June Overview

June was a good month – I read 14 books. I aim for 14-15 every month, but often I don’t get further than about 12.

Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson was my favorite book this month. I read this within two days. A book you can’t put down!

Tolstoy and the Purple Chair by Nina SankovitchState of Wonder by Ann PatchettBefore I go to Sleep by S. J. WatsonWhen the Killing's Done by T. C. BoyleTomorrow Pamplona by Jan van MersbergenThe Discovery of Heaven by Harry MulishCesaerion by Tommy WieringaAmong Others by Jo WaltonThe Nobodies Album by Carolyn ParkhurstDomestic Violets by Matthew NormanWe All Ran Into the Sunlight by Natalie YoungIk ontmoette een man [I met a Man] by Gerrie HondiusSpilt Milk by Kopano MatlwaThe Hitman's Guide to House Cleaning by Hallgrímur Helgason

Reviewed (click on the title to read the review):

Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading by Nina Sankovitch.  The author spent a whole year reading a book per day in order to cope with the death of her sister. (3 stars)

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett.  A woman researcher is sent to the Brazilian jungle to find out about the death of a colleague of hers. Circumstances conspire against her. (4 stars)

Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson. A woman wakes up every morning not remembering anything about her life. But when a doctor suggests she keeps a diary, she slowly finds out that her husband has been lying to her about certain things in her past. A very good book! (5 stars)

When the Killing’s Done by T. C. Boyle. About a National Park Service officer who is opposed by an animal rights activist when the officer takes measures to control the wildlife of some islands off the Santa Barbara coast.  (4 stars)

Tomorrow Pamplona by Jan van Mersbergen. A boxer runs off from somewhere and hitch hikes from the Netherlands to Spain with a man who is planning to take part in the bull run in Pamplona (4 stars).

The Discovery of Heaven by Harry Mulish. With part-reviews because of a read-a-long. Part 1Part 2Part 3 and Part 4.

Caesarion by Tommy Wieringa. A Dutch book, but translated into English. A man looks back on his nomad lifestyle with his pornstar mother and his absent father. (4 stars)

To be reviewed:

Among Others by Jo Walton. A teenage girl is sent to boarding school by her estranged father as she ran away from her mother and doesn’t want anything to do with her anymore. She believes fairies may help her solve her problems. Better than it sounds! (4 stars)

Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman. About a man whose family life as well as his office life are in turmoil. Not to mention that his father and his stepfather have moved in! (3.5 stars)

The Nobodies album by Carolyn Parkhurst. A successful writer is shocked to hear that her estranged popstar son is arrested for killing his girlfriend. She tries to get in touch with him to support him. (4 stars)

We All Ran into the Sunlight by Natalie Young. A fire happened in a French castle years ago. When the castle is put up for sale years later, the people involved in the fire have to revisit the past again. (3 stars).

Dutch books (reviewed on my Dutch blog):

Ik ontmoette een man [I Met a Man] by Gerrie Hondius. A chapter-per-page book about different men that the author met. (4 stars)

Gedane zaken [Spilt milk] by Kopano Matwla. A teacher in a school for gifted children is sent a priest to look after her most troublesome pupils. Although she knows this man, she pretends she has never met him before. (4 stars)

Schoonmaaktips van een huurmoordenaar [A Hitman’s Guide to House Cleaning] by Hallgrímur Helgason. A fun book  about a hitman with 66 killings on his name who has to hide from the FBI and ends up in Iceland (one of the worst places to remain hidden from view). (4 stars)

Other happenings on my blog:

A very successful Literary Giveaway Blog Hop was hosted by me, with over 70 participating blogs.

The Back of the Book Competition reached its 26th and final week.

I posted about English readers in the Netherlands.

I took part in the 48Hour read-a-thon.

I realise I didn’t do any food-related posts this month. It seems this blog is becoming more and more a books-only blog. Well, if I do come across a great recipe, I will share!

What was you favorite book this month?

About Leeswammes
I'm owner and editor at bookhelpline.com. In my free time, I read and review books on my two blogs, Leeswammes' Blog and De Boekblogger.

19 Responses to June Overview

  1. Mystica says:

    Since I was in Melbourne during some part of June I was able to read some wonderful books. My favourite was Tahmina Anam’s The Golden Age – the dawn of the country of Bangladesh and the struggle that went before it. Wonderfully told in a story about a family.

  2. Cindy says:

    I’m still dithering with History of a Pleasure Seeker, don’t know how you get through so many books.

    • Leeswammes says:

      I’m not sure either Cindy, I guess I read all the time, more or less. Except when I’m doing other things, actually! I read mainly at food times and in the late afternoon/ evening. And fast.

    • Leeswammes says:

      I’m not sure either Cindy, I guess I read all the time, more or less. Except when I’m doing other things, actually! I read mainly at food times and in the late afternoon/ evening. And fast.

  3. Congratulations on reading so many books! The number I read has gone down a lot recently, but I am going through a phase of reading longer books at the moment. I’m looking forward to reading Before I Go to Sleep – I have heard so many wonderful things about it. I hope your July is just as good.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Thanks, Jackie. I had some easy reads and some slow ones. I love getting through a lot of books. Makes me feel accomplished, although that’s nonsense, really.

  4. Misha says:

    Wow! You read a lot! I could read only about 9 books in June.
    I really want to read Tolstoy and the Purple Chair, even though the reviews haven’t been great.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Misha, sure, you’ll have to make up your own mind about Tolstoy and the Purple Chair. I actually dissuaded someone in my local bookshop from getting the book, in favor of The Help. 🙂

  5. lomaurice says:

    The best book I’ve read in a long time was STATE OF WONDER.

  6. You are on a roll. I wish I could read that many in a month. I do well, to read 5 a month. Kudo to you!

    • Leeswammes says:

      Lena, we all read in our own pace and have our own amount of time for it. For instance, you may not approve of reading at dinner time, but it’s what my family do a lot. It’s one way to get my boys with their nose in a book – although we still try to catch up on the day – usually before dinner.

  7. I didn’t love The Nobodies Album… something bugged me about the book but I remember exactly what it was. Can’t wait to read your review!

    • Leeswammes says:

      What a pity, Mari! I did enjoy the book a lot. I liked another book by the same writer more, though – can’t remember the title, about a group of people going to different countries for a challenge.

  8. shelleyrae@ Book'd Out says:

    Books that use memory loss of some type of another seem to be everywhere at the moment! I know in the last few months I have read at least 5.

    Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

  9. JoV says:

    Looks like you have a good month! Hope the 2nd half of the year just as good!

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