Wednesday, 1 June 2016

The Year In Books - June

I had a very slow reading month during May and am still in the middle of one of my May reads and have yet to start another one so those two will move onto my June reads. Not sure really what went wrong this month, I do most of my reading in bed and have been really tired so have found myself drifting off to sleep instead of reading.

I am currently reading this and will review it at the end of June

This was also one of my May selections so have now moved it forward to June

I also hope to read the following during June - let's hope I have a more productive reading month this time around.

I have read Amanda's first book and thoroughly enjoyed it so hoping for the same with this one.

A couple of my blogging friends have recommended Elly Griffiths so am excited to add this to my reading list.

So what did I read during May:-

I selected this one at the end of April as I had completed all my April selection and thought this would be an easy, light and quick read. Unfortunately it seemed to take me a long time to get through it, I have read all of this series of books and have previously enjoyed them for what they are (light village sagas) but this one just didn't do it for me. Rebecca Shaw has now sadly passed away and I am wondering if this was penned by a ghost writer, I cannot put my finger on it but this one just didn't flow for me, the characterisations were poor and the plot line was almost non-existent. There are two more books in the series after this one but I am not sure whether I will bother with them.

This was the only other book I completed during May. 

Three women, one man, and a tangle of lies. 
When the world famous music conductor Leo Bruck dies suddenly, the three women who loved him meet for the first time at his graveside. 

Victoria, his partner of twenty years and mother of two of his children; Maddy, mother of Leo's daughter Phoebe; and twenty-four year old Cat. Can these three very different women, whose lives become inextricably bound, break free from the masterful control Leo exerts - even from the grave - once and for all?

I enjoyed this one, an interesting plot with believable characters. I did feel the book was a little drawn out in places though.

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  1. I saw Ben Fogle's programme on the Shepherdess and was fascinated with how she managed to do everything especially with 8 children. Hope you enjoy your books. x

  2. Lovely selection of books for this month. I read in bed too, but frequently fall asleep after a few pages. I keep meaning to try one of Elly griffiths' books; I look forward to hearing what you think of it. xx

  3. I have the same problem, as I read in bed but can't seem to stay awake for more than 5 minutes. thank you for sharing your recommendations. The shepherdess one looks interesting.
    Cathy x

  4. I keep droping to sleep over my books too even when they are gripping nad I can't put them down. Haven't read a Rebecca Shaw book for ages, I didn't know she had passed away. The last I read was about a vet's practice. I've enjoyed Rachel Hore's books and that element of past and present being joined in some way in all of them. Love Elly Griffiths's books, hope you enjoyed reading them:)