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June Reading List

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Back with my June Reading list and there is some great summer reads on this list.

There is a mixture of literature reads, autobiographies and some romance novels too! As always I have shared a mini review of each book. These are perfect for taking on your summer holiday. 

As always you can read my previous months posts in the books tab above. You can also read May’s Reading List post here too.

Red, White & Royal Blue – Casey McQuiston

What happens when the First Son of the United States falls in love with the Prince of England. In Red, White & Royal Blue, Alex’s mum is the first female president of the United States. After Alex and  Prince Henry have fight at the Royal Wedding they are forced to spend a weekend together for PR purposes. But the more and more they speak they realise they are actually good friends. Until at a New Years Prince Henry kisses Alex they realise they are much more than friends. Starting a transatlantic secret love affair. 

This book has had so much buzz that I couldn’t wait to read it. I tried to order it at the beginning of the month but it was sold out everywhere. So when I finally got my hands on it I read it in about two sittings. I loved the concept of this book from having a female president. To having a same sex relationship between two of the most powerful families in the world. Filled with romance that will make your heart happy this is the perfect book to get stuck into over summer. 

Daisy Jones & The Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy Jones & The Six follows the infamous band The Six and their time touring in the Seventies. All through them teaming up with Daisy Jones to create a best selling album. Ultimately leading to the end of the group. 

I devoured this book in a weekend, it was amazing. Taylor Jenkins Reid has created something so different and fresh that makes reading Daisy Jones & The Six that more exciting. I found myself unable to put the book down without picking it up again a few minutes later.

I Heart Hawaii – Lindsey Kelk

In I Heart Hawaii, When Angela’s best friend Jenny invites her on a press trip to Hawaii she jumps at the opportunity. With a new job, baby and husband at home Angela struggles with having it all. So a weekend away in Hawaii seems a brilliant idea. But when Angela and Jenny travel together you know disaster isn’t far behind them. 

The I Heart Series has been one of my favourites over the last few years. I’m so sad it’s finally came to an end. I feel as if I’ve grown up reading Angela’s escapades throughout my teenage years. This is the perfect beach read for the summer. Lindsey Kelk has a way of keeping you entertained throughout the whole book.

Conversations With Friends – Sally Rooney

In Conversations With Friends Frances is a twenty one year old student living in Dublin. At night she performs spoken word with her ex girlfriend Bobbi. When they are interview by a well known Journalist Melissa. They are introduced to a world of beautiful houses, expensive dinners and holidays in France and her husband Nick. Over the course of the book Frances and Nick grow closer. Leading Frances to explore her vulnerable side for the first time. 

After loving Normal People I couldn’t wait to read Conversations with Friends. I’ve got to say I didn’t enjoying it as much as I did Normal People. But it’s still a fantastic book. I think the dynamic between Nick and Frances is intriguing and confusing. You end up rooting for it to work out between them. I did however find most of the characters a little unlikeable which made it hard to sympathise with them more. 

Naturally Tan – Tan France

Queer Eye’s fashion guru & master of the French tuck Tan France’s autobiography Naturally Tan. Following his life from a kid in South Yorkshire. Too growing to love fashion, meeting his husband and the path which eventually lead to Queer Eye. 

I love reading autobiographies and this was no exception Naturally Tan was incredible. As I was reading all I could hear was Tan and you really felt drawn into his story. It gave a whole new layer to our favourite fashion guru. If you are a big Queer Eye fan then I recommend this book so much!

The Unhoneymooners – Christina Lauren

At her twin sisters wedding Olive is forced to play nice with Ethan the best man. So when the entire wedding party apart from Olive & Ethan gets food poisoning. A paid for trip to Hawaii on the table. Olive & Ethan head to paradise planning to avoid each other. But when they’re forced to play newly weds they end up closer than expected. 

You’ll know by now I’m a sucker for a juicy rom com book and the Unhoneymooners was the perfect fix. I’ve been a fan of Christina Lauren’s books for years. They always know how to deliver the right amount of sexual tension between their characters. This is the perfect beach read if you like the whole enemies to lovers story.

My year of rest and relaxation- Ottessa Moshfegh 

In My Year of Rest and Relaxation, Our nameless narrator in this book takes us through her year of rest. Where she plans to sleep for an entire year with the hope that when she wakes up she is reset. Through drug induced blackouts and waking up 3 days later. We see the narrator battle through her year. With visits to her therapist, visits from her sort of best friend Reva and dealing with her crappy ex boyfriend. We also see her going through the death of both her parents. How her actions led her to this year of rest. 

I had seen and picked this book up a few times. Unable to decide if it was one I’d enjoy. I could not put this book down it’s a tough one to get through but a powerful read at that. When it came to the narrator I found her really unlikeable. At the same time you also just wanted to make sure she was okay. You wanted to hate her but also sympathise with her. The writer did an incredible job with this book.



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