It feels like it’s been a big reading month, and we’ve been struggling to keep up with writing reviews for them all, so we thought we’d try a June wrap-up! The full book reviews should come later, but here’s a snapshot of what we’ve read this month:
The Wife’s Tale by Christine Wells: A really enjoyable dual timeline read. One of those rare books that manages to have you totally absorbed in both storylines and leaves you aching to know how the main characters’ stories will end. I loved this book and since finishing it have been on the lookout for something similar; but nothing seems to live up to the standard!
I went a little Nicole Trope crazy this month. I read three of her books, Three Hours Late, The Secrets in Silence and Hush, Little Bird and I liked every one. Although all of the books dealt with some confronting subject matters – which at times made me question why am I reading them – I couldn’t stop. I found the characters grabbed hold of me and I just had to find out how their stories ended. While these books may not be light, I enjoyed reading them and stepping outside my comfort zone.
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty: Yes I admit this isn’t the first time I’ve read this book. But you know what – I don’t care. I’m laughing, cringing and enjoying it even more the second time round. Hopefully this should satisfy my never ending need for Liane Moriarty books before Truly Madly Guilty is released in the next few weeks. My name is Jody and I am Liane Moriarty crazy!
Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave: I loved Chris Cleave’s Gold when it came out a couple of years ago and while this book deals with an entirely different subject, it’s just as much of a page-turner. It’s a fascinating glimpse into life in London during World War II, seen through the eyes of the female protagonist, Mary.
Kakadu Sunset by Annie Seaton: A long-form romance recently nominated for a RUBY award (congratulations Annie!). There’s a depth to it I wasn’t expecting, particularly in dealing with current issues around environment and mining.
The Last Painting of Sara De Vos by Dominic Smith: There’s been stacks of excitement around this book and I enjoyed it, although for me it didn’t really live up to the hype. I’m sure it will be nominated for various awards though. I just felt like there could have been a deeper exploration of the characters and the setting.
Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch: The second in the Peter Grant series which I started reading earlier this year. While the books are considered a kind of criminal fantasy, they’re really funny and entertaining. A great holiday read!
The Dry by Jane Harper: A crime novel set in rural Australia? I’m sold. What seems to be a fairly straight-forward murder-suicide turns out to be so much more. A gripping read for those who loved all those mega-popular, fast-paced crime novels like The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl.
The Memory Artist by Katherine Brabon: Winner of the 2016 Australian Vogel Prize. Set in Russia during the Freeze and then later, throughout Gorbachev’s promise of openness. I wasn’t familiar with this period of history, which made it a little hard to follow at times. A book about memory, and grief and the impact it has on our lives over generations. Full of beautiful, powerful imagery.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas: A young adult fantasy book so different to anything else I’d read this month. I picked it up for exactly that reason, needing a break from the seriousness of what I’d been reading. Sarah J. Maas has an incredible talent for drawing you into the story and keeping you there even if you feel a little like ‘oh, another strong, female character battling against the odds’ – where have I seen that before? *eye roll*
I think we’ve probably forgotten some, but it’s definitely been a great month for reading. If only there were just more hours in the day and we didn’t need to sleep… or work!