wrap up: June 2019

I feel like I blinked and the second half of June was over so I’m kind of scrambling to get this wrap up together, but… thankfully I didn’t read very much?


  1. The Fire Starters by Jan Carson ★★★★★ | review
  2. Devotion by Madeline Stevens ★★★★☆ | review
  3. We Went to the Woods by Caite Dolan-Leach ★★★★☆ | review
  4. Human Chain by Seamus Heaney ★★★★★ | review
  5. Country by Michael Hughes ★★★★☆ | review
  6. The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See ★★★☆☆ | review
  7. Constellations by Sinéad Gleeson ★★★★★ | review to come

Favorite & Honorable mention in no particular order: The Fire Starters by Jan Carson & Constellations by Sinéad Gleeson
Least favorite: The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See – but 3 stars isn’t bad!


Also, I’m not going to make a whole post about this but since we’re halfway through the year, here are my top 5 books I’ve read so far in 2019:


*Not pictured: Maus by Art Spiegelman.

Other posts from this month:

Life updates:

Nothing much – I’ve fallen behind on blogging again and particularly replying to comments and reading other people’s posts, but thankfully I have a whole week off work so I’m hoping to catch up soon!


Currently reading: The Granta Book of the Irish Short Story edited by Anne Enright, The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce (audiobook narrated by Colin Farrell), and Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb.

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

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15 thoughts on “wrap up: June 2019

  1. I think we disagree on something!!! I really liked The Island of Sea Women. Will be interested to read your review 🙂

    (My favourite June book was still Self-Portrait With Boy though)

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      • Here’s hoping! It’s weird that I’ve read lots of great books, but I still feel like my reading year is meh overall. I’ve read some I’m sure will be in my top 10, but haven’t found that standout ‘one to beat’ yet 🧐

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      • That is very frustrating indeed. My standout is still Say Nothing, thankfully, but if I hadn’t read that I think I’d be in the same boat. It’s annoying to only have a top 5 at this point in the year – I want to have a top 10 right now and then majorly struggle to narrow it down in December.

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  2. I think my favorite of the month was The Last (hopefully I’ll get my wrap-up posted tomorrow).
    It looks like you had a great reading month! Only one 3-star in the bunch and nothing lower! Also your Top 5 look excellent. 🙂 I’m looking forward to your review of Constellations!

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  3. Three five star reads in a month! And two of those making your top five so far! That does seem like a great reading month even if you didn’t read as much as you usually do. (god, I am so behind on blogging as well. at least you’re still writing reviews, unlike me)

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    • This was a quality over quantity month, apparently! I am so happy to have found some new favorites, otherwise my best of 2019 list was looking pretty bleak.

      I’m pretty much having to sacrifice keeping up with other people’s blogs in order to write reviews – I really need to figure out how to manage my new schedule better because this is not sustainable!

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