Goodbye June, Hello July 2018

Hello my fellow bookworms, I hope you are well? Surprisingly, here in the UK, we have been in a blistering heat-wave for the last week or so. As well as the scorching temperatures, I have been far too busy for reading out on the patio. With three school trips; the busy wind-down to the end of term, and applying for new jobs. Plus I enjoyed an Olly Murs tribute & curry night and booked my summer holiday! During all that this is what I managed to read:

Fiction: 1          Non-Fiction: 1

First this month, I finished reading Christian non-fiction Vanishing Grace by best-selling evangelical author, Philip Yancey. A thought-provoking and sometimes challenging read, which made for a very interesting discussion at my church’s June book club meeting. Then I got my 10 Books of Summer reading challenge started with the gripping, gothic suspense The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier, which had me time-travelling back to the wild, dangerous Cornwall of the 1300s. So while a slow start in numbers, it was a cracking start for quality. I’m afraid I am really behind on my reviews though, so you will have to wait for my full thoughts on both of these.

Pick of the Month: The House on the Strand

Altogether that is just two books finished, which makes this my new, lowest month of the year! Clearly I have just been too busy! However through out June, I have been reading non-fiction Charles II, Biography of an Infamous King by John Miller and the swashbuckling classic Sandokan, The Pirates of Malaysia by Emilio Salgari. Then at the end of the month, I started reading Eleanor of Aquitaine by Christopher Nicole and The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri J.M. Nouwen (for my church’s next book club meeting).

In July, I look forward, bitter-sweetly, to the end of term, the summer holidays and hopefully reading more!

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

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16 thoughts on “Goodbye June, Hello July 2018

  1. I will never understand how you (and others) juggle so many books at the same time! It’s a fascinating skill. I’m still in shock I read 10 books in June (thanks vacation) and am looking forward to our trip to the UK. It’ll be a whirld wind and I doubt I’ll get to read much, thankfully it looks like it’s starting to cool off (at least in the north) over there!

    1. HAHA Geoff, I used to think that about others! But now I’ve given it a go, I’ve found I actually read more when I have a range of reading options on the go – always something to fit my mood. I only tend to have a fiction, a classic and a non-fiction on the go at once.

      Wow well done on reading so many books and I hope you will enjoy your trip to little old England. I don’t know about the north, but here in the middle we’ve been warned we could have this heat for two more weeks!

  2. Hope you get time to read in the sun on your patio and I very much look forward to your review of the DuMaurier – and being similarly behind with reviews I appreciate completely how you feel.
    Lynn 😀

  3. It’s the quality not the quantity that counts! Looking forward to your review of The House on the Strand – one I’d love to read too sometime.

  4. Good luck with school and all. I favor quality over quantity, but of course I say that because I’m only averaging a book per month. 😉 You almost matched my reading average, though you are definitely ahead due to all those books you have going on the side. I hope that you are able to finish them in July, that the weather gets better, and that you are able to enjoy reading outside again.

    We are having a heat wave as well; it started Friday and will continue until the end of this coming week. Oh, how I hate those high temps with high humidity and poor air quality! 😮

    1. Thank you Carmen and you are right to favour quality over quantity. I think I was only so disappointed because I have been reading a fair bit, but obviously not finishing a great deal! I hope you have an improvement in your weather soon too!

  5. That does sound like a very busy month! I think as long as you’re enjoying your reading, it doesn’t matter how many or how few books you read – quality is more important. I’m glad you liked The House on the Strand!

  6. Sounds like you had a very good June and I’m glad The House on the Strand was your pick of the month. I enjoyed My Cousin Rachel last year and have been eager to read another DuMaurier this year. That could be the one!

    Thanks again for the email about commenting on my blog. I have made several tweaks over the last week and think things are finally back under control 🙂

    1. JoAnn, what a coincidence I loved My Cousin Rachel last year too! If you should try The House on the Strand next, we’ll end up with a little pattern going between us. 😀

      I am also really pleased that after a few tweaks you feel you finally have things back under control on your blog. I am looking forward to reading your Sunday post. 🙂

  7. Busy, busy life. I get it. How great that the two you finished were good. Plus you were reading 4 others so you have got a head start on July! Do you have the summer off from teaching?

    1. Thank you Judy and I hadn’t thought about it as a head start on July – I like that idea! And yes, here in the UK the schools break up for six weeks over summer. Then the children start back in their new year groups and classes when we come back in September.

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