Books! 2011 – June Update

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Reading Time: 2 minutes

Read in June: 20
66. RR: Wish You Were Here – Mike Gayle
67. NEW: My Lover’s Lover – Maggie O’Farrell [Book Group]
68. NEW: When God Was A Rabbit – Sarah Winman [Book Group]
69. NEW: Constance Breakwater & Her Beautiful Museumhood – Giles Booth
70. NEW: The Minority Report – Philip K. Dick
71. NEW: Shit My Dad Says – Justin Halpern
72. NEW: Mystic River – Dennis Lehane [Book Group]
73. NEW: Unlucky In Death – Dan Dillard
74. NEW: The End Of Mr. Y – Scarlett Thomas
75. RR: The Hitch Hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy – Douglas Adams
76. NEW: Wolverine Weapon X: Adamantium Men – Jason Aaron [Graphic Novel]
77. NEW: You Better Not Cry – Augusten Burroughs
78. NEW: Sellevision – Augusten Burroughs
79. NEW: 13 Little Blue Envelopes – Maureen Johnson
80. NEW: God Bless You, Mr Rosewater – Kurt Vonnegut
81. NEW:  Hear The Wind Sing – Haruki Murakami
82. NEW: Pinball, 1973 – Haruki Murakami
83. NEW: Too Close For Comfort (Knight & Culverhouse) – Adam Croft
84. NEW: Admit One: My Life In Film – Emmett James
85. NEW: Water For Elephants – Sara Gruen

Favourite book read this month:
I know everyone has been raving about Water For Elephants so I’m sorry to hop on that bandwagon but I really enjoyed it. Not so much for the love story but more for just the insight into the travelling circus. Sara Gruen did an incredible job of bringing the big top to life and I commend her for it. I also really liked The End of Mr. Y which I picked up after my BFF raved about it on GoodReads*. A really interesting, intriguing book about travelling into the mind. Not recommended for anyone that ever worked on lab mice tho. When God Was A Rabbit was enjoyable but I don’t think it lived up to the hype it seemed to receive. Also Shit My Dad Says was good for a giggle on a long coach ride down to London.

Least favourite book read this month:
By far and away my least favourite book this month was Too Close For Comfort (Knight & Culverhouse) by Adam Croft. I don’t want to slate it because it was free on Amazon for the Kindle and I think it was self published but I really, really didn’t enjoy it. (Although apparently neither did the author) The plot meandered from weird to ridiculous – the ‘twist’ at the end was completely unbelievable (but sadly not in a good way) and I feel like it tried to tick too many genre boxes at once. I’m not sure if any book can manage to be humorous, gruesome, surprising, gritty and dramatic but this one certainly didn’t manage it. I found the characters were ill developed and seemed to make odd out of character decisions (how many detectives do you know that would willingly drink drive? & how many lawyers do you know that would ask you out for dinner instead of your insurance details when you crash into their car during said drink driving?) Perhaps if it had been a longer book with more time to flesh out the characters this would have been less jarring but as it was it just didn’t seem very plausible. This appears to be a series but I doubt I’ll be downloading any more unless someone I know really enjoys them. Sorry Adam!

I read: 18 new books in June and 2 re-reads, bring my life list wish of reading 1000 new books up to: 78/1000.

*I’m always happy to make new friends on GoodReads so if you have an account and want to add me feel free 🙂

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