I can’t resist a good jeu de mots, I won’t apologize for this article’s title! 😛
Time to wave June goodby. Summer is here. I am struggling not comparing those days with the same last year, but we can’t live in the past, can we? The only way is up, and I must believe the best is yet to come.
Now if the heat could go to hell…
BOOKS READ THIS MONTH
You can’t hear it but I’m applauding myself 🤣 I had set a goal for this month in order to focus on something else than what’s been troubling me, and it worked beyond my expectations! I managed to read 18 books, a new personal record! EIGHTEEN BOOKS! I spent hours in the soothing world of words, living dozens of lives!!!! One of those books won’t be appearing among the covers as it was for work, but it still counts!
I am also quite happy with the genres I ventured into between murders and investigations. I am discovering a real love for women’s fiction/general fiction (depending on where you check the categories!). I was afraid of books that make you cry. But this time is over! I’m facing the fears and the tears, and I’m learning a lot about myself and life!
Can you tell I’m super thrilled about my reading month??? 😄
Glitch: #Proximity by Jem Tugwell @JemTugwell @SerpentineBooks
Brilliant, original, and scary as it depicts a world which could be ours very soon…
Shackles: Undercliff by Mark Brend @MinuteBook @HornetBooks @LoveBooksGroup #BlogTour
Fascinating take on cults and their powers.
Chocolate’n’Orenda Round 1: Beton Rouge by Simone Buchholz @ohneKlippo @OrendaBooks @FwdTranslations
Brilliant, short, snappy, and dark.
Friends Forever: #TheFriendWhoLied by Rachel Amphlett @RachelAmphlett @BOTBSPublicity #BlogTour
Stunning standalone from Rachel Amphlett!
Mouse-ear: Forget Me Not by Claire Allan @ClaireAllan @AvonBooksUK #BlogTour
Loved the characters.
Mama’s Gonna Buy You a Mockingbird: The Mother’s Mistake by Ruth Heald @RJ_Heald @bookouture #BlogTour
Brilliant and heartbreaking tale of motherhood.
Dear Clare: After The End by Clare Mackintosh @claremackint0sh @LittleBrownUK @LucyMalagoni @CathBurkeEditor @CBGBooks
Thought-provoking. A must-read.
Meggy’s Quickies: Only The Evidence Against Cruelty Is Completely Fine
Three very different reads!
One Day at a Time: 99 Days with You by Catherine Miller #BlogTour @katylittlelady @bookouture
Poignant and sending a hopeful message.
Decisions: #OneWayOut by A.A. Dhand @aadhand @annecater @TransworldBooks @BeckyShort1 #RandomThingsTours
Fantastic and fast-paced read!
16 reviews! Yay! Another record! *happy dance* I thought I might overdo things and lose the reviewing mojo but in fact, it was the contrary. I really loved writing each of those reviews. More happy dancing!!!
Guess who is totally not keeping track except for blog tours copies? *goes to hide*
I am spoiled, and I spoil myself a bit, too… Thank you to all the publicists, publishers, authors for kindly sending proofs. Three and a half years on and I’m still surprised to get asked to review something, haha!
BOOK OF THE MONTH
I may have already spilled the beans about this month’s winner. In fact, I’m a bit stuck. I have found my book of the year. Even though I know another one is coming (yes, I am talking about Blood Song by Johana Gustawsson) but it’ll be my French book of the year so…
When I first caught this cover online, I was drawn to it. I didn’t read the blurb but I knew I would read it. Then I devoured a few reviews and I couldn’t resist. I requested it, and I teared up when I was approved. This novel is so important, so heart-wrenching, and so full of hope and possibilities. I just love every bit. I have read fantastic books this month, I’m really lucky, but this one stands out.
ON THE BLOG
Wow, 22 posts, my most-viewed article is the review of After the End (so happy about this!) and lots of fun. Thank you for making blogging so entertaining and great.
A special thanks to Nicki, Jonetta, and Kelly for their support and their Positivity Waves. It means a lot to me, ladies ❤️
June is wrapped! How was your month?