June 2019 Wrap Up

As I predicted, I have fallen terribly behind this summer. I’m so sorry about that! But man, life has been pretty crazy this summer! I haven’t been home for a single weekend since the end of May, and since I work full time the weekends are when I usually have enough time to write blog posts. So it’s about time I play a little bit of catch up – beginning with my June Wrap Up. In June I read 2 physcial books and listened to 3 audiobooks. Check them out below!

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay (5 Stars)

In Hunger, Roxane Gay opens up about her past, recounting the violent rape that altered the course of her life, specifically her relationship with her body and with food.

This was a super intense and emotional read. It’s never easy hearing the details of a rape, and it’s just as hard listening to the physical and emotional repercussions that follow. Nevertheless, Gay’s honesty and cultural analysis amkes this a captivating and important read.

The Gone Dead by Chanelle Benz (5 Stars)

Thirty years after her father’s death, Billie James returns to the Mississippi Delta to claim her inheritance. As she rekindles relationships with long last family members and acquaintances of her father, she realizes that the circumstances of her father’s death may more sinister than she was led to believe.

Chanelle Benz’s first novel is gritty, powerful, and impossible to put down – I loved it! I can’t wait to read what she writes next.

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (5 Stars)

Told in interview style, Daisy Jones & the Six recounts the tumultous rise to stardom of the young singer/songwriter Daisy Jones and the band The Six.

This was a super fun read full of all the drugs, sex, and rock and roll we associate with the great bands of the 60s. This was my second read by Taylor Jenkins Reid and it was fantastic! Be sure to check out the official Daisy Jones & the Six Spotify playlist as you read along.

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (4 Stars)

In Exit West, Hamid imagines a world in which travel between countries is as easy as walking through a doorway. When Nadia and Saeed’s country dissolves into violence, they make the choice to exit through a door and suddenly find themselves living the uncertain lives of refugees.

While Hamid does not name Nadia and Saeed’s home country, his implications are clear. This is a timely work of fiction that offers readers an intimate perspective on our current refugee crises throughout the world.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (4 Stars)

Several years ago, someone poisoned the sugar bowl in the Blackwood household resulting in the deaths of nearly the entire family. Only Mary Katherine, Constance, and Uncle Julian survived and they now run the estate, much to the chagrin of the townspeople.

Wow. This was an exceptionally weird and distrubing book – but also really fun to read! Jackson places readers under the roof of a haunted house accompanied only by the three occupants as they sink deeper and deeper into insanity.

Have you read any of these books? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts! Happy reading! 


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