What I Read In June 2020

Hello my fellow bookworms, I hope this post finds you all safe and well, in these difficult times we’re still living in, due to the ‘pandemic-that-shall-not-be-named’. Thankfully, in June, we were blessed with more gloriously warm weather, as well as some spectacular storms; the easing of more restrictions; the start of new classes at work; and plenty of good books to escape into, so here is what I managed to finish reading:

More Than A Carpenter by Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell (2011) ** – First, I finished reading this updated version of Josh McDowell’s 1977 inspirational Christian classic, which addresses commonly raised questions, objections and evidence about Jesus. A quick, short and concise book, that I think would work well as a reference point if your faith is ever challenged. It also made for a good discussion for our church’s book club’s rescheduled May Zoom meeting, in the first week of June.

The Favourite: Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough by Ophelia Field (2002) **I also finally finished my long term, back burner read of this very long, but fascinating history of the life of this controversial favourite of Queen Anne. While it took me a long time to read it, I really enjoyed finding out more of the real history behind the recent, critically-acclaimed film, The Favourite (2018); where Sarah was played by the brilliant Rachel Weisz.

Wholeness by Christy Wimber, with Katherine Welby-Roberts (2019) ** – Then, at the end of the month, I picked up another Christian non-fiction, which was the June choice for our church’s book club. I found it an interesting look into the tricky areas of mental ill health, addiction, long-term illness and healing in the Church, that was a helpful read for many of our group’s members of the group who suffer with one or more of these things, which in turn led to a challenging and honest discussion in our Zoom meeting, last week.

Holy Bible – I personally finished working my way through the book of 2 Kings, another chronicle of the early kings of Israel and Judah, in the Old Testament. And, as part of my church’s Morning Prayer sessions, we finished the majority of the book of Joshua, in the Old Testament – It was really good to read through this book as a group, with the vicar’s insights and thoughts on it, too.

Altogether that is three books finished in June, which is a little under the average, monthly amount for me and as you can see it was dominated by non-fiction; particularly for my church’s book club. With them all consistently getting a good, two-star rating from me, it has proved impossible for me to choose a pick of the month!

During June, I have also been dipping in and out of the award-winning, historical-fiction, Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel and I started reading the Classic adventure, Kim by Rudyard Kipling; both off my list for the 10 Books of Summer Reading Challenge 2020.

Although I have got more reviews up lately, I’m afraid I am still quite far behind I am on reviews… Sorry! So you will have to keep your eyes peeled for my full thoughts on my June reads.

Now over to you: Have you read any of these books? Are you tempted by any of these? What did you read in June?

14 thoughts on “What I Read In June 2020

  1. Wolf Hall has been on my Kindle for years and I had the excuse the final book wasn’t out yet, but it is now so I should probably look at reading it.

  2. It’s never about numbers – it’s always about quality. And non-fictions reads tend to be more substantial than fiction, so I think you have had an excellent month – particularly as Wolf Hall may be a wonderful book – but nobody ever claimed it was an easy read! I hope you enjoy your July books, too, Jessica:)

    1. Yes, that I enjoyed my reading is the main thing, although I read more books and gave higher ratings last month 😉 This month was more a non-fiction/learning one rather than just pure reading enjoyment as the month before.

  3. I kept thinking More Than a Carpenter sounded awfully familiar and, sure enough, I found I have a copy. I’m almost positive I haven’t read it, either…. so it’s been place near the top of my TBR pile!

    1. Aw Kelly, I am so pleased seeing More Than a Carpenter on my blog has helped you rediscover your unread copy of it. I hope you will enjoy it when you have chance to read it. 🙂

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