What I Read In June | 10 Mini Book Reviews

2 July 2020


Welcome to another bookish blog post. June was another busy month of reading for me and a busy month in general. I decided to take the plunge and start up my blog again as well as get a completely new design which you would have already seen if you've read my previous few posts and I just absolutely love the design. I would say that it is definitely my favourite design  that I have had yet so I hope you like it just as much as I do. Anyway, moving on, today I thought I would review all the books I read in June so grab a cuppa and enjoy!

The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri 
This book is so incredibly beautiful. The story follows the life of a young Syrian couple, Nuri, who is a beekeeper and his wife Afra, who has sadly gone blind since the death of their son and all the horrendous things she has seen, as they are forced to flee the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo and start making their way for a new life and an uncertain future in Britain as they seek asylum. As they navigate through this new chapter in their life and Afra's grief they also make their way through Turkey and Greece where they are met with new challenges. Nuri's one hope is that his cousin, Mustafa, is waiting for them in England, who's started his own apiary and is teaching other fellow refugees the art of beekeeping. My favorite quote from this book is 'Where there are bees there are flowers and where there are flowers there is new life & hope'. The story was so beautifully written and really opened my eyes to the experience of transcontinental migration. Definitely a book I think everyone should read.

Rating: 5 Stars

Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race
This book came on my radar at the beginning of the month and the reason why it's not photographed above is because I could not get my hands on a copy of the book at all. It had literally sold out everywhere so I decided to just download the e-book onto the kindle app on my iPad. I don't really read books off a tablet because I was so intrigued by this that I had no other choice. It is a book that EVERYBODY has to read. It honestly made me so ashamed that I missed out on all the history and just how racist this country is. If you're one of those that doesn't think it is that bad I recommend reading this book. It's so incredibly eye opening and made me so angry that I couldn't help but burst into tears throughout reading it. It's a book everyone needs to read. It is super popular at the moment so you might find out it's sold out in a lot of places but if you have a kindle or even an iPad definitely download it on there. I think with everything that's happening at the moment it's incredibly important to educate ourselves and I could think of no better place to start than with this book.

Rating: 5 Stars

Our Stop by Laura Jane Williams 
I won't lie when I say what drew me to this book was the cover. That combination of pink and yellow is just so eye-catching that I can't imagine anybody walking past and not even picking it up to see what it's about. I absolutely love a good love story and I thought this was so lovely. The story follows Nadia who get's the same 7:30 train (or at least tries to get the same train) every morning. However so does Daniel. Daniel has seen her once before and then realised she get's the exact same train as him, however because Nadia has a tendency to miss the train majority of the week due to oversleeping or drinking too much wine he places an advert in the 'Missed Connections' section of the newspaper which Nadia, along with her friends, spots one day at work. Therefore a story of near misses, love and the power of the written word begins.

I really enjoyed this book however I felt like the near misses happened one too many times which was a tad frustrating as I thought it dragged the story out more than it needed to be but I guess that what makes it a little bit more realistic in a way. It's a lovely story and I'd definitely read it again.

Rating: 4 Stars

I Heart Paris by Lindsey Kelk 
The third story in this series of books and the first of two that I read this month. This story follows the life of Angela as she is sent to Paris by hip fashion magazine Belle to write a piece about the sites of the city. However, her boyfriend is also in Paris at the same time doing a show there. As with all the other stories disaster just seems to follow Angela wherever she goes. She's convinced someone's conspiring to sabotage this big break she's been given and then to make things worse she spots Alex with his ex. Suddenly Paris doesn't seem all it's cracked up to be. This book is probably my favourite in the series so far. I loved how dramatic it was but I also love the romance element of each of these stories as well as it just feels so realistic as you're reading them. I would definitely recommend reading this series if you're looking to start reading as they're so easy and quick to read without having to think too much about what you're reading.

Rating: 4 Stars

Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. 
I have one word for this book. Wow. This book is so different to anything I have ever read before and it has been extremely popular the past two months so I decided to see what all the fuss was about and my goodness I was not disappointed. The story follows Kya Clark aka the 'Marsh Girl' who pretty much brings herself up after her sisters, mum and eventually brother leave her behind. Only person Kya is left with is her Dad who is a drunk, disappears for days and eventually never returns. The story spans over the entirety of Kya's life and you witness her grow up and the different challenges she faces including her romance with two local boys. One day the handsome Chase Andrews is found dead and all attention turns to the 'Marsh Girl'.

This book was just so beautifully written and incredible descriptive which I absolutely loved as I felt I was really there with Kya and the other characters in the story. It was so beautiful and there's a little twist at the end that I just did not see coming. This is definitely a book I will read again and again.

Rating: 5 Stars


Lucy In The Sky by Paige Toon 
Lucy In The Sky is the first book in another incredible series by Paige Toon. The story follows Lucy as she heads back to Australia. A place she used to live but hasn't seen for nine years as she moved to London with her Mum. There she will attend her best friend's wedding. However, just before she embarks on the journey to Australia she receives a strange text from her boyfriend that makes her question whether he has cheated on her. Everything she knew and thought suddenly comes crashing down, especially when she is reunited with her best friends and the grooms brother who is not quite how she remembered him as a child. Suddenly she has some big decisions to make.

