It wasn’t the best month for reading, but I did manage around ten books, so I’m sort of happy with that. I got into a big reading slump at the end of May and so this month was just kick starting my love of reading again and pulling me out of the deep dark hole that is the infamous ‘SLUMP’.
These are the books I read in June. It’s an eclectic array, but that’s my personality so it’s hardly surprising.
Silent Harmony – Michele Scott – 1.5 stars
I’ve had this book on my shelves for years and never read it, but I thought it would be a good one to get started on for the month as I knew it would be easy and quick. (Which it was, I read it in an evening). It’s set in the world of horses and competition which I love as I used to ride and horses still hold a place in my heart. Plus, there was a bit of mystery in there and the main character can communicate with horses in a unique way, which was always the dream! The writing was… dreadful. I don’t think anyone edited it at all. I found five or six obvious mistakes, spelling and grammar wise and the plot had so many holes in it that it was quite funny to read. It wasn’t anything special, but it did get me out of my slump so I’m grateful for that.
The Places I’ve Cried In Public – Holly Bourne – 4.5 stars
I was worried about starting this book as I knew the subject matter was intense and it dealt with serious topics, but I adore Holly Bournes writing so I trusted that she would deal with it in her usual, funny, informative way. I was not disappointed. The way she writes about a controlling and toxic relationship is fascinating, and scary at how easily he (Reese) seems to slip into Amelie’s life and turn her against everybody but him. It also deals with rape in a relationship. Holly’s writing in those difficult scenes is blunt and doesn’t dance around the point and leaves you feeling so utterly heartbroken for Amelie. It’s the mark of a good book that it can completely destroy you, I think. This book did, but I’m so glad I read it and would recommend it to everyone!
The Queen’s Assassin – Melissa De La Cruz – 3 stars
After the intensity of TPICIP I wanted something easy and a fantasy book with a gorgeous cover certainly did that. (I can’t be the only one that buys books based on their covers…) This one was a classic YA fantasy, nothing really groundbreaking, but it had quite a good plot twist that I didn’t actually see coming so really enjoyed. The one thing that confused me immensely about this book was how Melissa chose to write the different chapters. Shadow’s chapters were in first person present, (not my favourite tense to read, but it did work) and Caledon’s chapters were in third person. I’m not sure if this is style choice that I’ve just not come across before, but it really threw me and made the book disjointed and jarring at points. Other than that it was a good book.
The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith – 4 Stars
I talked about these books in my last blog post which I’ll link here. I won’t go too in-depth with these ones as I’ve already talked about them. But, if you are after a good detective series then these books are a must!
The Silkworm – Robert Galbraith – 4 Stars
Career of Evil – Robert Galbraith – 4 stars
Lethal White – Robert Galbraith – 4.5 Stars
The Ruin – Dervla McTiernan – 2.5 Stars
After dipping my toe in the Crime fiction world I decided to continue with it. I’m still really new to this genre so thought I would start with something that had amazing reviews and had one three awards. You can’t go wrong! Well, apparently you can.
Most books that have a certain level of hype attached to them, I find don’t live up to the expectations and this was no different. The writing was okay… the characters were not really descriptive and they all seemed quite dull, to be frank. The plot was interesting, but was predictable and in a mystery that’s not really what you want. Not the best, but an easy read.
Would Like To Meet – Rachel Winters – 3 Stars
I desperately wanted something light after a week of reading exclusively crime fiction. This one had been on my TBR for a while and again, I really liked the cover and the concept was intriguing. A women trying to get a famous screenwriter to write the next Hollywood rom-com by acting out all the classic rom-com ‘meet cutes’ to convince him that the films aren’t a load of crap. It’s funny and quirky and not the original love story I was expecting which was nice. It really is just a simple romance for a cosy night of reading.
A Discovery of Witches – Deborah Harkness – 3.5 stars
A part of me wants to write a whole different blog post just about this book, because I have some really mixed feelings about it. I might do that once I’ve read the whole trilogy but for now I’ll stick to the bullet points. I picked this up because of the TV show (which I adore and highly recommend) at the start it was so intricate and enthralling. The historical aspect of the book is beautiful and her writing is amazing. But… the big but… the thing that I really struggle to get past is how controlling and possessive Matthew is (the MC). A part of that is his personality and the fact that he has been alive for over 1500 years, but I’m still really uncomfortable with the fact that Diana just lets him tell her what to do, when to sleep, when to eat, when to get over something. It sometimes feels that the book is glorifying a really controlling relationship and that makes me really upset, and frankly quite angry. I hope as I read through the next two books things get better and she stands up for herself a bit more. Putting that aside, I love her depiction of magical creatures and their roles and powers. How they are just going unnoticed in society and the ‘humans’ have no idea is brilliant. Also, the classic ‘vampire’ characteristics have been avoided in this book which I like, it’s not cringe worthy… too much. They don’t have fangs, they can control themselves around humans, they can be in sunlight, they’re not completely devoid of colour. Over all I liked it, but I hope their relationship gets better and less rage inducing! Haha.
There you have it – my June Reads. Let me know what you read this month!