Sunday, July 15, 2012

June 2012: Reads + Summary

In June, summer finally arrived in full force and my reading slowed down dramatically. By the end of the month, I found myself needing a break from reading and blogging in order to enjoy outdoorsy events. However, as we all know, quality has nothing to do with quantity, and as you will see below quality-wise June was a great reading month for me.

Total books read: 9
 Contemporary Romance: 1
 Historical Romance: 3
 Science Fiction (Police Procedural): 1
 LGBT: 3 (Gay Spec Fic: 1, Gay Fic/Rom: 1, Gay Hist Mystery/Rom: 1)
 Poetry: 1

  1. Slow Lightning by Eduardo C. Corral: Slow Lightning is one of my top reads of the month. I did not write a full review, instead I highlighted it and wrote a recommendation, but this is a magnificent little book of poetry that I will enjoy for a long time since I re-read poetry over and over again. I recommend it highly. Grade: A
  2. Starlight (The Christies #2) by Carrie Lofty: I loved this historical romance for its atmosphere and characters that ended up winning me over. The romance was sexy and ultimately satisfying. Grade: A-
  3. The Touch of the Sea edited by Steve Berman: Overall this anthology was such a wonderful flight of fancy. The stories took me away and made me dream of the sea. This is definitely one of those books that you can read by the beach while people watching. I guarantee that the stories will make you wonder. . . Grade: B
  4. A Night Like This (Smythe-Smith #2) by Julia Quinn: Julia Quinn is known for her fun and light historical romances, and this book has those qualities. I needed some fun and some lightness, so the Smythe-Smith series was perfect for me. Enjoyable! Grade: B
  5. No Tan Lines by Kate Angell: Now here's a book that spells summer. I wanted to be at the Boardwalk while reading it, and after. I had a few problems with the inclusion of two other romances and lack of focus on the main couple, but otherwise this was an enjoyable, if average, read for me. Grade: C
  6. Logan's Outlaw (Men of Defiance #4) by Elaine Levine: This western romance took me by surprise with its combination of harsh, violent situations and sweet romance. Although I believe that there are readers out there who won't enjoy this combination, it worked for me. Grade: B-
  7. Taxi Rojo by Erik Orrantia: This was my first book by Erik Orrantia. I absolutely loved his depiction of Tijuana, Mexico, as well as his rendering of everyday people who struggle to find hope and happiness. Mr. Orrantia's characters stayed with me. Grade: B+
  8. It Takes Two by Elliott Mackle: It Takes Two was my very favorite read of the month. I love the way the author transported me to a racially divided little town in a post-WWII America. There was no waste to this story beginning with the depiction of racial bigotry and ending with the realistic romance that develops between the two main characters. Loved it! Grade: A
  9. The Last Policeman: A Novel by Ben H. Winters: Now... let's talk about this pre-apocalyptic police procedural (that's not easy to say). In this science fiction story the rendering of the main character and the pseudo-contemporary setting really grabbed my attention. I will be reading the rest of the trilogy because I need to know where Winters will take his character and the overall story arc in the end! Grade: B+
What am I reading at the moment? Well, I just finished another book by Elliott Mackle, Captain Harding and His Men, the second book in his Captain Harding series. However overall, I am finding that the heat of summer has given me an appetite for romance suspense, contemporary romance and science fiction! Interesting, right? I'm not sure what I'll pick up next!

That's it for June, I hope yours was as enjoyable as mine. Did you find any great reads in June that you would love to recommend? Any gems out there? Let us know!


  1. Nice variety there! I've tried a few of Kate Angell's books. I started really liking the first 2 and then I completely lost interest in the following ones... I still haven't finished them. I think I'll skip this as well. I need to read more MF, but I just can't find any that I really enjoy.

    1. Hi Mariana,

      I've only read a couple of Angell's books. I seem to like her stories up to a certain point, but I'm finding that she loves to include more than one romance with her stories, and I prefer the focus on the main couple.

      MF? Well... I'm not exactly sure what you prefer in MF. Of the contemporary books I've read this summer I recommend Her Best Worst Mistake by Sarah Mayberry. It's a quick, short read, but it's a GOOD romance. Try it, maybe you'll enjoy it.

  2. That was a great reading month! I've been intrigued by your Elliott Mackle review - definitely looking out for it. And Julia Quinn strikes me as the perfect summer read.

    1. Li, It Takes Two was such an excellent read for me! I would be interested in your take of that book. And yes! Quinn was just about perfect as a June read. :D

  3. That looks like a really good month for you!
    I'm glad you liked A Night Like this, I thought it was a sweet, fluffy read.

    I need to check into the Carrie Lofty book, I keep hearing her books are awesome.

    1. Alex, what was there not to enjoy about the Quinn book? Sweet and fluffy... yes... and good and enjoyable. I lapped it up. :D

      Definitely check out Lofty... she's a good historical romance writer. I'm enjoying her books so far.

  4. Great reading month Hils! You always have such an interesting variety. I need to read more poetry, rarely read it anymore. I'll have to give Corral a try.

    1. Leslie, variety is the spice of life. LOL! It keeps me interested. Good poetry is just the cherry on the cake. :D Corral is good! Let me know what you think of his of book, if you decide to try it out.


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