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June Wrap Up and Challenge Update

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I had a really good month of reading again last month although quality of read wasn't that great in some cases. 


Skendleby - Nick   Brown  Not a great way to start off the month. The first in a series I won't be continuing.


All of a Winter's Night - Phil Rickman  Another enjoyable read in the Merrily Watkins series


My Enemy's Tears: The Witch of Northampton - Karen Vorbeck Williams I don't know why I waited so long to read this one. It was excellent.

A Twist of the Knife by Peter James (2015-06-04) - Peter James I love Peter James's twisted tales and this book was full of them.

Stay with Me - Adebayo Ayobami  Oops, no cover for this one. It should be Stay With Me by Adebayo Adebami (I'm sorry if I mangled that). It was an emotionally intense read against the backdrop of civil war in Nigeria in the 80s. I enjoyed it but in my opinion it didn't live up to all the hype it has been getting.

The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde Hey, I actually read a classic this month! I can understand why this story has stood the test of time. Great read.

The Domesday Quest: In search of the Roots of England - Michael Wood Started this one ages ago but couldn't get on with it as it is a bit of a dry read. However, the further I got into it the more engrossed I became.

Some Rain Must Fall: And Other Stories - Michel Faber Not as enamoured of Michel Faber's short stories as I am of his novels. I prefer short tales with a twist, these were just weird for the most part.

The Black Death: An Intimate History - John Hatcher  An interesting read, part novel, part non-fiction. The introduction to each chapter was based on the historical records of the village, the rest of the chapter was a story that filled in the gaps with historically based fiction. 

3 a.m. - Nick Pirog As I was reading this novella on the night shift during my lunch break it almost felt like I was reading it in real time. A fun read, written with humour (I particularly enjoyed our hero's conversations with his adopted cat, Lassie) but lacking depth. Just what you need at 2 a.m. when you are dead tired but still have half a shift to go.   

The Seance - John Harwood  I listened to this one on audio and the voices of the narrators were so soothing that I kept falling asleep! The story was quite good as far as I could tell but one of the narrators really ruined it for me as she just couldn't read. She kept pronouncing sleeping draught as sleeping drought, iron filings as fillings and the raven in Ravenscroft rhymed with raven in ravenous. Really? Doesn't anybody proof listen to these things?

The Plague Charmer - Karen Maitland I love Karen Maitland's books and this one was no exception. It still couldn't measure up to my all-time favourite of hers though, Company of Liars.  

Hag-Seed - Margaret Atwood  I really wanted to love this one but couldn't. It was alright, certainly not a waste of time but once again the hype ruined it. Probably, if I had gone into this not knowing much about it I would have enjoyed it more.


So, there we go. I am now way ahead of my challenge in number of books but once again I am not sticking to my resolution of genres although I did manage a classic and 2 non-fiction books I still didn't read a German one.