What I’m Reading: June 2017 Book Recommendations & Reading Challenge Update

Before I get into what I’m reading right now, I thought I’d share a little update on the 2017 Reading Challenge. You can check out all my selections for the challenge here and you can read about the challenge itself at Modern Mrs. Darcy. Prepare to be amazed by my diligence.

Need a good book for the summer? Here are some great options to check out.

Books I’ve Read for the 2017 Reading Challenge

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Category: A book of any genre that addresses current events. You can read my thoughts on Hillbilly Elegy here.

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Category: A book with a reputation for being un-put-downable. It was definitely a page-turner! Read my recommendation here.

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

Category: A juicy memoir. If you love Grey’s Anatomy or Scandal, you’ll enjoy all the witty monologues from the creator. Take a look at my review here.

I know. Three whole books checked off my 18-book list. I’ve been working my way through A Year in Provence, which I’m enjoying, but not rushing through. It reads more like a book of interconnected essays than a continuous story so I don’t feel I’ve lost anything by reading it a snippet at a time. I started The Handmaid’s Tale, but despite all the buzz surrounding the Hulu series, I’m struggling to get into it. I’m curious, but not desperate to find out the story. Maybe that will change as I get further into it. I also just cracked open All the Light We Cannot See, which I found at a used bookstore for five bucks. So far, the writing is beautiful and I expect it to be worthy of the positive reviews.

What I’m Reading Now

Tender at the Bone By Ruth Reichl

I loved this food memoir, written by the former editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine and New York Times restaurant critic. Reichl shares hilarious and fascinating anecdotes that shaped her love of cooking from childhood into her adult life. Sprinkled amidst stories detailing her appreciation for all manner of foods are recipes from the various sources of her culinary education. I found the writing to be honest and inspiring, and I look forward to reading more from Reichl in the future.

How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny

After taking a break from Penny’s Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series for a few months, diving back into the Three Pines mysteries felt like visiting old friends. After reading so many of the books in rapid succession, it was good to have a break, but reconnecting with the familiar character of Inspector Gamache and the quirky inhabitants of Three Pines was so much fun. This was one of my favorite novels in the series so far. I’ve read reviews saying that you don’t need to read this series in order, but personally I think you would miss so much by not starting at the beginning. You can read my thoughts on the series here.

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

I’m not sure why it took me so long to warm up to Rainbow Rowell because as it turns out, I love her writing. Eleanor and Park is the story of an unlikely teenage romance intertwined with a girl’s struggle to break free of a dysfunctional family situation. Rowell captures the naive, yet powerful feelings that encapsulate a serious teenage relationship without drifting into fairytale territory. I followed this novel with another of Rowell’s called Landline. Although a far less realistic storyline, Landline still manages to hit on basic human emotional struggles.

What’s on my nightstand

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

This one has been on my list for a long time and now that I’m starting into it, I’m kicking myself for waiting so long. The writing is beautiful, and I’m so curious to see how the story of a blind French girl and German boy during WWII is woven together.

The Dry by Jane Harper

I’ve heard this title come up in numerous podcasts and lists of must-read summer fiction. Based on its popularity, I wasn’t expecting to get my hands on The Dry anytime soon, but I happened to find a copy at the thrift store next to my kids’ karate studio. The best part: it was $2. For a hardcover. In perfect condition. Yes, please! I’m very much looking forward to getting into this suspense story about small-town secrets.

What are you reading this month??


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6 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: June 2017 Book Recommendations & Reading Challenge Update

  1. Jessica C says:

    Such a great list! I just finished The Woman in Cabin 10 and I’m still processing it! I’ve also heard great things about The Dry and I’m looking forward to reading that one soon! All the Light We Cannot See was so amazingly written! I hope you continue to enjoy it!

    • sweeterstill says:

      I’m glad to hear you liked All the Light We Cannot See. The writing is beautiful and I’m definitely sucked into the story now. Looking forward to seeing how it all comes together!

  2. Elena says:

    I loved All the Light We Cannot See. The writing is superb and the plot is very different than typical WWII novels. It’s long but so worth it

      • Elena says:

        I have and I didn’t like it as much BUT I think it was because I read it soon after All the Light and I just kept comparing the two… which was unfair. All the Light was a masterpiece in my eyes!

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