Tuesday 30 May 2023

What I'm reading in June

This month is more about 'Where I'm reading' although I have chosen my 4 books for this month which are:

I also read an additional two books:

I've started spending my Wednesday after school walking into town to the library where I can enjoy a latte while I read. I have membership but have yet to take out a book as I have a pile at home to read first.

Now the new extension is finished I have a dedicated reading space where I can concentrate away from the TV and the pets, instead of reading on the bed. I'd rather read than watch TV just for the sake of it.

So far this year I've read the following:


Lord of the Flies - William Golding. Re read from O level days

To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee. One of those books everyone should read

A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens. Re read from O level days

Off Mice and Men - John Steinbeck. Re read from O level days

Macbeth - Shakespeare. Re read from O level days

The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood. Never watched the TV series, but the book was brillant

A Streetcar Named Desire - Tennessee Williams. One we all think we know till we read it.

Frankenstein - Mary Shelly. The hardest book I've read to date, takes ages to get going through a series of letters.


Three Men in a Boat - Jerome K Jerome. Loved this book so much, a travel guide to the Thames.

Good Eggs - Rebecca Hardiman. Light and easy read.


Pippi Longstockings - Astrid Lindgren. A childhood favourite.

Five on a Treasure Island - Enid Blyton. A childhood favourite.

The Tempest - Shakespeare. Read the summary first to get an understanding of the plot, characters came to life.

Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson. A bit boring, had to persevere.


Agatha Raisin Terrible Tourist - M. C. Beaton. Quick read in a day.

Anything Could Happen - Lucy Diamond. A life that could've gone either way, all the 'what ifs?'

Home Truths - Susan Lewis. Dealing with your husbands murder and blaming your son who then becomes a missing person.

The Wild Roses - D.B. Carter Three friends in the mid 80's making different choices and following the paths they lead.

Oranges are not the only fruit - Jeanette Winterson. Absolutely loved the BBC drama with Charlotte Coleman back in 1991. A young woman growing up with the church and not conforming with mothers expectations of her.

The Enemy - Lee Child. Exploring Reachers military days.


Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe. My fathers book given to him by his Granny in 1947.

Restoring Grace - Katie Fforde. Easy read about lost love and new beginnings.

Follow Me Home - Cathy Woodman. A light hearted story about finding new love.

Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell. Hard to get going, but once engaged the pages just raced past.

When Breath Becomes Air - Paul Kaplanithi. Pauls' story as a Neurologist discovering he has brain cancer, how he deals with the treatment, life and ultimately his death.

Five Go Adventuring Again - Enid Blyton. I've been reading this book alongside a mentee in school and we've been comparing childhood with the now and the then.


Postmortem - Patricia Cornwell

Blue Moon - Lee Child

The Hobbit - J R R Tolkien

Tess of the d'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy


  1. I remember reading The Hobbit at school and loved it. I never really got into The Lord of the Rings though. I've also read Tess of the d'Urbervilles but I've yet to read any Patricia Cornwall or Lee Child.

    1. I really didn't enjoy Tess of the D'urbervilles

  2. Quite a few bloggers read 1984 recently. I loved it too. I'm thinking of reading The Handmaid's Tale, as I liked the series very much. I should borrow it soon.
    Is that the library? It looks gorgeous!

    1. Handmaids tale is so much better as a book than the TV series