June 2019 Reads

June begins the summer months, which means it begins my absolute favorite season. Summer is also the time I’ve always read the most. I got off to a great start on my summer reading in June this year! Have a look at what I read and let me know if you’ve read any of these books, or if my reviews made you add a book to your TBR!

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Number of books read: 4 📘📘📘📘

Print books: 3 📚📚📚

Audiobooks: 1 🎧

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 star books: 0

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 star books: 3

⭐⭐⭐ 3 star books: 1

⭐⭐ 2 star books: 0

1 star books: 0

😍 Favorite book: Troubling a Star

☹️ Least favorite book: Relentless

Boo by Neil Smith

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4 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Read from June 4, 2019 – June 5, 2019.

I really enjoyed this book. It was a unique kind of coming-of-age tale as well as a unique take on the afterlife. The story is creative, the twists are unexpected, and the characters are easy to care about. Major trigger warning for suicide, death, and gun violence if those are topics that bother you. Otherwise, this is a solid read and one I’d definitely re-read in the future.

Read my review on Goodreads here.

Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero

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3.5 stars ⭐⭐⭐💫

Read from June 1, 2019 – June 14, 2019.

This is the first book I’ve ever read that could be classed as horror, so it was definitely out of my comfort zone. I ended up liking it a lot more than I expected. It had MANY definite nods to Scooby Doo without feeling like it was a fanfic (nothing wrong with fanfic, just not what I was looking to read). I loved the twist on the teen detectives story and I found the characters compelling, layered, and interesting. I felt like the ending battle/reveal stuff drug on a little bit, but that probably has more to do with what I prefer to read than anything wrong with the book itself. Overall, this was quite a good book! Because it was so far out of my usual genre, I’d love to know what others thought about this compared to other horror novels.

P. S. If you like the show Stranger Things, I think you’d like this book! They had a similar feel to me in many ways.

**read as audiobook**

Read my review on Goodreads here.

Troubling a Star by Madeleine L’Engle

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4.5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫

Read from June 14, 2019 – June 19, 2019.

This was one of my absolute favorite books in middle school and I enjoyed it just as much as an adult. A naive, coming into her own teenage protagonist, political intrigue, mystery, spies, and environmentalism make for a suspenseful and interesting story. I’ve always wanted this book to be made into a movie.

Read my review on Goodreads here.

Relentless: Changing Lives by Disrupting the Educational Norm by Hamish Brewer

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4 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Read from June 23, 2019 – June 24, 2019.

This book was a clear, easy to read story about what happens when you believe in yourself, your staff, your students, and take a no holds barred approach to education. Hamish Brewer (“the tattooed skateboarding principal”) is a principal in my county who I first heard about through the local news. My mom recommended his book to me and I’m so glad that she did. Mr. Brewer is passionate about everything he does and that comes through in his writing. I enjoyed reading his stories of success and of learning from failure, but even more I enjoyed his mantra of being all-in for the students. There are lots of opinions in education, but one that both Mr. Brewer and I hold strongly is that relationships are the key to everything. This book isn’t exactly a memoir and it isn’t exactly a guide to educational success, but it is a story of how passion and dedication have impacted the lives of individuals and communities. I definitely recommend this book to folks in education and I’m going to keep my eyes peeled for opportunities to see Mr. Brewer speak.

Read my review on Goodreads here.

Have you read any of these books? Looking forward to reading any of them? Leave a comment down below with your thoughts and recommendations!

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