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Reading Challenge Update: June

It's officially June and unofficially the start of summer. I'm not a summer person at all. It's too hot and, much like an Olsen twin, I prefer to wear at least two layers of over-sized clothing at all times. To make my least favorite season more tolerable, I'm making it the Summer of Stephen. I have rediscovered my love of Stephen King. And he scares me less in the daylight, so it seems like a good time to read more of him. I'm starting with Body and recently added Thinner to the list. I know Thinner is technically a Richard Bachman, but we all know RB is King so I'm doing it. Also, it cracks me up that it's dedicated to a fake wife. Well-known authors who write under fake names is hilarious to me. It's even funnier when they announce it. Lookin' at you, Nora Roberts.

Anyway, here's what I've read since my May post:

A Higher Loyalty by James Comey - 5 Stars

This is not my normal read. I typically steer clear of any political books. Even if, like this one, Mr. Comey focuses on the legal angle more than the political one. But, I made an exception for A Higher Loyalty. I watched the Comey testimony after he was fired and I've been interested to know more ever since. Here's the thing, though, he doesn't dwell on it. So, if you're mostly interested in him discussing the current administration, you may be disappointed. If, however, you're interested in the legal system and ethics within the legal system, this book is for you.

The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak - 3 Stars

Rekulak's book is just a lot of fun. It's not particularly memorable, but it's fun. If, like me, you're a kid of the eighties, you'll get a little of the nostalgia feels. The overlying story arc is all about a few teenage boys trying their hardest to get an issue of Playboy featuring Vanna White. The boys concoct an elaborate plan to not only obtain a copy, but to monetize their plan by making copies of the photos and selling them at school. The plan, of course, doesn't work out the way they intend.

The subplot, the friendship blossoming between Billy and Mary as they work together to build the perfect video game, is the real story. If you're looking for a quick, light read, I recommend this one.

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen - 4 Stars

Woah, dang. It's a psychological thriller so I was expecting a twist. This twist, however, I didn't see coming. It's twisty, it's suspenseful, it's fun. The ending, while still good, felt a little forced. Like maybe the authors wanted to squeeze in one more twist that didn't improve the story. Despite the forced ending, it's still a good read. Give it a shot.

Interested in my complete list? Check out my Goodreads.

Happy reading!

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