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June’s Monthly Round-Up

June has felt like a really busy month for me, yet it’s still gone past almost painfully slowly. I managed to read eight books this month though; three non-fiction, four fiction, and one poetry collection.

What I’ve Read in June

  • Dark Pines by Will Dean (Review) – 5 stars
  • Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata (No review) – 2 stars
  • The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells (Review) – 2 stars
  • Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik (Review) – 5 stars
  • Where the Line Bleeds by Jesmyn Ward (Review) – 4 stars
  • Text Me When You Get Home: The Evolution and Triumph of Modern Female Friendship by Kayleen Schaefer (Review) – 5 stars
  • The Bees by Carol Ann Duffy (Review) – 3 stars
  • If Cats Disappeared from the World by Genki Kawamura (Review) – 2 stars

My Unread Shelf Project prompt for this month was a book about or set in a country I have never been to. I was originally planning on reading Six Four for this prompt but it’s quite long, and as I decided to do a readathon this month I didn’t want to take up a bulk of reading time on one book. Instead, I chose Convenience Store Woman, which is set in Japan. I had a busy start to the month so I didn’t get around to writing a review for Convenience Store Woman until over a week after I had finished it, by which point I couldn’t remember much about the book other than I was unimpressed, so I decided not to review it at all.

All of my reads for this month were for the Sims-A-Thon, but I’ll do a separate post in a couple of days time to add up my points for that!

Upcoming Reads

I have five ARCs to read during July for books that come out at the beginning of August, so I’m focusing on those, starting with the novelisation of Pan’s Labyrinth. I also have to read a book from a series for the Unread Shelf Project this month. I might have mentioned before that I don’t read a lot of series, but I do have Black Leopard, Red Wolf on my TBR which is the first book in what will be The Dark Star Trilogy by Marlon James, so I’m going to give that a shot.

Missed some posts?

Here’s some other things I’ve been enjoying this month.

On the small screen

  • Killing Eve is finally back in the UK! I’ve been seeing so much about season two since it began airing in the US so I was extra excited when it was finally available here. I love the dynamic between Eve and Villanelle. I’m watching it very slowly though, as my housemate is also obsessed but we’ve both been so busy, so we’ve been trying to find the time where we’re both free to watch an episode.
  • Black Mirror released just three episodes for season five. I normally love Black Mirror, but this season fell a little flat for me, plus the added fact that there was only three episodes thanks to Bandersnatch (equally as disappointing) was somewhat of a letdown.

Making (sound)waves

  • I mentioned in my review of Daisy Jones & The Six that I’ve been listening to a lot of Fleetwood Mac recently, and it definitely helped set the tone for that book.
  • I had a Saturday to myself in mid-June so I decided to take myself to the cinema and see Rocketman, which was absolutely fantastic and has still got me singing Elton songs weeks later.

What was your favourite June read?
Anything else you’ve been loving this month?

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