June 2017 | Wrap Up

Well, here we are in July and can I just join the chorus of people saying that they have no idea how the heck it’s July already? Because it does not feel like 6 months have passed of in 2017. Although that does mean we’re closer to Christmas than we are away from it – yay!

In terms of reading and all things books, June went pretty well. I managed (somehow) to read quite a lot of books (for me) though I’m under no illusions that this wasn’t because of the fact that I read some shorter things as it was getting to the end of the month, mostly to bulk up the number of things I’d read and also because I suspect July will be a much slower reading month and I don’t want to get behind on the various reading challenges I’m doing. That being said, whatever the reason, I had a decent reading month – I read some wonderful things and some not so wonderful things but the month ended on a high so let’s just jump on in and get right down to wrapping up June.

In June, I read a total of 10 books – 10 fiction and 0 non-fiction, amounting to 3348 pages in total, and, of these, 3 books were re-reads.

In terms of format: 5 were paperback, 1 was a hardback, 3 were e-arcs, and 1 was an audiobook.

And as for genre, very broadly speaking, books were fantasy, 3 books were dystopian, 3 were classics, 2 were contemporaries.

Onto the books themselves…

Frenchman’s Creek – Daphne du Maurier

Rating: 4/5
Genre: classics; romance
Pages: 260
Read: 28th May – 3rd June

The Raven Boys – Maggie Stierfvater [read by Will Patton]

Rating: 5/5
Genre: urban fantasy; paranormal
Pages: 419
Read: 2nd – 5th June
Challenges fulfilled: Around the Year in 52 Books [Week 25]

Howards End – E.M. Forster

Rating: 4/5
Genre: classics
Pages: 382
Read: 21st May – 6th June

This Savage Song – V.E. Schwab

Rating: 3.5/5
Genre: dystopian; young-adult
Pages: 411
Read: 11th – 12th June

Our Dark Duet – V.E. Schwab

Rating: 4/5
Genre: dystopian; young-adult
Pages: 470
Read: 13th – 20th June
Challenges fulfilled: Book Riot Read Harder #15

Conversations with Friends – Sally Rooney

Rating: 2.5/5 – review
Genre: contemporary; adult
Pages: 304
Read: 20th – 22nd June
Challenges fulfilled: Around the Year in 52 Books [Week 41]

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling

Rating: 4/5
Genre: fantasy; children’s
Pages: 223
Read: 26th June
Challenges fulfilled: Around the Year in 52 Books [Week 23], Harry Potter Cosy Reading Night

My Cousin Rachel – Daphne du Maurier

Rating: 4/5
Genre: classics; romance; mystery
Pages: 335
Read: 6th – 28th June
Challenges fulfilled: Around the Year in 52 Books [Week 16], Mount TBR

The End We Start From – Megan Hunter

Rating: 2/5
Genre: dystopian
Pages: 160
Read: 28th June

When Dimple Met Rishi – Sandhya Menon

Rating: 5/5
Genre: contemporary; young-adult
Pages: 384
Read: 29th – 30th June
Challenges fulfilled: Book Riot Read Harder #11

I’m so relieved I squeezed in When Dimple Met Rishi on my train to my parents otherwise I would have been ending the month on quite the downer. Let me just take a moment, in lieu of a review (though I hope to write one up soon), to say that Rishi and Dimple are the cutest squishes ever and I want to hug them together forever and ever and you should all read this because it’s a ridiculously cute contemporary which will make you feel things and it’s 5/5 A+ would recommend etc. etc.

Elsewhere, in my May Wrap Up I mentioned my hope to finish Howards End by E.M. Forster and Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier and I’m so happy to be able to report that that was a success. My plan to read some of my eARCs? Less so. But I did make a concerted effort towards the end of the month to pick up my Kindle again and pay attention to those books, even if results did vary as to how much I actually enjoyed those books. Regardless, I could do with continuing in that vein as we move into July as I have a few more to clear off my Kindle. However, one very important read will be taking over my July reading time and will probably be the reason I read nothing else – I’m attempting to read Tolstoy’s War and Peace again. I know, I know, I failed last time after 200 pages but, hey, God loves a trier, right? So my July Wrap Up might be… well practically non-existent, but maybe I’ll sneak in some graphic novels alongside Tolstoy, just to help that along. We shall see once the month is over!

So that was my month but how did your June reading go?
What was your favourite book you read this month?
Please do share in the comments below and let’s chat books!

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5 responses to “June 2017 | Wrap Up”

  1. Looks like an awesome reading month! I still need to get to This Savage Song and I have an eBook of it now, so I have no real excuse haha! I also listened to The Raven Boys on audiobook in June. I don’t love the narrator, especially at the start but now that it’s been a while I don’t notice as much. Kinda wish all audiobooks were narrated by Stephen Fry 😂 I love his voice for the Harry Potter series! And I also reread Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone this month seen as I got the new 20th Anniversary copies! Just put me in the mood to reread it!


    • Ah narrators can be such a Marmite thing – I actually love Will Patton’s narration, though I did have to speed him up to 1.5 speed because his voice was a tad too drawling and slow to my ears. He’s now firmly attached to these books in my mind, much like Stephen Fry is with the Harry Potter books!

      Haha buying the ebook is a sure sign that you should get to This Savage Song soon – I hope you enjoy it when you do, happy reading!


      • I should try it faster and see what it’s liked, never really thought about doing that haha.

        And I actually just won a giveaway of This Savage Song so I really have no excuse now! 😂😂 and I hope I love it too.


        • I listen to most things on 1.5/2x speed to get through books (and podcasts) quicker so clearly I’m impatient, haha. But sometimes if I’m not sure about the narrator I speed them up and see if I like them more that way – some people’s voices really lend themselves to it but others really don’t!

          Yay for winning a giveaway – you really have no excuses now because this is definitely the world’s way of telling you to read it. :)

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          • I think the only audiobook I have ever speed up was during Illuminae where it’s big chunks of AIDAN talking and that was because the narrator of AIDAN was a really slow talker compared to everyone else on the audio cast.

            Thanks! First one ever won and then I won another one a couple days later! Like what?!? And I know right will definitely have to now!


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