June Reads 2019

June has been a massive month of reading, writing, bookstagramming and blogging….I have been making lots of bookish friends and have even joined my first buddy read. I am pretty pleased to say that I have read 43/50 books on my Goodreads 2019 challenge and am wondering if I should have challenged myself to read slightly more. I had no idea when I started reading again how big a part of my life it was going to become.

This month I read 11 books – 8 physical ‘hold in my hand’ books, 2 books on my Kindle app and 1 audiobook. Not all of them amazing but quite a few I would highly recommend picking up.

So with coffee in hand, here’s a quick overview of June’s reads:

Where’d you go Bernadette? by Maria Semple – 4/5 – Highly recommend this fast-paced, interesting read, with its quirky characters and thought provoking themes, delivered in a genuinely life-affirming way. One of my favourites for June. Full book review here.

The Sound of Waves by Yulio Mishima – 2/5 – Maybe something got lost in the translation but I really didn’t enjoy this book and if I’m honest I was quite annoyed…by the characters, the concept and the delivery.

Milkman by Anna Burns – 2/5 – Disappointing and tedious. I was so excited to read this book, having seen so many good reviews but for me it just did not live up to the hype. Full book review here.

99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne – 4/5 – This was perfect as a pick-me-up after the last two reads. A quick and easy romance, because sometimes you just need to zone out and let a book wash over you without too much thought.

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary – 4/5 – Heartwarming and adorable. I fell a little bit in love with both Tiffy and Leon…their unusual romance gave me all the feels. For a debut novel this was brilliant….I can’t wait to read Beth O’Leary’s next offering in 2020.

Becoming by Michelle Obama (Audiobook) – 4/5 – As I have said all over Bookstagram, this was amazing as an audiobook. Intimate and insightful, this book is an awe-inspiring look into the heart of a truly beautiful human being. I admit to knowing very little about Michelle Obama – her background, her education, her family life – before reading this memoir, but I feel blessed that I was given the opportunity to get to know her through her own words.

The Farm by Joanne Ramos – 4/5 – Almost a 5 star read, it has taken me quite a while to get my head around this one….a sign of a worthwhile novel? I think so….full review to come.

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert – 5/5 – Absolutely loved it!!! Not at all how I expected to feel being so reluctant to read it at first. Not knowing what to expect from a novel by Elizabeth Gilbert; and having never read any of her previous fictional works; I was pleasntly suprised. This has become one of my favourite reads of 2019 so far.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – 4/5 – I read this compelling book in one sitting; after seeing it recommended repeatedly since the TV adaptation’s release. I found the novel to be intensely powerful and haunting; with more than a few moments where I had to put the book down and remind myself to breathe….so much so that, I don’t think I’ll be rushing to watch the TV series any time soon…there are just some things I don’t need to see lived on screen.

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer – 3/5 – I was initially excited to read this book; being that it is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast (my favourite fairytale…oh that library!); but I think I might have liked it better without the ‘retelling’. The story itself was good, the characters well written, but I think I was expecting more romance, less action; closer to the original tale; and that for me is what made it only 3 stars.

While You Were Reading by Ali Berg and Michelle Kalus – 4/5 – This is a true booklovers’ book complete with bookish references, quotes, bookstagram and coffee. Highly recommend if you are looking for a fun and easy read.

Want to share your thoughts and feelings about any of these books or anything else you are reading? I would love to hear from you. Comment below.