Monthly Reading Wrap-Up

June 2020 Reading Wrap-Up

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.

THE BOOKS

 

  1. Cherry Beats (Vicki James) ★★★★☆☆☆
  2. How To Stop Time (Matt Haig) ★★★★★★★
  3. The Selection (Kiera Cass) ★★★★★☆☆
  4. In the Dark, Soft Earth (Frank Watson) ★★★★★☆☆
  5. Saving Ruby King (Catherine Adel West) ★★★★★★☆
  6. Drift (Clare Littlemore) ★★★★★☆☆
  7. Wild Beauty (Anna-Marie McLemore) ★★★★★★☆
  8. English Animals (Laura Kaye) ★★★★★☆☆
  9. Born To Run (Bruce Springsteen) ★★★★★★☆
  10. Among The Boat People (Nhi Manh Chung) ★★★★★★☆
  11. Witch’s Jewel (Kater Cheek) ★★★★★☆☆
  12. Dear Martin (Nic Stone) ★★★★★★☆
  13. The Reclaiming of Ivy Leavold (Sierra Simone) ★★☆☆☆☆☆
  14. 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.

Which leaves…

Haig, Matt - How To Stop Time

 

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:

Not really setting a TBR, though I will try to tick off some books from my 20 Books of Summer list. I will probably also participate in The Reading Rush readathon, which takes place 20-26 July.

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

 

 

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