January 2022 TBR

I hope everyone had a great New Year celebration! There is nothing like a new year to make a fresh start and new beginnings. I, for one, am looking for 2022 and all it has to bring. And that includes my reading, which I must say is starting out strong. Granted we are only on the second day of the year but, considering I am already on my second book, I am optimistic. Which brings us to my first reading list of the year.

As always I will break down my list into two main groups: my book club reads and my personal picks. My personal picks are further broken down according to the reading challenges that I have given myself. So without further ado, let’s get to it.

Book Club picks

The Girl Who Drank the Moon” by Kelly Barnhill

I have been anxiously awaiting to read this book since the Society of Avid Readers Across the Hudson Book Club announced that this would be our first book of the year. It just sounded so magical and endearing. I wasn’t wrong as this is the book I devoured in a day. This book is full of magic, folklore, dragons as well as love, sorrow, hope and so much more. I can’t wait to see what others thought and to discuss it.

Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi

This is the pick for the Capital District Book Club but it’s a reread for me. I can still remember reading this book in 2019 and what it meant to me: the dual storylines of two sisters who are forced on different paths, one in Africa and one in America, and their family’s journey through the centuries. This is one of my highly recommended books and I am excited that I can discuss it with the group.

The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak

Another reread for me but it’s the February pick for the Metaphorically Speaking Book Club and a left over from last year’s list. I don’t remember much about this book except that it takes place in Nazi Germany and a young girl steals books wherever and whenever she can. I remember this book having an impact on me when I first read it.

Time’s Arrow” by Martin Amis

This is the February pick for the Modern Library Book Club. I don’t know much about this book except that it recounts the life of a German Holocaust doctor in reverse chronology, meaning that time goes backward and the doctor gets younger as the story goes on. It sounds very interesting. I can’t recall the last time I read a book like this.

Personal picks

Into Thin Air” by Jon Krakauer

Ever since reading “Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town” by Krakauer, I have been due to read another. This book is his personal account of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster. This book is also on my Winter TBR and cover my nonfiction pick for the month.

To the Lighthouse” by Virginia Woolf

When it came to picking the book from my Classics Club list, I was kind of unsure. I ended the year with “Madame Bovary” by Gustave Flaubert and loved it despite its sad plot. I realized that I have yet to read anything by Virginia Woolf, at least from what I can recall and this book has been calling me for a while. Plus I have seen some really good reviews from a few booktubers so it went to the top of the list.

All of these books, except for two, are from my personal TBR shelves. “The Girl Who Drank the Moon” and “Times Arrow” I managed to borrow from the library, fulfilling my goal of not buying books for book club and getting my personal TBR down. And with six books planned for January that gives me a good start for completing my Goodreads challenge. Now, actually getting through the monthly list is the challenge.

What books are on your January TBR list? Have you read any on this list? What did you think? Let’s discuss!

TBR list for October 2021

October is going to be a real treat. And I mean that sarcastically. Remember when I said that I have a big announcement to make? Well, we are in the process of buying a house and we will be closing on the 22nd. If my eyes are not deceiving me that is next Friday! WHAAT?! How are we already into the second week of October? That means this post is really late, lol.

If the packing and the getting ready to move isn’t enough, it is officially budget season for the Legislature, which means for the next two weeks I am going to be in meetings every single night. And that is on top of the day-to-day work that we have to get done.

I honestly don’t know how much reading I am going to get done this month, but I am hopeful. Books are what ground me and one of the things that helps me destress. Most of my books have been packed already but I kept this pile out for the month of October.

Book Club Picks

“We Begin at the End” by Chris Whitaker

This is the October read for the Capital District Book Club and I am bummed that I can’t go to the discussion. I just finished this book and it absolutely broke my heart. There are two parallel stories: Walk, the police chief in a small coast California town, dealing with the fact that Vincent King, the friend who he put away in prison 30 years ago, is coming home. Then there is 13-year-old Duchess, the “outlaw”, whose mother, Star, grew up with Walk and Vincent and has become more and more depressed so that Duchess has to look after things. Then there is an unexpected death following the return of Vincent, that affects Duchess and Walk in more ways than they will come to know.

War of the Worlds” by H. G. Wells

I read this book back when I was a teenager so I am excited that we are reading it for Modern Library Book Club for the month of October. I remember enjoying this book, which is about an invasion of Martians who destroy everything in their wake and attempt to end human civilization.

