June Reads

June was a great month for reading. Here in the mountains, it’s been cool so was nice to get outside or, on rainy days, cozy up in a chair with some tea with a good book. Some of these books are newer, while others have been released in the last six months, one even longer ago.

Love Does by Bob Goff

An awesome book of essays that demonstrates love in action in both small ways and big ways. I was given this book as a Christmas gift by a good friend and loved the voice of the author. Goff discusses his work in Uganda, but also shares about his experiences in his early years and kindnesses he was able to share with others throughout his life. Goff has a unique perspective on what it means as a Christian to “live large.” Inspiring without being saccharine sweet. Worth it!

Next Year In Havana by Chanel Cleeton (includes premarital sex, mild violence)

Marisol travels to Cuba to scatter her grandmother’s ashes and learns family secrets while finding love. An interesting look at Cuban exiles and the people who stayed behind. This book is a smart, compelling read that provides insight into Cuban history and the lives of two generations of two fictional Cuban families.

I listened to this as an audiobook, which really brought life to the story and characters. Already anticipating reading this author’s follow up.

They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall (behind-closed-doors sex, violence)

A great reimagining of Agatha Christie’s classic And Then There Were None. The characters were well drawn and the plot skipped along nicely. It wasn’t predictable despite having read Christie’s book. Some of the drama got a little over the top, but was still generally believable. There’s a twist that is satisfying. I listened on audio and it really brought the story alive. Highly recommend!

I’m Not Really A Waitress: How One Woman Took Over the Beauty Industry One Color at a Time by Suzi Weiss-Fischmann

I love OPI nail lacquer and had a great time learning about the like life of its co- founder. Suzi is “The First Lady of Nails” and built an empire out a small dental supply company. Her backstory is fascinating, from her escape from Communist Romania to Israel and finally her move to the United States. Through sheer hard work and creativity, she and her brother in-law built the business from the ground up and changed the nature of nail technology as we know it. It was also fun to see where some of the inspiration came from behind their unique naming system. Suzi took manicures from a luxury item to an everyday accessible fashion statement that evokes feelings of luxury. A great read for anyone who wants to be a beauty insider.

**Thank you to NetGalley for this gifted electronic copy.**

Mastering the Art of Vegetable Gardening: Rare Varieties-Unusual Options-Plant Lore and Guidance by Matt Mattus

I’ve been planning to plant a vegetable garden so I decided to give this book a try. I am a beginning gardener and found some helpful tips for successfully getting my garden going. I would say this is an intermediate level book, so it lacks some of the absolute basics you may be looking for. But for someone with even a little bit of experience, this book is a helpful tool.

The tone is confident without being condescending or bossy. Just valuable gardening advice that can help you grow a more substantial garden.

**Thank you to NetGalley for this gifted electronic copy.**

So what have you been reading recently? Have you read any of these books? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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