June Wrap Up | Books and Baking

This month I’ve been so busy and hardly had any time to read. I did read 4 books in June and also have a new favourite which I am SO happy about 😊.  I enjoyed all of the books I read this month, although one did struggle to live up to my expectations!

It was my birthday last week too and I’ve kindly received so many amazing books that I can’t wait to read next month! It’s probably time to pick my July Hopefuls, which you can find on my bookstagram soon! I’ve also continued to love reading on my kindle – with 2 of these books being e-books.

Under Solomon Skies by Berni Sorga-Millwood

This is a captivating read about culture, the climate and the importance of family and friendship. This book also incapsulates one of my worst fears – being stranded at sea! Therefore, going into it, I though I wouldn’t enjoy it because of that but I found it to be such an educational read. I learnt so much about the Solomon Islands and the environmental debt it has suffered after years of overfishing and deforestation. This is based on a true story, and I think that made it more heartfelt and captivating. It was also really nice to hear a story from the point of view from the islanders too.

Rating – ★★★★

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I put off reading this book for months because of the hype around it. I wanted to read it and had so many high expectations for it and was worried that it wouldn’t live up to them. But oh, I was so wrong! This book is absolutely breath-taking, and I wish I would have just read it sooner!! Evelyn is one of my favourite characters ever as is the book. This book is full of sparkle and glamour, from the 60s Hollywood backdrop to the fantastically stunning characters. I’m definitely writing a full review for this one as it’s one of my favourite books of all time! It’s honestly such a spectacle. If you haven’t read this one, please go pick it up😊 I can’t wait to read more TJR!

Rating – ★★★★★

And The Stars Were Burning Brightly by Danielle Jawando

This was our uni book club read and I think it may have been our last read – and what a great one to end on! Our discussion was even better because the author kindly joined our discussion of this amazing book. If I had to describe this book it would be heartbreakingly beautiful. It does cover some heavy themes but I love that the author has included resources at the end of the book which is so important. I’m going to write a full review about my thoughts on this powerful and moving story about grief, loss, love, mental health and bullying. I’d highly recommend!

Rating – ★★★★★

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

I watched the TV adaptation of Big Little Lies years ago (maybe when the first season was released), and I loved it! It was fast paced; addictive and the cast were perfect for the roles! After watching the first season, I bought the book straight away and it was left on my shelf for years. I buddy read Big Little Lies with a friend of mine and we both ended up giving it 3 stars. I feel like the domestic thriller subgenre is just not for me. I appreciated how the author dealt with difficult issues, but I felt that it could have been said in less words.

I never thought I’d say this, but the adaptation was better! I’m definitely in need of re-watching it and starting the second season too!

I’d love to know your thoughts on these books if you’ve read them! Also, let me know what books you’re looking forward to reading in July.

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