June 2019 Book Recap & Ratings | Monthly Book Wrap-Up

June 2019 Book Wrap-Up

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The Month of June

Wow, did June fly by for anyone else? It is always a funny month because half of it is the last two weeks of school and the other two are the first two weeks of summer break. It is a transition time for everyone in our family and the end of some things and the beginning of others which makes it very bittersweet.

While it seems like it flew by, it is also amazing to think of all the things that we did during the last 4 weeks..baseball season and regular school days feel like they were months ago!

Reading Recap

I had a lot of reading favorites this past month, and it was also a heavier non-fiction month. My actual reading is always a bit slower this time of year but my books I listen to on audio increase.

Moving into Audiobook Season

This time of the year I spend a lot of my work time editing because it is the most wedding/photo session time of the year. This will continue into November when photo season quiets down for the winter months. I have found that audiobooks make a great work companion during editing time.

My type of work requires a lot of creative energy but is something I can easily do while listening to something which is great for a podcast and audiobook fan! I prefer to listen to non-fiction books on audio and this past month I listened to Burnout, The Moment of Lift and All The Rage. I would highly recommend all of them!

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Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

You can read my full review of Summer of ’69 HERE.

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Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking The Stress Cycle

by Emily & Amelia Nagoski

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣

You can read my full review of Burnout HERE.

The Moment of Lift

The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

*Full review coming soon.

All The Rage

All The Rage by Darcy Lockman

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

*Full review coming soon.

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Beyond The Point by Claire Gibson

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

*Full Review Coming Soon.

Three Women

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

You can read my full review of Three Women HERE.

Simple Happy Praenting by Denaye Barahona

Simple Happy Parenting by Denaye Barahona

My Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣

You can read my full review of Simple Happy Parenting HERE.

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Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle

My Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️

You can see my full review of Dear Wife HERE.

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I’ll Never Tell by Catherine McKenzie

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

You can read my full review of I’ll Never Tell HERE.

The Lemonade Life

The Lemonade Life by Zack Friedman

My Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

You can read my full review of The Lemonade Life HERE.


How was your month of reading? Did you have any favorites? Are there any that were you disappointed by? I would love to hear! <3

 

May 2019 Book Recap & Star Ratings

May 2019 Book Recap & Ratings

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Month in review:

Hello! Happy last day of May! Did this month speed by for you? It felt like we did a lot of things but it also felt like a pretty long month…which when it is 31 days, I guess it really is!

Audiobooks and going back and forth:

I have moved into my more busy season at work which means that my audiobook listening starts to make up a part of my monthly book count. I often will listen to a book on Audible or the Libby app and also read it either with a hard copy book or on my Kindle. I did this with A Woman Is No Man this month for instance.

This reading juggle works rather well for me and keeps me engaged with books during the times of the year when I don’t have as much downtime. I tend to listen to non-fiction books or fiction books that are a little more slow-moving (vs. a page turner) because otherwise, I get way too confused. 

My May reading high:

I always love looking back on Goodreads to see how everything I read played out. I have a terrible memory so I would be lost without Goodreads! Not only is it the way I keep track of the books I am reading but it also is where I keep my list of books I want to read in the future.  It’s the best.

The highlight of my reading month was definitely A Woman is No Man. It was amazingly powerful but also so readable and I know it will stick with me for a long time…you can read my full review HERE.

I also loved If You Only Knew (currently a Kindle deal!!) & Montauk, and think both of them would be great to add to your summer reading list.

Different reactions and perspectives to books:

I did read a few books this month that I found were just okay. I always find it is interesting how people react so differently to a book. Even more own experience as a reader can be affected so much by what is currently going on in my life.

I would always rather talk about book highlights than books I didn’t love, but I think there is a place for both in a thoughtful and respectful way.  When I don’t love a book, often it just wasn’t the right fit for me at that specific time. My own perspective can change things so much and just because I didn’t love it doesn’t’ mean someone else won’t love it!