Personal Picks

The Wish” by Nicholas Sparks

The newest book by Nicholas Sparks is officially out and while this is the only book that doesn’t fit the creepy and thrilling jive I got going, I can’t wait to curl up and dive into it. I usually fly through his books and I am sure that this one is going to be no different.

Maggie Dawes is a successful photographer and has traveled all over the world, but now she is home in New York City, struggling to come to terms with a medical condition. As the holidays come around, she becomes dependent on an assistant at her gallery and becomes close to him. As she reflects on her life, she thinks back to her youth and another man who she used to know.

The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde

I was planning to read this last October and never got around to it, so it is on the list once again. I am so intrigued by this book, which is essentially about a man who sells his soul for eternal youth. It is rather a short book so it shouldn’t take me that long to get through, especially if it is as good as it sounds.

The Maidens” by Alex Michaelides

This book has been calling my name ever since I received it in my BOTM box. I have heard some mixed reactions – either people love this book or they hate it. Now I need to know for myself, but it sounds perfect for October – death, secret societies, mysterious professor. What isn’t there to like?

Midnight Sun” by Stephanie Meyer

I needed something light and fluffy to mix into the mix and Twilight book have always been quick and easy reads. Besides I need to know Edward’s story once and for all. This book has been on my shelf for way too long.

What are you reading in October? Have you read any on this list? Let’s discuss!

September 2021 reading wrap-up

One minute, I am counting the days until October and then the next we are a week into the month. And so I am just getting to my reading wrap-up. For some reason, September felt like it took ages, so much so in fact, when I looked back at all the books that I read, I was surprised that they were all part of the same month. I even forgot that I read a few. So being that this is already late, I won’t belabor the point and get right into it.

I wasn’t planning on reading “The Other Black Girl” by Zakiya Dalila Harris at all. But then the New York Writer’s Institute kicked off its annual Writer’s Series with a talk with Harris. I have seen this book making its rounds all over the blogosphere and making all the lists, so I figured why not. I went out, bought the book and went to the event. I was so glad that I did. Harris is so personable and it was nice to get the scoop behind the book, which I should add is definite read. I have been thinking about this book ever since I read it. I have since recommended it.

This was a pick for the Society for Avid Readers Book Club, but unfortunately I didn’t make the discussion. I really liked how honest Rebekah Taussig is about her disability as well as how people treat her or how she sees people treat her. It was a real eye opener and can make you a little uncomfortable. She points out the unintentional things people do that make her angry. I think that everyone should read this book.

Can I just say that this probably one of the best thrillers that I have read in a long time. Have fun trying to figure out who the killer is in this one because every single character has skeletons in their closet. Ellem does a fantastic job rounding out each character so that at points you like them and want to be their friends and then the next you are shocked by what they did and want nothing to do with them. I am just disappointed that the Metaphorically Speaking Book Club ended up not meeting in September so we didn’t get to discuss this book.

It has only taken me over 20 years to read this book, but I am so glad that I finally did. In the Modern Library Book Club, we pass around a Conch shell and whoever has the shell can speak. Now I understand where the shell comes from, lol. This book was partly disturbing as the children begin to return to their primal roots and begin to turn savage with each other. Though I couldn’t help chuckling by their reactions at the end.

This was a really interesting read about “The Troubles” in Ireland. If you don’t know much about it, Keefe does a really good job laying out the main characters, though there are many, and how they all play a role in what happens. He focuses the book around one particular disappearance and shapes the story from there. This book caused quite a discussion in book club and some of our members could vouch for the accuracy of the book, whether through personal experience or through secondary sources.

I was planning to read this in October but I ended up going to New Jersey and listened to the audiobook on my 3-hour trip down and back. I absolutely loved this book. Joe Talbert has to complete a biography for an English writing assignment and heads over to a nearby nursing home where he ends up getting paired up with Carl Iverson, a convicted rapist and murderer, who is dying and has been medically paroled to the nursing home to live out his last days. But as Joe begins to interview Carl, he realizes that maybe there is more to Carl’s story than previously thought. Talk about there being two sides to every story. You are definitely going to need tissues for this one.

