August 09, 2016

What I Read Vol. 1

I've decided to finally categorize this monthly thing we do about books. Took me long enough. And by categorize, I mean give it a proper title with some numbers. Whatever, I'm rambling.

June's Read Your Books challenge finally got me out of my reading slump. I'm telling you, it takes one good book and then you're off and running! Here's a look at what I read, or didn't read.

These first 2 books I actually read in June, but seeing as this was all I read, I wasn't about to participate in July's linkup. 

It Was Me All AlongIt Was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I tried sooo hard to get into this book. I've struggled to maintain a consistent weight my entire adult life, and it's difficult. So I thought I'd be able to relate and dive into this book.

Unfortunately, I just couldn't. I couldn't relate as I have never been grossly overweight, and I couldn't relate to the manner in which she ate. That's not to say that what I did read was bad, it wasn't, it just wasn't for me.

365 Little Blasts of Love365 Little Blasts of Love by Amy L. Fiedler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In the interest of shamelessness, I am finally letting the secret out. Some of you may or may not know that for the past 6 months I worked as an editor. This book is the culmination of many long nights. 

I have read these pages over and over, both as a reader and as an editor. If you're looking for daily, or whenever, inspirational mantras with applicable context, this is the book. 

JuneJune by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I'm not sure where to even start reviewing this book. It's rare that I love a book so much that I'm at a loss as to what to say about it.

I was pulled in within the first five paragraphs. The author has a way of giving life to inanimate objects. Two Oaks wasn't "just" a house. It was a character. It felt, it hoped.

"Houses that dream are built for the ages (one or two perhaps, in every small American town). Once revered as grand homes, they are now merely called "buildings." They're the columned fortresses stranded on the back streets you pass on the way to visit elderly aunties; sights to whistle at while snapping a cell phone picture, before motoring on. Constructed by ambitious dreamers (in the case of Two Oaks, an oilman named Lemon Gray Neely, who broke ground on the lot in the heart of St. Jude, Ohio, in 1895), such grand estates spend their infancies priding under the touch of skilled craftsmen, certain they'll provide shelter to everyone who steps across their oak thresholds for centuries to come." - June

Told from both 1955 and 2015, June is a story that tells a story of love, loss, betrayal, and hope. June and Lindie are best friends from two very different worlds. When Hollywood comes to this small, rural Ohio town, everything changes. Who they thought they were, what they knew and wanted.

Cassie has just lost her grandmother. After leaving New York and heading back to Two Oaks, she wallows in her own self-pity until one day a man shows up at her door informing her of an incredibly large inheritance forcing family secrets to be uncovered and new bonds formed.

I absolutely LOVED this book. I couldn't put it down. Past/present narratives are a favorite of mine and this book did not disappoint. June is a book that will pull you in, a story you won't want to leave.

Things I Would Say: Essays, etceteraThings I Would Say: Essays, etcetera by Alyssa Ammirato
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Words can be painful, joyful, truthful, hopeful.... but sometimes they're just raw. And that's exactly what these were. How do you review someone's feelings? Their emotions? You can't. You just read them and feel them. And I felt this book.

One of my favorite passages:

"scraping my throat for the words I need to banish you, but you've tied too many knots in my tongue and I choke on my goodbye"

So raw, so true. Because we've all felt this.

Laguna Beach: Last Night in LagunaLaguna Beach: Last Night in Laguna by C.M. Albert
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really liked this story. For one, anything that takes place at the beach is a hit with me. I can easily skip into beach mindset and get lost in the story. And that's exactly what happened here.

Bex has a "gypsy soul". She's never lived anywhere long but has found her place in Laguna. Except she's going to be leaving it all behind as she moves to New York to help her sister. Bex goes on a quest to do all her favorite things on her last night in Laguna and finds it may not be as easy to leave as she thought.

Where the Heart Is (Ribbon Ridge, #0.5)Where the Heart Is by Darcy Burke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a short and sweet novella. Found myself easily getting sucked into the story and falling for all the characters. Perfect in-between read.


  1. you worked as an editor?? that's awesome! (right?)

  2. Hmmm June sounds pretty interesting. I might have to give it a go!

  3. So cool to see the book you worked on is out into the world! Checking it out for sure. And thank you so, so much for reading and so kindly reviewing my words! :)

    June sounds amazing and maybe like exactly what I need to read next. Thank you!

  4. I enjoyed It Was Me All Along because I love memoirs. It just told the truth and I appreciated that. I admit to reading it in one afternoon :)

  5. oh snap, congrats girl - that is awesome, and 365 little blasts of love sounds fabulous.
    loved Alyssa's book - so good. June sounds awesome! I think I came across that Andie girls blog and found out she read a book, I have never been grossly overweight either but I had issues with binge eating (not sure if that's how she ate), and normally things like that aren't my cup of tea anyway.

  6. June sounds like such a good book :)

  7. Loved Alyssa's collection.

    I'm intrigued by June!

  8. I have June sitting on my Kindle! Glad to hear you liked it. :)

  9. Definitely adding June and 365 Little Blasts of Love (totally my kind of my book) to my TBR.

  10. Sometimes, when I read that some of you have been an editor, I get super duper worried that you silently judge my typos, punctuation, and grammar. Haha!
    Great month of reading! I'm glad you overcame that slump.

  11. Alyssa is a badass writer ... just got her book yesterday and cant put it down! Also... I was looking for your blog and couldnt find it. I was gone so long, you done changed your name and errything! hehe

  12. June looks interesting! I love your honesty for It was Me. I don't have any interest it in but followed Andie's blog for a while until it got too mainstream.