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.|