The start of June already feels so long ago! With a fairly relaxed start of the month we then had a stag do, surprise hen party and a birthday celebration in the space of 9 days. June also saw the return of the fan to our bedroom in a rather pathetic attempt to keep the temperatures down and me trying to cram in as many books as possible before HPReadathon kicked off.
The Honeymooner* ~ Quite mixed feelings about this one, after a bit of a struggled start it grew on me as the characters started to calm down, would be a great read to get you in the mood for a sunny holiday. Full thoughts here.
Innocence ~ Another of the seven books released for Roald Dahl’s centenary, Innocence is half autobiography of Dahl’s childhood and half short stories, I have a feeling that at least one of the short stories had been included in one of the other anthologies which I thought was a bit cheeky so 3 stars.
Are We Nearly There Yet? ~ This is the third of Lucy Vine’s books I’ve read, think Eat Pray Love meets blogging, 3 stars.
Why We Sleep ~ This is bursting with facts and as well as all the interesting things it taught me this also taught me that reading about sleep makes me sleepy. Not ideal for someone that does most of their reading in the evening. I’ve recommended this to so many people already and its got me thinking a lot more about my own sleep pattern and what I can do throughout the whole day to make sure I’m getting the rest my body needs, 4 stars.
Becoming ~ I’ve waited for months for my library reservation on this to come through but it was well worth it. At over 400 pages I thought it was going to be a struggle to fit it into my three week loan period, particularly with HP Readathon starting a week after I got my hands on it but I needn’t have worried I fell a little bit in love with this book and it took me through all the emotions, 5 stars.
Not A Drop To Drink ~ Really torn on my rating for this one, it took a fair bit of getting into but I did enjoy it and I would read the sequel if I stumbled across it in the library, 3 stars.
Wide Sargasso Sea ~ Personally I class Jane Eyre as one of my favourite books, so when this came up as Lauren’s Patreon Book Club pick for June I was looking forward to reading it. Wide Sargasso Sea focuses on the first Mrs Rochester who appears in Jane Eyre as Bertha, a madwoman kept in the attic, starting with her childhood and a focus on her early married life, I found this to be readable but not completely enjoyable, possibly because of how attached I am to my own perceptions of the characters, 2 stars.
Minutes from the Miracle City* & The Nail House* ~ This is from the next set of Fairlight Moderns being released next week, there’ll be a post up on release day with more in depth thoughts on three of the new novellas, 4 & 3 stars respectively.
Animal ~ Sara Pascoe’s first book, primarily an autobiography Sara talks about what it means to live in a female body, plenty of laugh out loud moments, heart-wrenching stories and several hard hitting uncomfortable facts; one of the books I wish I could have given to 15 year old me, 3 stars.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone ~ I actually listened to a large chunk of this on audiobook which is pretty new for me but with a a very roadwork heavy drive to my parents scheduled in for the Friday afternoon it seemed like a good opportunity to catch up with the readathon. I love this every time I read this, 5 stars.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ~ Still my second to least favourite, but still a classic, 5 stars.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban ~ One of my favourites, I had a great Friday evening car journey getting lost in the last 150pages of this, 5 stars.
A Journey Through Charms and Defence Against The Dark Arts & A Journey Through Potions and Herbology ~ These weren’t part of the readathon but the first two History of Magic e-books came out right at the end of the month. I wasn’t sure what to expect but its a lovely combination of Harry Potter insights crossed with actually history, very interesting to learn where JK got a lot of her inspiration from and how much of what’s included in the books is rooted in actual historical theory. 4 stars.
Titles marked * have been provided for free in exchange for an honest review.