Hello all! I hope you’re all well and keeping safe. I’m back with another what I read this month post! Throughout June, I read a grand total of 6 books. This is a lot less than I read last month but I don’t mind too much. I went in and out of a reading slump this month and it shows. I have a lot of thoughts I want to share on the books I read in June though, so I’m going to do mini reviews for a couple, mention others and declare my love for a couple. Here is what I read in June!
Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis
“Lola Nox is the daughter of a celebrated horror filmmaker – she thinks nothing can scare her. But when her father is brutally attacked in their New York apartment, she’s swiftly packed off to live with a grandmother she’s never met in Harrow Lake, the eerie town where her father’s most iconic horror movie was shot.
The locals are weirdly obsessed with the film that put their town on the map – and there are strange disappearances, which the police seem determined to explain away.
And there’s someone – or something – stalking Lola’s every move.
The more she discovers about the town, the more terrifying it becomes. Because Lola’s got secrets of her own. And if she can’t find a way out of Harrow Lake, they might just be the death of her..”
I read this one right at the start of the month and made the mistake of reading it late at night. This book is extremely creepy and had me staring at all the dark areas of my room at all hours of the night. I highly recommend this one to you all if you are a fan of psychological thrillers but I recommend that you don’t read it at night! I wrote a full review of this book which you can find here.
Tyler Johnson was Here by Jay Coles
“When Marvin Johnson’s twin, Tyler, goes to a party, Marvin decides to tag along to keep an eye on his brother. But what starts as harmless fun turns into a shooting, followed by a police raid.
The next day, Tyler has gone missing, and it’s up to Marvin to find him. But when Tyler is found dead, a video leaked online tells an even more chilling story: Tyler has been shot and killed by a police officer. Terrified as his mother unravels and mourning a brother who is now a hashtag, Marvin must learn what justice and freedom really mean.”
This book is a powerful and moving portrait of family and teenagers and discusses the serious issues of today. It felt very poignant reading this book during June and on top of other things made me inspired and moved to earn more about the Black Lives Matter Movement and white privilege. This book needs to be read by all!
Here is a quick snapshot at 3 of the books I read and the ratings I gave them. I enjoyed them all. I will be writing a whole new post about re-reading The Hunger Games soon.
- Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins – ★★★★
- Rain by Mary M. Talbot and Bryan Talbot – ★★★
- Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig – ★★★★
Loveless by Alice Oseman
“Georgia has never been in love, never kissed anyone, never even had a crush – but as a fanfic-obsessed romantic she’s sure she’ll find her person one day.
As she starts university with her best friends, Pip and Jason, in a whole new town far from home, Georgia’s ready to find romance, and with her outgoing roommate on her side and a place in the Shakespeare Society, her ‘teenage dream’ is in sight.
But when her romance plan wreaks havoc amongst her friends, Georgia ends up in her own comedy of errors, and she starts to question why love seems so easy for other people but not for her. With new terms thrown at her – asexual, aromantic – Georgia is more uncertain about her feelings than ever.
Is she destined to remain loveless? Or has she been looking for the wrong thing all along?”
This book is extraordinary and deserves all the love in the world. This is an own voices book by Alice Oseman that needs to be read by many own voices readers. Although I am not at own voices reader/reviewer for this book it has helped me learn a lot and opened by eyes a lot. It is beyond wonderful. I have written a full review of this book which you can find here.
There you have it, everything I read in June! What have you read in June and what are you looking forward to reading in July? Let me know in the comments!