What I Read // June 2015

Hello!  I don't quite understand how it is the end of June, but regardless, I am here today to talk about the books I read in June.  I don't plan on talking in-depth about these books in these types of posts, but I'll say what I thought, share my rating if I don't plan to do a full review, and let you know if I plan to do a complete review in the future.  So without further ado, let's get to the books.
The first book I read in June was A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.  I picked it up after hearing another of Hosseini's books highly recommended.  I plan to talk about it in more detail when I speak about the books I got from the library in June, so watch out for that.  But for now, I'll just say that I loved it and immediately bought another book by Khaled Hosseini.  

The second book I read was Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.  I'm a big fan of speculative literary fiction like Animal Farm and 1984 by George Orwell, so I was highly looking forward to this one.  While I didn't enjoy it quite as much as those books, I still really liked it and especially thought the book angle was super interesting.  I think it will be one of those books I re-read in the future.  Lots of food for thought regarding what we read and how/why we read, and I am still thinking about it. 

The third book I read was Beloved by Toni Morrison.  This was one of those books that I ended up liking more after I read it.  I plan to talk more about Beloved when I do my library books post.  It was a haunting book, though, and I eventually want to read more Morrison.
The fourth book I read was Wearing God by Lauren F. Winner.  I really enjoyed this book.  It really opened my eyes to all God can mean to us and all that He symbolized to His people through metaphors and things like that.  It was fascinating and surprising, and it changed the way I think about worship.  I plan to do a full review of this book so I will speak more in-depth then.

Then I read Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie.  It was so good to read another book by her, and a mystery for that matter; I haven't been reading mysteries of late, so that was super fun.  I absolutely loved this book and flew through it in one or two sittings.  It was a lot of fun and has lots of twists and turn.  I will also say that it starred my favorite Christie detective, Hercules Poirot, and he was so good, as always.  I think I'll do a full review of this as well, so look out for that next month.  Also, this cover is so awesome and I just purchased this edition, so look out for it in my book haul.

The next book I read was actually a middle grade novel: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood, the first book in the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series.  I never read anything from this genre, but it sounded interesting, the cover is awesome, and I felt like reading something easy and fun.  I did enjoy it quite a bit for being something I don't normally pick up, and I've started the second book already.  I will mention this book again in my library books post.
The next book I picked up was actually a re-read for me – To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  I read it again so I could be all caught up for Harper Lee's new book releasing in July, and I enjoyed it so much more than I did the first time (and I loved it then).  I just felt all the feelings, and loved Scout's character more than ever and the story just meant a lot more to me for some reason this time around.  I absolutely loved it.  5 out of 5 stars, obviously.  

The final book I read in June was Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia by Samuel Johnson.  I had high hopes for this book, and they sort of fell flat.  It was far more philosophical than I was expecting, and it felt more nonfiction than fiction at times.  I was perhaps not in the mood for it, but yeah, I didn't enjoy it.  I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars.

I am also a little over 200 pages into War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy, which I began this month.  I definitely need to pick up the pace a little bit, but I am highly enjoying it in the evening with a cup of tea and classical music in the background.  I am looking forward to continuing it!

And those are the books I read in June!  I ended up with a total of 8 which wasn't as good as May, but still not bad.  I got through all but two books on my TBR, and I never planned to get through War & Peace this month anyway.  I also hope to get back into blogging more consistently in July, and I'm excited about that.  Hopefully I can get a post up about all the books I bought in June I the next week or so.  Thanks for reading!  xo, Ella

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