June was full of so many books that I think are perfect for days by the beach or lounging by the pool! Not trash, but very fast paced and enjoyable. I can’t wait to read a few more of these in July! To me, the hot days of summer are perfect for these types of books - not too light, addicting and just plain enjoyable! Here’s what I read -
More Than Words - 4.5/5 - I loved this book. It is by the author of The Light We Lost, which I also truly enjoyed (though it’s sad). More Than Words is the story of a New York debutante who lost her mother as a young girl and has recently lost her father. After his passing she learns some family secrets that change her perspective on her parents and also who she is, and what she values. The writing is beautiful and the characters were very likable.
Necessary People - 4/5 - This book is dark and twisted without going over the edge into creepy. It is the story of Stella and Violet, best friends from college who move to New York City together after graduation. Stella is a rich party girl, and Violet is a hard working girl with a poor background and a nonexistent relationship with her family. Violet aspires to become a news producer and when Stella starts competing with her in the workplace things get ugly, fast. It’s one of those books you can’t put down, and the ending is a complete surprise!
The Kiss Quotient - 3/5 - There were parts of this book I really liked and parts I didn’t care for. The book is about Stella, a lovely young woman with Autism who is struggling in her efforts to date. She decides to practice by hiring a male escort, Michael, who is a male version of Vivian in Pretty Woman. I loved the getting to know the characters, and thought the love story was sweet. What I didn’t like was how parts of it read like a harlequin romance. It was a lot, and I ended up skipping over multiple scenes, just FYI.
Park Avenue Summer - 4.5/5 - What a fun read! This book follows Alice, a young woman from Ohio who moves to New York to pursue her dream of becoming a professional photographer. Along the way she becomes the secretary for Helen Gurly Brown, a true person who transformed Cosmopolitan into the woman’s magazine it is today. Following Alice on her journey of self-discovery in 1960’s New York was so fun and cool, it makes you want to put on a mod banana shift for a night on the town!
I Am Madame X - 3/5 - This book is a fictional account of the figure behind John Singer Sargent’s famous painting Madame X. I enjoyed reading about Paris in the 1870s and 1880s, and enjoyed the characters (except her mother!). Plus, reading about the art world is always entertaining to me, and I loved reading about Paris’s reaction to the Impressionist movement.
Have you read any good books lately? Please Share!