June Reading Wrap-Up

I managed to read 21 books this month! This was primarily due to the read-athon as well as my commitment to read a few very short books in order to have more reviews for some of the time I was gone.

Here’s why I read these books: one was for ReaderViews, three were sent to me from Literary Ventures Fund, two were parts of blog tours (or something similar), one for the Barnes and Nobles First Look Book Club, one was my LibraryThing Early Reviewer book, and four others were otherwise sent to me for review. The other nine I read simply because I wished to do so.

Note: The titles link to my reviews. Many of these books do not have reviews up yet, as I am saving some of them for these weeks up until my wedding, as well as for my honeymoon, so that you all have something to read.

Fiction (novels)

Alive in Necropolis by Doug Dorst – Buy this book on Amazon

Songs for the Missing by Stewart O’Nan – Preorder this book on Amazon (release date October 30)

The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry – Preorder this book on Amazon (release date July 29)

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See – Buy this book on Amazon

Feather Man by Rhyll McMaster – Buy this book on Amazon

Rules for Saying Goodbye by Katherine Taylor – Buy this book on Amazon

The Leper Compound by Paula Nangle – Buy this book on Amazon

Historical Fiction

When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka – Buy this book on Amazon

Biography

Victor Kugler: The Man Who Hid Anne Frank by Eda Shapiro and Rick Kardonne – Buy this book on Amazon

My Father’s Paradise by Ariel Sabar – Preorder this book on Amazon (release date September 16th)

Regina’s Closet by Diana M. Raab – Buy this book on Amazon

Essays/Short Stories

Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman – Buy this book on Amazon

The Fires by Alan Cheuse – Buy this book on Amazon

Are Women Human? by Dorothy Sayers – Buy this book on Amazon

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros – Buy this book on Amazon

Springtime on Mars by Susan Woodring – Buy this book on Amazon

Young Adult/Children’s Literature

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne – Buy this book on Amazon

The Twits by Roald Dahl – Buy this book on Amazon

Memoir

Admit One: A Journey Into Film by Emmett James – Buy this book on Amazon

Take This Bread by Sara Miles – Buy this book on Amazon

Dolphins Under My Bed by Sandra Clayton – Buy this book on Amazon

Top Pick of the Month

My Father’s Paradise by Ariel Sabar

“My Father’s Paradise” is an attempt by one man to understand the life his father has led. Ariel knows his father as a tragically un-cool linguistics professor who is completely out of touch with culture. He comes to discover the amazing journey his father has taken as a Kurd and a Jew from Iraqi Kurdistan shortly after WWII, to the newly formed state of Israel where Kurds are looked down upon, to the United States. The book was extremely well written and takes the reader on Yona’s journey.

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