wrap up: June 2018

Best book of the month: On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
Other favorites: From a Low and Quiet Sea by Donal Ryan, The Blood Miracles by Lisa McInerney, The Trojan Women by Euripides, The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson


It was a pretty decent reading month!  There were a handful of duds but also a lot that I ended up really loving.

Currently reading: Suicide Club by Rachel Heng, How to Be Both by Ali Smith

I think July is going to be an interesting reading month – I’m determined to read more classics than I have been recently, plus I have a planned buddy read of a Robin Hobb novel and also have a library hold for The Poppy War coming in soon, so it’s going to be a lot of classics and fantasy, apparently.  And I’m not totally caught up with ARCs yet but I’m getting there, so I’m hoping to do quite a bit more mood reading than I have been recently, which is exciting!

What’s the best book you read in June?  Comment and let me know!

11 thoughts on “wrap up: June 2018

  1. Great reading month!
    I am really looking forward to your fantasy reads. I really want to like Robin Hobb but I never made it through the second book in the Assassins trilogy. I am still tempted to continue because apparently after that trilogy the books get really great. I enjoyed The Poppy Wars a whole lot though!

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    • I’ve never read any Robin Hobb but Jennifer’s recent video about her made me really excited to give her a try. And then I found out another friend had been meaning to read her for ages, so it seemed like a perfect summer buddy read. I’m excited! And I’m really excited about The Poppy Wars too, I really love Chinese historical fiction so I’m excited about that element coming into play in a fantasy novel.

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      • Have you heard what she said after she finished the first three books? (not that I want to discourage you but she really summed up my feelings for the books quite well) I do keep looking at the books and thinking about buying them – because SO many people love it to pieces.
        I am on such a fantasy kick at the moment as well, so maybe it’s now or never.

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      • Yep, and I’ve heard from other people as well the first trilogy is the weakest, but if I fall in love with the characters and get that ‘this has potential to be great and special’ feeling about it I can probably push myself through the first trilogy. I’d rather start at the beginning than start with the second trilogy because reading things out of order makes me feel itchy even if you technically can do it here without missing anything.

        Yes, you should do it! And when you read the next trilogy tell me if it’s worth pushing through.

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  2. What a great reading month! You read so many titles I’ve had my eye on. I’m really hoping to get to On Chesil Beach and From a Low and Quiet Sea this summer, and I am planning to give The Last Time I Lied a try. I’m still on the fence about A Place For Us- I’ve seen so many great reviews but somehow nothing really exciting. Also looking forward to your thoughts on The Poppy War!

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    • Ooh yay I hope you love On Chesil Beach and From a Low and Quiet Sea as much as I did! I’d be so curious to hear your thoughts on A Place For Us. I can’t in good conscience recommend it as I found it rather dull and repetitive and formulaic, but the reviews have consistently been so high that I keep reading them and wondering if I just missed something. I feel like we agree on a lot of literary fiction so I’d just be curious to hear your assessment. And I’m really excited about The Poppy War!

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