What I Read in June

what i read in june

July might almost be over but better late than never on my June reads, right? With a family trip to the Bahamas at the beginning of June and a lot of relaxing outside, I was able to keep the momentum up from May and ended the month reading four books. All of the books I read were really good, too! I started the month out strong with Carley Fortune’s new book, Meet Me at the Lake, and Emily Henry’s newest book, Happy Place. I also dipped my toes into the world of Colleen Hoover and read Swipe Up For More!, which dives into the truth behind the influencer industry (very interesting!). Keep reading to see what I read in June!

P.S. What I Read in May

What I Read in June

MEET ME AT THE LAKE BY CARLEY FORTUNE

Goodreads Synopsis:

Fern Brookbanks has wasted far too much of her adult life thinking about Will Baxter. She spent just twenty-four hours in her early twenties with the aggravatingly attractive, idealistic artist, a chance encounter that spiraled into a daylong adventure in Toronto. The timing was wrong, but their connection was undeniable: they shared every secret, every dream, and made a pact to meet one year later. Fern showed up. Will didn’t.

At thirty-two, Fern’s life doesn’t look at all how she once imagined it would. Instead of living in the city, Fern’s back home, running her mother’s Muskoka lakeside resort–something she vowed never to do. The place is in disarray, her ex-boyfriend’s the manager, and Fern doesn’t know where to begin.

She needs a plan–a lifeline. To her surprise, it comes in the form of Will, who arrives nine years too late, with a suitcase in tow and an offer to help on his lips. Will may be the only person who understands what Fern’s going through. But how could she possibly trust this expensive suit-wearing mirage who seems nothing like the young man she met all those years ago. Will is hiding something, and Fern’s not sure she wants to know what it is.

But ten years ago, Will Baxter rescued Fern. Can she do the same for him?

My Review: With a duel timeline, we follow Fern 10 years ago and now, after the tragic loss of her mother. We follow her as she struggles to cope with the loss and what she truly wants in life. Once Fern goes back to wear she grew up, she is confronted with a consultant her mother had hire before her traffic death, who happens to be the same man Fern spent 24 hours with 10 year prior. Will was perfect but the timing was wrong and after agreeing to meet one year later, but when he doesn’t show up, Fern’s heart was broken. Throughout the book, we follow their story and the ups and downs as they figure out how they will handle the situation and what it means for them. I did love this book, it just didn’t hit the same way Every Summer After did.

My Rating: 4/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

HAPPY PLACE BY EMILY HENRY

Goodreads Synopsis:

Harriet and Wyn have been the perfect couple since they met in college—they go together like salt and pepper, honey and tea, lobster and rolls. Except, now—for reasons they’re still not discussing—they don’t.

They broke up six months ago. And still haven’t told their best friends.

Which is how they find themselves sharing the largest bedroom at the Maine cottage that has been their friend group’s yearly getaway for the last decade. Their annual respite from the world, where for one vibrant, blue week they leave behind their daily lives; have copious amounts of cheese, wine, and seafood; and soak up the salty coastal air with the people who understand them most.

Only this year, Harriet and Wyn are lying through their teeth while trying not to notice how desperately they still want each other. Because the cottage is for sale and this is the last week they’ll all have together in this place. They can’t stand to break their friends’ hearts, and so they’ll play their parts. Harriet will be the driven surgical resident who never starts a fight, and Wyn will be the laid-back charmer who never lets the cracks show. It’s a flawless plan (if you look at it from a great distance and through a pair of sunscreen-smeared sunglasses). After years of being in love, how hard can it be to fake it for one week… in front of those who know you best?

My Review: Emily Henry is always an immediate yes for me. I don’t care if I don’t know anything about the book, I will pre-order it because her writing is magic. In Henry’s latest book, Happy Place, we find Harriet and Wyn (formally engaged) on one last trip to their happy place but plot twist: they broke up six months ago and still haven’t told their best friends. I am such a sucker for a second chance romance so I ate this entire book up and didn’t leave a crumb behind. If you love a real life romance, this book is for you! Emily Henry does such a wonderful job with the messy dynamic between Harriet and Wyn in such a wonderful, relatable way that was also entertaining.

My Rating: 4/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

SWIPE UP FOR MORE! BY STEPHANIE MCNEAL

Goodreads Synopsis:

An unfiltered, colorful romp through the IRL world of influencers that spills the tea on the multibillion-dollar industry of content creation.

If you’re anything like journalist Stephanie McNeal—aka, a millennial woman—you spend hours every day indulging in Instagram’s infinite scroll. The influencers on the platform aren’t just providing eye candy; these tastemakers impact how we cook, consume, parent, decorate, think, and live. But what exactly is going on behind the curtain of the perfectly curated Instagram grids we obsess over the most? 

Through intimate, funny, and vulnerable reporting, McNeal takes us through the looking glass and into the secretive real world of three major fashion and lifestyle juggernaut Caitlin Covington of Southern Curls & Pearls, runner and advocate Mirna Valerio, and OG “mommy blogger” Shannon Bird. Swipe Up For More! is based on three years of unprecedented, fly-on-the-wall access that offers a rare glimpse into how these influencers build their empires, struggle with the haters and snarkers, fight for creative control from the tech platforms that enable their businesses, parent in public, and try to look good while doing it.

Along the way, McNeal answers burning questions, Why are there so many Mormon mommy influencers? What is it like to work for a popular influencer? What do they do with all the free swag? How do brand partnerships work? And how much money do they really make?

My Review: Whether you’re an influencer or are intrigued by the influencer industry, Swipe Up For More! by Stephanie McNeal gives us a look into the influencer industry through the eyes of three influencers in three different spaces: Mormon mommies, southern fashion, and BIPOC/plus-size athletes. As a creator, I found it really interesting learning more about how these big influencers run their businesses, the struggles they face, and the amount of money they make. But with that being said, it was a lot of information I already knew. This might be because I’m already in the influencer space. If someone isn’t really in-tune with the industry and isn’t sure how it works, I think this book is a great eye opener because of lot of work goes into running a blog and social media platforms. What I did really find interesting was the controversy of children on the Internet, racial injustices, and how brands treat influencers. I do wish there was more tea spilled but alas, this was a more high-level read.

My Rating: 3/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

IT ENDS WITH US BY COLLEEN HOOVER

Goodreads Synopsis:

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. And when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life seems too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

My Review: This was my second Colleen Hoover book (my first was Verity) and to be honest, I was a little hesitant to read it. I’ve heard so many good things about her books, but also a lot of bad things and after loving Verity but knowing that her other books weren’t the same, I wasn’t sure what I’d think. But I’m glad I finally picked this one up! It has truly started a Colleen Hoover addiction! In It Ends with Us, we follow Lily who has had a tough life as she has a run-in with a seemingly perfect guy.But you know what they say, “if it seems to be too good to be true, then it probably is.” As we follow their relationship, we learn that things aren’t always as they seem and it really puts things into perspective. A must-read from Colleen Hoover!

My Rating: 5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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