Hi everyone! June was a weird month for me with my reading. I ended up finishing fewer books than I normally do, but I also partially read quite a few books. On the flip side, each book that I read this month was 5 stars! So quality was high, but quantity was low.
Quickly I wanted to run through some stats before we get to the books! I read 4 books in June, all of which were 5 stars. Of those four, three of them were 2020 releases and one was from 2019. I only read ONE FANTASY (crazy, right??), one thriller, one historical fiction, and one contemporary. Two books were e-books (one of which was an ARC), one was an audiobook, and one was a hardcover.
Home Before Dark by Riley Sager – ★★★★★
I’ve read every single one of Riley Sager’s books, and each one gets better than the last! I loved the haunted house aspect of this one and the ending was great! With this being a thriller/mystery, I don’t want to go into too many details but I loved all the twists and reveals that we got throughout the book because I was NOT expecting them!
The Crow Rider by Kalyn Josephson – ★★★★★
I was lucky enough to have received an ARC of this book before it’s release and it’s finally out in the world! I absolutely loved this duology and Thia has easily become one of my favorite characters. I also attended the virtual launch event and I’m really hoping that Kalyn writes more stories in this world because there’s so much to explore with the magic, lore and kingdoms that we didn’t get to see in this series. Check out my full review for all my thoughts!
The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee – ★★★★★
I read this after seeing Elliot Brooks read and review it, and the way she talked about the main character Jo and how strong and smart she is. I downloaded a sample onto my kindle and flew through it so quickly that I bought the book so I could continue reading. I loved how sassy and funny Jo was, and I especially loved how the book shined a light on social injustices that I didn’t really know about before: Chinese citizens being brought to America to use as labor after slavery was abolished and how they were treated. I can’t recommend this book enough!
You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson – ★★★★★
Contemporary novels set in our own time period aren’t usually my cup of tea, but every now and then a book reaches out to me and I decide to pick it up. That’s what happened with this book, so many people were hyping it up online so I decided to give the audiobook a shot! I loved how funny Liz was and how adorable her relationship with Mack! I also loved all the pop culture references because as someone who reads mainly fantasy, I don’t get those at all so it was really fun! I loved how this one also tackled some heavy topics, but still managed to stay positive and lighthearted.