June Reading List!!

I’m so late getting the June Reading List — how is another month almost over?

I’ve been marking so many books on Goodreads…I’d love to follow you there if you’re on!!  It’s such a great site for keeping track of what I’m reading.

This month, I chose something for everyone.  A bit of mystery, a nonfiction, a young adult, and some beachy chick lit should balance things out nicely.


Loyalty by Ingred Thoft

According to Goodreads:

The Ludlows are a hard-charging family, and patriarch Carl Ludlow treats his offspring like employees—which they are. But his daughter, Fina, is a bit of a black sheep. A law school dropout, her father keeps her in the fold as the firm’s private investigator, working alongside her brothers.

Juggling her family of high-powered (and highly dysfunctional) attorneys, the cops and Boston’s criminal element is usually something Fina does without breaking a sweat. But when her sister-in-law disappears, she’s caught up in a case unlike any she’s encountered before.

Carl wants things resolved without police interference, but the deeper Fina digs, the more impossible that seems. The Ludlows close ranks, and her brother Rand and his unruly teenage daughter Haley grow mysteriously distant from the family. As Fina unearths more dirt, the demands of family loyalty intensify. But Fina is after the truth—no matter the cost.

This book has really good reviews on Goodreads — it’s sounds like a book that will keep you guessing!!

5thwaveThe 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

According to Goodreads:

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

I think this is supposed to be the first in a trilogy…I’m excited to get started.




The Astronauts Wive’s Club by Lilly Koppel

According to Goodreads:

As America’s Mercury Seven astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, television cameras focused on the brave smiles of their young wives. Overnight, these women were transformed from military spouses into American royalty. They had tea with Jackie Kennedy, appeared on the cover of Life magazine, and quickly grew into fashion icons.

Annie Glenn, with her picture-perfect marriage, was the envy of the other wives; platinum-blonde Rene Carpenter was proclaimed JFK’s favorite; and licensed pilot Trudy Cooper arrived on base with a secret. Together with the other wives they formed the Astronaut Wives Club, meeting regularly to provide support and friendship. Many became next-door neighbors and helped to raise each other’s children by day, while going to glam parties at night as the country raced to land a man on the Moon.

As their celebrity rose-and as divorce and tragic death began to touch their lives-they continued to rally together, and the wives have now been friends for more than fifty years. THE ASTRONAUT WIVES CLUB tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history.

Sounds SO interesting, doesn’t it??  I love that it’s a true story!!



Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand

According to Goodreads:

A summer wedding stirs up trouble on both sides of the family in this new novel from bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand.
The Carmichaels and Grahams have gathered on Nantucket for a wedding. Plans are being made according to the wishes of the bride’s late mother, who left behind The Notebook: specific instructions for every detail of her youngest daughter’s future nuptials. Everything should be falling into place for the beautiful event–but in reality, things are far from perfect.

While the couple-to-be are quite happy, their loved ones find their own lives crumbling. In the days leading up to the wedding, love will be questioned, scandals will arise, and hearts will be broken and healed. Elin Hilderbrand takes readers on a touching journey in BEAUTIFUL DAY–into the heart of marriage, what it means to be faithful, and how we choose to honor our commitments.

Elin Hilderbrand is one of my favorites, and I look forward to a new novel from her every Summer.  Can’t wait to start this one!!


Benediction by Kent Haruf

According to Goodreads:

When Dad Lewis is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he and his wife must work together, along with their daughter, to make his final days as comfortable as possible, despite the bitter absence of their estranged son. Next door, a young girl moves in with her grandmother and contends with the memories that Dad’s condition stirs up of her own mother’s death. A newly arrived preacher attempts to mend his strained relationships with his wife and son, and soon faces the disdain of his congregation when he offers more than they are used to getting on Sunday mornings. And throughout, an elderly widow and her middle-aged daughter do all they can to ease the pain of their friends and neighbors.

The reviews on this book are great — I always love emotional stories like this that affect lots of different characters.


Those are my choices for this month — I’d love to hear what you are reading now, and if you read any of last month’s picks!!

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    Erin Maree says:

    I have just finished reading Sarah Dessen’s new book The Moon and More and loved it, Also Between the Lives by Jessica Shirington is really good its different and a great stand alone novel. Finally The Originals by Cat Patrick (her other 2 books Revived and Forgotten are among my favourite books ever written) was really good too.

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    Vickie says:

    I just started Beth Hoffman’s new book, Looking for Me and am loving it! I love her previous book, Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt. I highly recommend both books!

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    Cris says:

    I just finished reading Coming Home by Karen Kingsbury. It was a page turner, so emotional and yet as the family went through so much heartache, they were strong for each other. This is definitely a must read!

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    Meg F. says:

    Friend request sent through goodreads. Can not wait to get my hands on Elin’ s new book! She makes me want to live in Nantucket. Love your book lists!

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    Chelsea says:

    These all look so good! My goodreads list is ever expanding also! Can’t wait to see what else you’ve enjoyed reading. I think it is the best way to find a new book ever invented!

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    Nessa says:

    These all look great! I just read Moonglass, which I thought was good, but the reviews on t weren’t so great. Sent you a friend request!

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    Andrea says:

    I just sent my request on Goodreads. I just finished Requiem, the third book in the Delirium trilogy by Lauren Oliver. So good!

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    Erin F says:

    Love Elin, can’t wait to read her new book!! My mom has been reading the Astronauts Wives book and she is loving it! Might have to read that one, too!

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    Sara says:

    I love goodreads! I have so many books on my to-read list and I just added these!!

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    Marie M.C. says:

    Ditto on reading The Astronaut’s Wives. Look at that photo of them! All in different colored shirt-waist dresses and pearls. (Except for the one with the short blond hair and the more figure hugging dress with red flowers. Was she the one JFK liked best?) I had a shirt-waist dress in a lovely sky-blue with a tiny daisy pattern. I loved it and wore it so much my husband told me to burn it. He was sick of seeing me wear the same dress, day after day. True story.

    If you’re interested there’s another book on this subject by Tom Wolfe. Can’t remember when it was written, but a long time ago. Really good. REALLY. Forget the title. I’ll look it up. It was made into a movie. But movies and books are a different medium. As we all know books can get into a reader’s and subject’s head in ways movies can’t.

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    Carley says:

    I read Divergent per your suggestion and all of my friends are now obsessed. Thanks for the great suggestion! Have you read City of Bones? It’s another teenish book (no shame) and it’s kind of a combo between harry potter, twilight, and hunger games?? It is so great and the movie is coming out in October, I highly recommend it!!

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    Lidia says:

    I’ve just sent you my request on Goodreads. I love your reading lists! I really loved “Sister”, one of the books you recommended some months ago, and I bought it for my sister as well. (She loved it too…)

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