I really had a good reading month. I am also this close to having my NetGalley TBR down to the single digits and I am so excited for that. The rest of my month was pretty harsh though because my thesis is really kicking my butt lately – my colleague and me keep saying that writing a thesis is like climbing a mountain, except you are also building the mountain and adding new stuff to the summit and then there is a storm (oh and in between all those other mountains look really cool, so you go and climb those instead). And right now I am really not enjoying the process.
Books read in June:
- Putney by Sofka Zinovieff: 4 out of 5 stars
- The Book Of M by Peng Shepherd: 4 out of 5 stars
- The Changeling by Victor LaValle: 3 out of 5 stars
- So Sad Today by Melissa Broder: 4 out of 5 stars
- The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager: 3 out of 5 stars
- Red Clocks by Leni Zumas: 3 out of 5 stars
- Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik: 5 out of 5 stars
- Sick by Porochista Khakpour: 2 out of 5 stars
- Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates: 5 out of 5 stars
- Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World # 1) by Rebecca Roanhorse: 4 out of 5 stars
- Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) by Ilona Andrews: 3,5 out of 5 stars
I also DNFed two books: Riot Days and Up Up, Down Down. There was no way I was picking those two books up anytime soon and clearing them off my shelves felt oddly cathartic.
Favourite of the month:
I loved reading Spinning Silver – I spent most of it with a huge grin on my face. It was just so very well done and so comforting and I needed that. Everyday Sexism was also impressively done and a book I definitely recommend (even if the optimism at the end hurts a bit considering what a clusterfuck the world is at the moment).
I also really enjoyed The Book of M and Putney for very different reasons.
I finished 11 books with 3865 pages. Of these books, two were written by men, eight were written by women, and one was written by a couple. Three books were non-fiction, one was general fiction, one thriller, one horror-ish, two speculative and three fantasy.
Aside: I have put down It by Stephen King for now as I have not listened to it in a month and I am really not feeling like picking it up. I might come back to it at some other point.
(Some of the) Blog posts I loved:
I really enjoyed Jenna’s review of a fantasy classic, Mythago Wood.
I loved Susana’s recommendations for short books (I mean, obviously I did. Who doesn’t love short books?)
I just loved Paula’s review of Around The World in Eighty Days. https://bookjotter.com/2018/06/17/book-review-the-great-believers
Callum compares the movie adaptation of Ordeal by Innocence to the book.
Clare talks about her favourite booker shortlisted books.
Melanie’s reviews are always wonderful but I especially liked her review of These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch.
Emma’s review of Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik hit the nail on the head and is well worth checking out.