This has been a pretty good reading month. It was a pretty hectic month, with my daughter back at school and one of my ponies having some health issues that we still have not gotten to the bottom of.
I think what worked really well for me this month is to simply not read much on days when I was busy or feeling especially anxious. I did not force myself to read, which made me much more energized to read quite a lot on other days.
I accepted a few requests from authors for the first time in a while and I actually enjoyed all the books I was sent, with one that particularly stole my heart. I am always meaning to do a post on self-published and indie-published books that I have really enjoyed since I have started my blog. I will try and do that post during July.
Back to the books I read in June. I read 14, but to be honest none of them were particularly long books (the shortest being just 36 pages!) and two were carried over from May.
- Cherry Beats (Vicki James) ★★★★☆☆☆
- How To Stop Time (Matt Haig) ★★★★★★★
- The Selection (Kiera Cass) ★★★★★☆☆
- In the Dark, Soft Earth (Frank Watson) ★★★★★☆☆
- Saving Ruby King (Catherine Adel West) ★★★★★★☆
- Drift (Clare Littlemore) ★★★★★☆☆
- Wild Beauty (Anna-Marie McLemore) ★★★★★★☆
- English Animals (Laura Kaye) ★★★★★☆☆
- Born To Run (Bruce Springsteen) ★★★★★★☆
- Among The Boat People (Nhi Manh Chung) ★★★★★★☆
- Witch’s Jewel (Kater Cheek) ★★★★★☆☆
- Dear Martin (Nic Stone) ★★★★★★☆
- The Reclaiming of Ivy Leavold (Sierra Simone) ★★☆☆☆☆☆
- Wild Stallion Whispering (Dawn Westcott) ★★★★★☆☆
I read six physical books, seven e-books and one audio book. I really enjoyed the variety of books I read this month. The three non-fiction books I really enjoyed. Bruce Springsteen’s Born To Run was a great listen on audio book and I would thoroughly recommend it, even if, like me, you’re not a huge fan. Among The Boat People was a book I absolutely adored. It shows that sometimes telling a story in your own voice means a thousand times more than having it heavily edited or ghostwritten. The poetry of In The Dark, Soft Earth made a nice change. I did not always quite ‘get’ the poems, but I enjoyed it anyway. Both Saving Ruby King and Dear Martin felt very apt right now. I loved them both. Wild Beauty was wonderfully whimsical and both The Selection and Drift took me to a dystopian world, but were very different. when I felt like reading something different I picked up The Reclaiming of Ivy Leavold, which is rather raunchy historical adult romance. It was only 36 pages and sort of an epilogue to the Markham Hall series. I did not care for it really. At least it’s another book off my Kindle. Witch’s Jewel was a fun urban fantasy that was plenty enjoyable. English Animals was an interesting contemporary with a f/f romance, but was a bit disappointing in the end. Finally, Wild Stallion Whispering was a horsey non-fiction book that was very interesting to me, but would not be for anyone non-horsey.
BOOK OF THE MONTH
I found a new favourite book, which is How To Stop Time by Matt Haig. I absolutely loved this book. It is a rather quiet book about the exciting subject of people who live for hundreds of years. The more books I read by Matt Haig, the more I love him. I will treasure this book for all eternity!
JULY READING PLANS:
Books that I am already reading that I will carry into July are:
- Mo’ Meta Blues (Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson & Ben Greenman) e-book
- A Walk in the Woods (Bill Bryson) – audio
- Wolf Hall (Hilary Mantel) paperback
- The Flatshare (Beth O’Leary) e-book