Helllllo fellow readers!
June was a very off month for me in terms of reading. I started it out by going on vacation, which threw off my routine/groove a bit and the rest of the month was pretty much a slump. A lot of what I was reading I would lose interest in fairly quickly, and put down. Plus I had a lot of personal stuff going on. It’s all good stuff, just made me a lot busier than I had planned on being. I also weirdly got hooked on NCIS: New Orleans and pretty much binged watched all of the seasons. (don’t ask, I don’t understand it myself)
SO that means I was only able to get through two books this month. Yep. That’s it. Surprisingly they were both suspense/mystery novels. Lately I’ve been craving more fiction, mystery, and non-fiction so it has skewed my reading goals for the year a bit, but more on that later.
I can already tell that July is going to be a better month for me reading-wise. I can feel myself wanting to read more, so here’s hoping to a more productive July!
The Au Pair by Emma Rous ★★★★
I’m such a sucker for a slow burn mystery that features a grand house in the English country-side full of dark, family secrets, which is exactly what The Au Pair is. Told between two POV’s, The Au Pair tells the story of twenty-something Seraphine as she tries to unravel her family’s past when she discovers clues that she might not be who she think she is, and Laura, the family au pair that mysteriously left the day Seraphine and her twin, Danny were born.
It takes a little bit to get the groove of this one, but once you do I promise you won’t be able to put it down. The author does an amazing job of keeping you on your toes, hair standing on your arm suspense, and really feeling the character’s personal journeys as they learn who they are (literally in some cases).
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides ★★★★
For me, The Silent Patient was a biiiit harder to get into than The Au Pair was. I ended up giving this 4 stars, but really it’s more of like a 3.5 rounded up. The entire time I was reading this I was teetering between 3-3.5 and it wasn’t until the ending that I decided to round a bit. The Silent Patient tells the story of Alicia, a painter, who is convicted of murdering her husband, and then never speaks again. She is sent to a mental health facility to serve out her sentence when a psychotherapist, Theo, is adamant that he will be the person to get her talking again.
Okay, so I had a couple of issues with this book. One of them is that apparently to solve all arguments or issues is to just have sex instead of talking about it. This is a huge pet peeve of mine and is not realistic to a healthy relationship. Which, I guess maybe that was the author’s point? But still. It drove me nuts, and had me rolling my eyes every time.
Second, Theo is OBSESSED with Alicia, and I mean obsessed. The first part of the book is basically Theo having an inner monologue about how he thinks he’s going to be the person to help Alicia talk again, and how it’s going to make his career flourish. So, basically he comes across as a gross dude who wants to use a woman’s horrible experience to launch his career. Sound familiar? I guess it could come across as him wanting to get “inside her mind” but to me it was was gross and creepy.
So you must be wondering why I rated it so high if I had some huge issues with it? It was the ending that saved this book. The ending put everything into perspective and made you go “ohhhh” now I understand why this was weird, or why this didn’t make sense at first. It connected all of the dots for me, and left me satisfied as a reader. Yes, I still hated Theo, but I think that was the point the author was trying to make. If it was, mission accomplished because that dude is awful.
What did you read in June?! Let me know or comment with a link to your own wrap up post. I’m constantly on the look out for new and exciting books. 🙂