I love a good love story and Paige Toon just never disappoints with her stories. The characters are always so relatable and likeable and the main protagonist, in this case Lucy, is just so likeable that you can't help but root for her. I definitely recommend this book if you're looking for a good romcom.

Rating: 5 Stars

I Heart Vegas by Lindsey Kelk 
I Heart Vegas is the fourth book in the series and the second one I read this month. This story follows Angela Clark as she has just lost her job and risks being deported due to her work visa being revoked. Her best friend, Jenny, has arranged a 3 day trip to Vegas, where Angela has a lot of thinking to do, especially as she is being pressurised by her friends to propose to her boyfriend in order to ensure she stays in the USA.

I liked this story but I won't lie when I say I was a little bit disappointed. I didn't feel it had as much going on as the other stories in the series and even though Angela had her fair share of dramatic moments I did struggle to get through this one but the ending definitely made up for it as I thought it was super cute!

Rating: 3.5 Stars 

Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling 
I have a confession. This is the first time I'll be reading the Harry Potter books from the beginning all the way through. I know, I know where have I been but I have started and I can't wait to read the others. This story follows Harry Potter and his first year at Hogwarts where he meets his best friends Ron & Hermione and finally leaves the muggle world. On his 11th birthday he finally learns who he truly is, why he is so popular amongst this magical world he had never heard of and why his Aunt & Uncle lied to him about who he was.

What I loved about reading this book is that because I've seen the films so many times I could picture the characters so vividly and found it made me enjoy the book just that little bit more. What I loved as well is just how there were certain characters that were missed out of the film completely or only had a mention within the films. I loved getting to know the characters more by reading the book and learning about the back stories and why they are the way they are and it was just such a magical read. I definitely understand why people love the books so much.

Rating: 5 Stars

The Seven Year Itch by Lyndsey Gallagher 
Another book that I was drawn too purely because of the colour. I mean...look how pretty it is! I was recommended this on a book club facebook page that I am part and I wasn't disappointed. The story follows 27 year old  Lucy O'Connor who has asked to be her future sister in law's bridesmaid. One weekend she's invited to the bride's hen do and whilst there meets and falls in love with a complete stranger. There is a small problem though. Lucy is already married and has been for the last seven years. Her best friends, and family think it's the seven year itch but could it be true love?

This book is completely different to how I thought it would be. I thought it would be one of those love stories that follows a relationship over a seven year time period so I was definitely pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be the story it was. I thought it was an absolutely lovely read and definitely the kind of romcom I absolutely adore. All the characters were extremely likeable and what I loved is that after I read it I found out the author drew from her own experiences and that just made it a little bit more special in some ways. Not only is this book extremely pretty on the bookshelf but it's one everyone who loves a good love story will enjoy.

Rating: 4 Stars

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
This a book I had seen on instagram, twitter so much I just knew I had to get it and read it. The story follows a Chinese-American family in 1970s small town Ohio. Marilyn and James have three children. Lydia, Nathan and Hannah. Lydia is the favourite child and the one they hope will fulfil all the dreams that they themselves were unable to pursue. What they are unaware of at the start of the story is that Lydia is dead and her body has been found in the local lake. Suddenly their world comes crashing down and what they thought was a happy family life is all of a sudden destroyed and all hell breaks loose.

I won't lie, this took me a very long time to get fully into but I did enjoy it when I eventually did and ended up reading majority of the book in two days. I wasn't that keen on any of the characters but what I loved about the story is how you got to hear all their sides of the story and what they thought and how they felt and I absolutely loved that as I felt I got to know each of the characters that little bit better. The writing was incredibly unusual and I definitely have not read a book like this before. The story was beautifully told and highlights certain issues around race, love and lies. Once you get into it its definitely a page turner but you really have to stick with it at the beginning before you get to that point. Overall a lovely read but not one I'll rush to pick up again.

Rating: 3 Stars.

So there we have another 10 book reviews for you all to enjoy. If you're looking for book recommendations or you've already read these books and are looking for other opinions I hope you enjoyed this post. I'll also mention here that I've recently started a new instagram or bookstagram page where I will be dedicating it purely to books I've read. There you will be able to find pretty photos of books, what I'm reading, what I've read in the past and the kinds of books I like to read. I've only just started it so it's looking a little bare but I hope you'll come on over and follow me HERE or search _fleurdaniellereads on instagram. I'm excited for this chapter and I hope you'll join me. If you have your own bookstagram page please leave the link below and I'll be sure to come over and check it out.

What have you been read in June?
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2 comments

  1. I just finished reading Where The Crawdads Sing and I absolutely loved it, like you said, it was incredibly descriptive! x

    Lucy | www.lucymary.co.uk

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    1. I just love books like that! Literally one of my all time favorite books I think! Apparently it is going to be made into a film which I just can't wait for! xx

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