Apparently I didn’t do a monthly wrap-up last month. God knows why. Although, I did do a Mid-Year Rundown last month. A quick look back on the best and worst books I’ve read in the first half of this year.
Number of books read: 5 – I know, compared to many of the people I follow on Bookstagram or my fellow bloggers, this is completely tiny but, for me, this is better than it’s been in the past.
Number of physical books: 5 – I bought a few new books in April so my TBR isn’t much smaller but I’ve read a few books I was keen to read.
Number of eBooks: 0 –
The first book finished this month was a crossover from June and it got me off to a great start. I loved Alexis Marie Chute’s first book in The 8th Island Trilogy so I was super grateful to get an ARC of the second. I’ve worked with Alexis a few times and she’s a really inspiring woman. I love getting the chance to help her promote her books and, obviously, I enjoy the benefit of getting to read her books too.
I decided to start reading this after listening to Nina Stibbe on the Adam Buxton podcast. She seems like an utterly delightful person and it made me really want to read her letters. I love reading collections of people’s letters anyway because I’m a nosey bitch but this was so funny and charming.
Who could read a chapter like this and not instantly want to read it? I was super excited to read this and it didn’t disappoint. It was a super charming and sweet read. I loved how quirky it is and think the central plot is really original and interesting. I just wish it could have been longer.
I found this book through the Man Booker International Prize. It didn’t win but it was the book on the shortlist that I wanted to read the most. The premise sounded great and I was excited to see how far this character study would go. I think it ended up dragging a bit at the end but I’m not sure how much that was down to the translation. Regardless, it’s a lovely novel that asks so many questions about humanity and creativity. I’d recommend it to anyone.
My final book of the month and the one I was most dubious of. I’ve not been a fan of Stephen King’s endings for a while now but this one changed everything. It was unexpected and kind of brilliant. I definitely thought King was going a different way with this book but I thought the end was really funny. I know a lot of people will hate it but I think the point he’s making is clear.
Who is Murdocal? A casual critic who is a little bit too obsessed with pop culture. A young woman who swears and rants much more than she knows she should whilst trying to make her way in an adult world she isn't prepared for. A not as recent as she'd like literature graduate who, between job applications and subsequent rejections, has turned to the internet to fight the boredom and review the shit out of everything.
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