June Wrap Up

I ended up reading thirteen books this month which is slightly less than the previous month. I am still proud of my reading progress and I also managed to complete my Goodreads challenge in June. I normally only manage to read 50 books per year or slightly more, however this year I am doing really well.

Shiverton Hall – Emerald Fennell 

Read: 1st June

Rated: 3 stars

Shiverton Hall was a very good middle-grade 9-12 book. I had picked it up for inspiration for my dissertation and it had a great plot and a few creepy parts which were lovely to see.

Synopsis

Arthur Bannister has been unexpectedly accepted into Shiverton Hall, which, as it turns out, is an incredibly spooky school, full of surprises. And it is just as well that Shiverton Hall has made its offer, because Arthur had a horrible time at his previous school, and was desperate to leave. Timely indeed . . .

But Arthur has no time to worry about the strange coincidence. He is too busy trying to make head or tail of Shiverton Hall, dogged as it is by tales of curses and bad fortune. At least there are a few friendly faces: George, who shows him around; also Penny and Jake. But not all the faces are friendly. There are the bullying Forge triplets for starters. And then there is the acid tongue of the headmistress, Professor Long-Pitt, who seems to go out of her way to make Arthur’s life a misery.

Luckily Arthur has his new friends to cheer him up. Although there are some friends that you don’t want to have at all, as Arthur is soon to find out.

 

The Graveyard Book 

Read: 3rd June

Rating: 4 Stars

The Graveyard book was amazing, Neil Gaiman pulled out all the stops for this book and I can see how it won awards. I read it after researching Neil Gaiman and Coraline.

Synopsis

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts.

There are dangers and adventures for Bod in the graveyard. But it is in the land of the living that real danger lurks for it is there that the man Jack lives and he has already killed Bod’s family.

The Fandom – Anna Day 

Read: 7th June

Rated: 3 Stars

The Fandom was a little cliche but overall was a good read. I listened to it on Audiobook.

Synopsis

Cosplay ready, Violet and her friends are at Comic-Con.

They can’t wait to meet the fandom of a mega movie, The Gallows Dance. What they’re not expecting is to be catapulted by freak accident into their favourite world – for real. Fuelled by love, guilt and fear, can the friends put the plot back on track and get out? The fate of the story is in their hands

Gemina – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff 

Read: 7th June

Rated: 4 stars

Review: Gemina and Obsidio – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Synopsis

Hanna Donnelly is the station captain’s pampered daughter and Nik Malikov is the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. Together they struggle with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, blissfully unaware that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall with news of the Kerenza invasion.

Obsidio – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Read: 10th June

Rated: 5 stars

Review: Gemina and Obsidio – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Synopsis 

Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion? 

Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. 

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.

Letters to the Lost – Brigid Kemmerer 

Read: 11th June

Rated: 4 stars

Letters to the lost was an interesting read and the presentation of the narrative was interesting. It was a really quick easy YA to get through and I enjoyed the plot and story.

Synopsis 

Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

The Shock of the Fall – Nathan Filer 

Read: 17th June

Rated: 4 Stars

Review: The Shock of the Fall – Nathan Filer

Synopsis 

‘I’ll tell you what happened because it will be a good way to introduce my brother. His name’s Simon. I think you’re going to like him. I really do. But in a couple of pages he’ll be dead. And he was never the same after that.’ 

Debut novel about one man’s descent into mental illness, following the death of his brother in childhood. Filer is a mental health nurse with a unique and startling insight into mental illness, and this book highlights a much-neglected subject.

Eve of Man – Giovanna and Tom Fletcher

Read: 17th June

Rated: 4 stars

Review: Eve Of Man – Giovanna and Tom Fletcher

Synopsis 

AGAINST ALL ODDS, SHE SURVIVED.
THE FIRST GIRL BORN IN FIFTY YEARS.
THEY CALLED HER EVE . . .

All her life Eve has been kept away from the opposite sex. Kept from the truth of her past.

But at sixteen it’s time for Eve to face her destiny. Three potential males have been selected for her. The future of humanity is in her hands. She’s always accepted her fate.

Until she meets Bram.

Eve wants control over her life. She wants freedom.

But how do you choose between love and the future of the human race?

13 Minutes – Sarah Pinborough

Read: 24th June

Rated: 4 stars

Review: 13 Minutes – Sarah Pinborough

Synopsis: 

Natasha’s sure that her friends love her. But does that mean they didn’t try to kill her?

Natasha is the most popular girl in school. So why was she pulled out of a freezing river after being dead for thirteen minutes? She doesn’t remember how she ended up in the icy water that night, but she does know this—it wasn’t an accident, and she wasn’t suicidal.

Now Natasha’s two closest friends, who are usually her loyal sidekicks, are acting strangely. Natasha turns to Becca, the best friend she dumped years before, to help her figure out the mystery.

At first Becca isn’t sure that she even wants to help Natasha. But as she is drawn back into Natasha’s orbit, Becca starts putting the pieces together. As an outsider, Becca believes she may be the only one who can uncover the truth…which is far more twisted than she ever imagined.

Cinder – Marissa Meyer 

Read: 27th

Rated: 4 stars

Review: Cinder – Marissa Meyer

Synopsis: 

CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation.

Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth’s future.

This is not the fairytale you remember. But it’s one you won’t forget.

Esio Trot – Roald Dahl 

Read: 27th June

Rated: 3 stars

Review: Esio Trot – Roald Dahl

Synopsis:

Mr Hoppy, a retired bachelor, harbours a secret passion for his neighbour, the lovely Mrs Silver. Unfortunately, she lavishes all her affection on another, Alfie, her pet tortoise. Mr Hoppy’s wildly ingenious plot to defeat his rival and win the love of his lady will delight and amaze, involving as it does a cryptic riddle and no fewer than a hundred and forty tortoises, large and small.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman 

Read: 28th June

Rated: 5 stars

Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman

Synopsis: 

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive – but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life. Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely any change is better than. . . fine?

Happy – Ferne Cotton 

Read: 29th June

Rated: 4 Stars

Review: Blog post up soon

Synopsis:  Happy – Ferne Cotton

For many of us, life can feel like it’s moving too fast with pressure bearing down on us from all sides – whether that’s from school or work, family or social media. As a result, we find ourselves frazzled, lost and – too often – feeling blue.

It’s a subject close to Fearne’s heart. Drawing on her own experiences and including expert advice, HAPPY offers practical ways of finding joy each and every day.

Happiness isn’t a mountain to climb, it’s just one foot in front of the other on the path of life, and here you’ll find little steps that will help make the differences that count.

With workbook elements to help you start and end the day well; get in touch with your creative side; and find peace through written exercises, simple practical ideas and visualisations, these are daily tricks and reminders to help you unlock that inner happiness.

 

My Month has gone very well with reading as I haven’t been hooked on anything else. Also being on a book buying ban has helped immensely with trying to cut down my TBR. However, I have now started buying books again now its June.

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