My Bookish Month of June 2023

Hi and welcome to another monthly overview!

Half a year is gone and I have NO CLUE where it went 🤷🏼‍♀️ Summer has finally arrived and with it, plenty of reading in the garden. Which was just what the doctor prescribed because I did have a few totally energy-less days (oh the joys of a chronic illness 🙄), and everyone knows there is no better way to recharge your batteries than to sit outside and read.

Although I read some fantastic books, my bookish month was not as great as usual, to be honest. I read a couple of books that just didn’t work for me, I even decided to DNF a proof, which happens once in a blue moon, and I teetered on the edge of a reading slump. Thankfully, I know just the cure for that: Doug Johnstone, he yanked me right out of it 😄

Honourable mentions to Keep Her Secret, One Good Deed, My Word Against His and Sunshine Noir, but these were my favourite reads of the month:

In figures June looks like this:

Novels: 5942 pages across 17 books
Audiobooks: 57 hours across 9 books

And here’s what I did in June and some of what I’ll be posting in July:

What I read:

Take My Hand, Dolen Perkins-Valdez
You Can’t See Me, Eva Björg Ægisdóttir
A Curse of Salt, Sarah Street
Keep Her Secret, Mark Edwards
One Good Deed, David Jackson (review to follow)
Matar a la niña, Agustina María Bazterrica
My Word Against His, Lauren North
The Long Walk, Richard Bachman
The Tumbling Girl, Bridget Walsh
Whisperwood, Alex Woodroe (review to follow)
Deadly Harvest, Michael Stanley
Silver Nitrate, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (review to follow)
The Hit List, Holly Seddon
The Opposite of Lonely, Doug Johnstone (review to follow)
The Liar’s Knot, M.A. Carrick
Sunshine Noir, edited by Annamaria Alfieri & Michael Stanley
Someone Like Her, Awais Khan (review to follow)

What I listened to:

Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke, Eric LaRocca
The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson
Ghost of a Chance, Matthew Costello & Neil Richards
The Fours Winds, Kristin Hannah
Murder at Haven’s Rock, Kelley Armstrong
The Royal Art of Poison, Eleanor Herman
Version Zero, David Yoon
The November Girl, Lydia Kang
Where They Wait, Scott Carson

What I read earlier but reviewed in June:

Snakes by Julianna Photopoulos

I also reshared by review of The Moose Paradox by Antti Tuomainen to celebrate publication day and I shared an extract from The Fascination by Essie Fox.

Let’s have a look at the books that landed on my lap in June:

Two hist-fic paperbacks (one I thoroughly enjoyed and one I’m currently thoroughly enjoying), a fantasy cover buy that I enjoyed, and a glorious FairyLoot special edition that I hope to read this month:

Three 99p Kindle deals, two NetGalley eARCs (thanks to Viper and Flame Tree Press) and three eARCS courtesy of Orenda Books:

I hope you had a good month and that you are safe and well! Thanks for joining me today and happy reading xxx

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