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June Wrap Up – Books I’ve Read This Month

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”

Now that uni’s over for summer, I’ve found time to rekindle my love for reading. One of my June Goals was to read more and this was by far the best reading month I’ve had in a while. This year, I’m also making more of an effort to reach for books across all genres from my bookshelf. Consequently, throughout June I tried reading a diversity of books and even discovered a couple of favourites.

I’ve devoured 5 books this month and wasn’t disappointed by any. Read on to find out what I’ve delved into this month:

After You – Jojo Moyes

“You don’t have to let that one thing be the thing that defines you.”

Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that it brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await. 

I was somewhat nervous about picking up this sequel.

After finally giving in to the hype and falling in love with its predecessor ‘Me Before You’, I wasn’t sure as to how the story could possibly continue. But, I read it, and, I loved it.

The characters in this book series are so charming and loveable.  Lou’s family continue to add light comedy to the novel which is what I crave in a cosy read. They argue over Waitrose birthday cakes and unshaven armpits, yeah you heard that right.

While there were times in the novel where I wanted to reach through the pages, grab Louisa by the shoulders and tell her to go to New York already, the ending was perfect. Overall, this was such a fun, easy read.

The third and final instalment, ‘Still Me’, is at the top of TBR! 4 stars!

I have another review here

Goodreads

The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.”

Whisked away from his comfortable, unambitious life in his hobbit hole in Bag End by Gandalf the wizard and a company of dwarves, Bilbo Baggins finds himself caught up in a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon…

This was my second 5-star rating of the year and that says a lot in itself about how much I loved this book.

The Hobbit is the epitome of the fantasy genre; Tolkien has created a world of dwarfs, goblins, dragons, wizards and what a world it is. He takes us on a journey with Baggins in which I felt as if I were right there with him as he fought spiders in Mirkwood and slid on the ring as he faced Smaug.

It was about halfway through reading this book when I had a sort of light bulb moment and realised that the fantasy genre is truly up there as one of my favourites. Tolkien proves that this genre has no limits, and his ability to transport the reader into a whole new world is fascinating. 5 stars!

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Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi

“I won’t let your ignorance silence my pain”

Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.

If I could rate this more than 5 stars I would. This fantasy novel is worth every bit of hype it has received so far and will without a doubt continue receiving.

Despite being such a large novel, I didn’t find myself getting bored once – from the outset, we have an action-packed, fast-paced adventure to restore magic in Orïsha before it is wiped out once and for all. What’s more, Adeyemi’s prose is beautiful. She creates such a vibrant world and a unique magic system, it would be hard for someone not to fall in love with her writing.

I don’t think I have a single negative thing to say about this book; intriguing characters, unexpected twists and turns, moments which made me well up while others made me laugh out loud. There was one thing, the cliffhanger is pure evil. I need the second book now. Overall this was such an amazing read and I have no doubts that Children of Blood and Bone will be one of my favourite of 2018. 5 stars!

I have a full review here

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman

“If someone asks you how you are, you are meant to say FINE. You are not meant to say that you cried yourself to sleep last night because you hadn’t spoken to another person for two consecutive days. FINE is what you say.”

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled existence. Except, sometimes, everything…

I feel like everyone and their dog has been talking about this book, and I’m not surprised. Just a few pages into this story I knew I had found a character who will stay with me forever. Eleanor Oliphant is socially clueless, has low self-esteem and couldn’t be any less fine.

This is a funny yet sad story. Eleanor’s attempts to be normal and blend in with society are undeniably hilarious, but Honeyman weaves these moments into a serious, traumatic issue. Everyone finds her odd, her coworkers talk about her behind her back, and it isn’t until she stumbles upon the new IT guy Raymond, that she finally reaches the path which will lead her away from darkness.

The whole story is heartwarming. It was charming to watch her form new friendships and overcome her traumatic past. I couldn’t recommend this book more! 4.5 stars!

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

Pride and Prejudice tells the story of fiercely independent Elizabeth Bennett, one of five sisters who must marry rich, as she confounds the arrogant, wealthy Mr. Darcy. Humorous and profound, and filled with highly entertaining dialogue, this witty comedy of manners dips and turns through drawing-rooms and plots to reach an immensely satisfying finale.

I finally got around to reading this classic and despite being an English Literature student, it was my first ever Jane Austen novel.

I had a brief idea of what this classic was about before delving in: the alluring Mr Darcy, classic romance and constructed marriages. However, what I didn’t expect were the number of funny moments dotted around the plot, and I didn’t think I’d find a new favourite protagonist. I loved Elizabeth Bennet and how she has a mind of her own.

This wasn’t a five star read for me as I found the first 100 pages or so quite boring. I didn’t really connect with any of the characters. Nevertheless, I was completely engaged when Darcy and Lizzy’s relationship began to develop. It was the characters’ little quirks which made me love this novel. While I’m not the biggest classic-loving reader, this book has made me want to branch out a bit and read some more. 4 stars!

