Book Reviews of Q2, 2021

It’s hard to believe we’re halfway through the year! While things are opening back up and the weather gets too hot, the only thing that has changed for me is that more of my reading takes place outside! Check out the reviews of the 15 books I read in April, May, and June of 2021.

You can also find lists of my favorite books (fiction and non-fiction), books from other perspectives, and more on Bookshop.

Rating Scale
⭐️ – Don’t recommend
⭐️⭐️ – Skippable
⭐️⭐️⭐️ – Read if you have nothing else
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – Good read
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – Excellent, do not miss!

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The Guest List – Lucy Foley ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The characters are so well built out and all have histories of their own, so it was fun to read chapters from each of their perspectives. I loved being able to figure out what was happening at the same time as them, and audibly gasped at the ending!

American Wife – Curtis Sittenfeld ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
A majority of this book was based in Wisconsin, which made for fun reading for me!

First Comes Like – Alisha Raj ⭐️⭐️⭐️
While this was a fun book to read because it was very easy, there was no depth and fairly forgettable.

The Midnight Library – Matt Haig ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I can’t praise this book enough. The lives that the character leads are wild and creative and really make you appreciate what you have in life.

No One is Talking About This – Patricia Lockwood ⭐️⭐️
I bought this book for the cover, and wish I hadn’t. It’s written in a very odd way that makes it extremely hard to follow.

The Truths We Hold: An American Journey – Kamala Harris ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I loved reading about Kamala’s life! She does an excellent job combining her history along with her politics.

The Woman in the Window – A.J. Finn ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
A thriller beyond thrillers! So many twists and turns, just when you think you’ve figured it out something new happens. A wild ride that I couldn’t put down!

The Kindred Spirits Supper Club – Amy E. Reichert ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Based in the Wisconsin Dells, I had an instant connection with this book and many of the places and things it references! It was a cute story with a fun twist.

Are We There Yet? – Kathleen West ⭐️⭐️⭐️
To be honest, I’m struggling to recall what this story was about, even after reading the synopsis. I know I enjoyed it during though if that helps?

Dial A for Aunties – Jesse Q. Sutanto ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
A fun story about why overbearing families are sometimes the best. I’m looking forward to the sequel!

My Time Will Come – Ian Manuel ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐
An enlightening memoir written on a topic that no one should have to experience-children sentenced to life in prison.

The Mothers – Brit Bennett ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I enjoy stories written in multiple perspectives, and this was a great reminder of why you shouldn’t judge people-you never know what someone else is going through. A wonderful story written by a fantastic author.

The One – John Marrs ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
It was a great read throughout, and a very unique story, but the ending really disappointed me.

Know My Name – Chanel Miller ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Such a powerful and heartbreaking memoir. Chanel does an incredible job telling her story and explaining the nightmare of a system sexual assault survivors come up again. A must read for all!

Firefly Lane – Kristin Hannah ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
A read I couldn’t put down and cried about at the end! A coming-of-age story that isn’t cynical or cliche.

Self Care – Leigh Stein ⭐️⭐️⭐️
I’m always a sucker for an internet or social media themed book, so it was easy for me to get hooked on this one. The downside was the super cringey moments throughout and the ending that felt unfinished.

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