June, 2021

June 3rd, 2021, 4:57 p.m. - I expected less...boring stuff

24. Good Morning, Destroyer of Men's Souls (Nina Renata Aron)
Disappointing but true: The title is the best part of the book.

Up next: White Ivy (Susie Yang)

June 11th, 2021, 5:04 p.m. - I mean...what the f&%$?

25. White Ivy (Susie Yang)
I don't think I've ever read a book that went so off the rails that I thought the author was messing with me. Three-quarters of the way through, it just goes...insane. So insane that it eclipses everything else about the book.

Up next: A Burning (Megha Majumdar)

June 17th, 2021, 8:01 p.m. - Cool, now I'm depressed

26. A Burning (Megha Majumdar)
I can't remember ever reading a book that was set in another country but was so relatable to the U.S. I guess propaganda is propaganda everywhere.

Up next: When the Stars Go Dark (Paula McLain)

June 24th, 2021, 8:17 p.m. - Just watch Mare of Easttown instead

27. When the Stars Go Dark (Paula McLain)
I was really enjoying this until I realized how formulaic it was. You got your female detective struggling with a personal tragedy, a partner who's also a potential love interest, and a crime from the past possibly being tied to one in the present. The only difference here is a lack of viable suspects. I figured it out about halfway through.

Up next: And Now She's Gone (Rachel Howzell Hall)

June 30th, 2021, 8:14 p.m. - Adding Hall to my list of authors to keep an eye out for

28. And Now She's Gone (Rachel Howzell Hall)
It starts with a mission-persons investigation and ends up something completely different. And I loved every bit of it. I need Hall to write a whole series about Grayson and Nick. Clarissa can be a one-and-done character, though. She's too much.

Up next: The Other Black Girl (Zakiya Dalila Harris)

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