Goodbye June, Hello July 2017

Hello my fellow bookworms, I hope you are all well? Wow, June has been a crazy month for me: with a school trip to the Butterfly Farm; catching up with a friend and her new baby girl; finishing the last module of my church course (assignment still to go); an inspection from the Ofsted team at work and finally I went to see Puccini’s opera, Madam Butterfly. Phew! Sadly my anxiety has been all over the place too – thankfully though I have had some wonderful books to chill out and escape with at home. Here’s what I read:

Fiction: 4          Non-Fiction: 0

As it was again a busy time for me at the beginning of June, like last month, I found myself reaching for another short story collection, Sandlands by Rosy Thornton – an enchanting collection of stories about the nature, lives and history of Suffolk, which was perfect to squeeze in when I had a moment or two. Next finding myself yearning for the past, I read First of the Tudors by Joanna Hickson. This brilliant piece of historical fiction, that follows Jasper Tudor during the War of the Roses, had me enthralled from beginning to end.

Then at the peak of the month, I escaped all my busyness and anxiety with Pyramids by Terry Pratchett, an extremely fun, Egyptian-inspired instalment in Pratchett’s fantastical Discworld series. Finally, through out June, I was dipping in and out of the swashbuckling Italian classic Sandokan, The Tigers of Mompracem by Emilio Salgari and I finished reading it on the very last day of the month. My full thoughts on these last two books are still to be posted, so keep your eyes peeled for them in July.

Unusually for me I finished no non-fiction books this month and all these fictions I read were off my list for the 10 Books of Summer 2017 challenge, which runs all summer long till the beginning of September and four books is a great start!

Pick of the Month: Sandlands

Altogether that is four books read in June, while that is an average amount for me to read the quality of reading was high. During the month, I also had the audiobook Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and the memoir Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham on the go. Then at the end of the month, I started reading Wendy Darling, Volume 3: Shadow by Colleen Oakes, the final book in Oakes’ young adult series inspired by J M Barrie’s classic Peter Pan.

In July, I look forward to a quiet wind down to the end of term, especially now that the long awaited Ofsted inspection has come and gone.  Plus I look forward to more great reading, in particular from my 10 Books of Summer challenge list.

What did you do and read in June? What are your plans for July?


18 thoughts on “Goodbye June, Hello July 2017

  1. You’ve had a great and busy month – hopefully July will be a bit calmer for you especially winding down for the summer holidays.
    Happy July.
    Lynn 😀

  2. That does sound like a very busy month, so it’s good that you still had a chance to relax with some great books. As you know, I’ve also read and enjoyed Sandlands and First of the Tudors – and I’ll look forward to your thoughts on the other two.

  3. You did great reading this month, and made good progress towards your summer reading. I read only one book in June and I’m conflicted about it; it was well written and engrossing, but I didn’t like the topic, too grim. I’m not having much luck with the contemporary fiction I have requested from NetGalley this year.

    1. Thank you Carmen 🙂 I am sorry to hear that your conflicted about your June read and that you been disappointed in the contemporary fiction you’ve been reading recently. If I’m honest, I don’t read contemporary fiction because I generally find it depressing!

  4. You have had a busy month I hope July is calmer. I loved Fingers in the Sparkle Jar so will be interested in your opinion. I am probably going to be reading some Rumer Godden along with others from the Librarything Virago group.

    1. Karen, I was very lucky that I had no books left over from May so at the start of June I could throw myself straight into my 10 Books of Summer reading, which has really helped me make such good progress 😀

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