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June Summary and Plans for July

June was a good month for me. It was my birthday and I had a fantastic day out in London with my husband and a lovely party with friends. The warmer weather enabled me to sit in the garden and so I probably read slightly more than usual too.

Overall the quality was good and I abandoned very few books. The highlights were The Noonday Demon: An Anatomy of Depression by Andrew Solomon and My Notorious Life by Kate Manning. After writing my review I realised that Andrew Solomon is the only author I’ve given two five stars to. This makes him my new favourite author! It feels a bit strange having a non-fiction author in the top spot as I always thought I preferred fiction, but I think my tastes are slowly changing and I can see myself reading more non-fiction in the future. 

Books of the month

The Noonday DemonMy Notorious Life by Madame X

Books Reviewed in June

The Noonday Demon: An Anatomy of Depression by Andrew Solomon 

My Notorious Life by Kate Manning 

The Dinner by Herman Koch 

Dirty Work by Gabriel Weston 

The Blue Fox by Sjón 

The Round House by Louise Erdrich 

Watership Down by Richard Adams 

The Wall by Marlen Haushofer 

Up High in the Trees by Kiara Brinkman 


Plans for July

My post about 2013 being a disappointing year for fiction highlighted some fantastic books that I hadn’t read yet. I put them all to the top of my TBR pile and as a result I think I have an amazing month ahead. I’m a bit worried that I’ll leave no good books for the rest of the year, but hopefully I’ll be able to unearth more as time goes on. It can’t be possible to read too many good books in one month can it?!

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

The View on the Way Down by Rebecca Wait

The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner

A Man In Love by Karl Ove Knausgaard

We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates

Kiss Me First by Lottie Moggach

The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida

Benediction by Kent Haruf

I hope you have a wonderful July!