June Round-Up – The Books I Read In June 2019

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I managed to read and review seven books in June, here is a reminder of everything I read, you can click on the titles below to read my reviews!

My first read this month was The Five by Hallie Rubenhold. This was a non-fiction book in which Rubenhold tells the stories of the lives of the five women killed by Jack The Ripper. This was a fascinating, well researched book which focused on the lives and challenges faced by these women as opposed to the man who took their lives.

Next up I read The Gloaming by Kirsty Logan. This was a wonderfully written story inspired by myths and folklore, with an isolated Scottish island providing the perfect backdrop for this story of love and loss with a hint of magic. I also read Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. This was another well written book which following the aftermath of a family tragedy reveals how a family who seemed so close actually knew so little about each other.

This month I read two books that I had received review copies for. The first of these was X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga by Stuart Moore which was released ahead of the film and is inspired by the much loved graphic novel. I found this to be an entertaining read and a good introduction for me to novels set in the Marvel Universe. The second review copy was my second non-fiction book of the month. The Little Girl On The Ice Floe by Adelaide Bon was a heartbreaking memoir in which the author explores life in the aftermath of her childhood trauma. This was undoubtedly one of the most challenging books I have ever read in terms of subject matter, but also one of the most important as it provides a voice for those impacted by sexual violence.

My book club read for June was Things We Nearly Knew by Jim Powell, an intriguing book with events surrounding a local bar and the clientele who pass through its doors. When one customer, whose life is already a bit of a mystery, disappears, the bar owner reflects on what he knows of her, and his own life. And finally this month, with the new series due to start in July, I read the first official Stranger Things novel, Suspicious Minds by Gwenda Bond, which is an enjoyable read for fans of the series as it explores events taking place prior to those in the first series, with a glimpse into the lives of some familiar faces.

Thank you to everyone who has visited my blog in June to read and share my reviews, it is much appreciated. I will be back with more reviews next month!

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