So it’s that time again, as another month comes to an end (where does the time go?) I once again find myself musing over the wonderful books I discovered this month and the ones that I hope to read in July.
I have to say I feel I did rather well in my reading choices this June, off all the books I chose I loved each and every one. I started of reading Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, this book was selected as part of my book group which is probably just as well, as despite having it on my book shelf for years I’ve never felt inclined to actually pick it up. More fool me really because I soon found myself immersed in the story and touched by the beautiful way Adichie wrote it.
Next up was the wonderful One Day, which if you have read my review you will know I loved. I found the book a pleasure to read, honest, frank and definitely a thought-provoking read. I felt a distinct sense of loss when I finished it, a reluctance to leave Dexter and Emma. I can’t wait to read another of David Nicholls books. Can anyone recommend any? I’ve been told Starter For Ten is a winner.
Next up I read The Novel in the Viola which I’m yet to review so will refrain from saying too much just yet. Needless to say within the first few pages I was spell-bound by Natasha Solomon’s storytelling and it’s a book I’m excited to review. I haven’t met anyone yet who hasn’t been bowled over by this book, it looks set to be hot on everyone’s lips this summer.
And lastly I took a bit of a break from novels and dipped into a few short stories. Years a go I bought Paulo Coelho’s short story collection Like The Flowing River: Thoughts and Reflections, and although I’ve never felt inclined to read through the whole thing I have, as and when it took my fancy, dipped into some of the short stories. Anyone familiar with Coelho will know his stories are deep and philosophical, giving you plenty to think about, I’ve willed away a few nights this month picking my way through his short stories and musing through the subject matter.
I’ve decided not to set myself any reading targets for July, I never manage to read them anyway. instead I have an alluring pile of books waiting for me at home, desperate to be read, so this month I intend to work through that pile as and when I fell like it, depending on whatever it is I fancy. On the list is;
The poison Tree by Erin Kelly
Crow Lake by Mary Lawson
Catherine Howard by Suzannah Dunn
The Resurrectionist by James Bradley
The Crying Tree by Naseem Rakha
The Boy in the stripped pajamas by John Boyne
In the Country of men by Hisham Matar
So that’s my TBR list and hopefully I’ll get through a fair few of them. Are there any you would strongly recommend? I will definitely be reading The God of small Things as part of a Book Group, has anyone read this? do you have any thoughts on this book?
So what are you reading this month and what brilliant reads did you discover in June? I’d love to hear your thoughts as always.