June 2017 Update

Wow this has been a productive month. Ten books read plus loads of blog post published including a guest post with my Big Blogger May over at Forever and Everly.  That was my first ever discussion post and it was on the things that I have learned in the short time of being a book blogger.   A very warm welcome to all my new followers, love you all.

I have also been enjoying that week of summer that we had in the UK but alas it hasn’t lasted and its all wet and rainy again now.

Not so many books read this month as last, but I have moved away from small short books and am reading whatever I can get my hands on.  I have bought myself a kindle after my old nook’s battery life pretty much dying and I have been reading many more e-books. Six e-books including five from Netgalley and one from my local library via Overdrive.  One E audio book via overdrive and the library and three physical books from Plymouth library.

Books Read This Month(1)The Best of the Bunch


The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld – An amazing novel about a woman who finds missing children, An Arc from Netgalley, I strongly if you do netgalley I recommend you request.  .

the-long-way-to-a-small-angry-planet-coverIn Second Place

A long way to a small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers – Wonderful Space opera. Reviewed on the 14th

The rest where all very good too:

Killing Floor (Jack Reacher #1) by Lee Child – My first Jack Reacher book, it won’t be my lasts. 

The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley – from the writer of the Watchmaker of Filigree street.  Historical magical realism at its best.

Sleeping Giants  by Sylvain Neuvel – The first book in the the Themis files and a probably the most innovative  Si-fi I have read for a while.

Little Computer People by Galen Surlak-Ramsey a interesting and comical book about a man who creates the first AI, which then decides to kill him.

The Beekeeper by Stewart Giles –  Read this one in a day, a crime drama set in a fictional village in Cornwall where there are 3 murders of pensioners in a week.  Reviewed on the 15th

Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy – Got this one as an audio-book and listened too whilst driving.  I do like listening to classics, somehow easier.

Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller – I found this one a bit of a disappointment, maybe the hype let it down.

The Copenhagen Affair by Amulya Malladi- Chick lit, but set in a fascinating European city with a woman recovering from a breakdown.

Currently Reading

Finally The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman has become available from the library, and it’s wonderful in parts, especially the talks and essays at the beginning.  The introductions to people I don’t know are less wonderful, definitely a good book to live in the bathroom as you can dip in and out of it easily as it contains over 80 different bits of writing.  It is an interesting view into the psyche of a man I have admired for many years now, and yes I was right, the Ocean at the end of the lane was semi-autobiographical (well the childhood setting and personality of the protagonist anyway).

I have just started the The Space Between Words by Michèle Phoenix which seems very interesting so far. (another ARC from netgalley).

I am still reading with the Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, It’s a fairly sedate paced book but well worth reading.

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood is beautiful but quite emotive as its dealing with the topic of child pornography and its quite edgy.

Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith by Shaun Hume is still my daughters bedtime read  and reading aloud takes much more time and effort so its slow.  She is definitely enjoying it, and I am still struggling with pronunciation.

A Kind of Freedom by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton from Edelweiss I was just getting into this interesting story of a woman having to choose between love and her family when it jumped 50 years into the future, and I haven’t been able to get into the new story-line, it was a bit disconcerting at 40 pages into the book.

This month on the blog

A Fairly busy month on the blog with and I have been posting more than I intended.  Started a Friday Favourites to talk about old favourites and my first ever discussion post, not including the guest post on Forever and Everly.

Book Reviews

Friday Favourites





  • Monday 3rd  – Discussion – How to grow a reader?
  • Wednesday  5th  – Review – Little Computer People by Galen Surlak-Ramsey
  • Friday 7th – My favourite children’s picture book for my Friday Favourites

Linking To

I will be linking to the Sunday Post over at the Caffinated Book Reviewer, and being as this is a monthly review as well as a weekly one, monthly wrap up over at Feed your fiction addiction and the Best of the Bunch.


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  1. Ten books- nice! I loved The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet, and I’ve been debating whether to read the enxt book in the Themis Files. I probably will, I’m curious. 🙂
    I like your mix of books.


    1. Not sure why but your comment got caught by the spam filter, anyway. I have just started the next book of the thermis files today. After a slow start I am half way through it so another quick read.


  2. You have a great list here! I’m glad you liked A Long Way, I enjoyed that book so much (although I posted about the sequel last week, and I didn’t love the sequel that much). I’ve seen a lot of the others around as well. Will have to check out some of the other ones you liked.
    Hope July is a good reading month as well 🙂


  3. Congrats on reading 10 books! That’s definitely a productive month! Sorry to hear that your nook is dying. I think mine is on its last legs as well, so thank goodness I also have a Kindle! I prefer the nook, but they don’t make the version I like any longer so the Kindle will have to do.
    So happy to see that you like Jack Reacher! That’s one of my favorite series I and try to grab my copy as soon as they come out! Love Reacher!
    I have the Neil Gaiman book in my TBR pile as he’s one of my favorite authors, so glad to see that it makes for a good read.
    Hope you have a great July!


    1. Thanks, the kindle is ok, but the ads are annoying. I will have to get round to Jail-breaking it sometime soon. I will probably be picking up the next Reacher book this month.


  4. You got some interesting books read this past month. I am anxious to see what you review next! You got quite a bit posted this past month as well. I am glad to see you liked Sleeping Giants. I just read the sequel and all I can say is that it gets bigger and better.


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