Welcome to a series of posts that chart my wonderful reading year, 2020. I don’t have the time to review all the books I read and wanted I way to celebrate each one. So I’m going to do a monthly post of all the wonderful books I’ve reading that month. Short snappy reviews, simple comments about why I enjoyed them so much.
It is a scary world out there at the moment and my reading is suffering, but I keeping it up and hoping my reading mojo doesn’t disappear totally.
Sending Cwtches to all those that need one.
So welcome to my celebration of my reading in June 2020.
I started off this month with the children’s book Felix The Fox and His Awesome Odd Socks by Katie Dodd. A gentle and yet powerful story about accepting what makes us different and celebrating diversity.
After this came The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman. A magical and thrilling read, full of tales of adversity and triumph. Very much as the book above does, it shows difference is a thing of beauty and that allowing it to be mocked and exploited demeans us.
My first non-fiction read in June was Slatehead – The Ascent of Britain’s Slate-Climbing by Peter Goulding. It is a fascinating look of how the slate mines in Wales have become the centre of a community of climbers.
Following on Slatehead was Station Eleven by Emily St.John Mandel! Powerful story, very moving in places, but did I enjoy it? I can’t say I did, not because it is a bad book, far from it, it’s brilliantly written, but it was just too close to current events for me and I struggled with it, simply for personal reasons.
Then came the thriller Safe by S K Barnett, clever, thrilling and a cracking read.
I Know The Truth by M A Comely was a fast and enjoyable read. Just what I needed currently.
Next came the brilliant and yet terrifying The Waiting Rooms by Eve Smith. A story that given our current situation particularly resonates now.
It was another Orenda Books title I read next, Blood Red City by Ron Reynolds. I love discovering new authors to me and after reading this superb thriller, I am a confirmed fan of this author!
The Paper Bracelet by Rachael English was a very enjoyable and moving story around the homes for single mothers in Ireland and the forced adoption of their children.
Well that was my reading month for June 2020. Where the world still seems a scary place, but chinks of light give us cause for hope and where books are still my safe place to be.
Welcome July, I wonder what reading wonders you will bring my way?