Thursday, 2 July 2015

June in Review

Another month is over, and June has been a satisfyingly bookish month for me. We're in a heatwave in the UK at the moment, and it's uncomfortably hot at work (the air conditioning has broken in its classic timely fashion) so I'm spending as much of my free time as I can on the beach with a book. Last month I was working a lot, but I had a couple of days off to go up to London for a weekend. I met up with the lovely Bex around the time of her birthday, and met her family. Of course we did a little book shopping in Canterbury - although I only bought one book with her: Harriet the Spy, which I vividly remember reading as a kid, but not one I ever owned. However, I also came home with two more full-sized books, and a handful of the 80p Little Black Classics from Penguin. I've also paid a few visits to the labyrinthine Ryde Bookshop and the petite, vaguely Black-Books-esque (but only in the best way) treasure-trove that is Babushka Books in Shanklin.



Books from June's to-read pile


  • Tigerman - Nick Harkaway
  • Weirdo - Cathi Unsworth
  • Mr Mercedes - Stephen King
  • The Coincidence Authority - John Ironmonger
  • The Man in the High Castle - Philip K. Dick
  • A Room Full of Bones - Elly Griffiths
  • Dying Fall - Elly Griffiths
  • Lock In - John Scalzi
  • The Year I Met You - Cecelia Ahern

Other Books Read in June
  • The Janus Stone - Elly Griffiths
  • A Girl of the Limberlost - Gene Stratton-Porter
  • Harriet the Spy - Louise Fitzhugh
  • You Say Potato - Ben and David Crystal
  • The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend - Katarina Bivald
  • The Somnambulist - Jonathan Barnes
  • Family Secrets - Deborah Cohen
  • Emma: A Retelling - Alexander McCall Smith

Books bought in June
  • When We Were Orphans - Kazuo Ishiguro (Babushka Books, Shanklin)
  • Thrice Upon a Time - James P. Hogan (Fantastic Store, Ryde)
  • Harriet the Spy - Louise Fitzhugh (Waterstones, Canterbury)
  • Penguin Mini Classics: A Slip under the Microscope - H. G. Wells, The Fall of Icarus - Ovid, The Night is Darkening Round Me - Emily Bronte, Lord Arthur Savile's Crime - Oscar Wilde, The Life of a Stupid Man - Ryunosuke Akutagawa (all from Foyles, London Waterloo station)
  • The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend - Katarina Bivald (Regency Bookshop, Surbiton)
  • Penguin Mini Classic: Caligula - Suetonius (Regency Bookshop, Surbiton)
  • You Say Potato - Ben and David Crystal (Foyles, Charing Cross Road, London)
  • The Golden Notebook - Doris Lessing (Babushka Books, Shanklin)
  • The Go-Between - L. P. Hartley (Babushka Books, Shanklin)

July's To-Read Pile

For the first half of July I've planned to take time away from my own to-read shelf in order to get through my library books, borrowed books and gifts, the ones that "don't count" as part of my "read-three-buy-two" rule. I'm giving myself until the 13th to get through as many of the following titles as possible. The 14th, of course, sees the publication of Harper Lee's very long-awaited second novel, Go Set a Watchman (or first - I believe it was written before To Kill a Mockingbird.) I have my copy pre-ordered and will want to read it as soon as it becomes available.



  • Abarat - Clive Barker (borrowed from a friend)
  • The Rabbit Back Literature Society - Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen (borrowed from sister)
  • The Coincidence Authority - John Ironmonger (from Hanna)
  • The Outcast Dead - Elly Griffiths (library)
  • Nunslinger - Stark Holborn (library)
  • The Night Guest - Fiona McFarlane (Ninja Book Swap gift from Sarah)
Have you read any of these books? Any recommendations on where to start?  Here's wishing you all a happy July!

1 comment:

  1. Yeah, I've preordered GSAW too. I'm going to rewatch the movie beforehand - since I only read the book last year - and then dive straight into the new novel as soon as it arrives! I haven't been this excited since there were still new Harry Potter novels being published. :)

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