June Book Reads

I went through quite a few books last month:

 Upstairs at the White House:  My Life with the First Ladies (J.B. West)
J.B. West was a former usher at the White House and worked there from the FDR administration to the beginning of the LBJ administration before he retired.  It was interesting to read about all of the First Ladies, and some of the back-stories of the White House and First Families.

 The Fault in Our Stars (John Green)
Oh. My.  What a tear-jerker.  I haven't seen the movie yet; I'm waiting for it to come out on DVD so I can cry in the comfort of my own home.  The book was so awesome that I'm almost afraid to watch the movie.

  Dorothea Benton Frank Books:
       Shem Creek
       Full of Grace
       Bulls Island
      Porch Lights
      The Last Original Wife
      The Land of Mango Sunsets
My favorite book from Dorothea Benton Frank was "The Land of Mango Sunsets".  Honestly, I was starting to get tired of the predictable books that she wrote.  This book was different than her other ones, and it was a welcome change!  I was determined to read all of her books that I hadn't read...I have 2 more + her new one to go.

  The Good Luck of Right Now  (Matthew Quick)
I read "The Good Luck of Right Now" because that was the June book for the book club on "A Beautiful Mess".  It was a lot different than the other books I read. It was actually kind of dark...think "Little Miss Sunshine" dark.  The whole book is letters that the main character writes to Richard Gere...weird.  The characters are a bit unbelievable, but I ended up really caring about them by the end.  I don't know if I could recommend it, unless you're just looking for something different.

   The Beach House (Georgia Bockoven)
This book was on the recommendation of Karen at Karen's Korner.  She had written a review of "Return to the Beach House" and it sounded like something that I would enjoy reading.  It didn't disappoint.  The only thing I didn't like was the ending. It just didn't seem like it was an ending, and the sequel isn't a continuation.

   October Baby  (Eric Wilson)
This book  was written on the basis of a movie instead of vice-versa.  This is about a young lady who finds out that she is the result of a botched abortion.  It was a really quick read because it was very good.  I'd highly recommend this book.

  A Deadly Business (Lis Wiehl)
I'd definitely recommend this book as well.  You can read my review here.

Have you read any of these books?  What did you think?


  1. I haven't read any of these; but a lot of them sound interesting. I do eventually want to read the Fault in Our Stars. I'm sure I too will cry :)


  2. I've read the Dorothea Benton Franks books since I live right in the thick of her settings. We live only 3.1 miles from Sullivan's Island and took the lovelies there and to Isle of Palms when they were growing up. We love to eat at restaurants on Shem Creek. Folly Beach is a favorite of the surfers as is the Isle of Palms. Pawley's is just an hour drive from here... I only read them because of their settings though. I don't usually go for that type of book. Haven't read any of the others. I'm working on a few titles right now myself. There never seems to be enough time to read for pleasure.

  3. Thanks for the reviews ... I'm always on the hunt for good books.

  4. I think I'll do better watching The Fault at home as well... crying in public isn't a good look on me :)
    I'm interested in the First Ladies book - I love anything First Ladies!

  5. Wow ... all these books read in one month? You must be a fast reader. I usually write very slowly because some of my readers cannot read fast.

    God bless.

  6. I like Dorthea Benton's books, I think anyone who has a soft spot for S.C. does : ) I have not been able to read A Fault in Our Stars. I know everyone raves about it, but it feels a little too hard for me just now. Enjoy your 4th!

  7. Thanks for the book ideas--I haven't read any of them and I'll be going on vacation soon--with a library close by! I'm particularly anxious to read Fault in Our Stars. I wanted to see the movie but my friends don't like sad movies so...


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