I’m sorry but what even was June? It was a really weird month for me (is this how all my wrap-ups start?) I only read 3 little books during the month of June. I’m totally ok with that because it was my first month back at work after COVID and things were just weird. It was hard to get back into a normal routine and find a way to incorporate reading into that new schedule. I’m hoping that July is a better month for me and things go a lot smoother! Ok rant over, let’s get into these books!
Present Over Perfect – Shauna Niequist
Rating: ★ ★ ★
This was a hit and miss book for me. I think it was a purchase from one of my “I’m sad and need books” haul. Prepandemic, when I would get sad I would go to the bookstore and roam around for books. This was totally purchased from one of those trips. These types of self-help books are pretty hit or miss for me. I can pull some good helpful tips out of them, and then the other parts just get lost on me. I totally understand that they have to appeal to the masses in order to succeed but this one was more of a miss for me. It started off strong. It really pulled me in for the first third probably then it got really preachy and very religious. There is nothing wrong with that, and if I was smart enough to read the synopsis I probably would have realized that, but it just isn’t my cup of tea. I would say that this is a great book if you are Christian as it does talk a lot about that faith, or if you are able to look past that stuff like me.
Darker – E.L. James
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I’m sorry but can we just talk about the elephant in the room, Hi I’m Sharla and I love reading Romance and Erotica! Ok, there it was said, moving on. I am a fan of E.L. James’s writing style. I know that this series is controversial and I totally understand why and I do see that, but I love the story for what it is, a story. I think it is 10x better seeing Christian’s side of the story as he is the problematic character. I find it very interesting reading about his side of what occurs in the book and also very telling of his personality. When I was roaming Goodreads one night I found that there was a sequel to the Grey book and I immediately bought it. Typically I let new books sit on my shelf for a bit but I needed to read this one right away. I was a huge fan of the 50 Shades of Grey series like most people were but I might be an even bigger fan of the Grey and Darker books.
Rush – Maya Banks
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Let’s not talk about how long this series has been on my bookshelf. Probably since my university days which was too long ago now (I’m getting old.) After reading Darker I was on an erotica kick and it was the only other book that I had on my shelves that were erotica so I thought what better time to finally knock these out than now? Wow. This book was amazing. The only erotica I have really read and loved was 50 Shades and this takes that series to a whole other level and I love it! I feel ridiculous for letting 50 Shades be the only books that I love from this genre when there are so many other great authors who are part of the community. Maya’s character descriptions are amazing, she makes you feel like you have known them for years, and she talks about some very hard topics as well. It is a beautiful story with a lot of great sex scenes! I am so happy that the series follows the same core characters because I really didn’t want this book to end!
I hope you all had an amazing reading month in June! Let me know what your favourite genre is to read, do you stick to a few or do you read different ones?