Wednesday, June 29, 2016

What I Read in June 2016

I read a lot of books this month, I usually don't this many books in a month. The main reason I read a lot is that most of these books were checked out from the library and I was trying to finish them so that I could check out more books that I wanted to read. I don't think I will be reading nearly as much in July, we shall see. Anyway, here are the books I read in June:

1. 16 Lighthouse Road by Debbie Macomber
This was a quick read and I read it in a day. Debbie Macomber once again produces a novel in which characters undergo very real issues and some of them even find some happiness along the way. 3/5 Stars.

2. Inklings by Melanie M. Jeschke
Inklings was a great, clean  read set amongst the backdrop 1960s Oxford. It deals with relationships, purity and trusting God to work things out. I loved the allusions to C.S.Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien and it is a great read for fans of these two great authors. 4/5 Stars

3. My Sister Jodie by Jacqueline Wilson
I enjoyed reading a book by one of my favorite childhood authors. This book was both relatable as well as sad in some places, but Jacqueline Wilson doesn't disappoint. I enjoyed getting to know these characters and the setting of Melchester College. I will have a longer review up soon.  4/5 Stars.

4. Lies Women Believe by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
I didn't enjoy this book as much as I thought I would, there were several things that I didn't agree with the author about and I almost put it down. However, there were also several things that I liked about this book therefore I gave it a 3/5 Stars.

5. Tidal by Amanda Hocking
This was the third installment in the Watersong Quartet and it didn't disappoint. It was a good set up for the conclusion of this series. 3.5/5 Stars.

6. Elegy by Amanda Hocking
This was a great conclusion to Watersong Quartet, I felt like everything was wrapped up well and that there weren't any loose ends. Amanda Hocking takes her time to try and resolve all the issues that need to be resolved and I was content with how it ended. 3.95/5 Stars.

7. Vampire Academy: The Graphic Novel by Richelle Mead, Illustrated by Emma Viecelli
This was the first graphic novel I have read. I didn't really like it, I mainly read it to complete a challenge for the Tome Topple Read-a-thon. Even though I didn't particularly like this graphic novel, I am interested in trying others in the future. However, it was a quick read and it gave me a taste as to what the Vampire Academy series is about. 2.5/5 Stars.

8. Delilah by Angela Hunt
I read this book for review and I enjoyed it. It tells the story of Samson and Delilah and tries to explain why Delilah betrayed Samson. Even though I don't necessarily agree with the author's portrayal of Delilah, I did enjoy it. If you want to read my full-length review on it click here. 4/5 Stars.

9. Deep Blue (Waterfire Saga #1) by Jennifer Donnelly
I loved the world-building, plot and characters and I can't wait to continue the rest of the series. If you are looking for a good book about mermaids I highly recommend this book. 4/5 Stars.

10. The Chariot of Israel by William Varner
I read this during my quiet time and I've been meaning to read it for a while, but for some reason I was only get to it this month. This book was really good, especially if you are looking for a book that focuses mainly on the Prophet Elijah. 4.5/5 Stars

11. The Sea-Keeper's Daughters by Lisa Wingate
I loved this book, it was a mix of present-day and historical and it also takes a little peak into the mystery surrounding the lost colony of Roanoke. It also deal with family issues and the importance of forgiveness. I will have a longer review up soon. 5/5 Stars

12. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

This book was so good! I read it in a day. It deals with the Lithuanian deportation by the Soviets during World War II. It was a moving and heart-breaking read and I learned a little bit about a piece of history I never really knew about before. 5/5 Stars

13. This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
This book surprised me, I had very low expectations for it, but it was so good. Even though it does kind of have a cliche plot line it was just a cute, clean contemporary novel to read this summer. I highly recommend this if you are looking for a clean, summery read. 5/5 Stars.

14. The Small-Town Brides Romance Collection by Various Authors
I've been reading through this novella collection slowly but surely. Most of the stories were enjoyable, especially as a light, fluffy, romantic read. My review on this collection will be up on the blog tomorrow. 4/5 Stars.

15. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
This was a reread for me because it had been about 6 years since I had read it and I never continued the series. However, I am planning on reading the whole series this summer because I want to. This was a fun quick read filled with Greek mythology set against the backdrop of the present day. 4/5 Stars

16. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
This was another summer contemporary book that I read because I felt like reading some more contemporary YA books. I didn't enjoy this one as much as This is What Happy Looks Like because there were several things I didn't like. I will have a longer review up soon discussing the issues I had with this book. 3/5 Stars.

17. Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
Just like the first book, this was a quick read and I still enjoyed it, especially since more of the world of mythology is developed in this book. 4/5 Stars

18. Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mahaney
This book was okay, I felt like a lot of it was repetitive of other books I have read. 3/5 Stars.

19. Flawed by Cecelia Ahern
I really enjoyed this dystopian YA novel by Cecelia Ahern. There were several twists I wasn't expecting. 4.5/5 Stars

20. How to Fall in Love by Cecelia Ahern
I've been wanting to read this book for two years and I finally did. It was a nice chick lit novel that also handles the issue of suicide in an appropriate way. 3.5/5 Stars.

And those are all the books I read this month and I still don't really know how I read so many books.

Happy Reading,
Janelle L. C.

P.S. If you have any book recommendations let me know and I will check them out! :)

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