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Halfway through the year! It’s been pretty great, book-wise. Here are the books I read in June and my brief recommendations on whether I think they’re worth a look.

The Cuckoo’s Calling J.K. Rowling YEA. A great start to a series I know I’ll be reading in its entirety.
Famous Baby Karen Rizzo NAY. It’s okay, but there are better books of its type.
Independence Day Richard Ford YEA. I would never presume to tell someone NOT to read Richard Ford. But despite this book’s Pulitzer Prize, I preferred his more recent novel, Canada. Though of course the writing itself, in both books, is as good as writing gets.
Ruin and Rising Leigh Bardugo YEA, if you’ve read the first two and enjoyed them.
The Silkworm J.K. Rowling YEA, it was great fun, and even better than Cuckoo’s Calling.
The Leftovers Tom Perrota MAYBE. It’s a thoughtful, though not groundbreaking book.
The Snow Child Eowyn Ivey YEA. I unreservedly loved this simple, eerie story, and Ivey’s calculatedly restrained style.
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