Wednesday 2 July 2014

Books for June

The title of this post is a bit of a lie to be honest. :-) Because my fall 10 days ago caused a nasty flare-up of my cervical spondilosis I'm not going to list every one of the 12 books I got through in June, with links, as too much typing on the pc makes it worse. I reviewed all but one of the books I read anyway so there are no secrets. LOL!

I've chosen a favourite but it wasn't easy. Every book I read in June was good. Three were standouts: The Moving Toyshop by Edmund Crispin and Out of the Deep I Cry by Julia Spencer-Fleming - both were terrific. But I think this one had the edge:

The Sixth Lamentation by William Broderick was simply superb. Kept me guessing all the way through, excellent historical detail, and the ending made me cry.

I have to say that 12 books in June feels like a jolly good effort but part of me wonders if it's too many. Am I rushing through books too quickly? Maybe. I'm actively slowing myself down in July by reading several chunky books that have been on my tbr pile for years. (This is also a Cunning Plan as it'll mean I'll have less reviews to do, thus less typing.) Currently it's this:

Sovereign is the third Matthew Shardlake book by C.J. Sansom and very good it is too though rather unendingly bleak. Life was damn hard back in the reign of Henry VIII!

Happy reading!


BooksPlease said...

I suspect that you are not reading too quickly, just had a bit more time to read?

I'm so glad you liked The Sixth Lamentation as much as I read - William Brodrick is an author who definitely makes me think - and I like that very much.

And C J Sansom's books always entertain me too.

DesLily said...

holy...ummm, cow! She's become a speed reader! lol I did read 4 which is nothing short of amazing for me lately lol..and...(are you ready for this?) I sent for and received a used copy of THe Sixth Lamentation!.. (now) two super reviews of it so I sent for a used copy!
HOwever I am reading Eleanor Roosevelts Autobiography at the moment ..her writing is very comfortable, like she's sitting talking personally to you.
Unfortunately I go for the second cataract surgery in 2 hours so no reading today or tomorrow..

Sure sorry to hear you are still in pain with the spondilosis.. I swear doctors give back problems long names on purpose! hope things get better soon, next thing we will read that your tbr pile is under 100 books! x0x0x0

Cath said...

Margaret: Yes, definitely a bit more time so that's added a couple of books to the total I'm sure.

TSL was terrific. I need to get hold of book 2 soon, once I've got my library pile (8 books) down a bit.

Pat: I was wondering if I've speeded up and maybe I have a bit. Although some of this month's book were only 200 pages and thus, quick reads.

I think you'll find The Sixth Lamentation a really thought-provoking read. A beautiful book actually.

I know you love your ER books... I keep looking for something over here with no luck.

Seeing the dr on Monday about my neck problems. Hopefully he'll have some suggestions to make.

DesLily said...

I am surprised there isn't anything on Eleanor Roosevelt over there since Franklin and Churchill worked on the war together (once the US got off their duff and helped lol)

Susan said...

12 books in a month is fantastic!! My rate is slower these past few months, though I know I am gardening more too.

I agree with Margaret, you've had more time to read than usual, especially with your fall. I'm so glad you are not more injured from it,though it is not good news your other injury has flared up. Sometimes I think if it's not one thing, it's

Cath said...

Pat: I could easily order books about her from Amazon but I'm trying not to spend too much on books at the moment. The library had some to reserve but they didn't seem to be interesting like the ones you read.

Susan: Thank you, I seldom manage 12 books in a month! Very rare for me.

And you're so right about it being one thing or another. Seems to me there's always something and hardly ever 'nothing' to worry about.