(B)ooked Out [June 2022]

How was your month in books? Which book was your favorite? Did you participate in any reading events? Work on any of your reading challenges? Here’s a look at what we’ve read this month.


For once I followed my reading list and actually choose to read the books on My #20BooksofSummer (2022) Reading List and finished 5 books. It was a mixed bunch. I did not enjoy Upright Women Wanted, Sarah Gailey and Firekeeper’s Daughter, Angeline Boulley – but I also have 2 favorites.

Blackout by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk and Nicola Yoon

This is a series of 6 short stories all set up one summer evening during a blackout in NYC. There’s a connection between the main characters and a common theme of relationships and young love – all different types of love. It was so good yall! A really quick read that has it’s young love drama, but also shows the tenderness of love for aging family members, heart break, young dumb love and cute beginning of love.

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1), Sarah J. Maas was another favorite book of mine – and is my pick of the month for my June book bracket (only because I decided not to include short story collections).

I love a book with funny, quirky, snarky interesting characters, and although the pace took just a little bit to get going for me, once it did – I was hooked. I will say that this felt like a standalone novel, and I’m conflicted about continuing the series – I mean why?! And now I’ve heard that the second book ended on a cliffhanger, so I’m going to take my time getting to that one.

The other book I read this month – also really enjoyed – was One of Us is Next (One of Us is Lying #2), Karen McManus. I also loved the first book, One of Us is Lying (a Favorite Multiple Point of View AudioBook)- I would suggest reading that first.


I really thought June reading was going to end up being a flop. By the 17th I had still only managed to read one book- Turtles All The Way Down, John Green. I didn’t even like it that much either. But when my library hold for Book Lovers, Emily Henry came in, I forced myself to get reading. Honestly, I didn’t love that book much either, but thankfully, it seemed to break my slump enough to finish a few more books.

Other books read…

Broken, Jenny Lawson

Forgive Me Leonard Peacock, Matthew Quick

Everything All At Once, Bill Nye

The House Across the Lake, Riley Sager

How was your month in books?


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