As predicted my reading list dropped dramatically this month. I’m back at work, rediscovered my social life and got a little distracted by Netflix and sunshiney days.
Altogether I read 11 books in June.
Here’s a bit about them…
A Curse So Dark and Lonely – Bridget Kemmerer
A fresh take on Beauty & the Beast. This isn’t my favourite retelling and I wasn’t captured by the MCs ‘romance’, but Harper made a fantastic Beauty- Her cerebral palsy was well written and I connected with her moral beliefs. I also loved all of the side characters- especially Grey.The pacing dwindled slightly in the middle but I was content by the end.
The Girl In Red – Christina Henry
You gotta know I’m gonna HIGHLY recommend this. I love Christina Henry and her Red Riding Hood retelling includes a fantastic crossover, read it and find out yourselves! Come back for my review on the 15th!
The Furies – Katie Lowe
An artistic tale of four college students and their transformation into vengeful young women. Acquired from Netgalley. Review to come.
The Girls – Emma Cline
This has been on my wishlist forever. Evie recalls her childhood summer in a cult. A dirt track road of a book about girl gangs, drugs, teenage desperation and small town life. An engulfing, atmospheric read.
The Red Labyrinth – Meredith Tate
Acquired from Netgalley- Review HERE
The Pathkeeper – N J Simmonds
An NA fantasy romance, not my usual style but definitely worth reading. Acquired from Netgalley. Full review HERE.
Pans Labyrinth- GDT & Cornelia Funke
Absolutely perfect. Whether you’ve seen the film or not I implore you to pick up this beautiful blend of fantasy, history and horror.
Review to come 2nd July.
Allegedly- Tiffany D Jackson
When a young black girl allegedly kills a white baby the world doesn’t dig deep enough for the truth. A scarily feasible, shocking and harrowing read. Told in present and past tense, with excerpts of news articles and doctor evaluations throughout, Jacksons fantastic character development gave me all the emotions!
When The Lights Went Out – Bridget Morrissey
A summer YA tale of friendship, loyalty and loss. Acquired from Netgalley. Review HERE
The Sunday Girl – Pip Drysdale
Pegged as Bridget Jones meets Girl On The Train. Find my contribution to the RandomThings blog tour right here on June 18th
The Dark Game – Jonathan Janz
Goosebumps for adults! Pure entertainment with constant and unbelievable threats from fantastical creations. A raw dirty kind of horror that makes you feel like you need to scrub it off after reading.
See my full review HERE.
As for spending- I purchased The Priory Of The Orange Tree on an insane Amazon deal promoted by Shannon. It’s an intimidating book and I’ll probably wait years to tackle it but I just HAD to, right? I also picked up 8 other book deals.
The Hunted- Meagan Spooner
Vanishing Girl- Laura Thalassa
The Moor- Sam Haysom
Dune- Frank Herbert
Kill Hill Carnage- Tim Meyer
The Pretty Ones- Ania Ahlborn
The Magpies- Mark Edwards
The Wicked Deep- Shea Ernshaw
I’ve started giving myself a time limit on Netgalley to try and restrict any chaotic request binges. In the past two weeks I requested 5 titles and wished for 7. I’ve had four acceptances and one rejection so far.
Doing this alongside my blog tour acceptances, unread library and occasional purchases will still keep my behind my TBR til the end of time!
Netgalley ratio: 72%
Current stance on Goodreads: 67/100
So, what did you read this month? Any thoughts on my choices?