Hello, hello from Nantucket this morning!
It’s my very favorite blog post of the month…my JUNE BOOK REVIEW!
So, here’s the deal, this post is kind of lame. Sigh. I read three books this month and quit one at the halfway mark. Sigh again. And I didn’t like one of the three books I actually read. Sigh again.
I don’t seem to have as much time to read right now. Every minute I’m not “doing something fun with my family”, I’m working which kind of stinks (as I love reading!), but the payoff has been extra family time which has been oh so special.
So, before I get to my book review this month, I wanted to say that typically I have a strict rule about not discussing books I quit. I *usually* quit about six or seven books a year that are never mentioned because I like to keep things positive and…I didn’t read it, so what’s the point? That being said, I am going to mention this book as it surprised me and am curious if I should pick it back up. That review will be at the very end.
Okay, settle in. It’s my JUNE BOOK REVIEW…
Romantic Comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld
Hmmmmm…I didn’t love this one.
Way back in September 2016, I read her novel Eligible and LOVED IT! Oh how I loved it, so I was super eager to pick up this one and read it too…but I found it pretty boring. I mean, it wasn’t bad, I just have heard so much hype around it, and since I loved the other book, I assumed I would love this one too. It was just okay.
This is the story of a writer on a Saturday Night Live-like show and a musician she meets who hosts the show one week. I actually found the first part of the book the best when the author was describing the life of someone who works on a show like SNL. That part I thought was super interesting! The second part of the book was letter writing. Um, I hate reading letters between characters. I would much rather read the book and basically, about a third of this book was letter writing. Pass. The third part didn’t land for me either as it was the relationship with said writer and this musician. I didn’t see the chemistry…which means the last third of the book just seemed a bit too forced for me. I don’t know? I’m probably wrong here, but it was just okay. It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t memorable. If you haven’t read Eligible, I would start there.
If you haven’t read it and are curious, please note this one does lean rated R.
The Magic of Sea Glass by Jenny Hale
Jenny Hale writes sweet books, and this one was very summery and sweet.
If you’re into Hallmark movies and happy endings, here you go. This novel is about a woman who, after she loses her fiancé, leaves her big time TV/wedding design job to work at a small inn on the coast of North Carolina. I mean, hello? Hallmark movie in the making, no?! This novel is happy, charming, sweet and the perfect beach book. It’s also, of course, a little cheesy too 🙂 .
Speaking of beach books though…
The Five-Star Weekend by Elin Hilderbrand
My very favorite author has been a miss for me over the last two years. As you know, I didn’t love Golden Girl or The Hotel Nantucket (the books she released in 2021 and 2022), but Elin is back, baby, and her latest novel was FIVE STARS!
If you’ve been missing the uber charming, always fabulous, Nantucket-y novels that this author put out for 10+ years and didn’t love the last two either (which both included ghosts…GHOSTS on Nantucket…), then pick this one up!
This novel is about a newly widowed foodie blogger who returns home to Nantucket as a “summer person” (summer people are the worst! 😉 ) and has one big weekend where she hosts a group of friends (one from each “chapter” of her life). This novel is delicious. I don’t think I’ve ever called a book delicious before, but this one is just that. It’s the perfect beach book/pool book/enjoying the a/c on a hot afternoon book. This is quintessential Hildebrand, and I loved it!
So, those are the three books that I read this month, and this…
…is the book I quit this month. I typically like Christina Lauren novels, but guys, I could not get into this one. I’m only telling you because a: I read half of it, so if you’re telling me that it gets REALLY good in the second half, I will pick it back up and b: I really typically like books by this author duo, so I was curious if anyone else thought this one was slow too.
I will absolutely pick it back up if you guys think I quit too early! I hated to stop, but at the same time, my time is so limited right now that I don’t want to waste any of it reading a bad book.
Alrighty friends, we’re off for a big day today! I cannot wait though to come back and read your comments. I’m up for ALL THE HAPPY BOOKS, SCARY BOOKS, AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL BOOKS, basically ANY BOOK I WILL LOVE.
Thank you in advance 🙂 .
Also, don’t forget…
To see the complete list of books I read in 2015 (all 63 of them), click here.
To see the complete list of books I read in 2016 (all 62 of them), click here.
To see the complete list of books I read in 2017 (all 62 of them), click here.
To see the complete list of books I read in 2018 (all 61 of them), click here.
To see the complete list of books I read in 2019 (all 54 of them), click here.
To see the complete list of books I read in 2020 (all 54 of them), click here.
To see the complete list of books I read in 2021 (all 59 of them), click here.
To see the complete list of books I read in 2022 (all 60 of them), click here.
That wraps up Book Day! I hope you have a wonderful Thursday! I’ll see you all back here tomorrow! xx