Well, that’s us. Halfway through the year! I can’t believe how quickly time is moving. This was a super busy month for me as I made more progress towards my new job, travelled to London for the Harry Potter studio tour (photos coming soon!) and said goodbye to my work colleagues at my leaving party. It’s been an emotional one! I’m really pleased with all that I managed to read while all that was going on. Let’s take a look, shall we?
The Missing Years by Lexie Elliott
My first read of the month was for a blog tour and I really enjoyed it. The setting of this story was almost a character in itself, something I always love in books, and the author created a superbly creeping Gothic atmosphere. I’d definitely recommend this if you like slow-burning thrillers!
I Will Not Be Erased by gal-dem
Walker Books very kindly sent me this collection of essays by marginalised voices. It’s such a valuable book, as well as being extremely readable. A very important read.
The Girl in Red by Christina Henry
I love Christina Henry’s dark fairytale retellings and this one was no exception. Reimagining the tale of Little Red Riding Hood in a post-apocalyptic world, this story was exactly the high quality I’ve come to expect from this author.
The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McClean
This was an entertaining summer thriller with a very strong setting. Slow-burning and sinister, now is the perfect time to pick this one up!
Horizontal Collaboration by Navie & Carole Maurel
I took a chance on this graphic novel and I’m so glad I did as both the story and the art were beautiful. It was a refreshing take on WWII fiction.
The Record Keeper by Agnes Gomillion
Titan Books sent me this one for their Instagram tour and it was so compelling! Set after WWIII and exploring past and present racial perceptions, this is an excellent debut. Full review coming soon!
The Pearl Sister by Lucinda Riley
This is the fourth book in the Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley, which I’ve raved about a number of times in the past. I’d say I enjoyed this one ever so slightly less than the previous three as the setting didn’t appeal to me as much. However, I’m really impressed with how much the author made me feel for what I’d previously viewed as an unlikable character!
Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle
I was highly disappointed with this one. I expected an atmospheric witchy read and got something rather boring and forgettable instead.
Somebody To Love: The Life, Death & Legacy of Freddie Mercury by Matt Richards & Mark Longthorne
Feeding into my Queen obsession, I read this biography about Freddie. I found it very informative, particularly about the AIDS epidemic, and it was very readable for non-fiction. I did find it slightly judgemental at times though.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
I finished off my reread of the Harry Potter series just in time to go to the Warner Bros studio tour in London! It was every bit as magical as I remembered and I don’t know why I waited so long to reread them or why I worried that I wouldn’t love it as much.
Total pages: 3974
Average pages per day: 132.5
Longest book: The Pearl Sister (682 pages)
Shortest book: Horizontal Collaboration (144 pages)
Favourite read of the month: The Girl in Red/Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Biggest disappointment of the month: Spellbook of the Lost and Found
Male authors: 1
Female authors: 9
Wow, a very female-heavy month! How many books did you read this month? Let me know your favourite in the comments below (I have a giftcard to spend so I’m looking for recommendations!) x