I went on a bit of book buying splurge last month (I’d like to say that this doesn’t happen very often or that it was just a result of starting the blog but it does happen quite a lot and I don’t really need an excuse to buy books…)
June has brought me:
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce – having hit the top of a few bestseller lists over the past few months, I thought it was finally time to give Joyce’s Harold Fry a whirl.
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke – a story about books, reading and bringing characters to life, yes please! Saw this in a charity shop in Shrewsbury and had to have it.
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón – I’m really excited about starting this book. I was recommended this book by two colleagues on two separate occasions and when I saw other Zafón titles being consumed by other reading commuters I took it as a sign and bit the bullet!
Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery – after writing my Fathers in Fiction feature, I realised that I hadn’t read Anne of Green Gables for years and, despite watching the brilliant Megan Fellows adaptations, hadn’t delved any further into literary world of Anne. Situation hopefully rectified!
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys – there have been some brilliant reviews about this book, Sepetys’ debut novel, as well as her second offering Out of Easy. Thought I’d start at the beginning and see how I go.
My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher – I used to work for a children’s bookshop, Under the Greenwood Tree, and was handed the proof of Pitcher’s Ketchup Clouds which I thoroughly enjoyed. As an award-winning book with an unfamiliar premise, I can’t wait to sample My Sister Lives…
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay – recommended to me an age and a half ago, I have never heard anything but good things about this one so fingers crossed it lives up to its reputation (must read with an open mind and not too much expectation!)
And the reason I don’t go home very often…
I always come back loaded down with literature! I discovered a box of books hiding in my room that I hadn’t looked through in a long while and, with two trips to Shrops in last month, reclaimed the following beauties to reread and review:
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
Charlotte’s Web by EB White
One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night by Christopher Brookmyre
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lingren
White Boots by Noel Streatfeild
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola
Finally, I belong to a very informal but lovely book group. We meet up once a month to discuss what we’ve read, what we’d recommend, and to have a general chat about all things literary – accompanied by tea and cake! Most of us work in the literary world and so I was able to pick up my last two titles from them:
I imagine that little lot will keep me busy for a while – what will you be reading this month?