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June Book Wrap Up



And we are officially halfway through the year...just like that. 6 months until Christmas and New Years. 6 months until 2019....that is crazy. Anyway, it's time for another monthly reading wrap up!

Surprisingly June was one of the biggest months reading wise. I read 7 books in total this month, which is crazy considering how busy it was! But here they are, the books I read through June:

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Still Me | Jojo Moyes

I’m a big fan of the Me Before You series so I was very excited that there was a third book in the series.

Moving on from the story of Will and Louisa, this story tells of Louisa’s journey to the US to help another family. She leaves behind her attractive paramedic boyfriend and family behind to go on a new adventure. All seems to be going well, until an incident at work leaves her questioning everything.

It was an emotional and beauty addition to the Me Before You series. You don’t necessarily have to read the other two before reading this one (though it helps), but it is a different story to that of Will and Louisa. I loved it!!!


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Things We Can't Undo | Gabrielle Reid 

A raw, honest depiction of the reality of depression in teens. It tells the story of Samantha and Dylan, who are planning on having sex for the first time. But that one action could destroy everything.

Written from the point of view of Dylan, with Facebook and instant messages, letters from Sam and other documents, it is cleverly crafted to slowly piece the whole story together.

How can one decision change absolutely everything? Read to find out 😉
 


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Am I Doing This Right? | Tanya Hennessy

If you’re after a raw, real, honest and hilarious book, then I cannot recommend this enough.

I became a fan of Tanya when she was on breakfast radio in Canberra. While I didn’t listen to much radio, I did quite enjoy having her on in the morning as she was the most real person I’d come across in a while.

Her A-Z recount of funny, sad and hard times is so well written and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. While there were some stories I’d already heard from her time on radio, it was interesting to read about her life up until now. It’s honest, embarrassing and funny - everything that real life is. Highly recommend!
  


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Tender | Eve Ainsworth 

A beautiful story about the reality of life and the challenge of friendship. Both Marty and Daisy have challenges going on at home. Marty’s mum is falling apart, which Daisy is constantly worried for her brother. Marty feels alone, like no one understands what he is going through. Daisy is surrounded by girls who are too interested in boys and have no care for real world problems.

When these two meet, everything changes.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was an easy read, but challenges you with what friendship really means. It makes you question who is there for you and who will be there for you when things get rough. Would definitely recommend!
 



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The Chalk Man | C.J. Tudor 

When 11 year old Eddie is given the idea to communicate with chalk from Mr Halloran, he thinks it’s going to be a bit of fun. But when chalk men start appearing alongside bodies, Eddie and his friends worlds come tumbling apart. Is the mystery all as simple as it may seem?

I absolutely loved this book! Was one that I just couldn’t put down! There are deaths hinted at during the opening of the book, but you don’t find out about them until later. Written by jumping through time, from past to present, you are constantly kept guessing and on the edge of your seat. You finish one chapter and to find out the answer you have to read another two! It is just so well written and Tudor keeps you guessing right until the very last page. (Basically, I was shocked at the last chapter, I sat for about five minutes with my mouth open....)

120% recommend!


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Small Great Things | Jodi Picoult 

When a baby dies in a hospital the blame is thrown on Ruth, the only African American nurse at the hospital. What unfolds is an exploration of bias and racism in today’s society.

Ruth sounds like one of the loveliest people you will ever meet. She has a beautiful son and loves to care for newborns in the labour and delivery unit of the hospital. When her world gets turned upside down Ruth must face all the dark and horrible realities that are apart of her life.

This is an eye opening story of racism and bias. It opened my eyes to an issue that I didn’t think was an issue at all. Maybe it’s because of the society I live in in Australia, or that it’s just never happened to me, but I always thought we were making great headway towards equality. What this book highlights is that it is still a problem and one that faces even the kindest in our community.

I have always been a big fan of Jodi Picoult and this book is definitely one of my favourites by her. It is eloquently written and shows both sides of the story. A book that fits into the current society and political climate so well.


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Shine | Jodi Picoult 

A wonderful addition to Small Great Things. This is a short Novella attached to Small Great Things. Giving insight into Ruth’s childhood and the challenges she faced being the only African American student in an all white, private school. The girl she thought was a close friend is very different in this community. It tugs at your heart strings and makes just want to scoop little Ruth up and give her a big hug.


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So there it is! Another monthly wrap up done and dusted. What books did you read this month? I am always on the hunt for more books to add to my read list, so let me know in the comments!   









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