Friday, June 24, 2016

Best Books of June

It's once again time to tell you about the best books I read this month. Here are the awesome books I read this month!




The first book this month is the perfect summer read. This one might take you back to your own childhood summers, especially if you spent time visiting relatives as I did. The Summer of Lost and Found is both fun and informative.



I loved that this book covered the mystery of the lost Roanoke Colony, a topic that fascinates any good mystery lover! Nell Dare isn't all too excited about spending the summer at Roanoke Island, especially with her father suddenly having flown off to London. But over the course of the summer, she begins a search for artifacts belonging to the lost colonists and the adventure makes the summer awesome. Rebecca weaves history into the modern-day story in a way that is entertaining and enlightening. Any parent or teacher looking for a great book for their kids should check this one out!

Next up is a fantabulous young adult romance from the very talented Jen Malone.



In Wanderlost, a not-so-adventurous 17-year-old gets to take her much-more-adventurous older sister's place on a tour of Europe. The catch? She has to lead a group of senior citizens on the tour while pretending to be her sister. When she meets the hunky son of the tour's owner, keeping up the lie becomes increasingly complicated. This swoony romance will have you learning AND enjoying every word you read. If you're looking for a great summer escape, this is the book for you!

I love Quanie Miller's blog. She always has the best tips for writers. If you aren't regularly reading it, add it to your list. Meanwhile, here's another thing to add to your list--this fun book, which I finally got around to reading this month!




It Ain't Easy Being Jazzy introduces us to a fun, spirited character named (of course!) Jazzy. I'm not exaggerating when I say Quanie is hilarious. Every scene is set up as a perfect comedy, with Jazzy and her associated friends and relatives keeping you entertained with each word. Even Jazzy's work situation will make you laugh out loud. I never did find out why her boss kept telling her to wind a dead clock! Read this book--you'll be glad you did!

My final book this month was from another familiar face, Diedre Knight. Her book, Sawdust, is a charming chapter book about a young boy in the 60s.



Sawdust is a true coming-of-age story, centering around the adventures of a young boy in a small town. It's the kind of simple story that will remind you of your favorite movies. Plus, it includes a dog who can do some pretty cool things, like swim across the river and swipe things when people aren't looking! This is a short, charming read you'll love!

What are you reading?

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25 comments:

  1. Some good finds.
    I have a friend whose nickname is Jazzy.

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  2. Such a lovely selection as always. Of all of this months reads it is Wanderlust that caught my attention as I did a lot of voluntary work with both the elderly and young people with learning disabilities in my younger days.

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  3. These all sound good. I especially want to find the Jazzy book now :-)

    I'm currently reading "Cress," the third book in the "Lunar Chronicles," a dystopian cyborg series. Each book is based on a fairy tale.

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  4. These all sound like great summer reads. I especially like the covers of several of them, very catchy. I've just start listening to The Pursuit by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg.

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  5. I love how you showcase the books you love. That's most generous.

    I'm ready Blood Flag right now and it's a most excellent read.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  6. I am in between books but will most likely read The Eleventh Station next.

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  7. Wanderlost sounds delightful, even if I am a few decades older than its intended audience. Closer to the senior citizen side of the story, in fact!

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  8. fun light list. I've been on a magazine kick, plus on book 2 of Elena Ferrante's Napoli series. Good stuff

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  9. Some great books here! I've always been fascinated by the Roanoke mystery. And Quanie's book sounds hilarious. Perfect summer reads.

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  10. Those books all look and sound very interesting!

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  11. Ooh, thanks for sharing. I just started a book called "Destined for an Early Grave" that is looking good. Happy reading!

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  12. Thanks for the shout-out, Stephanie! And I'm happy to see blogger buddy Diedre Knight on this list, too! The only thing I'm reading right now is "Moo Baa La La La" over and over to my two year old!

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  13. What a pleasant surprise to be on your list this month! Thanks ever so much for the boost!
    All great picks (if I do say!) and you're right; Jazzy is a laugh-out-loud treasure :-) Can't wait to read what Quanie cranks out next! Wanderlost sounds like the perfect read for adventurous folks like me and I love the premise :-) Thanks so much for sharing, Stephanie.
    Hugs!

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  14. Stephanie, thank you for the excellent book choices!!! I think I'll indulge in a couple.

    I entered the giveaway. *fingers crossed*

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  15. Some excellent finds here. I have just started (and am loving) Neil Gaiman's 'The View from the Cheap Seats'.

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  16. This looks like a good collection.

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  17. Those look like some good books.

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  18. Excellent! Thank you for the list! I am always looking for good books.

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  19. with a name like Nell Dare, she is perfect for an adventure into the lost colony... is she a descendant of Virginia Dare?

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  20. Wanderlost sounds like a super fun story! Thanks for sharing these, Steph!

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  21. What a great list of books. I haven't read any of them, but would like to. I just finished Medeia Sharif's A Love that Disturbs, and Moonless by Crystal Collier, along with Dean Koontz's Ashley Bell.

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  22. The Summer of Lost and Found sounds like a book I would enjoy - I enjoy reading about history. Right now, I am reading The Boy At the Top of the Mountain, by John Boyne.

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  23. Love,love, love funny characters that give me the opportunity to Laugh, so I would definitely check out the Jazzy novel. Deidre Knight is fab! Hope your weekend is fab!

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  24. More books to add to my ever-growing TBR pile….

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  25. All the books sound awesome. Thanks for introducing all these great books!

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