A few months into having a public IG page one a person that had been following along DMed me and said: “I can’t believe you recommend this book, I thought it was terrible!” I immediately felt awful but as time has gone on, I really have come to terms with the fact that we all react to things so differently, and that is what makes life interesting.

My reading lows this past month:

I often have a hard time when reading a second book by an author that I initially just loved. I was a huge fan of Lilac Girls and Lost Roses just didn’t’ wow me, and I had a hard time feeling engaging with the characters. I also really struggled with The Last House Guest, and I have previously really enjoyed her work.

My May Book Ratings:

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

You can read my full review HERE.

A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

You can read my full review HERE.

If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

*Full review coming soon.

Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want To Come by Jessica Pan

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

You can read my full review HERE.

The Overdue Life of Amy Byler

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

You can see my full review HERE.

Lost Roses by Martha Kelly Hall

⭐️⭐️⭐️

You can see a summary of this book and read my full review HERE.

The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda

⭐️⭐️⭐️

*Full review coming soon.

The Expectations by Alexander Tilnev

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

*Full review coming soon.

The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali

⭐️⭐️⭐️

*Full review coming soon.

Normal People by Sally Rooney

⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

You can read my full review HERE.

Don’t Keep Your Day Job by Cathy Heller

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

*Full review coming closer to its Fall 2019 publication date.

Montauk by Nicola Harrison

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

You can read my full review HERE.


Did you read any favorite books this past month? I would love to hear about them! <3

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April 2019 | Book Recap & Star Ratings

April 2019 Book Recap & Ratings

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Month in review & factors in determining a star rating:

Hello! How was your month of reading? April was a mix of some 4 & 5-star favorites and some 3-star books that were just okay. Last week when I was answering some reader questions on Instagram Stories, my friend Emily asked me what factors go into my star ratings for a book.

I thought this was a fantastic question and now that I have been a part of the Bookstagram community for a while now, I have seen that people’s answers for this can vary so much! Here is how I decide what to rate a book I have read…

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣ 5 stars mean I loved the book so much that I couldn’t stop thinking about it long after I had finished!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫⁣ 4.5 stars mean I enjoyed it a lot. <3

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣ 4 stars mean I highly recommend it and there was maybe a thing or two that gave me pause but all in all I enjoyed it very much.

⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 3.5 stars mean it was a solid read with a few things that didn’t work for me as a reader.

⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3 stars mean it was just okay.

⭐️⭐️ 2 stars mean that the book was not for me and I would not recommend it. These are tough ratings for me to give because I really try to be thoughtful about the positives aspects when reviewing a book but sometimes a book just isn’t the right fit. Whenever I write a more “negative” review, I do try to share both the highs and the lows and I also recognize that our own perspectives and even mood can change our reactions to books.

⭐️ I have never rated a book with just 1 star. As a reader, I do think there is something you can get out of everything you read and so I avoid this rating just because I don’t think it allows for a lot of conversation.

How do you rate books? I would love to hear!

My April Book Ratings:

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

You can see my full review HERE.

Whisper Network by Chandler Baker

⭐️⭐️⭐️

You can see my full review HERE.

Life and Other Inconveniences by Kristan Higgins

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

*Full review coming soon.

Trophy Life by Lea Gellar

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

You can see my full review HERE.

To have and To Hold by Molly Millwood Ph.D.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

*Full review coming soon.

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

You can see my full review HERE.

I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

You can see my full review HERE.

Things My Son Needs To Know About The World by Frederik Bachman

⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

*Full review coming soon.

The Summer Guests by Mary Alice Monroe

⭐️⭐️⭐️

You can see my full review HERE.

The First Mistake by Sandie Jone

⭐️⭐️⭐️

You can see my full review HERE.

April in Review:

April was a pretty great reading month. While I did read some books that were just so-so, I also read so many wonderful ones! Life and Other Conveniences was such a great and enjoyable read and To Have and To Hold will definitely make my top 10 of the year.

Trophy Wife was also one of my book highlights because it was light but also engaging and it had the perfect amount of humor and relatability that didn’t make it fall into the “fluff” category for me. It would make a great beach read!


Did you have any favorites last month?