Everything I Read In June 2022

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June was a good but strange reading month for me. I read ten books, four of which were rereads. I don’t reread all that often but there are a few books I’ll read on a somewhat regular basis (every year or three.)

I also read two ghost books and three cozy mysteries! I used to basically only read free Kindle books which meant a lot of cozy mysteries and this month I just needed something easy and not that serious.

I don’t read cozy mysteries that often any more, very rarely really, but I’ll get them occasionally if I see them. I literally never read descriptions for them I just get them if they’re free and have an illustrated cover.

I will not read a cozy mystery with an actual picture on the cover. Illustrated only! Free Kindle thriller/detective books are the opposite though and something else I don’t read that often anymore, though I have a ton I haven’t read yet. Someday.

The only books I really loved this month were the rereads and Truly Devious, one I’ve wanted to read for so long. I got it on a Kindle deal and started it right away.

While it’s not the best overall reading month rating-wise, I did read a lot so it generally a good reading month. I hope I choose better books in July.

  • If you want to listen to some of these, consider trying Audible! You can get your first month free (one free book) plus tons of others they have for free.  Get that Audible deal here.
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  • Thrift Books has become my go-to when I’m looking for a book and want it cheap. It’s great if you like buying used books. With this you can get a free book after spending $30!
  • Shop my book lists here! You can find every book list I have on Bookshop.org (except my monthly round-ups) and I add everything I can but they occasionally won’t have some. I do occasionally add extras though. If any lists are empty, they’ll be filled in shortly! Shop my bookshop.org book lists here.

Ghost Town

Author: Jason Hawes, Grant Wilson, Tim Waggoner

Genre: Paranormal horror

Rating: 2/5

About the book: Amber, Drew, and Trevor are invited to speak at a paranormal conference in the most haunted town in America. While there, they face the Dark Lady, a murderous ghost, and Amber’s abusive ex-boyfriend Mitch. They must stop the Dark Lady from destroying the town with the help of a spooky ally.

Final thoughts: In some books nothing really happens and people think they’re boring, like Local Girls, but I loved it. I like books like that. This isn’t that. A lot happens in this but for everything that goes on, it’s not that great.

This isn’t me saying it’s terrible because ghosts aren’t real. I believe in them, for sure. But this one just didn’t do it for me. I got it in a Little Free Library and will be putting it in another one. That cover is nice and creepy though.

This is the second book in the series but I don’t think it’s critical to read the other one first. This does have spoilers for it but I didn’t feel lost not reading it. Also, this really isn’t scary.

Home Before Dark

Author: Riley Sager

Genre: Thriller

Rating: 2/5

About the book: When Maggie was 5, her family moved into the infamous Baneberry Hall in the woods of Vermont. Just three weeks later they fled in the middle of the night. Her father recounted the entire experience in his book House of Horrors but her parents would never tell her what really happened.

When her father dies 25 years later, it turns out he never sold the house. Maggie has inherited it and is set on finding the truth as she renovates it to sell it. She doesn’t beliieve a word of what her father wrote because ghosts aren’t real but something happened there and her return is anything but pleasant. As strange things start to happens, she begins to wonder if what her father wrote was more fact than fiction after all.

Final thoughts: I have all of Riley Sager’s books, except maybe the newest two, but have only read this and Lock Every Door, which I liked a lot more than this. The atmosphere of this was good and had me scared reading it in the dark but it wasn’t enough to save it from that ending.

From GoodReads: ** spoiler alert ** I’m torn 😫 I liked this. I was entertained. I was a little freaked out reading this at night. But then we got almost to the end and I feel cheated! It wasn’t even ghosts at all!? The parents did all this because they thought their FIVE YEAR OLD MURDERED SOMEONE ON PURPOSE? And also, IT JUST WASNT GHOSTS AT ALL!? Like I said. Entertained but very annoyed at the ending. I hate when thrillers are al mysterious and it turns out the murder was actually just an accident, like someone was swimming alone and drowned and the person that found them thinks they killed them but they really didn’t at all in any way. I feel cheated by this the same way

Illuminae

Author: Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Genre: YA sci-fi

Rating: 5/5

About the book: Kady thought breaking up with her boyfriend, Ezra, would be the hardest thing she did today but then her planet was invaded and it only got worse. Two mega-corporations are fighting over their inconsequential planet at the edge of the universe and they need to evacuate.

There is a plague and a killer AI and the only person who can help is the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Final thoughts: This was a reread and I still love it. That’s all. If you like epistolary novels or books written in an interesting format, give this series a shot. They’re long books but easy because of the format. If you read this, get a physical copy of it!

Gemina

Author: Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Genre: YA sci-fi

Rating: 5/5

About the book: Second book so it doesn’t get a description to avoid spoliers.

Final thoughts: This was a reread and I still love it. That’s all.

Obsidio

Author: Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Genre: YA sci-fi

Rating: 5/5

About the book: It’s the third book in the series, so no description, no spoilers.

Final thoughts: This was a reread and I still love it. That’s all.

Murder by the Cup

Author: Abigail Thornton

Genre: Paranormal cozy mystery

Rating: 2/5

About the book: Wynona Le Doux was born to the most powerful ruling witch family in Hex Haven, unfortunately. She was cursed at birth leaving her powerless and disliked by her family. She was raised hidden from the public eye until her grandmother helps her escape on the Spring Equinox.

And then a body is found in her soon-to-be-opened tea shop. With just six days until the opening, she needs the murder to be solved ASAP. She may have an alibi but the police chief has her at the top of his suspect list but she knows she didn’t do it.

As customers start cancelling appointments, she knows she needs to solve this murder herself.

Final thoughts: I usually enjoy magical cozy mysteries but I didn’t love this one. It felt like the author just looked at a list of every magical creature she could find and shoved all of them into the story. But they also just felt like charicatures of each magical creature. I don’t know if there were any we saw two of, really. (except two cop vampires and the wife/son whatever they were.)

And what even is this tea shop? At first it sounds like a normal coffee shop but for tea then people cancel their appointments? Appointments for what? Is this healing tea? If you need appointments how is there a huge crowd opening day? We could have used a lot more explaining on both this and her family situation.

Also, the cops just let her help with this investigation? And actually let her in to INTERVIEW A SUSPECT? And she has literally no detective/police experience at all whatsoever and SHE’S a suspect herself! It makes no sense.

I originally had this at three stars because it was entertaining enough but writing this made me change it to two because that makes no sense!

Wynona: I don’t like to use my super important family name to get what I want

Also Wynona: Proceeds to use her super important family name to get what she wants the entire time

Crossed by Death

Author: A.C.F. Bookens

Genre: Cozy mystery

Rating: 4/5

About the book: Paisley salvages antiques from old building for a living. What she doesn’t do is find bodies. Until she does in the home attached to an old store in town. Soon she links this murder to the one that led the previous owners to abandon the building and someone does not want her digging around anymore.

Final thoughts: I got this because it was free and cross stitch. There is also a Maine Coon which wins it points, too. While this isn’t a literary masterpiece, I did enjoy it much more than the previous one and it felt more fleshed out than the next one. I doubt I’ll keep going in the series but I enjoyed this for exactly what it is, a cozy mystery.

BlueBuried Muffin

Author: Lyndsey Cole

Genre: Cozy mystery

Rating: 3/5

About the book: Annie is scared of the mess her boyfriend Max Parker is in the middle of so to get away she goes back to her hometown in New Hampshire where she decides to start a new life. While she has plenty of new prospects in her life, plenty of bad things followed her.

The next time she see Max, he is dead in her aunt’s cafe leaving her a warning not to trust anyone.

Final thoughts: This was also just fine. It’s the first book in this series but it felt like I missed something before this. The way they talk about family drama and issues, it feels like we should have either gotten more background in this one or that there should have been another book before this with that included.

Overall though, it was a fun read and it went by very quickly. From GoodReads: I enjoyed this but the way everyone talks to each other is really weird. It’s like they’re describing obvious things to each other that wouldn’t need to be in real life but it’s for our benefit.

It just feels a little clunky at times. Also, time is normal in this world but the people do everything at warp speed (especially the ceramicist and sign maker, they made a nice thrown ceramic tip jar and a whole cafe sign in like, a day.)

Penpal

Author: Dathan Auerbach

Genre: Psychological horror

Rating: 5/5

About the book: In this novel, a man starts investigating a series of unrelated bizarre, tragic, and horrific events throughout his childhood.  Soon he finds out that these early fragments are really all part of one terrifying story that shaped his entire life, as well as those around him.

Final thoughts: I absolutely love this book. This is probably my fourth or fifth time reading it and it still freaks me out. I only read this in the dark and would highly recommend that. I first read it on r/nosleep and was literally up all night reading each part plus all the comments. One of my favorite books, for sure.

I am looking for other books similar to this, too. Like, psychological horror I guess? That’s the best description I can think of for it. Super creepy, like you know you’re being watched, but not gory murder horror. Sinister might be the right word?

Truly Devious

Author: Maureen Johnson

Genre: YA mystery

Rating: 4/5

About the book: Albert Ellingham opened Ellingham Academy in Vermont to make learning a game. The school is full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. When the school opened, though, his wife and daughter were kidnapped and all that was left behind was a riddle signed “Truly, devious” becoming one of the greatest unsolved crimes in American history.

Stevie Bell is about to start her first year at Ellingham Academy and has made it her goal to solve the cold case. Strange things are going on and it turns out that truly devious has made a comeback and gotten away with murder.

Final thoughts: I really enjoyed this one. I knew going in we wouldn’t get resolution which I think helped me enjoy it better. A lot of it is spent setting the scene, establishing timelines, building the world, and I know some people didn’t like that but I didn’t mind. I liked this and will definitely be continuing the series.

Have you read any of these? Which ones? What did you read in June? Do you believe in ghosts?

Author: Megan Johnson

I'm Megan, a cheesehead at heart currently residing in the Sunshine State. You can probably find me reading, watching Forensic Files, or both.

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