Complete June 2022 Wrap Up from Heidi Slowinski

Find a monthly wrap up of all of the book reviews and articles from the month of June. This includes reading lists and stories.

Welcome to my June Wrap-Up! I have already completed my reading goal of 104 titles for 2022.

This month, I’ve reviewed seven of the titles I completed. All of them are wonderful books and I hope you’ll check them out. You’ll find all of my reading lists from the month along with my short story, a reading list celebrating LGBTQIA-Jewish voices in literature, and a monthly update on my writing.

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Book Reviews


[Book Review] The Choice: A Novel of Love, Faith and The Talmud by Maggie Anton

By Maggie Anton Maggie Anton’s new release was inspired by Chaim Potock’s classic writings. Anton re-imagines Potock’s characters as young adults, living in Brooklyn, in the 1950s. This time, the storyline tackles gender equality in Judaism as journalist, Hannah Eisin seeks instruction in the Talmud from Rabbi Nathan Mandel, a text considered forbidden to women. […]


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[Book Review] Fish Swimming in Dappled Sunlight by Riku Onda

By Riku Onda Set over the course of one night, in Tokyo, Aki and Hiro are in a troubled relationship. As the two are reflecting on a hiking trip they took the year before where their guide fell to his death, each becomes increasingly suspicious the other may have had a hand in the guide’s […]

[Book Review] Kalmann by Joachim B. Schmidt

By Joachim B. Schmidt Set in a village in northern Iceland, Kalmann Odinsson, a neurodiverse hunter and fisherman, serves as the self-appointed sheriff of Raufarhöfn. Kalmann’s desire to find a wife are suddenly put on hold when he discovers a pool of blood frozen in the snow after well-known resident, Robert McKenzie, goes missing. He […]

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[Book Review] An Interesting Twist on the Familiar Story: The Book of V. by Anna Solomon

By Anna Solomon Anna Solomon takes inspiration from the familiar biblical story of Esther for her novel. But rather than focusing on the familiar Jewish heroine, Solomon focuses instead on characters based on the banished Persian Queen Vashti. The story shifts between two time periods, 1970s Washington DC and ancient Persia. Solomon manages to draw […]

[Book Review] Love, Guns, & God in America by Christian Fennell

By Christian Fennell The third installment in his trilogy, Christian Fennell delivers what feels more like a stand-alone novel in its own right. This coming of age story follows two youngsters seeking to escape their southern, white-nationalist upbringing. But their story will take a horrific, racial turn that will shape their future. While I did […]

[Book Review] A New Veronica Rosenthal Mystery by Sergio Olguin

By Sergio Olguín (author), Miranda France (translator) Sergio Olguin brings us book three of his Veronica Rosenthal Mystery series. Currently available in Spanish, the English translation is currently scheduled for release on September 20, 2022. I was delighted to receive an advanced copy for review. Olguin sets the third installment in this series in Buenos […]

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My Writing This Month

[June Featured Short Story] What Motivates You by Heidi Slowinski

Monthly Short Story Feature One of my writing goals for 2022 is to create more short stories. They’re a good creative exercise and sometimes lead to bigger ideas for novels. Or who knows, maybe an eventual collection of short stories in the form of a new book. For now, I’ve added them all to my […]

Books with LGBTQIA+ Jewish Voices

Wishing all who celebrate a very Happy Pride Month! This month, I’ve compiled a list of 18 books celebrating the LGBTQIA+ members of the Jewish community. Our tribe is a diverse one and every member deserves representation. Of all the articles, I’ve written like this, the LGBTQIA+ has the largest number of books. I encourage […]

Read a New Update from Author Heidi Slowinski

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