June Reads

I know I’ve been MIA for the last six months… I don’t have a reason; at least not one that makes sense. However, I do have a plan–one that I will execute one day at a time–to move towards providing content on a regular basis. With that being said, let’s get into the first round of these summer reads! If you decide to check out any of these books or if you’ve already read one (or a few), please feel free to post a comment and let me know your thoughts.

  1. The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling (Libby audiobook): Honestly, I don’t know what this book is about…ghosts, maybe? A marriage of convenience? The marriage of magic and medicine? Who knows. I found myself half listening, tuning in occasionally to learn that ghosts were involved.
  2. The Wrong Family by Tarryn Fisher (Libby audiobook): I couldn’t stand the main character–not sure if she was the protagonist or the antagonist. I disliked her from beginning to end which is my favorite thing about the book. The fact that I felt such visceral contempt for someone who isn’t even real is a testament of how good a writer Tarryn Fisher is.
  3. Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reed (Libby audiobook): Simply put, this is a book about love–a parent’s love, sibling love, chasing and finding love. It made me smile; made me cry; and made me want to go to Malibu and watch surfers.
  4. The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton (Kindle): This book is described as “a murder mystery inspired by Agatha Christie with a dash of Groundhog Day and a hint of Quantum Leap…” How could I not read with a tag line like that? And it did not disappoint. I ranked it as my #2 favorite of the month.
  5. What the Fireflies Knew by Kai Harris (Libby audiobook): This is my favorite book of the month and so far, my favorite of the summer. I’m learning that I love a good coming of age story. This one is endearing yet heartbreaking. It was full of sadness but because it was told from the perspective of a 12-turned-13 year old girl, there was hope and optimism weaved throughout to make the sad parts bearable.
  6. We Were Never Here by Andrea Bartz (Libby audiobook): I wasn’t a fan of this one. There was way too much figurative language for a first person narrative. It was kind of ridiculous and I had mixed feelings about the end.
  7. We Were Liars by A Lockhart (Libby audiobook): This was quite interesting. It’s part coming of age and part something. It’s difficult for me to elaborate with giving any spoilers. Very well written and great narration.
  8. The Love Songs of W.E.B Du Bois by Honoree Fanonne Jeffries (Kindle): This book….(sigh) This book!! Every now and then, I read a book that stirs something in me to get back on the writing wagon. This is one of those books. It was beautiful, educational (for me), heartbreaking, healing…so many emotions while reading. This will be one I’ll definitely read again.

Happy Reading! Until Next Time,

Inilya, XOXO

Published by inilyaspencer

Hello! First, I have to tell you this: I LOVE the smell of books! New books, old books, glossy-paged, picture filled books. I will open a book, hold it to my nose, close my eyes and slowly inhale. Okay, I'm so glad that I've gotten that off my chest. If that doesn't make you uncomfortable, then this blog is just for you. I enjoy writing and I often have to keep my imagination at bay as I meander through my 9-5. Please follow and feel free to share with your friends.

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