Reading Retrospective

June Reading Retrospective

Half of 2018 and the world hasn’t blown up yet. Hooray! I really wanted to focus on the books I had at home and in my library before overloading my shelves with new books. It was a chance to tackle a few of the books on my TBR list and I’m very happy with the number of books I managed to read this month.

Currently reading: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

the book thief

This was a chance find in a charity booksale. I’ve watched the film so I know the story but that doesn’t dampen my enjoyment at all. The narrative style is brilliant and I’m really enjoying it so far.

First Acquaintances (New Books)

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

breakfast at tiffanys

This was another chance find. This time, through Audible’s Daily Deal. I thought I might as well give it a shot since it’s such a classic story. I’ve never seen the film but I really want to see it now. I really enjoyed it and Holly Golightly is such an great character.

The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett

fifth elephant

This was yet another chance find at the same charity booksale I got the Book Thief from. I am always on the lookout for Pratchett books and this one didn’t disappoint. I loved the ending and how Pratchett played with the werewolf, vampire and dwarf tropes.

Cheshire Under the Norman Earls by B. M. C. Husain

norman earls

Another novel research book. One of the better ones this time with some pretty good pieces of inspiration from history.

Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood

cat's eye

After hearing about this in a documentary about Margaret Atwood, I decided to borrow it from my library and give it a try. It was a pretty heady and heavy book. It took me a long time to get through (thank goodness for long train journeys) but it was worth it. All the toxicity in girl friendships and the way that can scar you is properly represented here.

Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda


I’ve heard a lot of good things about this series so I decided to give it ago. It’s Lovecraftian and creepy but it’s an intensely rich world and I will absolutely be following this series.

RWBY by Shirow Miwa


Yeah, I read a lot of graphic novels this month but I love RWBY and, when I saw this in the shop, I snapped it up. It didn’t have a lot of original material but it had some great artwork and I loved the manga spin on the RWBY trailers.

RWBY: Red Like Roses

rwby v1

A manga version of RWBY Chibi, full of light-hearted hijinks with lots of different artstyles? How could I say no?

The Winter Children by Lulu Taylor

winter children

I wish I could say no to my coworker when she pushes her books on me. Yes, the 1950s parts were okay but it took me less than a chapter to decide I didn’t care about the main characters. I skipped through it in a day because I just wanted to get it over with and give it back. That’s how much I disliked it.

Old Friends (Re-reads)

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

I’ve been meaning to do a re-read of His Dark Materials for a while and finally made myself do it this month. I’m very glad I did. I understood it a lot better as an adult than I did as a teenager though I must say I think the first one was the best of the bunch. The other two were a bit preachy and sometimes weird (what kind of cheese did Mr Pullman have before bed while he was writing about the mulefa?).


  • When the World was Young – Jack London
  • Moon Face – Jack London robot heart
  • The Wild Ride of the Untamed Stars – A. J. Fitzwater
  • Our Side of the Door – Kodiak Julian robot heart
  • The Crystal Egg – H. G. Wells robot heart
  • 1/3 of The Secret Adversary – Agatha Christie robot heart
  • Logistics – A. J. Fitzwater robot heart
  • The Wings of Earth – Jiang Bo
  • The Baby Eaters – Ian McHugh
  • KIT: Some Assembly Required – Kathy Koja and Carter Scholz
  • A Vastness – Bo Balder
  • We Are Sirens – L. S. Johnson robot heart
  • Not Now – Chelsea Muzar robot heart
  • Fleeing Oslyge – Sally Gwylan
  • Shine Like the Sea’s Deepest Secrets – Catherine McCann
  • The Weaver and the Snake – Blaine Vitello robot heart
  • Farewell, Doraemon – A Que robot heart
  • Cold Comfort – Pat Murphy and Paul Doherty robot heart
  • A Green Moon Problem – Jane Linskold
  • Sing Against the Silent Sun – A Merc Rustad
  • In Panic Town, On the Backward Moon – Michael F Flynn

2 thoughts on “June Reading Retrospective”

    1. Thank you. I’ve been doing my best to read as much as I can. I think these retrospectives are helping as it holds me to account for my progress. I find it helps with writing too. If I’m reading something good, I write better. Not sure why but I’m not complaining!

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