It is the end of the month, and so it is wrap-up time again.
June was really weird for me because I listened to more audiobooks than I read actual books. This usually isn’t the case and it has surprised me.
I also only had 1 DNF this month – not because I didn’t like it, but that it wasn’t the right time for me to read that particular book (La Belle et La Bête by Madame de Villeneuve)
Anyway, I might as well get on with it…
All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot – 5 out of 5
The Lord God Made Them All by James Herriot – 4 out of 5
Every Living Thing by James Herriot – 5 out of 5
An easy-going re-read of a series that takes me back into 1930-50s Yorkshire, where the pace of life was slower and more care was given to people’s surroundings. Christopher Timothy’s narration is also fantastic and really easy to listen to. I’ll always love this series whether I listen, read, or watch it. It’s one of those that’s all encompassing and a pleasure.
Whilst I have skipped a volume in this series (All Things Wise and Wonderful) as I didn’t really want to read the stories about the war years, I am now marking this off as a completed series for 2017. YAY!
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – 5 out of 5
The annual re-read of my favourite classic and it did not disappoint.
The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick – 5 out of 5
Well if I was re-reading Pride and Prejudice then there was no way I would leave this out.
The Very First Damned Thing by Jodi Taylor – 4 out of 5
From what I’ve read of the Chronicles of St Mary’s I really enjoy it, but it doesn’t half confuse me at the same time. This prequel to the first book has helped to straighten a few things out and now I want to re-read them so I can get back into it and hopefully continue on with this series, because it is fun and full of history which I love.
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams – 3.5 out of 5
A fun instalment (book two) in the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series. I did enjoy this one but not as much as the first book, as I found myself forgetting what was happening. I also don’t think it was as clever and witty. However Martin Freeman’s narration was excellent and really easy to invest in. I do want to continue with the series though because I did still enjoy it and I prefer this comedic style of science-fiction.
Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë – 4 out of 5
Whilst it is the weaker book out of Anne’s two published works, I still enjoyed this underrated classic. It is written with maturity, sensibility, honesty, realism, and wisdom and I really appreciate that. I connect to it more than anything Charlotte or Emily has ever written and in my mind, that makes Anne the best author out of them all.
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson – 5 out of 5
This was a fantastic classic and one that I am certainly going to be re-reading again. For such a short story it was well crafted, beautifully written, and very engaging. Although I did know the climax of the story before going into it, that didn’t stop me from enjoying the build-up and R.L Stevenson’s pure brilliance. The gothic Victorian twist on medical and scientific advancements is always something that gets me tingling with excitement and this was no different. I’m glad I picked this up on a whim because it is a new favourite.
The Muse by Jessie Burton – 4 out of 5
I’ve had this book on my shelf for ages and I can’t believe I put off reading it for so long because I loved it. The dual time frames was done brilliantly and I could easily follow the story without getting lost. It is a beautiful book inside and out and one that will stay with me for a while.
Our Dark Duet by VE Schwab – 5 out of 5
I know I’ve found an auto-buy author when I continually love everything VE Schwab writes. This finale in the Monsters of Verity duology completely upped the ante and it was everything I wanted and more. It was fast-paced, full of action, had brilliant character development, and it kept me on the edge of my seat. It did destroy all my feelings but it was worth it.
And that is that.
What was your reading month like?
Thanks for reading and have a good day!