I read seven and a half books in June. This might not seem like a lot to some of my fellow readers, but I think it’s a good effort considering I’m homeschooling three children during lockdown! I sneakily included Rodham in my round up, even though I haven’t finished it yet, because I have read over halfway, so I thought it was only fair.
The reviews for most of these books are already on previous blog posts, or on my instagram, but here is a star rating recap out of 5:
Normal People ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Safe Place ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Truants ⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Women at Hitler’s Table ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Half Sister ⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Babysitter ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Wives ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
My favourites this month would be a choice between The Safe Place, The Babysitter or The Wives. All fantastic page turning thrillers that I would highly recommend.
As you can see I acquired a lot of books this month!! I was so lucky to be gifted The Doll Factory, Daisy Jones & The Six, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, The Catch and Lies, Lies, Lies from my lovely instagram followers either from competition wins or ‘random acts of kindness’ gifts, which are circulating all over bookstagram. The Guest List was a bookclub pick for June that unfortunately I didn’t get around to reading and The Nanny was loaned to me by my lovely neighbour. The others were gifts to myself and it really was a case of bookstagram made me do it!
Bookstagram really is the nicest part of the internet. In these strange and worrying times of lockdown, creating my own book account really has taken my mind off the news and lowered my anxiety levels. Everyone is helpful, kind and supportive. It is heaven for bookworms but not so good for your bank balance! The ‘random acts of kindness’ really do make my day. Bookstagrammers make a public wishlist on Amazon containing items such as sweets, chocolate, books and stationary and post the link to the wishlist in their bio. Bookstagrammers can then randomly gift other bookstagrammers and it’s such a lovely surprise when the Amazon delivery guy or gal knocks on your door. It’s equally heartwarming when someone is thrilled to receive your gift. However, I have developed an unhealthy addiction to Candy Kittens since all this started. If you know, you know.
I can’t wait to get stuck into this wonderful pile of books. I’m particularly keen to start The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett and Half a World Away by Mike Gayle, so look out for my reviews on those.
I also have the following blog tours coming up in July, which I am very excited about:
Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld 1st-10th July
Broken Flowers by Kate McQuaile 9th-12th July
Cock and Bull by Laura Barnard 28th July
Written in Blood by Chris Carter 23rd-30th July
July is shaping up to be a fantastic month, not only with this fabulous stack of books to get through, but with lockdown restrictions gradually being lifted in Wales, be prepared for lots of book on the beach photos, as we can head back down to the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast.
Have a great month book lovers!
P.S. You can find the June reading update template on instagram @librarygoblin make sure to give her a follow and some likes!