June Reads 2018

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It’s the second Tuesday of the month and time to share my June Reads with Jana and Steph’s monthly Show Us Your Books linkup.  I thought June was off to a great start.  But in the end, like last month, I only read five books.  Quality-wise, most weren’t even that great.  But, July is  a new month.  I feel like I read more in the summer, so I’m hoping that still remains true! Here are my June reads:

2 stars


The Perfect Nanny by Leiia Slimani – This was one of the times that I should have relied on the goodreads rating of this book.  This book was translated from French and I was interested in seeing what kind of thriller this would be.  Let’s just say this wasn’t suspenseful at all.  I felt like it didn’t go anywhere and there were no likable characters.  Overall, this was a big disappointment.

3 stars


A Secret Kept by Tatiana de Rosnay – I got this book years ago after reading and loving de Rosnay’s book Sarah’s Key.  The book focuses on the complexity of family relationships but the secret was a bit of a letdown.  I’m happy to have finally read a book off my own bookshelf though and can now pass it on.


The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod – This was my non-fiction book of the month.  At age 20, Elrod was clinically dead for 6 minutes after being hit head-on by a drunk driver.  This accident made him reevaluate his life.  He realized the power of getting up early and performing a consistent morning ritual. His morning practice, L.I.F.E.S.A.V.E.R.S., is the foundation of The Miracle Morning.   I found Elrod’s story inspiring.  And I really believe there’s a connection between being an early riser and success.  I just need to actually put this book into practice!

 4 stars


How to Walk Away by Katherine Center –  Maggie had it all – a dream job, a nice apartment and an amazing boyfriend.  However, everything changes on the night of her engagement.  She wakes up in a hospital having to face that her life will never be the same.  She does a lot of growing and a majority of the book focuses on her coming to terms with her new life.  I believe that this book was recommended in the last SUYB.  I had wanted to read one of Center’s other books, Happiness for Beginners, for awhile now.  I am hopefully going to get to that one sooner than later now, since I enjoyed this book.

The Recipe Box by Viola Shipman – I’ve been a big Viola Shipman fan since I read The Charm Bracelet.  Her books tend to have a formulaic quality, with objects, or in this case recipes, leading to a story.  This book in particular felt a little repetitive to me at times, but overall it was an enjoyable story.



  1. I might check out Viola Shipman, I don’t think I’ve read any of her books.

  2. Love the concept behind The Miracle Morning even though I haven’t read that one – definitely need to put it into practice in my own life too. Loved How to Walk Away 🙂

  3. I have heard really good things about How to Walk Away. Sorry to hear you didn’t have a ton of great June reads, but I hope July is a better month for you!!


  4. bummer about A Secret Kept, but Sarah’s Key has been on my list for years. i am SO glad you enjoyed How to Walk Away! i loved it – and i’d be hard-pressed to choose between that and Happiness for Beginners for my favourite of hers! so i think you’ll like Happiness for Beginners when you get to it!

  5. That’s a bummer that The Secret Kept didn’t live up to Sarah’s Key, but I’m glad that you read a book that you’ve been wanting to read for a long time! How To Walk Away sounds like a really good read!

    • I was happy too to read a book off my own shelf. There’s so many great new releases coming out that I tend to neglect the ones that I own and haven’t read.

  6. I’m going to read How to Walk away on vacation. I hadn’t heard of The Recipe Box and that author. Thanks for the reviews.

  7. I loved How to Walk Away! The Recipe Box was pretty good, but like you said, repetitive at times. Did you know Viola Shipman is actually a male using his grandmother’s name? I thought it added another layer to the stories when I read that.

  8. I read The Miracle Morning last summer and also loved it! It’s a little harder to actually do it everyday though!

  9. I thought I’d added How to Walk Away to my list, but I couldn’t find it … So thanks for reminding me that this book exists! 🙂

    Hopefully your reads are a little better this month. I’ve been in kind of a reading rut for a while, so I understand how a not so great month (or months!) can really be a letdown.

  10. Glad to know I’m not the only one who gets inspired by certain books…but struggles to commit to what I learned and want to put into practice! Argggh. Hope next month has a few more hits for you!

  11. I think I want to read How to Walk Away. I’ll have to put it on my holds list. It’ll probably take 9 months to come in.

  12. What a bummer about The Perfect Nanny! I had that one on my TBR as well. I do also want to read How to Walk Away, so I’m glad to hear that was a good one!

  13. I haven’t read How to Walk Away yet. Hopefully I will get to it soon.

  14. I haven’t read How to Walk Away yet. Looking forward to it. My mom has read all the Shipman books. I have read the Charm Bracelet and enjoyed it. Pam 🙂

  15. I keep seeing How to Walk Away pop up around Goodreads and readers’ lists. I’ll have to look into getting a copy.

  16. Adding How to Walk Away. I’ve had Happiness for Beginners on my TBR for awhile now too.

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