June Wrap Up

June Wrap up


June.  It’s July already.  Halfway through the year?  The only thing good about this runaway year is that we are halfway to Christmas.  That’s always a good thought.

Here is my list of books read in June.


library of legends


The Library of Legends by Janie Chang

This book has gotten me back into a Historical Fiction kick.  I love books about Chinese history or culture, and this one about a group of students fleeing Shanghai in the 1930’s is a strange mix of historical fiction and fantasy. It’s a very nice book.

Review to come.




Shanghai Girls by Lisa See

Like I said, back to historical fiction, and one of my favorites.  I think this is the third time I’ve read this series.  I really love this book by Lisa See.  It’s a wonderful look at the immigrant experience from China to America in the 1930’s and beyond.  I really love this book.

Fun read, no review expected.




Dreams of Joy by Lisa See

While I love Shanghai Girls, my favorite of the series is this second book, Dreams of Joy.  I blame the terrible school system in Los Angeles (well America really) for the fact that I was completely unaware of the horrors of the Great Leap Forward instituted by Chairman Mao in 1950’s and 60’s China.  This book brought it to my attention.  It is a fascinating and absorbing read.

Another fun read, no review expected.


lightest object


The Lightest Object in the Universe by Kimi Eisele

I don’t know how she did it, but Ms. Eisele, somehow wrote a positive, hopeful, post-apocalyptic book.  Don’t get me wrong, bad things happen in this story, but the focus is on the way that humans can also be helpful, and kind to one another, and that love survives disaster.  It’s a nice thought for this moment in time.

Review to come.


veins of gold


Veins of Gold by Charlie N. Holmberg

Ms. Holmberg is an exceedingly reliable author.  I always know what I’m going to get with one of her books. A very easy, absorbing fantasy novel with a nice romance.  It’s nice to have such a good go-to.

Fun read – no review to come.


Court of thorns


A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

I have to admit some confusion here. Not over the book itself, which was an enjoyable, fun read about faerie and the usual strong female lead.  I’m confused over the hubub I had been hearing about how supposedly bad the book is.  Did I miss something?  I mean it wasn’t Dickens, but it wasn’t bad. I’ve certainly read worse. It also wasn’t as smutty as I’d been led to believe. Did I miss something?  Not a bad book, might pick up the next in the series.

Review to come.


Black Sun


Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

Going to be honest here, it’s going to take a really incredible book to push this one off the perch of best book I’ve read all year.  It is FANTASTIC.  I mean seriously.  When you get a chance, buy it.  Favorite … of … the … year.

Review to come


island of sea women


The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

I tell you, Lisa See books are like comfort food for me. Plus, I can always count on learning something new when I read them.  This was a new one for me, and I found the culture of this collective of woman divers on the island of Jeju to be utterly fascinating.  Come for the history lesson, stay for the wonderful storytelling.

Fun read, no review to come.


color of air


The Color of Air by Gail Tsukiyama

A lovely book about Japanese people living in Hilo, Hawaii during the 1930’s.  The people in this book are alive and love one another so deeply, it’s impossible not to be moved.  A very nice book.

Review to come.


Kingdom of Liars


The Kingdom of Liars by Nick Martell

A new fantasy writer who is well spoken of by Brandon Sanderson himself!  Must read right?  I think this was a pretty good first novel. It had an interesting magic system and worldbuilding.

Review to come.


Nickel Boys


The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead


Winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.  No wonder.  After reading The Underground Railroad by Mr. Whitehead I needed to get my hands on this one.  It is a short read, but excellent.  I believe it needs to be introduced into the curriculum.  If we are going to make teens read A Separate Peace in schools then why not The Nickel Boys.  Instead, we’ll be lucky if it doesn’t get banned by the usual dumbass school boards.  Let me be hopeful that it will get the recognition it deserves from more than just the critical audience.

Fun read, no review to come.



Well that’s it for now guys! Happy reading in July! Happy Christmas in July!  See you again soon.




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