A Snarky Reading Recap – June 2018

I know we just had one of these, but I’m trying to get all caught up with my reading! June included a lot of traveling and the beginning of my new job, so I’ve had a lot of time for audiobooks this month! It’s been pretty fun, on the whole. On that note, let’s get on with June’s reading recap!

Here’s a reminder of my cuter than words rating system (puppies!):

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (reread)

As entertaining as this book is, Mare is insufferable, and it was even more apparent the second time around. I ended up dropping my rating a star on Goodreads from the first time around. And yet, I’m trash for Cal, so I’m currently listening to Glass Sword on audio and will be reading the last two. Why am I like this? You can read my original review here.

2 dogs

Rating: 2 dogs petted.

The Iceman by Anthony Bruno

I’m not a huge lover of true crime, but my husband is, so we listened to this one together in the car on a roadtrip. For what it was, it was good! Did it bore me a little? Yeah. But in the genre of true crime, it was definitely entertaining.

3 dogs

Rating: 3 dogs petted.

Bygone Badass Broads by Mackenzi Lee

This was LOVELY. I’ll be writing a review on it, so I don’t want to give too much away, BUT I will say that some of the language was my only complaint. I’ll still be recommending to anyone who would like to read about some truly remarkable women.

4 dogs

Rating: 4 dogs petted.

Well Hung by Lauren Blakely

This was so entertaining! I thought some of the drama was fraught, but it was a romance novel, after all. And I was definitely rooting for the main couple! So yeah, this was a solid read. Full review to come!

4 dogs

Rating: 4 dogs petted.

Full Package by Lauren Blakely

At this point, I had already read the first three books in this series and was expecting something in particular. Instead, I got a lot of weird language from the hero and an even smarmier obsession with the heroine’s boobs. It just didn’t land for me. Tbh, I was really disappointed. But I’ll be writing a full review to lay it all out there.

2 dogs

Rating: 2 dogs petted.

Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

Oh my goodness. So I wrote a “review” on this one back in February when I wasn’t feeling it, stating that I would update the review when I finished the book… and then I didn’t. But once I moved to the Caribbean, which is where the book takes place, I realized this book is exactly what I needed right then. And it was sensational. I loved it. I’ll be writing a real review, and I can’t wait for the sequel.

4 dogs

Rating: 4 dogs petted.

Joy Ride by Lauren Blakely

After Full Package, I wasn’t sure what to think of the rest of the series. But it must have been an anomaly, because Joy Ride was back to the good stuff. This time with a heroine who works on cars! I loved it. Full review to come!

4 dogs

Rating: 4 dogs petted.

The Lost World by Michael Crichton

This was so fun! I had low expectations, because the second movie was so bad, but this was just as good as the first one. Michael Crichton is one of those writers who aces at adventure and action, all the time. My full review will also touch on how bad he is at writing kids, though. It was so bad it was comical. Ah well!

4 dogs

Rating: 4 dogs petted.

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

The perfect, wonderful Kasie West was back. I listened to this one audio, and I was feeling it. A sweet romance between a girl and a boy with completely different life experiences, and all the drama that goes with it. Such a good listen. As with many of others, expect a full review!

4 dogs

Rating: 4 dogs petted.

Luck on the Line by Zoraida Córdova (reread)

I would have given this one more than 5 stars if I could have, after my reread! Oh, I love Zoraida. You can read my original review here.

4 dogs

Rating: 4 dogs petted.

Together We Rise by The Women’s March Organizers

I sobbed through this entire book. You might think I’m kidding, but I’m really not. It was moving, and I felt the passion from the narrators. I’m going to try to write a full review for this one, but right now, I’m not sure how I’m going to get through it. I’ll try though. It would be worth it.


Rating: 4+ dogs petted.

From June we ventured into July, where I’m doing the Marvel-a-thon, plus finishing up the reread of Glass Sword and maybe a couple other audiobooks. We’ll see how the challenges land in terms of my library loans. In any case, July is off to a great start.

Happy reading!

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