Sunday, June 30, 2024

June 2024 Books

Okay, we're halfway through the year!

Rivals by Katharine McGee (#3) After the second of this series (American Royals), I thought I was done reading these, but somehow I got sucked into this one and I enjoyed it. I am actually curious to see how far they can take this one! And of course, it ended on a cliffhanger so I'm in for book #4.

Vera Wong's Unsolicited Advice for Murderers by Jesse Q. Sutanto - As I've said before, I'm a big fan of the "found family" genre, usually surrouning an older, somewhat quirky, woman. In this case, they're solving a mystery together. I liked this one a lot and highly recommend! 

The Hebrew Teacher by Maya Arad - Loved this set of three novellas about Israeli women living in the Diaspora, trying to navigate their lives in all the strange ways that cultures and generations clash. The first novella was the best, in my opinion, but all are interesting, readable, and discussable!

The Rom-Commers by Katherine Center - A love letter to romantic comedies and a quick, fun read. Reminded me of By The Book by Jasmine Guillory. Fairly predictable but readable. 

In the Shadow of the Greenbriar by Emily Matchar - I thought the intergenerational story was interesting, and I liked learning about how a family of Jews ended up in a small southern town, and how their lives were impacted by that experience. The Greenbrier is a real place, and it looks gorgeous...but I don't think that the "big secret" was such a big secret. 

Stockholm by Noa Yedlin - I'm leading a book discussion on this one and I really didn't like any of the characters, nor did I think it was as funny as all the reviews said it was. I tried to find the Israeli TV show that was based on this book and could only find a few clips. I'm not sure this one is a big hit, although you could pull some interesting conversations about how we start to look back over our lives as we age. 

Welcome Home, Caroline Kline by Courtney Preiss - I wanted to love this book but I didn't really get what it was trying to do. It's fiction about Jews, but I wouldn't call it Jewish fiction. It's about baseball, it's a little bit about casual alcoholism, which felt a bit off, and I'm not sure it was even a romance. It definitely is about learning to love yourself above all. I didn't hate it, but it was just okay.

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