• Ryanne Harper

Reading Challenge: June Reads


The Goal: 52

Current Count: 29

My Name is Trouble, Mark Sparkman, James Taylor

5 Stars.

You guys, this book is SO MUCH FUN. I feel a sort of kinship with the authors. They're a team who are self-published, they're obsessed with Pretty Little Liars, and they love ridiculous mysteries. Sounds like a wildly more successful Lynx & LeRoux to me. My friend and writing buddy wrote a stellar review. You can read it right here.

Milkman, Anna Burns

0 Stars.

This book takes the long way to get to the point. So long that, once it gets there, I didn't really care. For a full review, check out the Lynx & LeRoux Review page.

The Sentence is Death, Anthony Horowitz

4 Stars.

If mysteries are my jam, Anthony Horowitz is the fruit and sugar and whatever else is in jam - I don't actually know - that makes the jam delicious. Basically, he's the best. Puzzles within puzzles, writing himself into his own books, everything he does is brilliant. Read him. He's super fun.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman

5 Stars.

I reread this one for book club. I love this book and it was lovely to revisit Eleanor. I'm

How to Make a Living as a Writer, James Scott Bell

4 Stars.

This book was purely educational. If you are an aspiring writer, or a published writer like me who would like nothing more than to ditch the day job and write full time, you need to read James Scott Bell. He's honest about how much work it takes, but also super motivational. Read him.

Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens

All the stars in the sky. Every last one of them.

I can't even talk about this book except to say it's the prettiest book I've ever read, but it is deeply, deeply sad.

A Nearly Normal Family, M.T. Edvardsson

4 Stars.

I'm a sucker for a good mystery. I'm also a sucker for a good court room drama. This book is both. A man is brutally murdered and our story centers around one family, a preacher, a criminal defense attorney, and their teenage daughter. Told in three parts, the murder, and the weeks leading up to the murder, the story unfolds. This book is like if Spencer Hastings was an only child who was a little too interested in psychopaths, Mr. Hastings was a preacher with slightly questionable morals, and Veronica Hastings were Veronica Hastings. While not nearly as insane as Pretty Little Liars, it has that vibe. The moral of the story being, just tell Ashley Marin everything and she will solve all your problems lickety split.

So, I had a 3.8 stars month. Way to be, Milkman, really bringing down the average. Milkman is like every group project I ever did in college. Pointless and a huge let down. Here's to a great month! Hopefully July will be just as dope.

Last month's list is here, in case you missed it. I'm gonna go Google "what even is jam". Okay, byeeeee.

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