It’s officially summer and I am reading absolutely everything! I’m going to keep this intro short for the sake of getting into what I read, but just know after completing my first full year of teaching (!!), I am so looking forward to this season of reading and summer days!
I read a total of 13 books this month and 2 novellas. 2 books were rereads, my audiobook of One Italian Summer (please read this month ASAP in general, but better yet, listen to the audiobook with Lauren Graham as the narrator!!) and Majesty before reading Rivals, the latest American Royals books.
My FAVORITES of the month – it was hard to determine because the majority of the books I read in June were so good – include Every Summer After (not a total 5 star read for me, but I ate this one up on a beach day and def see the hype), I Kissed Shara Wheeler, The Hotel Nantucket, Rivals, and The Dead Romantics.
I also really enjoyed Fake, By the Book, & Counterfeit, and after some reflection, felt medium on The No Show (it took almost three weeks to fully read this one, but the ending did surprise me – I’m finding that Beth O’Leary’s later books take a twist on the premise), Stuck with You (I’m going to read the third novella when it comes out as an ebook, but unfortunately haven’t really been loving this novella series), and True Biz (I still enjoyed and loved the ASL representation, but it didn’t wow me as much as expected from the hype).
By the Book (Meant to Be Mine #2) by Jasmine Guillory | 4/5 Stars
It goes without saying that there are SO many good books coming out in June, especially in my favorite genre, contemporary romance!
Meant to Be Mine by Hannah Orenstein | Release Date: June 7
Meant to Be Mine is the type of book where I will be running to the bookstore on release day to grab a copy, since Hannah Orenstein has become one of my all-time favorite authors, between Head Over Heels & Playing with Matches. Meant to Be Mine follows a young woman whose grandmother predicted the day each woman in their family would meet the love of their life. Add It on Goodreads
Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan | RD: June 7
I feel like the Hollywood/TV setting has been getting more attention in contemporary romance latelty, & Nora Goes Off Script is no exception. This book has been pitched as Evie Dark Starts Over meets Beach Read, as TV writer, recently divorced & mother of two Nora’s script gets picked up to become a film, with one of Hollywood’s most attractive male leads in two. Add It on Goodreads
The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand | RD: June 14
Last year was truly my summer of reading Elin Hilderbrand, so I’m highly looking forward to reading her latest, The Hotel Nantucket, which apparently has The Blue Bistro vibes (aka one of my top 3 Elin Hilderbrand books). Add It on Goodreads
How to Fake It in Hollywood by Ava Wilder | RD: June 14
How to Fake It in Hollywood has been pitched to me as much more heavier read than its illustrated cover makes readers perceive. How to Fake It in Hollywood follows a Hollywood starlet up for career changing role and a PR stunt in which she fake dates a former A lister.I recently read Elissa Sussman’s Funny You Should Ask and I’m looking forward to this book with a similar setting. Add It on Goodreads