Books I didn’t finish or get to

I had every intention of reading “Night Draws Near” but other books seemed to get in the way. I am not giving up on it but I fear that it is going to back to the bookshelf to wait a little bit longer. As for “Middlemarch”, my problem was that I put it down to read other things and had trouble getting back into it. I am nearly done with it, and I hope I do finish it, but it won’t be before my book club discussion, though all indications are that everyone loved it.

What books did you read in September? Have you read any on this list? Let’s discuss!

September 2021 TBR

I have so many things planned for this month. I just hope that I can get around doing it all. And where, you may ask, is this motivation coming from? I am trying to distract myself because I am waiting for some news in the next few weeks and the wait is killing me. I am in full planning mode and because I can’t plan yet for the other thing, I might as well plan for the blog and my reading.

Given that September marks the back-to-school season, I wanted to incorporate at least one read that I associate with school. I can’t believe that it’s been over 10 years now since I was last in school, and by that I mean college. Am I really that old?! Feeling nostalgic, I want to go back in time and remember all the books that I read when I was younger. Stay tuned for those posts.

Also, can we really be marking the 20th anniversary of 9/11? I can still remember what I was doing that day, as if it was yesterday. Upon perusing my shelves to figure out what I wanted to read this month, I came across a nonfiction book that I have had on my shelves for years and never read. I thought it fitting to add to my TBR this month given the anniversary.

As for the rest of my TBR, it is as usual so I am going to just dive right in.

Book Club Picks

Middlemarch” by George Eliot
(Parts 5-8)

The Modern Library Book Club has broken up this book into two months so my reading continues. I enjoyed the first half of the book and I am looking forward to see what the second half brings. I just hope that members of book club are enjoying it just as much as me.

Say Nothing” by Patrick Radden Keefe

This is the nonfiction pick for September in the Capital District Book Club. I heard this book is dense so I am hoping to start this book sooner rather than later. I have about two weeks to get this one done.

It’s been a while since I have participated in the Society of Avid Readers Across the Hudson Book Club and I figured it was about time that I joined them. This book is their September pick and I am really excited to get into it. I have a feeling that this a book that is going to stick with me and one that I am going to be recommending.

Mill Point Road” by JK Ellem

I am not sure if I am going to like this thriller, only because I may be having new neighbors of my own soon. This may hit a little too close to home. Otherwise, this book sounds like it’s going to be a fast read.

Personal Picks

I have had this book on my bookshelf for probably 10 years at least. Considering that we are about to celebrate 9/11, I thought it fitting to finally crack this one open. I am not sure if this will be dated given all that has come after but when we talk about the Iraq invasion, rarely do we discuss their Iraq perspective. I like stories like this that give me a glimpse into the other side.

Lord of the Flies” by William Golding

I think “Lord of the Flies” has been on my bookshelf the longest. I remember my brother having to read it in school and then he gave it to me to read. I never read it. I thought since it’s been a while since I had to read books for school, I would check it off my TBR once and for all. My husband says that it is a good book but disturbing, which is what I have heard from other people.

What books do you plan to read in September? Have you read any on this list? Let’s discuss!

August Reading Wrap-up

Where has the summer gone? Despite a week of hot and humid weather, we are right back to the gloomy, rainy days that has permeated the last few months. Technically, we do have a few weeks of summer left, but we all know that Labor Day marks the end of the season.

Despite the cold weather approaching, there are some exciting things going on in my life. I have to wait a few more weeks to be sure, but the fall could mean some big life changes for us. My husband and I are learning the value of patience, but the time consuming process that we are involved in is not making it easy.

To help distract myself, I am trying to just focus on reading. I think this is the first month in quite a while where I can say that I finished my TBR list, although to be fair, there was one book that I just did not bother finishing.

This book started out funny and ended up being somewhat sobering. Overall the Modern Library Book Club enjoyed “Ending Up,” though for a few of our elderly members, it was a little too realistic for comfort. It focuses on four elderly people who live together and their gripes about getting old. However, as we go along we uncover their personal demons and how they deal with getting older. For such a short novel, this book had so much going on, which is a credit to Kingsley Amis’ writing.

I absolutely loved “Project Hail Mary.” Although, Andy Weir loads this book with technical scientific writing, I was still able to understand everything that was going on. I loved how this story unfolded and how Weir used flashbacks to link the character’s past with the present. This was my first Weir book but it won’t be my last.