 

With my rambling over, let me know what books you’ve been reading this month!

Until the next post,

Evie x.

27 Comments

  1. Emily Emily

    Ooh I do love a good book post! As you know, I really loved Eleanor Oliphant and although I wasn’t really massively keen on After You, I did really enjoy Still Me and I’d definitely recommend that! I absoloutely love how varied the books you like to read are!

    Musings & More

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Yeah I’ve heard good things about Still Me, I need to get round to reading it asap. Thank you! I’m trying to read a range of books lately and I’m really enjoying it! Thanks for reading! X

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Yay! I’ve loved her books so far, definitely need to read more from her! Thanks for reading x

  2. It’s been my goal to read more for ages now and life somehow seems to get in the way unless I’ve found something so amazing that I can’t put down. I love the classics and Pride and Prejudice has been sat on my shelf waiting to be read for far too long now. You’ve inspired me to start a new one tonight! x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      The same happened to me! University work and other priorities completely took over and I stopped reading, but I’ve found a good routine and finally rekindled my love for reading. Yay glad to hear it! Thanks for reading x

  3. Jenna Jenna

    Great post – I read The Hobbit when I was in middle school, but I should probably read it again…. Thanks for sharing these other book ideas!
    -Jenna <3
    Follow me back? The Chic Cupcake

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Thank you! I enjoyed it so much! Thanks for reading x

  4. Children of Blood and Bone sounds so good! I might read that after I finish my current book, which from memory I believe is called Daughter of Smoke and Bone! 🙂

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      It was amazing – definitely a new favourite! Ah I’ve heard so many good reviews about that book. Thanks for reading 💖

  5. So many good reads in this post gal! I’m currently listening to the audiobook of Eleanor Oliphant, and I’m really enjoying it so far! I haven’t read the Hobbit for ages but I remember loving it so much when I last did! And ooh, Children of Blood and Bone sounds so good! I’ll definitely be adding that to my goodreads want-to-read haha! 🙂 xx

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Thank you! I found it to be such a heartwarming story! Yess it’s honestly amazing – definitely one of my new favourites. Haha the list just keeps on getting longer! Thanks for reading x

  6. I haven’t read for ages and I’m proper picky about books so it’s hard for me to find one, I saw someone reading Elenor oliphant is completely fine so decided to pick it up after work, I can’t say I’ve laughed so much at a book before, it’s hilarious and touching, you’ve deacribed it beautifully and I’m only half way through! x x

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Yay! It’s such a lovely book, I hope you enjoy finishing it! Thanks for reading x

  7. Wow. You picked some great reads this month 🙂 I’m still torn on continuing those Louisa Clark books- part of me feels like I’d be to sad/it would be to strange without Will! But glad you liked them!

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Ah I was worried about the exact same thing but I loved reading more about Louisa. It’ll never get better than ‘Me Before You’ but definitely worth giving a go! Thanks for reading x

  8. I still haven’t read After You as I’m afraid that I’m going to be disappointed. Hearing your thoughts about it made me very intrigued. Maybe this Summer I’ll actually be brave enough to read it. x

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      I was exactly the same! While nothing will ever top Me Before You, this book didn’t disappoint! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Thanks for reading x

  9. Well done on getting through so many books this month, I’m really struggling with reading at the minute I wish I had more time to pick up a book! I absolutely loved Eleanor Oliphant and I cannot wait to read the last book in the ‘Me Before You’ series as well although I don’t remember much about After You! I’ve heard great things about Children of Blood and Bone and I can’t believe I’ve still never read anything by Jane Austen, I do want to read more of the ‘classics’ but I can never get into them; I started Little Women and had to give up!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Thank you! Yeah I need to get around to Still Me asap! I agree that with classics, it can be difficult to get invested into the story, so I was surprised that I enjoyed Pride and Prejudice. Once you look past the archaic style of writing, it’s such a fun read! Thanks for reading, lovely! X

      • I’ll definitely add it to my long list of books I need to read! No problem your posts are always fab!x

  10. I haven’t actually read a full fiction book in a while. I like the sound of the children of blood and bone one though!

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      It’s definitely one of my new favourite books, I couldn’t recommend it more! Thanks for reading x

  11. I read Me before you but I haven’t pick up the second book because I also felt like “how the story will continue.” For me it kinda ended there. However, the characters are lovely and after reading this post it makes me want to read After You.

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      I felt exactly the same before picking up the second book. However, I loved being back with all the characters from the first book, Louisa is such a fun character! Thanks for reading x

  12. such a range of books! I’ve never read The Hobbit which I feel is pretty criminal in the book world! I loved ‘After You’ have you read her latest ‘Still Me’ ?

    Great post, thankyou for sharing ☺️

    abbiejadewanders.co.uk

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      I don’t know how it took me so long to get round to reading it but I really enjoyed it! Ah no not yet, but I’ve heard so many good things about it! Thanks for reading x

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