I’m excited to share my June reads with you all! I was able to finish a lot of books while on vacation in Florida, in particular (I even read two in one day!). While I’ve shown a few of my recent reads on Instagram, here’s the complete roundup of everything I enjoyed last month. Pack your pool tote or carry on with one of these options–you can thank me later!
Talking As Fast As I Can, by Lauren Graham: (Not pictured, because my sister is borrowing it at the moment!). As a longtime Gilmore Girls fan, it was wonderful to finally read Lorelai’s (oh, sorry, Lauren Graham’s) book! My favorite section was definitely when Lauren talked about the making of the Gilmore Girls Netflix reboot (did you know that the episodes are called “Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall” and are in that specific order because of the Carole King song?! I didn’t! Also, for some reason, I barely thought about all of the work that went into rebuilding the town of Stars Hollow prior to filming. It was interesting to hear some of the “behind the scenes” scoop with regard to the actual set, too). The fact that Lauren grew up in Northern Virginia right near where I live and work made her memoir even more appealing!
In A Dark, Dark Wood, by Ruth Ware: I had heard about this book forever before I finally sat down and started it (and I ended up reading it in one sitting–on the same day I read Lauren Graham’s book! #Vacation). It follows a group of 20-somethings who are gathered at a friend’s bachelorette party (or “hen weekend”) only for terror to unfold. The storyline moves quickly and you’ll keep asking yourself “what on earth really happened?” until Nora, the protagonist, is able to put together the pieces of that awful night.
After I Do, by Taylor Jenkins Reid: Ok, I’m officially in love with Taylor Jenkins Reid’s work! I gushed over One True Loves in a previous book review and know that others have enjoyed it as well. I definitely teared up at times while reading about Lauren and Ryan, who choose to mend their marriage by taking time apart, all while dealing with challenging family dynamics and the new world of dating. How will Lauren, who hasn’t dated anyone since she met Ryan at age 19, process the events happening in her world without her husband by her side? DOES she actually miss him, or would she rather move on with her life and start anew? Reid has the ability to tell stories that are engaging but convey true insight and emotion. Pick it up!
Sugar, by Kimberly Stuart: This was a lighthearted read that looked at a pastry chef starting over in the industry while juggling a new relationship, town, and work situation. Honestly, when the back of the book noted that the main character would be working for her ex boyfriend, I expected much more drama on that front, but really their relationship seemed like it had been pretty minor. The book was still enjoyable but for sure was on the fluffier side, so if you like a good chick lit read, this one is for you!
Behind Closed Doors, by B.A. Paris: It honestly feels like forever ago that I read this book, but trust me, the plot still creeps me out every time I think about it. The story follows a couple who lead a seemingly perfect life and have what appears to be a flawless relationship with one another, but it’s soon revealed that this couldn’t be farther than the truth. How can the protagonist escape her terrifying husband when he makes it impossible for her to maintain a life of her own? Others will agree that it’s a very disturbing storyline, but I was enthralled and couldn’t stop thinking about it! I definitely had to call/text a few people when I was done just to tell them how creeped out I felt. It was one of the crazier thrillers I’ve read but I just couldn’t put it down.
It Happens in the Hamptons, by Holly Peterson: This is the perfect summer beach read, and if we’re being honest, it reminded me a lot of We Could be Beautiful, which I talk about here. When a single mother and her son arrive in the Hamptons for the summer, they don’t know what to expect (or ultimately, who to trust). Is the man that single mother Katie is dating truly as good as he seems? The story has several twists and turns (some of which I predicted!) and will leave you guessing as you go.
The Startup, by Doree Shafrir: I had been wanting to read this since I first heard about it a month or so ago. Filled with scandal, romance, and more, it was an interesting story about a group of individuals whose lives intersect due to their work in the tech world in NYC. It reminded me a bit of The Underwriting!