I’ve had a pretty chilled out June and managed to get a fair amount of reading done over the course of the last month. Most of these books (in fact, I’m pretty sure it’ll be all of them!) will be reviewed over the course of the next fortnight so look out for my reviews in the coming weeks.
Last month I read and reviewed The Second Love of My Life by Victoria and I absolutely loved it. I got in touch with Victoria to find out when her other tale, The Summer I Met You, was going to be published as a paperback and learned that because it’s only a short story, it was only a kindle release. I quickly picked up a copy of it on amazon for 99p and got through it in a single sitting. It is only a tiny, little short story which is a bit of a shame because I’ve seriously gotten really attached to the characters in both of the stories. Hopefully, Victoria will write something else to keep us satisfied pretty soon. Hint, hint, if you’re reading!
I then started The Rumour which I received a review copy of from the ever amazing team at Hodder Books. For me, this book was probably one of the easiest books I’ve ever read for the simple reason that I really needed an enjoyable, authentic and chick-lit style read to ease me into my more intensive holiday reading. I flew through it in about a day and a half, loved the entire novel and I’m really looking forward to reading a few more of Elin’s works in the future.
I set off on my holidays to Spain on the 19th of this month, and I actually surprised myself by getting through a grand total of 5 books in the week that I was there. We spent a lot of time (code: basically the entire holiday) either sat by the pool or on the beach so there were optimum reading opportunities for me there. I started off my trip by finishing off Summerlong by Dea Bakopoulos, which I started just before I flew out to Spain. I absolutely LOVED this story and thought that it was an amazing summer read, so if you can get your hands on a copy of this book then I honestly really recommend it. Thanks to the guys at Little, Brown Book Group for my ARC.
I then moved onto Wrecked by Maria Padian, courtesy of Algonquin Young Readers. Again, I was absolutely overwhelmed by how much I enjoyed this book. It was a really tough topic to focus on and I think it was done really well and with the utmost care. Again, another one to check out if you want a quick (although not necessarily easy) read!
My third read of my trip was The Missing by C.L. Taylor. I’ve previously read and reviewed The Lie by the same author so buying a kindle edition of this one was a bit of a no brainer really. I can’t decide if I liked this one more than The Lie but I will say that I really enjoyed it and it kept me guessing for a while. I did kind of guess what was going on as I was reading but the finer details were ones which were a little bit less obvious and it made for a really good tale. I definitely recommend it.
At this point, I was both starting to get incredibly tanned (code: sunburnt) and I was running out of books to read at an alarming pace. I had another ARC, courtesy of Sourcebooks. This was one that I wasn’t sure on at first, mostly because the formatting of the e-book itself was a little bit confusing and clustered. I’m quite glad I looked past that though because The A to Z of You and Me by James Hannah was very enjoyable. It wasn’t something I’d normally pick out to read myself and I would have liked to have had a few more details revealed by the end of the story, but it was thoughtful and very unique in its approach none the less. Definitely one to look out for at the very least. Thanks to Sourcebooks for this review copy!
In the last few days, I’ve started reading House Rules by Jodi Picoult. I’m about 300 pages into it but it’s INCREDIBLY long so it’s taking a little bit longer than I hoped it would! I’ll hopefully get that one finished in the coming days, though! In all, I read a grand total of 2291 pages in June, including what I’ve finished of House Rules!
What are you reading at the moment?