June: My month in review


The Cloisters at Lincoln Cathedral

The month of June, and in fact the first half of the year, is almost complete.  It’s been a very strange month indeed for the UK filled with a shocking Referendum, political parties in turmoil and absolutely awful summer weather – liquid sunshine and floods!  So, moving swiftly on:

Books read: (with links to reviews)

  1. The Fireman by Joe Hill
  2. Dragon Round by Stephen S Power
  3. Rebel’s Honor by Gwynn White
  4. Augusta  Prime by Karin Tidbeck– short story taken from the Time Traveller’s Almanac
  5. Any Other Name by Emma Newman
  6. 13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough
  7. In the Shadow of the Gods by Rachel Dunne
  8. Wolf’s Empire: Gladiator by Claudia Christian and Morgan Grant Buchanan

Last month’s covers are here

Backlist books

Any Other Name by Emma Newman – (readalong book)

Unfinished series completed:

None this month – boo.

Books Bought: (with links to Goodreads)

  1. This Savage Song by V E Schwab
  2. Late Eclipses (October Daye #4) by Seanan McGuire

Review Books: (with links to Goodreads where possible)

  1. A mystery book – this was a book on Netgalley from Hodder & Stoughton – the title simply reads ‘Can you Read Without Prejudice’ and there is no synopsis, book title, book cover or author name – I simply had to try this one!
  2. Summerlong by Peter S Beagle – because ‘a beautifully bittersweet tale of passion, enchantment, and the nature of fate itself.’
  3. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (I feel like I’ve been talking about this one for ages!)
  4. Hero Grown by Andy Livingstone, Seeds of Destiny (No.2)
  5. The Apartment by S L Grey
  6. The Apothecary’s Curse by Barbara Barnett


Top Ten Tuesday at The Broke and Bookish (every Tuesday)

Waiting on Wednesday is an event hosted by Breaking the Spine where every week we get to shine the spotlight on a book that we’re looking forward to.

The Friday Face off by Books by Proxy


  1. Readalong of the second in series of Emma Newman’s Split World series: – now complete – review to follow

Classic Clubs read:

Unfortunately none this month.

Previous months in review:

The SPFBO 2: My posts so far:

Follow the ‘cover’ competition over at Mark Lawrence’s blog – 10 bloggers – each selected 3 covers from their batch.

Progress for the first 6 months: 61 books read and reviewed.

22 Responses to “June: My month in review”

  1. sjhigbee

    You’ve clearly had a busy, productive month – I have recently also acquired Nevernight and am looking forward to tucking into this one:). I love the idea of Backlist Books – as you say, anything to provide an incentive to catch up with those books languishing on the TBR pile. And once more, congratulations on your work with the SPFBO! Btw… if there is no news from Proxy regarding tomorrow’s Friday Face-off, Drew and I thought we’d display contrasting covers about our favourite books – hope you’re in?

    • @lynnsbooks

      I was thinking the same thing. We could call this week a ‘freebie’ with no recognised theme?

      • sjhigbee

        That’s more or less what Drew and I decided and then, maybe, next week we might decide upon some themes between us to tide us over?

      • @lynnsbooks

        That’s a plan.
        Lynn 😀

  2. Carmen

    Your month has been chock-full with happenings in your blog. Keep it up, Lynn. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks Carmen. It felt like a busy month although looking at it this month I read less than any month so far this year (I think). That being said a couple of these books were real chunksters!
      Lynn 😀

  3. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Just finished The Dragon Round! Soooo yeah…my opinion hasn’t changed from when we last talked about it, so this should be an interesting review to write, haha! Glad to see you also got a copy of Nevernight, I hope we’ll both love it!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, really excited for that. I did a happy dance when I was approved.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    Oh, the cloisters look so cool! 🙂 And I like the same two covers as you 🙂 happy reading for July

    • @lynnsbooks

      Lincoln Cathedral is so impressive! I wasn’t expecting it to be quite so jaw dropping!
      Lynn 😀

  5. jessicabookworm

    I am sad about the referendum and the current political upheaval – fortunately I have had some wonderful books to escape into. I hope you continue to enjoy your reading in July and you look like you have some interesting new review copies, with more lovely covers, to look forward to too. And let’s all cross our fingers for some nicer weather!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know – I despair of ever having any summer at all at this rate.
      Lynn 😀

  6. jessicabookworm

    p.s. Lincoln Cathedral is stunning isn’t it?! 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      It was fantastic – I don’t think I was expecting it to be so jaw dropping! And the little historic village is lovely. We went to the Bishop’s Castle which was interesting and the fort had a section of the poppy wave that had been first displayed at the Tower of London so all in all it was a really interesting visit.
      Lynn 😀

      • jessicabookworm

        I went last year for the Christmas market, which was just magical in such a stunning and historical setting 🙂

      • @lynnsbooks

        How lovely, I never even thought about the Christmas markets there – I bet they’re lovely.

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