This was a book that was sent to me by a local author in upstate NY and it focuses on his childhood years growing up in Troy, NY in a house they called “The Embassy.” It was interesting glimpse into years that are long gone but reminded me of the stories of the 50s/60s that my parents shared all through my own childhood.

Cracking open a Jenny Lawson book feels like you pick up right where you left off with her, wherever that is. While she still provides some hilarious anecdotes, this book is more serious than her books of the past and provides a serious glimpse into the mental and physical challenges of anxiety and depression. I would highly recommend that people read her books.

So I have finished parts 1-4 of “Middlemarch” and I am really enjoying this book so far. I am still trying to digest what I have read so far, and we still have so much more to go. I plan to read the second half in September and I can’t wait to see what Eliot does with each of these characters.

I didn’t get far into this book before I got absolutely bored. I know that I should have given this book more of a chance but the lack of chapters or section breaks, as well as the character’s mixed thoughts just lost my interest. I ended up putting the book down and then had no desire to pick it up again. Maybe after hearing what others in book club think, I will want to pick it up again.

What did you read in August? Have you read any on this list? Let’s discuss!

TBR for August 2021

I am hoping that August will bring the summer that we have been missing out on here in upstate New York. While I don’t care for the hot humid days, I do miss the opportunities to lay out on the beach, which was my intention back in June before all the rain came in July. On a positive note, it looks like at least partly sunny for the next week. Here’s to hoping.

Things are picking back up at work and my calendar for August is quickly filling up. I am not so stressed as I have a new immediate boss and things are different with her than with my last boss. I think we are going to get along and working together is not going to be an issue. Which will make my life easier, especially since I have so much I want to do at home.

My husband and I are starting the daunting task of house hunting and it’s a lot more work than I thought it was going to be. I actually have pencil it into my schedule. However, it is fun to go traipsing through different houses to discover what we want, though some have been downright appalling.

Even with this crazy schedule of mine, I hope that will be able to get through my reading list this month.

Book Club picks

Ending Up” by Kingsley Amis

I didn’t get to this book last month but since we are going to be discussing it this week in Modern Library Book Club, I have no choice but get into it. However, I don’t think this book is going to take me long to read, as it sounds downright hilarious.

Wittgenstein’s Mistress” by David Markson

I had never heard of this book before someone in Metaphorically Speaking Book Club suggested it. The book is hard to find but I managed to purchase it online. I am intriqued by the title and the summary. I am hoping this is better than “Blonde” which I wasn’t able to finish.

Middlemarch” by George Eliot

I am so excited to finally read this book. It’s only been on my TBR forever, but I have always been intimidated by this book. Since it is such a large read, my book club has decided to break it up into two months so we will discuss parts 1-4 in September and parts 5-8 in October.

Personal picks

Broken (in the best possible way)” by Jenny Lawson

I know that as soon as I open this book, I am going be dying with laughter. I am going to try to get through my book club reads as fast as possible so I can tumble down the rabbit hole into Lawson’s world. She is always entertaining.

Reading wrap-up for July 2021

It feels like every month I comment on how fast time is moving and so I won’t comment on that this month. It’s become redundant, though a bit ironic as I have just finished a book that is all about time – not having enough while at the same time having all the time in the world. I will say that July has been a weird month and I think it has to do with all the rain that we have been getting in upstate NY. We have only had small pockets of sunshine to break up the gloominess and it has put a real damper on things.

I wish I can say the rain is the reason for my lack of reading this month. I did read a little more than last month but one of the books took me way too long and I didn’t even finish it. I wish that I had called it quits a little sooner. However the books I did read were better than I thought they would be.

I have finally finished “Romancing Mr. Bridgerton” and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was nervous by how long it took me, but while it did have a slow start, it picked up in the middle and I finished it quickly. I have always like Penelope and I liked how she and Colin’s story played out. It was more than I thought it was going to be.

“The Killers of the Flower Moon” was actually my July read for the Capital District Book Club and was not on my TBR list at the beginning of the month. This book is compelling to say the least and very educational. It tells the story of the murders among the Osage Native Americans in the early 1900s, which became the first case for the FBI. What I thought I knew about how our government treated Native Americans is nothing compared to what I learned about what the Osage went through. This book tells so much in a few hundred pages and our book club definitely had a lot to discuss. Overall, everyone liked this read.

