As summer arrives, the number of books I read my slow as our world begins to open up a little more and I slowly leave the safety of my home. But it will remain an integral part of me and I am looking forward to some fantastic reads.
I am continuing to try to balance reading simply for pleasure, with book reviewing and have found some absolute gems that have patiently sat on my bookshelf waiting to be read.
What follows are the books that I read in June 2021.
The month started on a high with Everything Happens For A Reason, the stunning debut by Katie Allen. This is the moving story of Rachel after her son is stillborn and it is quite frankly wonderful.
Then came the bloody marvelous coming age story, Mary Jane A Novel by Jessica Anya Blau.
After this journey to 1970s Baltimore, I read Louise Beech’s moving and compelling This Is How We Are Human.
Note To Boy by Sue Clarke, a comedy about a boy looking for a home and a old lady, looking for a friend.
My next finished read was Uncoupling by Lorraine Brown. A gentle and uplifting read, which a very much enjoyed.
Next came a book I had been looking forward to read for some time after loving her first book The Salt Path! Raynor Winn’s The Wild Silence is a moving sequel and answered all the questions I was left with after finishing The Salt Path. Her writing is stunning and deeply moving.
Peter Ross’s A Tomb With A View is a stunning read. I loved both his writing and his fascination with our graveyards. During the first lockdown, I found a local church with a stunning view across to England and I took comfort from the silence and peace. It became my happy place, an odd thing to say I know, but it’s true and Peter Ross understands this and delivers a book about the stories and history of many of our glorious graveyards.
My final fiction read is by a writer I have always loved and I am glad to say I thought her latest offering a triumph. Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell is a beautifully written tale of loss and grief.
Well that was my reading for June 2021 and yet again, I was lucky to read some amazing books. We are only a few days into July and that trend is already set to continue.