Hi everyone! June was a bit of a weird reading month for me, I read a lot less than the previous months, I only read 2 books that were on my June tbr, and I was in a reading slump for the last two weeks of the month. Nonetheless, I read some good books. I’m not gonna talk too much about most of them because I already review them, so I’m linking those posts and I’m spending a little more time talking about the books that I didn’t review.
As always, I rank all the books I read from my least favorite to my favorite book of the month. The ranking is not entirely dependent on rating, so there can be books with lower ratings that are higher on the list than books with higher ratings and that has to do with my enjoyment of the books.
Without further ado, here are the books I read in June:
*Click the book titles to go to the Goodreads page*
My Least Favorite Book of the Month
This month there wasn’t one book that I truly disliked, so for my least favorite of the month I chose a disappointing romance:
12. Loud Mouth by Avery Flynn (3,4 stars): The main characters were very two dimensional and they only had two or three conversations that were not about sex in the whole book, but somehow they still fell in love. They did have physical chemistry tho. While I was not invested in the romantic relationship in this book, I was so invested in the relationship between the brothers! There was so much angst and I liked how their relationship developed.
The “I Mostly Liked Them, But…” Books
These are books that I had significant issues with, but they had redeeming qualities that made me mostly enjoy them:
11. The Blind Date Diaries by Branda St. John Brown (3,5 stars): it took me a while to get into this, but I ended up liking the relationship.My issue with this is that it was unrealistic that they fell in love in 3 dates. (Review)
10. The Marriage Game by Sara Desai (3,5 stars): This was ok. I liked the main characters, but this suffered from telling and not showing when it came to the romance and the guy needed to grovel a lot more at the end. (Review)
9. The Change Up by Meghan Quinn (3,6 stars): A good friends to lovers story, I could definitely feel the chemistry and tension between the main characters and I enjoyed seeing the way their relationship developed. Nonetheless, I had issues with the conflict at the end. (Review)
8. We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal (3,6 stars): This was a fun and quick read, but I had a lot of issues with it. Mainly because the author had a lot of good ideas, but she didn’t execute them very well. (Full Review)
7. Want by Cindy Pon (3,7 stars): This book was a quick, entertaining read. The group of friends was great; the setting (future Tapei) was very cool and atmospheric; I liked the twist and turns the story took, and I liked the fact that this dealt with important subjects like the environment, pollution, and privilege. Nonetheless, this book was so short and it included so many important subjects that it only dealt with them in a superficial way; the romance played such a big part of the story and there wasn’t any real connection, emotion or development between the characters; this book didn’t build tension, it was going so fast that I didn’t have time to care or worry, and I don’t understand what happened between the characters at the end.
The Ones I Liked
The ones I liked are books that I had really small issues with, but after I finished them I had mainly positive feelings towards them:
6. The Billionaire’s Fake Fiancée by Annika Martin (3,7 stars): This book has a grumpy/sunshine romance, fake dating, and forced proximity. I slowly fell in love with the dynamic between the main characters and I ended up really enjoying their relationship. (Review)
5. Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner (3,7 stars): I enjoyed both of the main characters and their relationship from the very first page. I could feel the connection and tension between them. But I had issues with the conflict. (Review)
4. Xeni by Rebekah Weatherspoon (3,8 stars): I loved the two main characters in this book and I had fun reading about their marriage of convenience. They were so cute together and there were some very steamy scenes. (Review)
3. White Whisky Bargain by Jodie Slaughter (3,9 stars): This book was so good. The marriage of convenience plot worked perfectly and I loved both main characters, there was an instant attraction between them that made this entire book be filled with sexual tension. The hero was such a nice guy and I loved the way he treated the heroine and how much emphasis he put on communication. The heroine is a badass. While I learned a lot about moonshine, I liked that the business aspect and the conflict with the other family didn’t take over the story.
The Ones I Really Liked
I consider books I really liked the ones I really enjoyed, but they are not new favorites:
2. White Rage by Carol Anderson (4 stars): The way the author did a great job of showing how white rage has manifested in history after big “wins” for Black people and how they have essentially undermined and invalidated those triumphs. This book was brilliant and also exhausting. (Review)
My Favorite Book of the Month
My favorite books of the month can have different ratings depending on how good a particular reading month was. This month my favorite was a 4 stars romance book that made me so emotional!
1. Only When It’s Us by Chloe Liese (4 stars): this book is one of my new favorite romances. I LOVED the main characters so much. They had a frenemies to lovers, slow burn, angsty and emotional romance that I absolutely loved. (Review)
What were your favorite and least favorite books you read this month? Have you read any of the books on this wrap up? Do you agree with my opinions about them?
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