June was the month of sweltering heat, cycling under the sun, listening to audiobooks and sipping iced coffee on a warm weekend with a book in my lap. I felt really productive this month, read some lovely books and even bought a lot of (secondhand) books that will expand my collection!
I bought three secondhand books from Facebook for a total of only 8 euros! What a steal. I definitely need to read more mysteries this year because last year it is one of my most read genres, but nowadays I haven’t been reading much of it. On the other hand no audiobooks were purchased this month.
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
With an enticing title, an eye-catching cover, and fascinating premise, this book is one of the most talked-about novel of the year, being nominated for the prestigious Women’s Prize for Fiction despite its fairly short length. The story is captivating, the plot not too fast-paced but always interesting and makes you want to kno more. It is indeed thrilling, but not what you’d expect from your typical mystery/thriller novel. It focuses more on these two sisters, their relationships, their lives, and family.
Overall, this book is definitely fun and entertaining. It’s quite twisted, engaging, has wonderful well-written characters, and is set in a great atmosphere.
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
It has been a while since I read a good YA fantasy novel, and personally I’m not a huge fan of faeries in general. I started this book just because it was on sale on Audible, and listening to it in audio definitely helped increase my enjoyment of it. I really liked the premise and the story of this world. The plot as okay but not amazing, some parts felt a little too forced and too sudden. I do however really like Black’s characters. Jude was wonderful to read about.
This is a great first book. It’s fun, exciting, has great potential, and at least I didn’t DNF it. I liked the characters a lot, and I wished for more chemistry between Jude and Cardon, because honestly, isn’t that why we are all here? Anyways, if you are a fan of YA fantasy you’ll probably like it. I’m already on towards the next book in the series!
The Western Wind by Samantha Harvey
Set in a secluded village in 1491, this skillfully crafted novel discusses how not everything is as it seems, and the interesting aspects of a church at that time. The story sets off on the fourth day of the eventful disappearance and death of one of the wealthiest and well-loved man in the village, Tom Newman. Our main character is John Reves, the only priest in the village, and through him hearing the villagers’ confessions in the confession box we slowly go back in time to find out what actually happened to Tom Newman and alongside that, the lives of the villagers who were intertwined with him.
Interesting characters and wonderful story, incredible craft writing style and plot wise. However this book didn’t really astound me or wow me, it’s slow, but a little too slow and at times I am reluctant to pick it up. I do really like the main character Reves, who is very interesting to read about. It’s not very incredible or groundbreaking in terms of the topic or the mystery, and all in all I wasn’t much in love with it, unfortunately.
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
This Man Booker nominee hit the literary storms when it was first published more than a year ago. Ever since, I’ve heard mixed reviews of the book but always was interested to pick it up. I really liked this book because of its themes and the message in conveys in its content. However I found that I didn’t really gel with any of the characters, and though the writing I felt wasn’t horrible, I also wasn’t in love with it. Overall it’s a good read, and something interesting and important to know about, but in general I didn’t think it deserved all the hype.
I will make a full-length review of this book, so definitely watch out for that book review, coming up soon.
I recently posted my Summer TBR, but it feels like the books I’m currently reading aren’t in that list, oops!
As this post is published I am having my lovely vacation in Switzerland! I have prepared three books that I only recently started for the trip. In my backpack I have my Kindle, in which I am currently reading They Call Me the Cat Lady by Amy Miller, which I received for free from NetGalley. I do not know much about it other than that it’s a whimsical story about a quiet, introverted cat lady! Excited for warm days sitting in the cafe by the lake while reading this.
Additionally I also have Elmet by Fiona Mozley (in paperback format) in my suitcase, just in case. I’m already around 50 pages into the book, and I’m loving the writing style so far. It’s so lyrical and beautiful. I’m interested to read more.
I’m also currently reading/listening to The Wicked King by Holly Black on Audible, ready when I’m in the mood to just sit and look at the scenery and listen to an audiobook. I’m around halfway through already because it’s such a readable story, and I’m quite liking it more than the first book so far.
What have you read in June? What are your Summer reading plans? Let’s talk about books in the comments down below!