June Reading Roundup

June Reading Roundup


About a year ago I joined Book of the Month Club with a really good deal and I kept it up for a few months, but life got so busy and I fell way behind on my reading, so I asked them to cancel my membership while I got caught up. At the start of 2017 I set my Goodreads Reading Challenge at 75 books because about half of those are books that have been sitting on my shelves waiting to be read. The first half of 2017 did not prove to be any more relaxed than 2016, but I have made some tough decisions this year and I think I will be getting some more reading time soon! June wasn't a bad reading month, but I only really loved one of the three books I read. With that said, here is what I read in June:

Along the Infinite Sea-Beatriz Williams

I loved this one, so much. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is because it did take me a little while to get into it, about 50 pages. In the end I just couldn't put it down. It was such a good story that kept you guessing. 4.5 Stars


Heat and Light-Jennifer Haigh

I really didn't like this one. The more I think about it the less I like it. It was so choppy and there were so many characters I just couldn't connect with any of them. I feel like it never really had a resolution. From reading reviews on Goodreads I realized that she has other books with the same characters, so it may have helped to have some connection with her characters starting out, but I honestly have no plans to read any of her other books. I gave it two stars because it was interesting to learn a bit more about fracking. 2 Stars

Siracusa-Delia Ephro

This one was okay. The story was interesting and I loved hearing the story from each characters point of view, but I really hated all of them. I definitely did not connect with any of them and they are really just plain awful people. It was a quick read though! 3 Stars


Simplicity Parenting-Kim John Payne, M.ED

My last read of June was a parenting book. It was a good one! As with most parenting or self-improvement books, I felt like there was just a little too much fluff. When I read these books it is to get advice and tips on how to apply the principles in my life, but most of the chapters drone on and on about WHY I should. Well, if I picked up the book I'm already interested! I don't mind a bit of the why, some info on studies that have been done, a few stories, but at some point it just gets to be too much. Lets get to the point! This is a problem I face with most books like this though, so its definitely not just this one. I did enjoy this, and while I already apply most of these things to my parenting philosophy, I think it was time for a little spit shine and this gave me the motivation! We cleaned out some toys the boys no longer play with and implemented a few new ideas. 3 Stars

June was definitely not my best month of reading, but I did learn some new things about myself. All three of the books I read this month were books that switched point of view. I realized that I don't mind, and actually enjoy, this style as long as it is done in an orderly fashion. Along the Infinite Sea and Siracusa are both done in a fairly straightforward way. Along the Infinite Sea goes back and forth each chapter while Siracusa's chapters are titled with who's point of view I am reading in. Heat and Light was just a mess! I couldn't keep up with who I was reading from or when I was reading about. How about you, what do you think of POV switches in books? Let me know in the comments!



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