After my belated What I Read In May, I was determined to have this post for June up on the 1st of July. However, it’s only the 6th when I finally started writing more than just the title to this post which is due to a number of reasons which include the fact that I wasn’t writing but I was already reading! However, that isn’t for today’s post as today I want to talk about the books which I got to in June and spoiler alert – there is a lot!
First Time Reads:
- More Than We Can Tell By Brigid Kemmerer
- Memory in Death By J.D Robb
- Haunted in Death By J.D Robb
- Dooku: Jedi Lost (audiobook)
- Born in Death By J.D Robb
- Evidence of the Affair By Taylor Jenkins Reid (audiobook)
- Innocent in Death By J.D Robb
- The Curious Heart of Alisha-Rae By Stephanie Butland
- Creation in Death By J.D Robb
- Call It What You Want By Brigid Kemmerer
- Eternity in Death By J.D Robb
- The Paper and Hearts Society By Lucy Powrie
I think it’s fair to say that this month J.D Robb dominated my reading, which she has been for the past few months. As the ‘In Death’ series spans over 50 novels with quite a few novellas too now, I really am determined to catch up by the time ‘Golden in Death’ is released. The series is fantastic, futuerist crime with each novel focusing on specific cases though there are still quite a few recurring characters which pop up now and again. My favourite from the series this month had to be Innocent in Death because of how chilling it was – I couldn’t put the book down determined to see if my theory was correct.
I also read a few Brigid Kemmerer books, following a reread of ‘Letters to the Lost’ and so glad I picked up its companion novel. I was even more delighted to find that ‘Call it What You Want’ was being released this month – I found out as I saw it in my local bookshop and immediately picked it up. I love Kemmerer’s writing style and the stories which she is able to create – especially when they feature dua narratives. I have a review of her latest which should appear sometime soon on this blog.
As anyone who has been reading this blog for a while will know is that I adore Stephanie Butland’s novel, ‘Lost for Words’ which I seem to be habitually rereading every year. I’ve had her latest novel, The Curious Heart of Alisha-Rae on my bookcase for a while now and finally picked it up. We meet Alisha and her blog as she enters her new life post-transplant. With a mixture of flashbacks, blog posts and present-day scenes, we really get to know Alisha as she starts to come to terms with her new life and the possibility a transplant has given her. Throughout the novel we see her grow, especially when she begins to make her own choices rather than asking her followers to vote on what she should now be doing. A fiercely brilliant novel that focusing on life post-illness and taking life by the hand and living the adventure – so to speak.
Now I must talk about the book that everyone is talking about at the moment and that is The Paper and Hearts Society which is written by Lucy Powrie, a UKYA advocate blogger and writer. I heard so many people talk about how they enjoyed this book and that it was a book that their younger selves would have enjoyed and needed. I can only say that I can’t agree more with this sentiment. An easy-going and enjoyable read, I finished this in a single day! My favourite character was definitely Ed and I have decided he must be protected at all costs!
- Letters to the Lost By Brigid Kemmerer
- Perks of Being a Wallflower By Stephan Chobsky
- Wonder By R.J Palacio
- Auggie and Me By R.J Palico
- Bitter Spirits By Jenn Bennett
- Grim Shadows By Jenn Bennett
- Grave Phantoms By Jenn Bennett
At the start of this month, I felt quite unsure of myself, especially after handing in the last of my university essays and receiving the first of many rejections from jobs I’ve been applying for. Whenever I tend to feel like this, I end up going back to the books I most enjoyed and because of this, I ended up rereading quite a few books this month too.
Letters to the Lost is one of my favourite books and is one which deals with grief in a complex way. But that’s because of what grief is, it is complex and often I don’t feel like that’s dealt with as well in fiction as it could be. It’s probably why I picked it up again because it acts as a wonderful reminder that we are not alone and although everyone grieves differently that we still grieve. Perhaps that’s a confusing sentiment but it’s one which brings me a little bit of comfort.
Perks of Being a Wallflower, Wonder and Auggie and Me are books which I haven’t picked up since I first read them. But both have good messages within them, for Wonder, it is to always choose kindness, while Auggie and Me remind us to look at the bigger picture and to think of others. And with Perks, I always thought the lesson was that it’s okay to be who we are and to accept more than the love we think we deserve – that we will always be harder on ourselves than we should be.
Have you read any of these books? What books did you pick up during July and what did you think? Let me know down below in the comments section!