The Book Corner: A June Reading Update

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June was a pretty epic reading month for me, I suppose that’s what happens when you have 50+ hours of flights to contend with, right?! Overall it was a month full of epic reads, which I’d most certainly recommend to others, i.e. you! Read on to discover my full June reading update and to see what I thought of this month’s ten reads…

Local Girl Missing by Claire Douglas

This book got me out of a mini reading rut, as it was super easy to read, was full of excellent twists and pulled me in from page one. A little disapointing in that the twists weren’t wholly unexpected but a good book nonetheless.

The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes by Ruth Hogan

I really didn’t like this book at all. I felt like the characters weren’t fully realised and the story was really forced and unbelievable. Which was really annoying as I adored Ruth’s first book, The Keeper of Lost Things. Don’t you hate when that happens?

A Thousand Perfect Notes by C G Drews

This was one of my favourite books of the year. Simply brilliant. It’s about a teenage boy who is a gifted musician who hates playing the piano thanks to an abusive mother with a failed music career who forces him to practice all the time. It sounds like it would be horrifying, I agree, but in actual fact it’s a beautifully written tale and so uplifting. Yes there are harrowing scenes but it’s so good it’s worth persevering with them.

Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

I love Sophie’s books for their easy, unputdownable reading. And they always seem ideal for the summertime. This one was no different and it’ll make the perfect beach read. It’s about a long-married couple’s attempts to make things less monotonous by surprising one another more often. Little do they realise the events that’ll unfold as they start to do new things.

The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle

This is the most beautiful tale of magic, family and facing your fears. It follows a young boy who goes to a remote island for the summer to stay with his grandfather, there he discovers family secrets, age-old hidden magic and that he might just be destined for greatness. It’s beautifully written and weaves a magical tale while also dealing with big issues – like depression and Alzheimers. It’s a stunning read.

Believe Me by J P Delaney

This was read one of the holiday, and what a way to start! It was brilliant. It was twisty, dark thriller of a book that kept me guessing right to the end. Granted I did see a few of the twists coming, but not all of them. It’s quite graphic and wrong at times but still a great read!

Suicide Club by Rachel Heng

This book had such an interesting premise – that people live to be 250+ years old thanks to advances in medicine and the world’s obsession with perfection – however the characters didn’t quite work for me. They weren’t developed enough and didn’t seem to act how I’d expected them to. I did really enjoy exploring the morality and concepts of what it means to be alive and the world’s obsessions with perfection and living a long life, but those bits let it down a little. Plus things were a little too neatly resolved for my liking. Having said all of that I still enjoyed this book and raced through it. You should definitely read it!

The Day of the Accident by Nuala Ellwood

I loved this book! It was an excellent thriller with twist after twist to keep you guessing. And even though I guessed the big twist it was still enjoyable. It tells the story of a mother who wakes up from a coma to learn that her husband’s left and her daughter’s dead after their car was swept into a river. It’s one of those books where you really can’t decide who is right and who is wrong, as much as you want to belief in certain characters. It’s so good!

Circe by Madeline Miller

This was a fascinating book and it’s really made me want to revisit the original greek myths as I don’t know enough about Circe. She’s such a fascinating character and I really felt like I was in her world with this book. It’s brilliantly described and such an interesting take on the mythology.

Circe tells the story of a daughter of Zeus who doesn’t have any powers, other than magic, which is certainly frowned upon by her fellow gods. She is also fascinated by mortals, another no go in the world she’s born into. Thanks to the magic and mortals she’s banished to an island where she’s left to her own devices and is able to hone her magical skills. Here she also crosses paths with a number of mythical figures – Icarus, Medea and the Minotaur.

The Mitford Murders by Jessica Fellowes

This is such a great book – it’s a fictional murder that takes place in the world inhabited by the real Mitford Sisters, when they’re young children. One of their nannies and the eldest sister hear of a murder and work to uncover what really happened. How is the family involved? What’s it got to do with the Great War? And will anyone take them seriously? It’s such a great book and I really hope they’re doing another one soon!

So there we go, my ten reads from June. Have you read any of them or have I encouraged you to pick any of these up off of your shelf?

-Fi x