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  • Writer's pictureOlivia Swindler

June Reading Roundup

Summer reading is in full swing! In June, I read my favorite non-fiction of the year (so far) and some great beach reads!

Here's what I read in June. Happy reading!

Lies and Weddings | Fiction, 4/5

Kevin Kwan is an auto-buy author for me. Like all his other books, this is a fun read. He is a master at telling stories that weave together the lives of a dozen characters without the reader ever feeling lost or confused. If you live rich people problems and wedding writing (as the title suggests this book has a lot of weddings), I highly recommend this one!

Love Across Boarders | Non-Fiction, 5/5

This book is beautifully profound. I was struck by the way Lekas Miller wove her own love story in with the lives of the people she interviewed. This is such a unique way of framing the border crisis happening around the world, and I think it is even more timely given what's going on today. This is a book that will stay with me for a long time. I cried, I hoped, I laughed. These are the types of love story we need to be sharing. I highly recommend it.

Grown Women | Fiction, 4/5

This is a stunning slow paced novel. I love this family saga and the way the characters lives wove together. While the book jumped around a bit, I never felt lost or confused. I do think the story could have been a little tighter, but overall, I loved this book.

One in a Millennial | Non-Fiction 4/5

I laughed, I cried, I searched my closet for gauchos (sorry, culottes). I loved this book so much.

Margo's Got Money Troubles | Fiction, 4/5

This is such a unique, fun, memorable little book. I loved Margo and going with her on the adventures. The narration (the book switches between first and third person) didn’t bother me at all, and I think it helped my reading experience. While this book is about OnlyFans, really I think it’s a mother/son story.

If you are a sensitive reader, I’d didn’t find the content to be graphic at all.

A Talent for Murder | Thriller, 2/5

This reads much more like a police procedural than a thriller. The writing felt rather repetitive and some of the details were needlessly gruesome for me.

Leslie F*cking Jones | Memoir, 4/5

This might be one of the most chaotic but beautifully honest memoirs I’ve ever read. I knew and love Leslie from SNL, but didn’t knit much about her life. I highly recommend listening to this book. In fact I have no idea what the print book is like because she mentions multiple times she’s going off script.

The Last Murder at the End of the World | Fiction, 5/5

Stuart Turton is an auto-buy author for me. I love his unique world building and character development. This book was no exception. I could not put this book down. I do think the trick with his books is allowing yourself to be confused, trusting that everything will be revealed. Normally I struggle with post-apocalyptic books, but I really loved this book.


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