Month in Review: June 2016

Book of the Month


This month is the first time I think I’ve reviewed four new releases in a row (other than in brief overviews). And it was an unusually fine group of them too — some of my favorite books of the year so far.

I wasn’t blown away by most of my other reading this month, however, until I finally got around to one of last year’s buzz books, Station Eleven. Once I overcame my dislike of post-apocalyptic novels (they give me nightmares), I tore through it, loving the characters and their journey.



  • The Children was a wryly humorous yet poignant look at the secrets that haunt a wealthy Connecticut family.
  • A Man of Genius took us on a powerful, dark journey into nineteenth-century London and Venice.
  • The Summer Guest was a beautiful novel of life, language, and literature, weaving together fact and fiction around a real-life incident from the life of Anton Chekhov.
  • New England Bound offered a sobering look at the cruelty and injustice found at the roots of our nation’s drive for freedom.


Other Books Read

  • MORGrayling’s Song by Karen Cushman
  • The Sun King Conspiracy by Yves Lago and Denis Lepec
  • Mort by Terry Pratchett – Reread
  • The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
  • The Dragon of Trelian by Michelle Knudsen
  • The Princess of Trelian by Michelle Knudsen
  • The Mage of Trelian by Michelle Knudsen
  • Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor
  • Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis – Classics Club Spin
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel


Other Features and Events


Shared in the Sunday Post hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer, the Month in Review linkup at The Book Date, and the Monthly Wrap-up Round-up hosted by Feed Your Fiction Addiction





25 thoughts on “Month in Review: June 2016

  1. I’m so glad you enjoyed Station Eleven! I loved that book when I read it last year. I just liked how whilst it was science fiction it read like literary fiction. I thought it was very unique ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. I really want to read Station Eleven. I will try to get to it this year.

    I find that some books disturb me so much there are now some that I am staying away from. Post apocalyptic novels sometimes fall into this category. With that, I think that I will be OK with this one.


  3. Well done on so much reading, especially as you weren’t blown away by some of it, and for already finishing your Spin book! I have not long started mine! Will you be doing a review of Lucky Jim? I also like the sound of A Man of Genius. I wish you more happy reading in July ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. I am very worried to read Station Eleven as I also have to avoid post-apocalyptic books (and movies and TV shows). Everyone keeps saying I can do it — but they aren’t bothered by it like I am. I think you may have given me some courage!


  5. What a wide variety of books. I have just been exploring your New England challenge. What a great one and would make you read such a variety. I always think of NE as a beautiful part of the world – experienced from TV haha! Looking forward to visiting in July.


    1. And I always think of New Zealand as a gorgeous place – mostly from the movies. I’d like to read more NZ books — I read Green Dolphin Street this year but am not sure that counts as the author had never actually been there.


    1. Glad to hear of someone else who liked The Children. And Station Eleven got all the buzz for good reason. Enjoy your reading as well!


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