June Reading Roundup

Can the year stop whizzing by, please? I refuse to believe that it’s time for my June reading roundup already!

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American Gods:A Novel

I did it, I really really did it!

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I used to eat books like this for breakfast, but I must be getting soft in my old age because I was down to the wire with this beast. I’m going to blame some of my struggle on splitting my attention by re-listening to some of The Expanse again (see below), but this still got very close to embarrassing. Imagine if it was a two-month WIP!

Anyway, on with the book. American Gods is obviously in the air a lot at the moment, thanks to the recently aired TV series. While it’s been on my TBR for a while, the series was actually what prompted me to pick it up, so that I could get it out of the way before my first viewing. Apparently the copy I read is actually an extended version, featuring some content that was cut for the original edition. While this is a hefty book, I didn’t feel like it waffled on too long, and I certainly wouldn’t be able to tell you what they thought belonged on the chopping room floor without researching it further.

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Dress [with] Sense: The Practical Guide to a Conscious Closet

I was given this book for a review that has yet to be published, so I’ll come back to update what I thought of Dress [with] Sense once that’s gone live. In the meantime, let me say that it’s a great beginner into to a more conscious way of living, but the surface-level approach will probably become frustrating to anyone who has already started moving towards a conscious closet.

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Saga Volume 7

Saga! Has anyone else been following this story? I used to read some of my brothers comic books as a kid when he went through a (brief) stage, but I was quickly turned off by the seemingly random bolding of text that never made sense in my head. I’ve been slowly introduced to the world of graphic novels, and Saga is the first one contemporary enough that I have to wait for every new volume to release! I honestly don’t know how dedicated GN readers do it- I’ve found that I’ve had to go back and reread the last few volumes every time to remind myself what’s been happening. I’ve also been scolded for reading them too quickly- I wonder if other avid novel readers have this problem? Regardless, I would heartily recommend Saga if you were looking to give this genre a go. It’s a bit adult in places but the artwork is glorious and you can’t help but invest in the characters and their stories.

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How could you not love this little guy?

 

Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse Book 1)
Caliban’s War (The Expanse Book 2)

Abaddon’s Gate (The Expanse Book 3)

These bad boys have been my distraction this month! With Audible credits mounting, I decided to stockpile the rest of the published audiobooks in this series- with my memory, that also necessitated a brush-up on what had happened previously (see my troubles with episodic graphic novels above). Read by Jefferson Mays (who is truly excellent), they stand up well to a repeat listen. Starting as quite an intimate story with a small cast of players, each novel expands the universe further without ever feeling like the story is being milked for more than it’s worth. As with Saga, these are characters that you can’t help but get involved with. If you’re a fan of the TV series Firefly, I highly recommend giving The Expanse a go! I’m almost reluctant to watch the new Netflix series now, because listening to this series is almost like getting to spend more time with my favourite crew in the ‘verse.

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Hag-Seed- Margaret Atwood

I have the best bookclub ever. Five friends with hugely different reading tastes, we all take turns choosing books and the results are never anything less than interesting. This one was offered up by one of the lovely ladies behind Page to Plate, and is part of a series of rewritten Shakespeare classics commissioned by Vintage’s Hogarth Shakespeare.

“The world’s favourite playwright. Today’s best-loved novelists. Timeless stories retold.”

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Apparently a retelling of The Tempest transposed to a Canadian Theatre Festival, I have high hopes for The Hag Seed, but I’m reserving judgement. Have you read any of the books in this series? What do you think of the idea?


What have you been reading this month? Comment below to share your favourite, I’m always looking for recommendations!

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Calm down, ovaries

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The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure – William Goldman

Am I the only person who didn’t realise that this masterpiece of writing existed? I’ve watched the movie a bunch of times, but for some reason it never occurred to me that it might have been based on a novel. And what a novel! I relish odd writing, and Goldman certainly is the master of that.  The story unfolds in between his little asides and explanations, and while whole chunks might seem familiar to an avid fan of the movie, it brings an enjoyment all of its own. This is a book I opted to buy a physical copy of (instead of my normal Kindle file), and I’m so glad I did! When the hormones finally overflow one day and I end up spawning (aka child-raising), I’m pretty sure this book will make it onto the family shelf.

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The Little Book of Hygge – Meik Wiking

So a few weeks ago I went through a bit of a blargh patch and found myself searching for a relief from the ever-inclement stress that my lifestyle threatens. This book is the result. Looking at the cover art, I expected some light, fluffy coffee-table book filled with lush artwork and beautiful photography. At least the ‘Light’ part was accurate. The Little Book of Hygge feels like something that was commissioned to capitalise on the raging trend for everything Scandinavian- I suspect I’m not far off. There aren’t many of the lush photos that I was expecting – this book is more a guide to ‘living with more Hygge’, whatever that is (don’t worry, Wiking will tell you).

Despite all my sass, I do find an odd sort of comfort in this book when I pick it up to scan a few pages. Perhaps it’s the thought of people finding comfort and warmth in grey winter days (Melbourne has just taken a turn for the wet), or the descriptions of the myriad ways to bring coziness back into your life. I’m not calling myself a complete Hygge convert, but there is a chance that on my next morning off I’ll slip on my wooliest pair of socks and watch the rain fall outside my window for a while. How very Hygge.

Katheryn the Wanton Queen – Maureen Peters

I have a secret weakness for basically anything about the wives of Henry VIII, so when this book dropped into my inbox as a free offering from BookBub, I snapped it up and devoured it before the end of the day (like I said, I have a weakness). I have a soft spot for Kitty Howard, and Katheryn, The Wanton Queen tells her story from the perspective of a loyal companion, unfortunately without adding much to the table. Still, it’s a light, easy read. I didn’t even realise how old it was until I googled for the cover art- check out that original 60s artwork! (shame the updated version didn’t even try for historical accuracy on their cover. Still, how do I get the job of posing for these pictures?)

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American Gods – Neil Gaiman

This one’s a beast- let’s see if I can have it finished for next month’s roundup!


What have you been reading this month? Comment below to share your favourite, I’m always looking for recommendations!

You can check out some of my earlier Reading Roundups here:

If you want to see more of me, you can check out my Instagram & Twitter, I would love to see you there!

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