After May’s slow reading month, June has been much busier, with a mixture of crime, thrillers, YA and literary fiction.
I’m not sure I could pick a favourite novel, as there have been several this month that I’ve really enjoyed. I downloaded Eleanor and Park on a whim when it was on offer for Kindle, having heard a lot of great things about author Rainbow Rowell. I wasn’t disappointed, staying up until 2am to finish the book, which is a moving teen love story about two high school outcasts who bond over their love of comic books and music. The characterisation rang true and I found Eleanor’s troubled home life so sad.
I also read another YA novel, Haze by Australian writer Paula Weston, which is the second part in a supernatural romance series. I reviewed the first novel, Shadows, last year.
Since I read The Cuckoo’s Calling earlier in the year, I’ve been looking forward to Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling’s follow up, The Silkworm. It proved to be another page turning adventure for soldier turned private detective Cormoran Strike, with an elaborate and gory crime to be solved. Set in the literary world, it seemed that Rowling had a lot of fun constructing her cast of vain writers, fearsome publishers and deluded hangers on. Plus it was an added bonus to see a portion of the book set in the Yorkshire village of Masham, which isn’t too far from me. Definitely grab a copy if you enjoyed the first book.
Letters to a Young Poet has been on my bookshelf for ages, and reading it made me even more of a Rilke fan. His observations on life as a writer are honest and relatable, and his willingness to engage in conversation with an aspiring writer is inspiring.
Also this month I read my first Neil Gaiman novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane. I have to admit, I wasn’t too keen at first and only began to appreciate the novel about halfway through as the pace of the story picked up. But it’s certainly a unique read.
Here’s the full list of books read in June, with affiliate links.
- We Need New Names, by NoViolet Bulawayo (read my review)
- Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell
- Letters to a Young Poet, by Rainer Maria Rilke
- The Three, by Sarah Lotz (read my review)
- Haze (Rephaim), by Paula Weston
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman
- The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike), by Robert Galbraith
Disclaimer: I received copies of The Three and We Need New Names from the publishers via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.