This book ended up being a pleasant delight. On the back cover, there is a saying that sums up this book entirely – “A life noone will remember. A story you will never forget.” V.E. Schwab is definitely a great storyteller and has a way with words. Often I found myself stopping to reread a sentence for the second time because it was so unexpected. I am definitely going to put her in the authors to read category.

Despite my best efforts, I was unable to finish “Blonde” by Joyce Carol Oates. Not only was it over 700 pages but it just dragged in some places. Though it’s a fictional telling of Marilyn Monroe’s life, with undoubtedly truth weaved in, this book read like a biography. I felt like I was getting a play by play and though I would have to read up on her to extrapolate the truth from fiction, I just couldn’t get into it. I only got about a quarter of the way through before I finally just put it down. Our book club ended up pushing our discussion date so people could have more time but I still couldn’t get through it. Unfortunately I ended up missing out on the discussion so I don’t know what everyone else thought of it.

What books did you read in July? Let’s discuss!

TBR for July 2021

I am not sure what happened to my reading streak from May but it seemed to fall to the wayside last month. I only read two books. Well that isn’t true. I read numerous books but I didn’t finish them. I now have a growing pile of incomplete books that I want to finish and it’s kind of giving me anxiety. I am not this person that doesn’t complete books. In an attempt to rectify this situation, I decided to forego the reading wrapup, because there isn’t anything to wrap up, and just jump into my reading list for July. It’s going to be mix of the books I have to read, the books I want to finish and the books I’m hoping to get to,

Book Club picks

Blonde” by Joyce Carol Oates

So this is the July pick for my Metaphorically Speaking Book Club that I just didn’t get around to last month. My group meets on Friday so I am seriously cramming this 754-page book in one week, but I heard that it’s a fairly quick read. I was never overly interested in Marilyn Monroe, but maybe Oates’ fictional take on her story will capture my attention.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue” by V.E. Schwab

I have never read V.E. Schwab but this is the fiction pick for July in the Capital District Book Club. The plot sounds interesting. I have heard the hype about Schwab’s other books and if this books turns out to be just as good, I may have to read the others.

Ending Up” by Kingsley Amis

I had never heard about this book but it sounds like it’s going to be a good one. It’s about the elderly, specifically a small group living out the end of their days. I am sure parts of this book are going to be hilarious. Have you ever been around the elderly? They are on the same grounds of children in what they say or do being absolutely unexpected and outright outrageous. And I am sure that there are going to be many parts of this book I am going to relate to. Not because I am elderly (far from it) but rather because I have much older parents and have worked around seniors my whole life. I am actually looking forward to this book.

Personal picks

Broken (in the best possible way)” by Jenny Lawson

If there is one book I am going to devour this month, it’s going to be Lawson’s new book “Broken.” I was so happy when I received this book for my birthday and just reading the first page I was getting sucked in. Lawson feels like an old familiar friend.

Romancing Mr. Bridgerton” by Julia Quinn

I am not sure why but this book is taking me forever to get through. I am not sure if it’s because I am just tiring of the series or if it’s the book itself. Maybe it’s on purpose since Penelope is one of those “boring” characters that noone really pays attention to in the book. I feel like I have been reading this book forever and I am not even halfway through it. Hoping to finish it soon.

Hamnet” by Maggie O’Farrell

So this was actually a book club read in June for the Capital District Book Club but I didn’t get a chance to finish it though it was really good. My book club really enjoyed it, which is all the more reason I am determined to finish it.

The Books I completed in June

Rebecca” and “Revolutionary Road” were both for Modern Library Book Club. “Rebecca” we discussed at the beginning of June and it was sooo good and the rest of the group agreed. We will be discussing “Revolutionary Road” this week and I can’t wait to hear what others thought about it. It was definitely a book that new for it’s time, detailed the reality of being in a loveless marriage but hoping that everything is going to work out in the end. Let’s just say this doesn’t have a happy ending.

What are you planning to read this month? Have you read any on this list? Let’s discuss!

