Novel Ideas June 2017: Quick Reviews and Other Bookish News

All the books we read this month in Novel Ideas for June 2017.

Welcome to Novel Ideas June 2017 edition. Novel Ideas is a roundup of mini-reviews for other books we read this month, as well as snippets of future posts and other bookish news. Note: This post contains some affiliate links. If you purchase an item through a link, we get a small commission.

Kirsten’s Stack

I read quite a few books this month because it’s beach season!!! Beach session is generally the time of year that I blow through books. June was no exception and while The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was my favorite read of the year so far, I did read quite a few more that I enjoyed!

The Jane Austen Bookclub by Kathleen Flynn and 8 other book reviews!

The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen A. Flynn

I’ve declared this summer to be my unofficial Jane Austen Summer. This is the first in a few Austen inspired books I have in my stack to read. I read this one because it was recommended by Modern Mrs. Darcy. It was intriguing but not as good as I was hoping it would be. The whole time-travel thing was a bit too much for me.


Footsteps by The New York Times

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review and let me tell you, I was excited to get it! It’s a look at the various locations that have inspired the most incredible writers in the world. Not every destination was inspiring to me, but some of my favorite spots were not what I had anticipated (like Kerouac’s mountain!) I’ve added quite a few spots to my travel wish list because of these stories and I found some authors to add to my TBR stack as well! A good read if you want to travel from the comforts of home.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

I loved this story, Flynn’s debut, so much! The story was absolutely riveted and I recommended it to a few people immediately after it concluded. I can’t wait to see Amy Adams star in the HBO mini-series about this later this year. It is sure to be a powerhouse show!


The Underground Railroad by Colton Whitehead and 10 more book reviews for the month!

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The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

I’ve been meaning to read this one for awhile, so I was pumped when my hold came through from the library this month! I don’t have much more to add to Jackie’s review from earlier this year. If you haven’t read it, please put it on your short list!


Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple

Semple’s Where’d You Go Bernadette is on our Ultimate Beach Reads List this yearI haven’t read it yet, but I will be adding it because of how laugh out loud funny Today Will be Different was. 



My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

Have you ever finished a book, closed it and realized you couldn’t even remember what had happened? I’m sad to say that this story did not hold my attention. I didn’t like the characters, I literally can’t recall the plot and I can’t recommend it to you!


Vincent and Theo and 8 other books reviewed by us this month.

The Vincent and Theo by Deborah Heiligman

I’m not generally a huge non-fiction fan, yet I did enjoy this story! I liked it so much that we are planning a visit to the Philadelphia Art Museum to visit his work. Look for a post on the trip and the book coming up!



The Night She Won Miss America by Michael Callahan

A perfect story for my summer at the Shore! It was like 2 books in one, a romance in the first half and psychological thriller for the second half. I loved Betty’s journey from small town girl to Miss America to a woman on the run. Enjoyable but dark, might have to add it to the books to read if you liked Into The Water.


Jackie’s Stack

I had a month filled with many different kinds of books as I needed a mental getaway. Some of the books were a little less of a getaway but, they were enjoyable nonetheless.  I read 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher, My Cousin Rache by Daphne Du Maurier, Little French Bistro by Nina George, A Million Junes by Emily Henry and my favorite, Hum If You Don’t Know the Words by Bianca Marais.  In addition, I read and listened to some other really great books this month.  

The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O'Neill and reviews for 8 other books!

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles Book 3) by Marissa Meyer

I loved the first two books in this series but, I actually didn’t love this book.  I found myself skimming pages wondering if something was going to happen.  While I want to find out what happens in this series, I don’t think I can manage to read the rest of the series. I’ll keep you posted.  Have you read the series? Is it worth it?


The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill

This book is not what I expected.  It is a much more brutal and depraved story than I thought it would be. It reveals the underworld of Montreal during the time of the depression.  However, I found myself liking the story and wanting to keep reading to see if the story would come to a happy ending.  The book is described as magical but, I felt that it was much darker than that.


When It's Real and 7 other great book reviews for the month!

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

This book was a really cute romance.  Some of it was silly, it was predictable and the conflict was manipulated but, it was cute and light.  It was the perfect palate cleanser between some of the heavier books.  


When It’s Real by Erin Watt

This book also fell along the same lines as When Dimple Met Rishi.  It was a fun book to listen to.  Kirsten and I loved the Paper Princess Series also by Erin Watt and we had mixed feelings about this book.  It didn’t quite live up to our expectations but, I really enjoyed it.


The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

I wasn’t prepared for how good this audio book would be.  It is one of the best books that I have ever listened to.  It was more like a play rather than a book.  Mitch Albom read the part of the narrator (Music) who is telling the story of the life of a fictional guitar player named Frankie Presto.  At his funeral, musicians such as Ingrid Michaelson and Lyle Lovett tell stories about his life.  It was a wonderful book and I enjoyed listening to every minute!

Bookish News

How hysterical is the Ugly Volvo’s All of my Issues with the “Goodnight Moon” Bedroom? I read it and literally peed my pants…in the drop off line…in front of my kids’ school… #overshare #postbabybladderproblems

We also have been looking at book lists in anticipation of all the great books coming out this summer and fall.  Good House Keeping has put together a great list that has defiantly increased my “to read” stack.

The New York Post also has a great book list for this summer also.  Notice a book that they both have in common? Hum If You Don’t Know the Words by Bianca Marais is on BOTH lists!!!!

Jane Austen Project, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto and Cress are just a few of the 15+ amazing books reviewed in this list! Quick reviews for: The Undergound Railroad, Sharp Objects, When Dimple Met Rishi and When It's Real among other books.

All the books we read this month and mini reviews that cut to the chase!The Night She Became Miss America, Sharp Objects, Vincent and Theo and The Jane Austen Project are just a few of the books we read and reviewed this month! 13 Book reviews covering all genres: Non-fiction, mystery, Young Adult, Thrillers and Chick Lit are all represented here!

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