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Monthly Round-Up: June

I don’t know about you, but I like to be organised. I like to keep a list of books I’ve read, just so I can keep track of where I’m up to with my reading/obsessive book buying. I don’t review every book I read on here, for a variety of reasons. Sometimes I don’t have enough to say about a book to dedicate a whole post to it, and sometimes I don’t enjoy a book to the point where I really struggle to find anything good to say.

So, instead of reviewing everything I read, I thought I’d do a little monthly round-up and let you all know what books I’ve read this month. I love reading other bloggers monthly round-ups, and I think its a good idea. I might not love a book enough to review it, but if I don’t mention it, maybe someone out there will never pick it up and miss out on a possible favourite book! Without further ado, here’s what I’ve been reading this month…

I’ll Eat When I’m Dead by Barbara Bourland

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I was excited about this book, I really was. The cover caught my eye, the blurb sounded promising, and- to be honest- the first quarter or so was gripping. But then… well, it lagged. I feel like ‘I’ll Eat When I’m Dead’ would of worked better as two novellas, because the second half of the novel just felt completely different to the first. From the blurb, I was expecting a gripping thriller that was like a cross between ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ and ‘American Psycho’- after all, that’s exactly what the front cover told me, in no uncertain terms. But the ‘American Psycho’ side of things was really not quite there, and the whole book left me feeling disappointed.

In A Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

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I reviewed this book a few days ago (you can find that post here) and honestly, I really enjoyed it. Ware has a talent for writing a good, flowing thriller; there was plenty of suspense, some untrustworthy characters, and the ending was a real surprise. I recommend this to anyone who’s just dipping their toes into the thriller genre, because its not too full on, and is easy to follow.

The Break by Marian Keyes

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Earlier this month, I praised Marian Keyes’ excellent live show, and was really excited to read her latest novel, ‘The Break’. It did not disappoint; it was heart-warming, heart-breaking and hilarious… everything you want from a Marian Keyes novel. It’s a nice, easy read, and perfect for those days when you just feel a bit down in the dumps. I recommend this book to anyone who needs a little boost on a blue day.

Believe Me by J.P Delaney

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I was ridiculously overjoyed to read this. I really enjoyed Delaney’s first novel, ‘The Girl Before’, so was eager to see what wild story I’d be introduced to next. I could not, even in my most imaginative moments, have prepared myself for ‘Believe Me’. It was truly a rollercoaster, but I don’t want to give anything away! My review of ‘Believe Me’ will be up over the next few days, and it will be published in late July (you can pre-order it on Amazon now).

Currently Reading…

Postcards From A Stranger by Imogen Clark 

I’m only a few chapters in, and already I’m hooked. There’s definitely some intrigue building, and I love Imogen Clark’s decision to switch the narrative perspective between two characters in two different time periods. I’m excited to finish it, and will most likely be posting a review in July!

Burying The Honeysuckle Girls by Emily Carpenter

I loved ‘Every Single Secret’, but I’m really struggling to get through ‘Burying The Honeysuckle Girls’, the first novel by Emily Carpenter. I’m not entirely sure why I’m finding it so hard to finish, because the premise of the novel is right up my street. I think my main roadblock is how much I hate the protagonist; she’s spoilt, rude, and just plain mean at times. But, I really want to get through it, because I’ve read so many rave reviews. Maybe I’ll eventually finish it in July… watch this space!

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