSICAL. BOOK. The majority of that is because I, for some goodness knows why reason, signed up for waaaayyy too many blog tours. I have a few this month and a couple in August and I have pretty much stopped signing up for them because while I love reading and helping to promote new releases, I miss reading from my backlist. So, my goal in the second half of this year is to find more of a balance between the two.
My Brother’s Five Friends is obviously a very smutty book but I was surprised by how much this book connects the characters emotionally. I also appreciated that this book kept the consequences of them all being together realistic. I did find that it was too much insta love for me and I would have liked the build up to their relationship to take longer. I did think the epilogue was super cute and I liked how it all worked out.
The Guest List was a very disappointing read for me. I love the concept of it but the entire execution just fell flat. I honestly feel like if the author had cut one of the narrators out completely I would have enjoyed this so much more. Which is shocking for me to admit because I love stories with multiple narrators. However, in this book I think it just made the whole story convoluted with all the different characters and different plot lines. There was no real suspense built up because we were too busy dealing with all the drama of these characters and their pasts. Also, there are trigger warnings for this story so please check Goodreads before you pick it up if you think you might need to pass on it.
Pages Read: 4,430
Average Pages Per Day: 148
Books Read: 16