The sun is shining, everyone is sneezing, and June is coming to a close. It has been a very gross and sweaty month here in the UK, but has at least resulted in a lot of indoor reading time for me. Let’s take a look, shall we?
Books I read
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandya Menon (Review)
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdeih (Review)
The Never King by James Abbott (Review)
Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle (Review)
Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee (DNF, review)
Lost Boy by Christine Henry
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
The Underground Railroad by Colston Whitehead
I’ve read eight books this month, which isn’t too bad considering the number of hours I’ve invested in video games and The Bachelorette. I had hoped to read ten or more, but I think that eight is a very respectable number!
Overall, it has been a really great reading month. I only set aside one book, Raven Stratagem. I decided to put this in the dreaded DNF pile at about 32%. I felt it lacked the brilliant characterisation that made its predecessor, Ninefox Gambit so readable.
The best books of the month were When Dimple Met Rishi and Spellbook of the Lost and Found. You can see my reviews for each linked above. I thought Flame in the Mist was good, but a bit of a disappointment and The Never King was a fun and entertaining read, but nothing too deep. I’ve got reviews of Lost Boy, The Underground Railroad, and Everything, Everything coming up next week, keep and eye out!
Books I am currently reading
Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab
Fellowship isn’t going anywhere, I’m reading through it at a very leisurely pace. You’ll get really bored of seeing it listed in these round-ups. I’m starting on the second of V. E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic series. I thought the first book set the stage for a great series, although I had some issues with it in general. I really hated Lila Bard, but am slowly starting to warm to her in A Gathering of Shadows. She’s lost a lot of the grating, stereotypical features and is coming into her own as a character.
Books I bought
There’s a lot here. It’s probably easiest to just post book haul photos. Don’t judge me.
Needless to say, I’m really excited for all of these.
Lost Boy by Christina Henry
The Particle Zoo by Gavin Hesketh
The Cardinal’s Man by M G Sinclair
I’m really excited for these! The Cardinal’s Man will be my first blog tour and I hope it goes well. The Particle Zoo is really intriguing. I love all things science, but usually cannot wrap my head around some of the more technical concepts. The sign of a great science author is that they put concepts into works that someone like me can understand. Fingers crossed!