Looking for a good book to read? Look no further! I’m sharing my picks for the month of June.
I love reading in the Summer!
It’s honestly a toss up between Winter and Summer reading — I love reading outside in the sun while the kiddos play in the Summer, but there isn’t much better than a cozy blanket and a good book in the Winter.
I have always been a book nerd. As a kid, I’d always choose a new book over a new toy and all I ever wanted to do was read. My parents would get so frustrated when I wouldn’t go outside to play, but it just wasn’t my thing. Forget a bunch of sweaty, dirty kids fighting over toys — I just wanted my books.
I’ve had so many emails asking about my reading lists, so I decided to pick them back up over here. Once a month, I’ll share my list of what I’ve read or plan to read. Next month, when I share the new reading list, I’ll go over the previous month’s choices and my thoughts on them. You can also join me on Goodreads, I love seeing what you guys are reading too!
Let’s get started.
This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
I picked this up after seeing the movie preview, which stars Jason Bateman and Tina Fey. The movie looks SO cute, so I wanted to read the book before the movie ruined it for me. Humorous books are usually hit and miss for me — I love a book that grabs me and is hard to put down, and most comedy books don’t do that. But this book was wonderful! It was certainly humorous, but there were some serious undertones to it, as well as a ton of heart and emotion. I loved the ending too, so it was great all the way around. I definitely recommend it!
According to Amazon:
The death of Judd Foxman’s father marks the first time that the entire Foxman clan has congregated in years. There is, however, one conspicuous absence: Judd’s wife, Jen, whose affair with his radio- shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public. Simultaneously mourning the demise of his father and his marriage, Judd joins his dysfunctional family as they reluctantly sit shiva-and spend seven days and nights under the same roof. The week quickly spins out of control as longstanding grudges resurface, secrets are revealed and old passions are reawakened. Then Jen delivers the clincher: she’s pregnant.
This Is Where I Leave You is Jonathan Tropper’s (One Last Thing Before I Go) most accomplished work to date, and a riotously funny, emotionally raw novel about love, marriage, divorce, family, and the ties that bind-whether we like it or not.
The Dinner by Herman Koch
I’m in the middle of this right now. So far it’s good, but slow…but not in a bad way. It keeps building and adding small facts that make you wonder where it’s headed. It’s a bit dark, but if you like books like Gone Girl, you might like this.
According to Amazon:
It’s a summer’s evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse — the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened.
Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families. As the dinner reaches its culinary climax, the conversation finally touches on their children. As civility and friendship disintegrate, each couple show just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love.
Tautly written, incredibly gripping, and told by an unforgettable narrator, The Dinner promises to be the topic of countless dinner party debates. Skewering everything from parenting values to pretentious menus to political convictions, this novel reveals the dark side of genteel society and asks what each of us would do in the face of unimaginable tragedy.
The Possibilities by Kaui Hart Hemmings
I finished this book a couple of weeks ago, and I really liked it. It’s kind of sad, but kind of happy at the same time. If you’re looking for something light, this is not for you. But if you want great characters and dialogue, I think you’ll love it.
According to Amazon:
IN THE IDYLLIC SKI TOWN of Breckenridge, Colorado, Sarah St. John is reeling. Three months ago, her twenty-two-year-old son, Cully, died in an avalanche. Though single, Sarah is hardly alone in her grief. Her father, a retiree, tries to distract her with gadgets from the QVC home shopping channel. Sarah’s best friend offers life advice by venting details of her own messy divorce. Even Cully’s father reemerges, stirring more emotions and confusion than Sarah needs. Still, Sarah feels she is facing the stages of grief—the anger, the sadness, the letting go—alone.
Barely ready to face the fact she will never again hear the swoosh of her son’s ski pants, or watch him skateboard past her window, Sarah is surprised when a strange girl arrives on her doorstep. Unexpected and unexplained, she bears a secret from Cully that could change all of their lives forever.
Kaui Hart Hemmings highlights the subtle poignancies of grief and relationships in this stunning look at people faced with impossible choices in the wake of a tragedy. With the unsentimental and refreshingly wry style famous for presenting trouble in paradise in The Descendants, Hemmings in The Possibilities considers the difficult questions of what we risk to keep our loved ones close.
The Good House by Ann Leary
I’ve been seeing this book everywhere, so I finally decided to look it up. The synopsis sounds great and the reviews are good!
According to Amazon:
How can you prove you’re not an alcoholic?
It’s like trying to prove you’re not a witch.
Hildy Good is a townie. A lifelong resident of an historic community on the rocky coast of Boston’s North Shore, she knows pretty much everything about everyone. Hildy is a descendant of one of the witches hung in nearby Salem, and is believed, by some, to have inherited psychic gifts. Not true, of course; she’s just good at reading people. Hildy is good at lots of things. A successful real-estate broker, mother and grandmother, her days are full. But her nights have become lonely ever since her daughters, convinced their mother was drinking too much, staged an intervention and sent her off to rehab. Now she’s in recovery—more or less.
Alone and feeling unjustly persecuted, Hildy needs a friend. She finds one in Rebecca McCallister, a beautiful young mother and one of the town’s wealthy newcomers. Rebecca feels out-of-step in her new surroundings and is grateful for the friendship. And Hildy feels like a person of the world again, as she and Rebecca escape their worries with some harmless gossip, and a bottle of wine by the fire—just one of their secrets.
But not everyone takes to Rebecca, who is herself the subject of town gossip. When Frank Getchell, an eccentric local who shares a complicated history with Hildy, tries to warn her away from Rebecca, Hildy attempts to protect her friend from a potential scandal. Soon, however, Hildy is busy trying to cover her own tracks and protect her reputation. When a cluster of secrets become dangerously entwined, the reckless behavior of one threatens to expose the other, and this darkly comic novel takes a chilling turn.
THE GOOD HOUSE, by Ann Leary is funny, poignant, and terrifying. A classic New England tale that lays bare the secrets of one little town, this spirited novel will stay with you long after the story has ended.
Those are my choices for this month. I also plan on reading the fourth book in the Dark Tower series, which has been on my list for awhile now. What are you reading?