Goodbye May, Hello June 2018

Hello my fellow bookworms, I hope you are well? Happily, here in the UK, there have been many more days of sunshine to indulge in reading on the patio this month, as well as some spectacular thunderstorms! I have also celebrated several birthdays; had a trip to Drayton Manor theme park; and enjoyed a few days on the south coast, during the half term break, with my mum. All in all a good month. Here’s what I have been reading in the sun:

Fiction: 5          Non-Fiction: 0

First this month, I read the brilliant Queen of Hearts, Volume 3: War of the Cards by Colleen Oakes, the long-awaited finale to Oakes’ twisted, young adult re-imagining of Wonderland. Next I lost myself in the historical fiction Peach Blossom Pavilion by Mingmei Yip, with its exotic setting and heart-breaking tale. Then at the end of the month, I started and finished within a few days, the cosy crime Headline Murder by Peter Bartram, which is the first book to follow journalist Colin Crampton and his investigations back in 1960s Brighton.

Also this month, I finished my slow but steady read of the classic The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë, a wonderful novel I felt I needed to take my time with, and I finished my re-read via Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Audiobook) by J.K. Rowling and narrated by the hilarious Stephen Fry, which I have been enjoying immensely while I do my ironing. However you may have noticed I finished no non-fiction this month! Although, for the best part of the month, I have had two longer, heftier non-fictions on the go.

As well as a quality month of reading this was a very productive month too. As Queen of Hearts, Volume 3: War of the Cards and Peach Blossom Pavilion ticked off two categories on my What’s in a Name 2018 reading challenge. While The Tenant of Wildfell Hall was my March spin result and my second book off my new Classics Club list. However I am not up-to-date with my reviews, mainly because a lot of these books I finished right at the end of the month. So you have three May reviews to look forward to in June.

Pick of the Month: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Altogether that is fives books finished, which is up on the previous few months and equals the earlier months of January and February. Carrying on into June, I have non-fictions: Charles II, Biography of an Infamous King by John Miller and Vanishing Grace by Philip Yancey (for my church’s next book club meeting).

In June, I look forward to starting my 10 Books of Summer reading challenge with The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier and continuing my Classics Club reading with Sandokan, The Pirates of Malaysia by Emilio Salgari. Plus I have a WWII school trip (I am planning to dress up as a land girl), an Olly Murs tribute night and my book club meeting to discuss Vanishing Grace by Philip Yancey. Looks like it could be another good month.

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


16 thoughts on “Goodbye May, Hello June 2018

  1. I LOVED Anne’s works. I felt she was so overshadowed by her sisters. I want to go back and read her works again at some point in the future. Glad to hear the sun is out over there!

    1. Thank you Geoff – it has been wonderful to have some sun 😀 I loved The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and if your interested my full thoughts on it were posted today 🙂

    1. Judy, my reading really did pick up in May – maybe it was all that sunshine – although it helped that two long running reads finished during the month too. I look forward to see what you read in May and happy reading to you in June too 🙂

  2. I’m so glad to see you loved The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – it’s a great book and I agree that it’s one you need to take your time with. I hope you enjoy your reading in June and have fun with the school trip, tribute night and book club. 🙂

    1. Thank you Helen – I will certainly try to enjoy all the treats I have coming up. In fact I have already enjoyed a wonderful trip to the theatre to see a very fun take on Shakespeare’s The Tempest, so it has started well! 😀 I wish you an enjoyable June too 🙂

  3. You have an upcoming month filled with amenities. I look forward to your remaining reviews, and wish you happy reading in June as well! 😉

    1. I certainly have quite a bit to look forward too and on the very first day of the month, I enjoyed a wonderful trip to the theatre to see a very fun take on Shakespeare’s The Tempest 😀 Thank you Carmen and I wish you happy June reading too 🙂

  4. Glad to see The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is your book of the month. I think it is an incredible book, especially given the period it was written in.
    I had a pretty good reading month here, and a birthday too! Happy reading for June.

    1. Ali, I absolutely loved The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and hopefully I will have my full thoughts on it up for you soon. Happy birthday and thank you – happy reading to you in June too 😀

  5. I have my May Reads up if you are interested. I have SO many on my stacks and I’m giddy with a bit more leisure time the summer holiday brings to read. I’m really loving a few books on children’s literature and rereading Susan Cooper’s Dark is Rising series.

    1. Amy, I am pleased to hear you have been loving several books on children’s literature and some re-reading too, and that you will have a bit more free time to read over the summer holidays 🙂 I am also very interested in your ‘May Reads; post – I have the notification email in my list of to-read-posts 😀

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