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Literary Life: June in Review

What. A. Month.

It started out great: bit of time off, started a great new job. Then went decidedly down hill when a considerable portion of who I will begrudgingly refer to as people voted for us to leave the EU. Some for reasons I understand, even if I don’t agree, and some because they are massive racists.

Scotland, should you happen to read this, please take me, Brighton, and Northern Ireland with you when you break from England (Cardiff, Liverpool, other Remainers, feel free to join us – I’ve thought of a great new county name…. Farrantia*, you’re enamoured, I can tell.)


Politics aside, it’s been an okay reading month, much like the last – I’m slowly rereading all of A Song of Ice and Fire. I’m averaging one book a week, and that’s not so bad. I also went through all the books I’ve not read (pictured) and got rid of any I knew I would never get to. My bookshelf audible sighed with relief. Objects have feelings too.

Currently Reading:

A Clash of Kings – George R.R. Martin



I’ve Read:

  1. The Book of Memory – Petina Gappah
  2. Sudden Death – Álvaro Enrigue
  3. The Night Manager – John le Carré
  4. Cat’s Eye – Margaret Atwood
  5. Contagious: How to Build Word of Mouth in the Digital Age – Jonah Berger
  6. A Game of Thrones – George R.R. Martin
  7. Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin

I FINALLY finished The Night Manager, after months of reading. And I can’t decide if The Book of Memory, Cat’s Eye, or Giovanni’s Room was the best book of the month. They all rock in their own way.

How was your literary June?


* My surname, with ‘ia’ for added grandeur. Sorry, not sorry.


16 thoughts on “Literary Life: June in Review

  1. The EU referendum result was definitely a low point in June. Not a great way to finish the month at all. Congratulations on finishing so many of your unread books! I always feel so guilty when I see all the unread books on my shelves. 🙂


    1. Thanks, me too, I’m still somehow acquiring them, but I’m trying to make my way through at the same time. At least now I’ve cut it down to books I definitely want to read.

      And yeah, what an awful end to June


  2. I’m having a major reading drought at the moment, just can’t seem to get into anything (this happens to me every so often!). You’re putting me to shame, some excellent reading here.


  3. My June was emotional, and July’s looking just as emotional so far — there was another police shooting of an unarmed black man this week. Well, several, of course, but this one happened in my home state so it feels more urgent and sudden than any of the other events like it. I would honestly like a break from tragedy.

    Which! Is why I have books! I anticipate a July full of cheerfulish books, but we’ll see what happens. I do have this history of Ethiopia that I’m pretty excited for, and that was never going to be a particularly “up” book. :p


  4. I think your new country has a lot of potential. 😀 Ahhh, politics. We recently had an election here and we didn’t know who the actually winner was for over a week, because the votes were so divided. >.<

    So many books. I still haven't read A Song of Fire and Ice yet. I will get there eventually. I have this weird thing where I can't decide if I want it in a real book or ebook. Doh.


    1. Oh gosh! It feels like we’re in an era of discontent.

      I would recommend getting it in both formats, but that is a bit of a waste of money haha. I did that with the lasted book in the series, so I could have the book but not break my wrists trying to read it.


  5. It was rather a tumultuous month even for people like me who live outside of the U.K.
    I need to read Giovanni’s Room.
    One book of A Song of Ice and Fire per week is anything but shabby. I want to read it some time. Bel-Ami is amazing, btw.


    1. Yeah, it’s not been great has it.

      Oh, I’ve not read one a week sadly. That would be epic if I had. More that I’m generally averaging one a book a week.

      I’m glad I kept Bel-Ami now 😀


  6. I seriously don’t understand how a person could enjoy a book if they read it in one day or even a week. For me, I have to make the book last at least a month as I’m a visionary person. I try to picture everything that is happening in the book itself i.e. The characters and what they all look like, the events and etc. I guess I’m just a weirdo? Though, if I didn’t do that with every single book I’ve read I would probably be half way through my reading goal of 20 books by now.

    I’ve actually started to read “Cinder” by Marissa Meyers, and “The Darkest Corners.” I’ve actually forgotten the author’s name on that book. The only reason why I’m starting to read books again is simply because I have only taken one class this summer – Math (I’m re-taking Algebra). I’m hoping to at least have one of these books read before summer ends.


  7. I could do with having a good sort out. I’ve tentatively started another #TBR20 with the aim of trying to read some of the books that have been sitting on the shelves at least 18 months or so. It’s slow going at the moment, but I’ll get there. What did you think of Sudden Death? I’ve heard lots of positive noises about it (mostly on Twitter).


    1. Good luck! Even after I donated a load of books I still feel I have too many I’m not reading. Sudden Death was good, but not the best book of my year.


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