I have previously received PR products from Penguin and HarperCollins. Images in this post feature On Beauty, which is published by Penguin. Books published by Penguin or HarperCollins are marked with [PR relationship] when mentioned.
June is over! The months really do fly by. This also means I should do a check-in on my Spring TBR…
Books on my Spring TBR: 25
Books I Read in Spring: 34
Books I Read from the TBR: 18
Books Left on the Spring TBR: 7
Definitely could’ve done worse with that! I did read quite a few books that weren’t on the TBR because of joining book clubs and finding some other books I really wanted to read ASAP.
How did I do in May?
Books on the May TBR: 13
Books Read in May: 13
Books I Read from the TBR: 12
Books Left on the TBR: 1 (On my Currently Reading pile!)
[PR relationship] Gravity’s Rainbow is my new long-term project, so although I’ve started it this month, I don’t expect to finish it for a while. I enjoy having a challenging long-term project to go alongside my other reads, so I’m not upset I didn’t finish it this month. I just wanted to start it, and I have!
Okay, let’s get down to what I thought of my May reads!
- [PR relationship] The Poppy War – R.F. Kuang. 3 stars.
I don’t often read fantasy, but I do love historical fiction, and reading about books set in different cultures, so I was drawn to this. Plus, it was voted as the June Read for Black Lotus Book Club (run by Lexie @ BlackLotusReads)! It was enjoyable, but I struggled to connect to the characters which held it back a little for me! Find my GoodReads review here.
- The Clocks in this House All Tell Different Times – Xan Brooks. 3.5 stars.
Another historical fiction, this one post-WWI in England. This was a hard one to rate, honestly. I found the characters more engaging in this one, more complex, but there still felt like there was something… lacking. You can find my full review here.
TW: This book includes child prostitution, drug abuse, and suicide.
- The Buried Giant – Kazuo Ishiguro. 4 stars.
I only knew Ishiguro from Never Let Me Go, and I was expecting something similar from The Buried Giant. What I wasn’t expecting was dragons and Arthurian Knights, but hey, that’s what I got! Check out my review on GoodReads.
- [PR relationship] Daisy Jones & The Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid. 4 stars.
This was the first read my bookclub, Daisy Book Club, picked! If you want to join us for our next read, you can find out more here. This was actually the first audiobook I listened to, and I loved that it had a full cast! Find my full review here!
- The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald. 4 stars. REREAD!
This was my second time reading The Great Gatsby, and I read it for the first ever read of the Let’s Get Classical Book Club! When people think of the 1920s, they think of The Great Gatsby, and no wonder. It definitely stands up to a reread! Find my review on GoodReads.
- [PR relationship] On Beauty – Zadie Smith. 4.25 stars.
Can’t believe I only just read my first Zadie Smith novel! This is a really interesting and thought-provoking read about race, class, coming-of-age, infidelity and familial relationships. You can find a full review on my blog!
- Citizen: An American Lyric – Claudia Rankine. 4.5 stars.
This was the second audiobook I listened to and again, I really feel like this text worked so well as an audiobook. It’s a poem about race in America, so it’s a blend of non-fiction and poetry. I was really intrigued by the format, which is why I chose to listen to it, and it was a great listen. My only issue is that I think the book includes images, which obviously I missed out on with listening to the audiobook. Again, I posted a review to GoodReads if you want to know more!
- The Victim – P.D. James. 3.5 stars.
One of the Faber 90 series, which I am striving to read all of. If you’re after a dark short story about relationships, revenge and psychology, this one’s for you! I could’ve stood to see a bigger twist at the end, but it’s a great quick read if you’re into dark revenge stories. I wrote a little review on GoodReads if you want to know more!
- Let the Old Dead Make Room for the Young Dead – Milan Kundera. 3.75 stars.
This is another of the Faber 90 short stories! The characters in this are great, and I’m excited to read more by Kundera — I have one of his books on my shelf waiting to be read, and this short story has bumped the novel up my priority list. Check out my review on GoodReads!
- [PR relationship] Emma – Jane Austen. 3.5 stars.
My first ever buddy read with Amy @ ReadDreamLiveNow! I really enjoyed the book and the buddy read experience. We split the book into the three volumes and had a little chat about how we were feeling after each volume. I don’t think I loved this quite as much as I did Pride and Prejudice, but it still has a place in my heart. Read my review on GoodReads!
- [PR relationship] Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami. 4 stars.
This was the first book I actually managed to read for the Murakami Reading Group! I’ve previously only read Men Without Women by Murakami. This book was much weirder than I expected, having only Men Without Women to base my expectations on. Everything in it was so unexpected, and I’m now very intrigued to read more by Murakami! My review is on GoodReads.
- Hamnet – Maggie O’Farrell.
- Patient X – David Peace.
I’m also currently listening to So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo via Libby! It’s been very thought provoking so far, but I haven’t finished listening yet, so that will be in my July Wrap Up.
And that was May!! What about my plans for June?
So we’ll start off with my Book Club reads for June!
- Queenie – Candice Carty-Williams (Daisy Book Club)
- [PR relationship] Sputnik Sweetheart – Haruki Murakami (Murakami Reading Group)
I also have 6 eARCs to read, which were kindly sent to me either via the publisher, or NetGalley. That’s a total of 8 books before I even get into any of my other books! I’m not sure how many more I’ll get through, but I’d like to read…
- [PR relationship] Girl, Woman, Other – Bernadine Evaristo.
- Dominicana – Angie Cruz.
- [PR relationship] Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte.
And I’ll be continuing to work my way through the monster that is [PR relationship] Gravity’s Rainbow. Send me best wishes, it’s going to be a long and bizarre ride!
Now that I’ve discovered Libby, I’m also listening to a few audiobooks. I think I’m quite picky with what I listen to instead of read, but as I said above, I’m currently listening to So You Want to Talk About Race and I also have [PR relationship] How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi on my loans shelf, so that’s my next audiobook. I like listening to nonfiction and poetry mostly. I’m not sure about listening to novels unless the format of the novel really lends itself to it (like [PR relationship] Daisy Jones and the Six). Finishing these two titles as well would bring me to 13 books read in July
Let me know in the comments what you read in June, or what you plan to read in July!