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Best Books: June

My reading drought continues friends! Normally I'd be dipping into books left and right, but summer has been slow on the reading front so far. I'm working on allowing myself to just *be* and *do* who I am, without giving myself a billion small challenges, so I'm trying not to worry about it but...holy cow am I ever SUPER behind on my reading goals for this year (and, FYI...July reading isn't going much better!).

In June I read five books total, none of which were audio. Two of them were outstanding, so not a bad run this time around! Here are the two that I loved...

This was a re-read for me, and it was just as wonderful as I remembered. I did this one as a read-along with a group on Litsy, and it was perfect because Butler really needs to be discussed with others. Parable of the Sower tells the story of Lauren, a teenager living in post-apocalyptic L.A. who must come to terms with big changes in her life. It's a story of change, faith, and what it means to define your own future possibility. I'm a huge fan of Butler's work and encourage everyone to read at least one of her books!

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is a strange book in that it doesn't really have a cohesive narrative. It reads more like a series of small vignettes that are loosely tied together. You'll either love or hate this format, but for me in this case it worked really well. TLWTASAP (geez!) is about a crew of misfits on a ship who go about on missions, meeting various species along the way. That's really all! All of this happens through the eyes of our main protagonist Rosemary, a young woman who is running away from her past. TLWTASAP is a light space opera-ish novel that's wonderful fun, and it does a great job of bringing you into the cozy, welcoming ship that the crew inhabits. If you're a fan of SFF, but are a bit tired of the heavy themes often found in the genre, this one is highly recommended!


  1. Loved POTS, so glad you introduced me to Butler! Did you read the next one in the series? Can not WAIT to see you at Ash’s wedding!!

    1. I'm reading Parable of the Talents as we speak!! I'm going to hug you so hard at Ash's wedding, you might pee a little! Hahaha!


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