June is over, and I read quite a bit this month! Here are the books I read in June:
1. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
My first Jane Austen! Now when I watch The Jane Austen Book Club for the 50th time I'll know what they're talking about for at least a section of the movie. I really enjoyed reading this book, and I'm glad I finally broke the ice with Miss Austen. It did drag at some points, but I think that's because I watched the movie right before I started reading it. 4 out of 5 stars.
2. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
This book was so good. It was very sad, very original, and very addicting. If you're looking for any or all of those aspects in a book, please read this one. 5 out of 5 stars.
3. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
There are a couple of books I had as a kid that I just couldn't get into, and which I want to try to read now that I have a greater attention span. The Secret Garden is one of those books. I enjoyed the story and its message, and it's one that I'm sure I'll read to my children. It's not quite a favorite, though. 4 out of 5 stars.
4. Every Day by David Levithan
This was an interesting read. I liked that the main character was flawed, and the original story line. Thinking about it now, though, I can't even remember how it ends. So I did enjoy it at the time (I gave it 4 out of 5 stars) but for me personally it didn't strike a particular cord.
5. The Believers by Zoe Heller
This book was just ok for me. The pacing was a bit off, and, to put it bluntly, it felt like a poor man's White Teeth. I found the religious aspect interesting, but I just hated some of the characters, and it really didn't do anything special for me. 3 out of 5 stars.
6. My Antonia by Willa Cather
I was a bit disappointed in My Antonia, which is a bit scary to say since it's her most famous novel. Part of it may be that I picked it up at the wrong time. However, what makes me more comfortable in my assessment is that I've read Cather before. I read O, Pioneers! at the end of last year and absolutely loved it. It was a 5 star read for me. My Antonia, however, was a bit boring, and I didn't like the main character Jim. 3 out of 5 stars.
7. The Bear by Claire Cameron
I couldn't decide if this was a 3 or 4 star book, and I'm still wavering. I ended up giving it 4. It was very compelling, and I read it in two days. I didn't love it, but I think it's worth a read.
I am currently reading My Age of Anxiety by Scott Stossel, which so far is a very interesting nonfiction read, especially for someone who suffers from anxiety. After that I think I will move on to Lisey's Story by Stephen King.
I hope June was a great month for everyone, and that July holds some great reads!