Spring TBR wrap-up: The books I read, didn’t read and read instead

Today is the first day of Summer! I can’t believe it. Maybe it’s the fact that it didn’t really start getting warm here in upstate NY until May but I feel like I barely got a chance to enjoy it. It has been a busy season and when I look back at what I read, I am shocked that I didn’t even read a dozen books between March and June. So it’s no surprise that I barely touched my Spring TBR list. In fact, I only read 2 out of the 10 books that I wanted to. But then again, I ended up reading some books that I didn’t expect to. I was definitely a mood reader during the last few months. So here is a breakdown of what I read from the list, the books I didn’t get to but still expect to and the books I read instead.

What I read

What I didn’t get to

Other books I read instead

What did you read over the Spring? Have you read any on this list? Let’s discuss!

TBR for June 2021

Does anyone else feel like 2021 is going much faster than 2020? I can’t believe we are halfway through the year. Though I am not complaining since June is my favorite month of the year. And not because it’s my birthday month either. June is the transition between spring and summer and the weather is finally getting to be consistently warm. I don’t know about all of you but in upstate NY, the weather was bipolar last month, changing seasons by the hour. I am happy that the forecast finally is putting that 40 degree weather behind us.

Things are also returning to normal. Now with masks mandates easing up and the vaccines showing their worth, people are coming out more. This month, my book clubs are going to start in-person meetings again. It’s going to be so nice finally see everyone without a screen. Which means that I have to make sure that I get all my book club reading done on time, lol.

As I mentioned in my reading wrap-up, since my honeymoon, I have been reading books like it’s the last thing I am going to do. And I don’t feel the urge going away any time soon. In fact, looking at my reading list for the month, I think my streak is going to continue. Even so, I didn’t go too crazy with my list, because every time I do I seem to jinx myself.

Book Club Picks

Rebecca” by Daphne DuMaurier

I started reading this book for my Modern Library Book Club for June and I am loving it. I am only about 70 pages in so I haven’t even gotten to the juicy part of this book but the beginning intrigued me with mysterious memories of the past and the hinting of something dark and sinister that they left behind. DuMaurier’s writing style is very conversational and pulls the reader in. Every time I pick up this book, I get sucked in and don’t want to put it down. I’m actually disappointed when I have to go do other things. I have just reached the part when the new Mrs. DeWinters arrives at Manderley and she is learning that she must contend with how the former Mrs. DeWinters ran things, along with that horrifying Danvers woman. She is already freaking me out and she hasn’t even done anything yet.

Hamnet” by Maggie O’Farrell

I have never heard of this book before the Capital District Book Club selected it but I am intrigued. It’s a story about the story behind Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”. I have always been interested in Shakespeare, though somewhat intimidated by him and have only read the plays that school has assigned, which I am afraid is not many and it has been many years. Maybe this is the push I need to get me interested enough to actually read Shakespeare again, starting with “Hamlet”.

Blonde” by Joyce Carol Oates

I don’t know much about Marilyn Monroe except for that she was a Hollywood star, had a lot of emotional struggles and may or may not have had an affair with JFK. That is it. However, one of my book club members in the smaller group I go to is intrigued by her and chose this book as her pick for the year. This is a fictional retelling of the star’s inner, poetic and spiritual life so I am interested in how the author does it. Also I have never read Joyce Carol Oates though she has always been on my list of authors to read.

Revolutionary Road” by Richard Yates

I never read this book nor saw the movie, though I have heard of it. This is the July pick for the Modern Library Book Club and since our discussions are always the first Wednesday of the month, I try to get ahead in my reading. I did read the summary and I think this is going to be a good one. So far we have been lucky and most of the books have been really good.

Personal picks

Romancing Mr. Bridgerton” by Julia Quinn

I can’t wait to read the fourth book in the Bridgerton series because it has to do with Penelope and Colin. In the Netflix show and in one of the first three books, Penelope is absolutely in love with Colin Bridgerton but Colin is totally blind to her feelings. He just sees her as a friend to his younger sister. I seriously want to know how she finally gets him. Oh and I have no doubt it is going to be a doozy. Also, if the third book’s foreshadowing is correct, I think we may finally find out who Lady Whistledown is.

To Sir Phillip, With Love” by Julia Quinn

Eloise Bridgerton is one of my favorite Bridgerton females. In all of the books, she is fiercely independent and rebels against the societal norms. I loved her from the first time I read about her and I can’t wait to read her story in full.

What are you reading during the month of June? Have you read any of the books on this list? Let’s discuss!