20 Books of Summer – June/July

20 books of Summer is hosted by Cathy at https://746books.com/ It’s a really free and easy challenge where you don’t have to read 20 books at all, it can be 15 or 10 or whatever. As I’m retiring this July, I’m anticipating having more time for reading and maybe getting around to reading some of the things that I have always intended to but not got around to.

The five books above were my choices of books to read in June. My intention was to try and read more classic fiction over this Summer. However, that didn’t exactly work as I didn’t even open Great Expectations. Instead, I read Zadie Smith’s On Beauty which probably counts as a classic.

I didn’t find this to be a gripping read. I was interested in the characters and their situations but never really felt that I cared about any of them particularly.

Strawberry Thief – When I bought this, I didn’t realise that it was effectively the fourth part in a series. I have read Chocolat years ago but didn’t remember much of the detail. This was an OK read but certainly wouldn’t rush out to read any others.

Ninth House – I knew that this was going to be very different to her YA books and it certainly was. It has more in common with series such as The Dresden files. It took me a while to get into it, in fact, I had to go back and restart it as I was getting lost. Probably my own fault for trying to start a new book at 9 o clock on a Saturday night after several glasses of wine. Once I had got into it properly the next day, I did enjoy it and will certainly look out for the next one.

Dancer – Another disappointment. I didn’t really enjoy this. The early parts about WWII in Russia were quite harrowing and although I liked reading the story of Nureyev’s early life, the later parts were less enjoyable.

The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde – I did enjoy this one and like how the author frames the past events inside the present.

They were my first 5 books out of the 20 and so now I need to choose the next 5 for July. Happily, the library is now doing reservations again so I can reserve the books that I want to read rather than buy them or just wait for them to appear on the shelves. My next 5 books are all currently sitting on my reservation list and two of them are apparently in transit to my local library branch. Well, 4 out of 5. I’ve put Great Expectations in there again and will try to at least start it in July.

I’m hoping that this month’s books work out better than June’s choices.


Author: Janette

Recently retired Ex-Assistant Head of a large primary school in Leicestershire although I seem to be in school teaching quite a bit still.

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