As I thought June has been a much slower reading month than May was. The summer term is always busy with the boys in school and nursery and I’m trying to clear out the house a little ready for the summer holidays so I haven’t had as much time to read. I’ll hopefully be able to make up for that in July but for now here are the books I read in June.
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman
I posted about this on my Instagram and was surprised by the mixed reviews – I thought it was one of those books that everyone loved but quite a few people couldn’t get on with it at all and after reading it myself I can see what they mean. Overall I enjoyed it however it wasn’t until over half way through that I really started to get into it. Eleanor is deliberately a difficult character to emphasise with and I didn’t really get into the dry humour until further through. The first half of the book was a bit of a slog to read. I think I went into it with different expectations as it’s such a well known book and I thought it was going to be an easy read. Having said that the second half and the ending completely won me over; I loved the way it finished. If you liked this book then you should definitely try A Man Called Ove or The Rosie Project, both of which are in a similar vein but I found myself much more emotionally invested it.
Winnie The Pooh – A.A.Milne
A wrote a little about Winnie The Pooh last month in my Books That Made Me A Reader and since I’ve dug them out my boys have also fallen in love with them. I’ve been reading a few with my eldest son at bedtime but he mostly wants to skip to the Tigger stories. We have a collection of small books that he’s commandeered to read himself and I made my way through the original Winnie The Pooh as it was always my favourite and I’m so glad that it is still being enjoyed by my children now.
War Storm – Victoria Aveyard
I’m such a big fan of this Red Queen series and I’ve been waiting for this final book forever! I went to see Victoria Aveyard in a talk at Waterstones Liverpool and quite happily took away my signed copy of War Storm. She was great to listen to and I loved hearing about how she approaches writing and all her thoughts on the characters. She’s very keen on kick ass females and showing the characters flaws which I love. The books are dystopian, young adult and I always think it is so hard to wrap up a big series. I won’t give away any spoilers but I was happy with how it all ended and they are one of my favourites in this genre.
Stories For Boys Who Dare To Be Different – Ben Brooks
I’d bought this book for my eldest son and we’ve been reading it together at bedtimes. It would be easy to dismiss it as a gimmick or as a response to the Rebel Girls Books but I think it’s amazing in it’s own right. I have three young boys and we read plenty of stories about cool women and females outside the gender norms but there is also a need for them to have good male role models. What I love about this book is that it includes so many men I didn’t know anything about and even the ones I did it told me things I didn’t know about them. I always try and encourage my boys to be whoever they want to be and I think this book is great for showing them that it’s okay to be different. Lucas’ favourites are David Attenborough, Taika Waititi and Steve Irwin, I loved reading about Daniel Radcliffe, Trevor Noah and Tenzing Norgay. It’s a fantastic book for children (and grown ups!).
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