Hi, I'm Angi
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Best Books: June

Hi friends! Long time, no chat. I've been busy enjoying the summer, and haven't been here as often. I hope you're also enjoying your summer!

It's finally happened...I've gotten behind on my Goodreads challenge. I knew that it would probably happen at some point because my desire to read has gone down the past few months. So this development didn't surprise me at all. The good news is that I'm not far behind - only one book! So it should be pretty easy to catch back up. 

June was an okay month for reading. I finished five books, and I had some really wonderful reads in there! Here's what my favorites were for the month..

Before the Devil Breaks You - Libba Bray
This is the third book in The Diviners series, and after a slightly (IMO) disappointing second book, the third had the series back on track! I really love Bray's writing - it's so evocative, and it's clear that she did a ton of research to bring 1920s New York to life. This book has our motley crew discovering more about their personal history and how it's tied to everything that's emerging, including an evil entity going by the name of The King of Crows. Spooky and fun!

The Office of Historical Corrections - Danielle Evans
This was a buzzy book from last fall, and it finally became available at my library. I loved this collection of stories, all touching on issues of race, history, memory and various ways in which our personal relationships to these topics are perceived. There are so many wonderful stories in this collection, but I think my favorites were All Boys Go to Jupiter, Richard York Gave Battle in Vain, and the title story. Highly recommended!

A Wrinkle in Time - Madeline L'Engle
This was a childhood favorite, but I hadn't revisited it since that time. I felt it was overdue and I'm so glad I did! This remains such a charming, mysterious and exciting story for me! I really loved the way L'Engle points out how our flaws can often be the thing that makes us special and gives us the ability to see things or attempt things that others cannot. I'm really happy that I decided to return to this one.

Other books read: The Secret Lives of Church Ladies - Philyaw; The Space Between Worlds - Johnson;