The Reading List—June 2021

It is officially summer! While the weather may not be exactly summer depending on where you live right now and most children are still in school until the end of the month, many of us are planning more outdoor activities including camping, more walks, or visits to the playground.  But others may still be looking for more indoor activities to do.  But reading can be both an indoor and an outdoor activity.  So here are my recommended reads for June!

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

When I was going through my bookshelf this weekend, primarily organizing, and adding some new books I recently bought, this book caught my eye again.  Likely because during the pandemic, seeing the light at the tunnel was challenging.  With that said, that certainly is not the reason I am recommending this book.  This story is beautifully written and is a story narrated through a blind French girl and German boy whose paths crossed in France, both of which are trying to survive the World War II.  After reading this book, it left an imprint on my heart and I ended up purchasing a copy to keep.  This book was a GoodReads Winner in 2014 and was a huge hit during that time!

The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult

While I was searching for next read, this book title caught my eye.  Just as the title hints, this book is about an individual called Dawn Edelstein who experiences a plane crash incident that she luckily survives.  After the crash, the airline is working to ensure all survivors get the care they need and offer transportation to wherever they want to go.  However, just before the crash, Dawn did not know she would survive, and she has flashes go through her before the crash.  Surprisingly, her flashes were not about her husband but a man she last saw 15 years ago, Wyatt Armstrong.  After the incident, Dawn is faced with two choices, does she return home to her husband or to Wyatt? An intriguing story and must read for everyone!

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Are you looking for a tear dropping love story?  If that is the case, you absolutely cannot miss out on this one! The Fault in Our Stars is a love story about two teenagers, Hazel and August, who are both cancer patients that meet through a cancer support group.  The story brings to readers Hazel and August’s journey through cancer and how they came to become each other’s strength.  A story that allows all readers to fall in love again like a young teenager.  Reading this book, myself, I can warn readers, have a box of tissue with you! This is absolutely a worthwhile read.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Calling all psychological thriller fans, this is a must read! Before reading this book, I never thought I would be interested in psychological thrillers.  Maybe it was because I had read Gone Girl not long before this! A story about a crazy girl on the train or perhaps a clever psychopath is just using the girl? Regardless of what it is, this is a page turner with lots of suspense and twists.  You would think you know what is going on next, but you are likely wrong.  A must read for all mystery and psychological thriller fans!

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderon

For all science fiction fans, this is a must read for you!  This story explores a fascinating journey through Roshar, a place filled with war and conflict.  The book shows the story of different characters, their journey to survival, and explores the concept of imperfection.  This book brings a beautiful message that, despite flaws and being broken, there is always a chance for change and redemption.  Brandon Sanderon also does an amazing job of writing magic and epic battle fields.  A must read!

Happy reading!