After another unintentional hiatus, I have returned with my wrap up for June and July.
It’s been quite a busy year for me, though I couldn’t actually tell you half of what I’ve done or been doing. I feel like I’ve been constantly on my feet and either rushing off somewhere or getting ready to rush off somewhere.
One thing I have definitely done a lot of is read. And I have finally managed to cut back on the amount of books I’ve bought, which I’m really pleased with.
I still haven’t managed a complete ban for a whole month, but progress is progress.
So in this post you’ll find some of my reads for June and July. These aren’t all the books, because for some of them I couldn’t think of anything to say.
The lines in the book titles will take you to their Goodreads page.
June and July Reads
I mentioned in my last post that I’d watched the TV adaptation of this book before reading it, so I was expecting the book to be totally different.
It turns out the adaptation was pretty faithful to the source material, so I already knew most of what happened- though something which struck me about the book and which kept me from enjoying it was the way the female characters were described.
I’m not sure if this was down to the male characters who were doing the narrating or if it was an author thing, but I’ve put off reading the second book in the series for now.
I’d seen a lot of this book on Netgalley before its release, and when I finally got my hands on a copy, I wasn’t disappointed.
It was very easy to just keep reading and not put down, because the chapters alternated points of view among some of the characters, so you’d just get to a good bit and then have to wait a few pages before you find out what happened- which is by no means a bad thing, although if you have anything planned when you start reading, you might find yourself procrastinating.
My overrall takeaway is that I would love to read more by Katherine Faulkner, and I found the main character Helen’s behaviour just as questionable as Rachel’s, who in the synopsis seems to be the obvious antagonist in the story.
This was another book I’d heard lots about, but unlike Greenwich Park had been on my shelves for a few months before I finally got round to reading it.
And I completely regret not reading it sooner.
The main character, Adam Tyler, is a bit younger than the average lead in a crime novel, which made him slightly more relatable, and he was also gay, which was not handled as just a trope or a plotpoint.
I really liked the rest of the characters, particularly Tyler’s new partner Constable Rabbani, and his superior officers Doggett and Jordan.
The case and the story were addictive, and the short chapters made it easy to get through the book quickly.
Dear Mrs Bird was hands down my favourite novel of 2019, so finding out there was a sequel due for release this year made me very happy.
Getting to read it and loving it every bit as I loved the first one made me even more so.
Reading Challenges Update
Completed goals & updated list
Contemporary – Complete
Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid
Romance – Complete
The Switch by Beth O’Leary
The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary
Get A Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
Beach Read by Emily Henry
Fantasy – Complete
Legendborn by Tracey Deonn
Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children: The Conference Of The Birds by Ransom Riggs
A Court Of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
A Court Of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
A Court Of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas
A Court Of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas
A Song Of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A Brown
Sci Fi – Complete
Last One At The Party by Bethany Clift
Halfhead by Stuart Macbride
Slay by Brittney Morris
Sanctuary by Caryn Lix
Rise Of The Red Hand by Olivia Chadha
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
2000- Present Complete
The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary