After reading four books that I really enjoyed last month, this month started off a little slow for me. But fortunately, it ended on a good note with The Girls Next Door and The Lucidity Project. I’m currently on vacation so I’m hoping to use this week to get through a lot of reading on the beach!

What I Read June

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo ★★★☆☆

Marie Kondo has dedicated her whole life to the art of tidying. From a young child reading her mother’s home magazines to a professional tidier, Kondo has perfected her method that she’s named the KonMari method. And it’s pretty simple. Discard anything you own if it doesn’t spark joy.

The thing that I really loved the most about reading this was how normal it made me feel. Kondo talks about a lot of the clients she’s worked with who have homes overflowing with things or have trouble throwing things away. I saw a little bit of myself in almost every client she referenced. Some things were a little too weird for me, like greeting your home and thanking belongings you’ve discarded for fulfilling their purpose. But overall, it’s a method worth trying that’s inspired me to do some tidying of my own.

The Circle by David Eggers ★★★☆☆

The Circle is a company that you might remind you of Google or Facebook with a campus near San Francisco. Mae Holland is sure her luck has changed when she gets a job in the Customer Experience department at The Circle. After she starts working there, the company begins adding more and more features that start to raise questions about the right to privacy. How much should other people really be able to know about you?

Initially, I did like Mae as the main character. But as her romantic affairs around The Circle campus started to add her drama and she becomes increasingly more brainwashed by The Circle’s ideas, I start to wonder why she can’t see what people outside of The Circle campus do. Very early on she starts to become more and more unlikeable, which makes the novel hard to read.

The Girls Next Door by Mel Sherratt ★★★★☆

(I received a digital copy from Netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review)

After one girl dies, several others are humiliated and warned to keep their mouth shut. The case gets personal for Detective Eden Berrisford when she finds out her niece Jess is kidnapped.

This is the first in a series of mystery books about Eden Berrisford, and I can’t wait to read the next one. I couldn’t put this down. The characters are very well-developed. I felt like I knew Jess personally, and I had to know what was going to happen to her.

The Lucidity Project by Abbey Campbell Cook ★★★★☆

(I received a digital copy from Netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review)

Maxine (Max) Dorigan has attempted suicide twice. After her second attempt, her therapist tells her that’s nothing else they can do for her. That’s when her doctor connects her with Dr. Luna, a representative for The Lucidity Project. Max immediately flies out to an island in the Caribbean where she begins working with Dr. Micah McMoneagle and a group of other people like her.

With only 13 ratings on GoodReads, I feel like this book has flown under the radar (Full disclosure: while I did receive an advanced copy of this, I’ve had it for a year so it’s not so new anymore). I was immediately hooked on the idea of The Lucidity Project. I think I was more excited to follow Max to the Caribbean as a reader than she was to go. The story has a little bit of a supernatural feel, and it reminded me a lot Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children with young adults instead of kids.

What did you read this month?

  • I really enjoyed The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I definitely think about some of her principles when I am cleaning or purging, but I have yet to do her entire system. It would be really interesting to try and I keep saying I will get around to it!

    • I’ve kind of been doing it one category here and there, which is against the rules, but it’s working for me. I was surprised at how much I got rid of really easily after asking myself if it sparked joy!

  • I read The Circle by David Eggers a few months ago and felt the same way. I wanted to like it and I thought the topic was super relevant and interesting… but the characters just didn’t do it for me.

    • Yes! I would like to think if something like that happened in real life, more people would have a problem with it!