Monthly Round-Up: June 2019

June is over, and we are officially half way throughout the year. I can’t believe we’re already in July, in my head it still feels like March.

I read 11 books in June, but I’ve only published five reviews. I’m planning to post reviews this week for a few of them, and then hopefully stay on top of July’s books.

What I Read

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A Face in the Crowd – This was my first approval on NetGalley. This was a really interesting story that made me think about the situation Lucy was in, and how I’d react in a similar situation.

The Honeymoon – This was a book that I wanted to like, but couldn’t get past my issues with the characters to connect with the story properly. I have seen reviews from other bloggers who enjoyed it, and I think I would have without my general dislike for romance.

Dead Inside – I bought this after seeing all of the reviews. I really liked the story, and have already pre-ordered the next book in the series.

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Degrees of Guilt – I absolutely loved this book. I was hooked and read the entire book in one sitting. Watch this space for my full revew.

55 – I enjoyed this, but I felt as though it didn’t live up to it’s full potential. It was a really interesting idea that I thought could have been explored more.

Ten Little Astronauts – I really liked the idea of this book, a classic Agatha Christie-esque murder story, but set in space. Sadly this didn’t live up to my expectations. It was shorter than expected (the end was about 60% through the book) and didn’t really explore the story or build up tension.

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The Sunday Girl – This was my first blog tour, and a really intense read. I’m already waiting for the next book by Pip Drysdale.

The Perfect Betrayal – I adored this book. The ending blew me away, and I’m recommending this to anyone who will listen to me.

Find Me – I didn’t connect with this story. I’m not a fan of stories, in any form, that flick between two time periods, and this didn’t engage me enough to make up for that.

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The Closer I Get – I bought this after seeing a lot of reviews on the blog tour. I’m not quite sure what I think about this, and it will definitely be something I’ll re-read to look for anything that I missed.

Nightflyers – This was a short story that I thought could have easily been a full length novel to develop the characters more, and build up more suspense, but was still an enjoyable read.

Plans for July

I’m feeling pretty ambitious for July, I already have a list of ten books that I want to read in the next fortnight.

Work is promising to get more busy this month, rather than less, but that’s made me more determined to set aside time for reading. I’ve signed up 24 in 48 later this month so I’m hoping that will give a nice boost to my reading goals (mostly it’s an excuse to spend the entire weekend reading).

How are your reading goals going so far? Do you have any exciting plans for July?

March Round Up

March was a really busy month at work, so I didn’t read as much as I would have liked. I finished ten books in March, and DNF’d two.

Read

Solaris – 2/5 stars
This sounded interesting, but I felt like it didn’t really go anywhere.

Sphere – 3/5 stars
This was an interesting idea, but I thought that parts of it were rushed, and the end was disappointing.

The Detainee – 2/5 stars
I liked the idea behind this book, but it felt like it was just building to the next book in the series, and I don’t care enough about any of the characters to want to carry on reading.

Her Last Move – 3/5 stars
This was a standard crime thriller, enjoyable, but nothing special

The Halloween Tree – 3/5 stars
This is the first Ray Bradbury book I’ve read, and it was fun, if quite strange.

Lost Boy – 4/5 stars
This was a wonderful retelling of Peter Pan and I loved reading about Jamie before he became Captain Hook.
Read my full review here.

I Thought I Knew You – 4/5 stars
This was another great read. I’m not sure if books dealing with rape are becoming more common, or if I’ve read more of them recently but this was really interesting.
Read my full review here.

Take Me In – 2/5 stars
I wanted to like this, but I just couldn’t connect with the story.
Read my full review here.

Witness – 4/5 stars
This was a good thriller. There was a lot going on to keep you interested.
Read my full review here.

In Bloom – 2/5 stars
Parts of this were funny/enjoyable but it didn’t really have a plot.
Full review to follow this week

Did Not Finish

Beartown – I accidentally placed a hold for this on Libby so I thought I’d try it, even though it’s not something I’d usually read. I thought the first chapter was quite gripping, but then the focus and description afterwards was all about hockey and I quickly lost interest.

Repressed – I didn’t realise that this was a romance when I borrowed it, and I found a lot of the descriptions and scenarios too annoying to continue with the book.

This Month

I’m doing two readathons this month so I’m hoping to read at least 22 books. I also got my first review copy in the post this morning so I’m going to be reading that as soon as I can.