July 1, 2012 27 Comments
In June I read the same number of books as in May: 20 of them! I guess this new challenge I’m doing was partially to blame. Plus I read a few short books (2 were only around 100 pages) and 3 books were YA, which I can generally read quite fast, too. Oh, and let’s not forget my attempt to read a book a day for a whole week. My report is HERE. In addition to those 20 books, I abandoned two books. A busy month!
Books that stood out:
The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell. Two teenage girls bury their parents in the back garden and try to get on with life. With the death of their neglective parents, it seems the girls’ lives are improving, but what will happen if the bodies are found, as they inevitably will? 5 stars Original!
Fifty Shades of Grey stood out, too. Not because it was so terribly good, but because it’s not something I normally read.
And then The Turnaround by George Pelecanos. It wasn’t particularly good, but it turned out, that Pelecanos is a writer that other people have heard of. He was mentioned at least twice in a Dutch newspaper recently – it’s Dutch thriller month and there is a lot of things going on around thrilling books. I had not heard of him before.
This is what I read
Click on the blue links to go to the review
The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell. 5 stars
The Winemaker by Noah Gordon. 5 stars
Waterline by Ross Raisin. 5 stars
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt. 4.5 stars
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. 4.5 stars
The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris. 4 stars
The Cottage at Glass Beach by Heather Barbieri. 4 stars
The Duplicate by Helen Fitzgerald. 4 stars
Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James. 4 stars
This Bright River by Patrick Somerville. 4 stars
POD by Stephen Wallenfels. 4 stars
On the Road to Mr. Right by Belinda Jones. 3.5 stars
The Turnaround by George Pelecanos. 3.5 stars
Blood Lure by Nevada Barr. 3.5 stars
Virals by Kathy Reichs. 3 stars
Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson. Abandoned
Girl Reading by KatieWard. Abandoned
Blindgangers by Joke Hermsen. 5 stars
Het eerste jaar van haar huwelijk [A Change in Altitude] by Anita Shreve. 4.5 stars
Een gat in de lucht [Jumping in the Air] by Erik Nieuwenhuis. 4 stars
Dirty Martini by Elizabeth Mollema. 3.5 stars
De ooggetuige [The Eye Witness] by Simone van der Vlugt. 2.5 stars
This is what I reviewed too
The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino. 4.5 stars
Sister by Rosamund Lupton. 4 stars
The Unseen by Katherine Webb. 4 stars
What was YOUR favorite book in June?