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Monthly Wrap Up #16

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

Dead Simple by Peter James (Roy Grace #1)

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.

Three stars.

Greenwich Park by Katherine Faulkner

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.

Four stars.

Firewatching by Russ Thomas (DS Adam Tyler #1)

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.

Five stars.

Yours Cheerfully by AJ Pearce

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.

Five stars.

Reading Challenges Update

Out Of Your Comfort Zone Challenge

Completed goals & updated list

L1_ Dreamer
L2_ Traveler
L3_ Explorer

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

When Are You Reading

1500-1699 Complete

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

2000- Present Complete

The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary


I read a lot of books and get emotionally invested in the lives of fictional characters.

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