I had a lot of fun reading in June! This month I read in spurts–Inferno in a day, It Ends With Us in three–and generally, I was plugging through the new Yanagihara in the meantime. Check out the full slate…

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Determined to read Colleen Hoover, I first set out this month to read Ugly Love. Promptly hated it, tried It Ends With Us, just for kicks. Immediately got super into it. With simple, readable writing, I get why tiktok has a thing for Hoover. That said, I felt there were some things that couldn’t get properly addressed because of how short and simple the novel was. I’ve seen some discussion in this vein—what do you think?

To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara

Rating: 2 out of 5.

I love Yanagihara’s writing enough to make it relatively smoothly through this 700-page novel. But I didn’t find it particularly inspiring. Read my full review here.

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This novel took me roughly three months to read because I stopped for two months at 60% done. Ocean Vuong has an extremely lyrical, poetic style which is beautiful but which to me, at least, read like literal poetry. And I personally don’t read poetry in large portions. I have nothing against this novel and actually connected a lot to its descriptions of New Haven’s opioid epidemic. And did I mention it is BEAUTIFUL?

Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What a ride, to have finally finished this trilogy. I loved existing in this world, and importantly, I loved the narrator of the audiobooks. However, several factors kept it from five stars. Read my full review of the Farseer Trilogy here.

Inferno by Dan Brown

Rating: 3 out of 5.

A cozy thriller, which is not a genre I usually go for! Honestly, I saw this book one too many times on the shelves here in Korea and had to know why it kept showing up. Still not sure, but I enjoyed spending a book in the beauty of Italy and Turkey.

I’m so excited to be back and start updating regularly! If you have a blog or a recommendation, please drop it below—now is one of those rare times I’m likely to take a recommendation when it’s in front of me!

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