Reading Wrap Up 06 + 07: What I read in June + July

Friends, I am so behind on sharing these posts! But I'm determined to catalog them on the blog for the entire year. If you follow along on Instagram, be sure to follow #michellereadsbookswrapup to see my monthly posts there with what I read. Okay, let's dive in!


I read a total of 5 books in June, which was less than I expected. I traveled quite a bit in June and I was recovering from our Reunion Weekend at work so I think June was a great reset month. Here's what I read.

MIRACLE CREEK by Angie Kim. I was eager to pick this one up after hearing rave reviews. It's definitely different than what I usually read and I liked the courtroom/mystery aspects of this story, although they got a little tired by the end. What I really loved was how unique this story was and learning about the different perspectives on immigration and parenting.

THE LEARNING CURVE by Mandy Berman. I had such high hopes for this college-set story! Ultimately it wasn't really for me - I'd suggest picking up Commencement by J. Courtney Sullivan or The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer if you want something with similar themes and setting.

RED WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston. Okay, if you didn't hear the hype about this one this summer then I don't know what you were doing! And real talk: it lived up to the hype. Pick this one up for a super fun, interesting, and heartwarming story.

ORANGE WORLD by Karen Russell. This was my first Karen Russell and I was obsessed! This book will easily be making my top 10 at the end of the year. She perfectly combined the strange, fantastical, and weird in these stories and I just couldn't get enough of them.

BUNNY by Mona Awad. If you're looking for a completely bizarre read, in the best way possible, pick this one up. It was a weird, bizarre, strange ride and I thoroughly enjoyed it!


July was the epitome of summer reading and it was absolutely wonderful! Between being on vacation for nearly two weeks, work slowing down, and lots of extra free time to be lazy I got to pick up so many good reads.

STRANGERS AND COUSINS by Leah Hager Cohen. July was off to a shaky start with this one. The premise of this family saga sounded good but unfortunately, it just didn't translate into the story for me. This one dragged and I found the characters over the top.

THE LAST BOOK PARTY by Karen Dukess. I devoured this one on the beach in Delaware over the course of 24 hours and it was the perfect summer companion at the beach. Plus, it's set in Cape Cod and you know I love a good New England story.

VERY NICE by Marcy Dermansky. This was one of my favorite reads of the summer! I read this poolside over two days and it was just the perfect amount of snarky, real, funny, and weird. So, the perfect summer beach read in my eyes.

THE SUMMER DEMANDS by Deborah Shapiro. This was my favorite book of the month and will also likely make it into my top 10 of the year. I read this one while we were upstate in the middle of nowhere and it was just the perfect timing (it takes place at an abandoned summer camp).

NATALIE TAN'S BOOK OF LUCK & FORTUNE by Roselle Kim. I had high hopes for this one but it fell so flat for me. The writing wasn't for me, the story felt underdeveloped, and it was just a little...boring. It had such potential!

SWEETBITTER by Stephanie Danler. I dug this book out of the shelves at a used book store in upstate New York while we were visiting and I'm so glad I finally picked it up! I had been avoiding it for so long because of the hype but I ended up loving it! So much so that I ended up binge-watching the entire first season of the TV show in one night (oops!)

SUPPER CLUB by Lara Williams. I did enjoy this one, I found myself pulling so many quotes from it, but there was something about the execution of the story that didn't pull me in as much as I wanted it to. I also wondered if I read this one after reading a few similar stories. Sometimes you need to mix it up so you don't get burnt out on similar storylines.

THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL by Abbi Waxman. Spoiler alert: I loved this one! I wanted to be friends with Nina Hill and I just thought this one was the perfect bookish romance story. Super fun, quick, and light read.

THREE WOMEN by Lisa Taddeo. I had included this one in my July wrap up because I read half of it and planned to finish a day or two after the month ended. Then I set it aside for about two weeks, so I really count this one as part of my August wrap up.

What were your favorite reads of the month?

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