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, 2 books were fantasy, 3 books were dystopian, 3 were classics, 2 were contemporaries.
Onto the books themselves…
Frenchman’s Creek – Daphne du Maurier
Genre: classics; romance
Read: 28th May – 3rd June
The Raven Boys – Maggie Stierfvater [read by Will Patton]
Genre: urban fantasy; paranormal
Read: 2nd – 5th June
Challenges fulfilled: Around the Year in 52 Books [Week 25]
Howards End – E.M. Forster
Read: 21st May – 6th June
This Savage Song – V.E. Schwab
Genre: dystopian; young-adult
Read: 11th – 12th June
Our Dark Duet – V.E. Schwab
Genre: dystopian; young-adult
Read: 13th – 20th June
Challenges fulfilled: Book Riot Read Harder #15
Conversations with Friends – Sally Rooney
Rating: 2.5/5 – review
Genre: contemporary; adult
Read: 20th – 22nd June
Challenges fulfilled: Around the Year in 52 Books [Week 41]
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling
Genre: fantasy; children’s
Read: 26th June
Challenges fulfilled: Around the Year in 52 Books [Week 23], Harry Potter Cosy Reading Night
My Cousin Rachel – Daphne du Maurier
Genre: classics; romance; mystery
Read: 6th – 28th June
Challenges fulfilled: Around the Year in 52 Books [Week 16], Mount TBR
The End We Start From – Megan Hunter
Read: 28th June
When Dimple Met Rishi – Sandhya Menon
Genre: contemporary; young-adult
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!