June Mini-Reviews

Sky Song – Abi Elphinstone

Sky Song

I picked this up from my bookshelf on a whim and I’m so glad I did. It was a magical tale, filled with courage, hope and friendship. The message of the story was beautiful and the atmosphere was reminiscent of Northern Lights. The author has an exquisite writing style and I would definitely recommend this to children and adults alike.


Agnes Grey – Anne Bronte

Agnes Grey

My latest Serial Reader choice was Agnes Grey as it’s one I hadn’t gotten around to reading yet but kept meaning to. It was a very quick read and certainly the least grim of all the Bronte books.


The Dead House – Harry Bingham

The Dead House by Harry Bingham

I’ve almost caught up with this series now and it still remains one of my favourite crime series for the unique protagonist and wonderful Welsh setting. I highly recommend this series to any crime fans.


There There – Tommy Orange

There There by Tommy Orange

Thanks to the brilliant team at Harvill Secker I was able to read this book early and it definitely didn’t disappoint. It’s a phenomenal debut novel revolving around the lives of a group of urban Indian Americans as they struggle with issues such as identity and belonging. It’s a definite must-read.


Metamorphoses – Ovid

Metamorphoses

I read half of this book years ago then put it down for some reason. When clearing out one of my bookshelves, I found it again and decided to finally finish it. I’m so glad I did as I really enjoyed it. The Penguin translation was engaging and definitely enhanced by knowledge of mythology.


Innocent Blood – P.D. James

My Litsy whodunnit book for this month was the first PD James I’ve read. Whilst I loved her writing style and cutting social commentary, the plot was quite boring and I found the victim-blaming disgusting. Not sure I’d read any others by this author.


We Were Liars – E. Lockhart

We Were Liars

I meant to keep this for my holiday but decided to pick it up and didn’t put it down until I’d finished. I thoroughly enjoyed it and didn’t see the twist coming. A great YA contemporary.


Almost Midnight – Rainbow Rowell

This cute book contains two short stories (the second of which I’d already read) accompanied by beautiful illustrations. Both stories were adorable and confirmed my love for Rainbow Rowell.


The Jungle Book – Rudyard Kipling

My next Serial Reader choice was The Jungle Book since I enjoyed Kim so much and wanted to read more Rudyard Kipling. I hadn’t realised this was a collection of short stories but I enjoyed almost all of them. The writing style wasn’t my favourite but I’d definitely read the sequel.


Full reviews for the rest of the books I read this month will be coming soon!

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