My month in books – June

What’s happened in June?

My reading seems to have really slowed this down month, only 2 books read! That is like, some all time record low for me. I’ve been quite busy in the evenings and at weekends which has eaten into my reading time and The Night Circus is quite a long book and has taken a good 2 weeks to get through. Onwards into July with head held high……

Books read: 2 (and 90% of The Night Circus)

The Lost Art of Keeping SecretsThe-Ship

 

 

 

Books added to the TBR: 2

The Monogram MurdersI Let You Go

Currently reading: Finishing off The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Favourite book for June: Not much to choose from so I would say The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets

What’s coming up in July?

  • Blog tour for Holly Martin’s Fairytale Beginnings
  • Blog tour for Ann Troup’s The Lost Child
  • Continuing with #PaperbackSummer
  • My summer holiday to France for my brother’s wedding – yippee!!

How was your June reading and what are you looking forward to in July?

Book Review: The Ship by Antonia Honeywell

The-ShipWhat’s it about?

WELCOME TO LONDON

BUT NOT AS YOU KNOW IT

Oxford Street burned for three weeks. The British Museum is occupied by ragtag survivors. The Regent’s Park camps have been bombed. The Nazareth Act has come into force. If you can’t produce your identity card, you don’t exist.

Lalla, sixteen, has grown up sheltered from the new reality by her visionary father, Michael Paul. But now the chaos has reached their doorstep. Michael has promised to save them. His escape route is a ship big enough to save five hundred people. But only the worthy will be chosen.

Once on board, as day follows identical day, Lalla’s unease grows. Where are they going? What does her father really want?

WHAT IS THE PRICE OF SALVATION?

My thoughts

So after reading Station Eleven which I loved, my first ever dystopian apocolyptic type novel, I thought I’d have a read of another. This genre is quite different to my usual type of read and I did like this book even if a little slow and not quite what I thought it would be.

The protagonist, Lalla, has so far led a sheltered, spoilt life living in the comfort of her family’s heavily secured flat without having to really worry what’s happening on the outside. And then they flee on The Ship and she starts to question everything but she manages to do it in this sterotypical teenage full of attitude way in that she thinks she knows best – and as a reader you question, does she? The adults are content and happy, safe with the life that The Ship has to offer but Lalla has to deal with the realisation that this is it; these people will die here, and their children and it’s all too claustrophobic for her and for the most part of the book its her internal emotional turmoil in whether to follow the crowd and be what they want her to be or break free…..

If you’re looking for the next Divergent, Hunger Games etc then this isn’t it. It’s not action packed and doesn’t dwell on the dystopian theme but is more of an emotive journey of self-discovery and following your gut instinct and therefore an interesting take on a coming of age novel in a different time with a different set of rules.

One of the main things I questionned to myself was how Michael was able to accumulate the amount of food and supplies required to sustain life for 500 people indefinitely. He’s also managed to form this ‘cult’ without question and all the passengers view him as the next Messiah – this here is a disaster waiting to happen surely. Which brings me on to the cliffhangar of an ending….great setting up for a series!

Overall, it’s worth a read and reminded me of the movie 2012 with the arks and the whole survivor selection process.

p.s If you’ve read this, help me out and explain The Dove to me….

Many thanks to the publishers for approving me for a copy via Netgalley.

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WWW Wednesday (June 10th)

This weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open to all to participate. Why not join in and let us know what you’re reading this week…

WWW Wednesday

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m currently reading…

The Lost Art of Keeping SecretsThe Lost Art of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice

This is my first pick from my TBR jar for #PaperbackSummer and first impressions are that it’ll be a fun light-hearted read. One of the main characters, Charlotte, reminds me of movie Holly Golightly in her flighty and excitable nature.

The blurb

Set in the 1950s, in an England still recovering from the Second World War, this is the enchanting story of Penelope Wallace and her eccentric family at the start of the rock’n’roll era.

Penelope longs to be grown-up and to fall in love, but various rather inconvenient things keep getting in her way. Like her mother, a stunning but petulant beauty widowed at a tragically early age, her younger brother Inigo, currently incapable of concentrating on anything that isn’t Elvis Presley, a vast but crumbling ancestral home, a severe shortage of cash, and her best friend Charlotte’s sardonic cousin Harry…

I recently finished reading…

The-ShipThe Ship by Antonia Honeywell

This isn’t quite what I thought it would be; that said it’s an interesting read if a little slow in places. If you’re looking for the next Divergent etc then this isn’t it. It’s not action packed and doesn’t dwell on the dystopian theme but is more of an emotive journey of self-discovery and following your gut instinct.

The blurb

WELCOME TO LONDON

BUT NOT AS YOU KNOW IT

Oxford Street burned for three weeks. The British Museum is occupied by ragtag survivors. The Regent’s Park camps have been bombed. The Nazareth Act has come into force. If you can’t produce your identity card, you don’t exist.

Lalla, sixteen, has grown up sheltered from the new reality by her visionary father, Michael Paul. But now the chaos has reached their doorstep. Michael has promised to save them. His escape route is a ship big enough to save five hundred people. But only the worthy will be chosen.

Once on board, as day follows identical day, Lalla’s unease grows. Where are they going? What does her father really want?

WHAT IS THE PRICE OF SALVATION?

What’s up next?

The Night CircusThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

This is our book club read for June and it was my choice. The reaction from my fellow book clubbers was a little subdued so I’m hoping for a really good read.

The blurb

Opens at Nightfall

Closes at Dawn

As the sun disappears beyond the horizon, all over the tents small lights begin to flicker, as though the entirety of the circus is covered in particularly bright fireflies. When the tents are all aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign appears.

Le Cirque des Rêves

The Circus of Dreams.

Now the circus is open.

Now you may enter.

What are you all reading this week?

WWW Wednesday (June 3rd)

This weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open to all to participate. Why not join in and let us know what you’re reading this week…

WWW Wednesday

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m currently reading…

The-ShipThe Ship by Antonia Honeywell

This is quite different to my usual type of read but I am enjoying it. I’m about 50% through and I feel that the ship has this cult community developing and I have no idea where it’s heading….

The blurb

WELCOME TO LONDON

BUT NOT AS YOU KNOW IT

Oxford Street burned for three weeks. The British Museum is occupied by ragtag survivors. The Regent’s Park camps have been bombed. The Nazareth Act has come into force. If you can’t produce your identity card, you don’t exist.

Lalla, sixteen, has grown up sheltered from the new reality by her visionary father, Michael Paul. But now the chaos has reached their doorstep. Michael has promised to save them. His escape route is a ship big enough to save five hundred people. But only the worthy will be chosen.

Once on board, as day follows identical day, Lalla’s unease grows. Where are they going? What does her father really want?

WHAT IS THE PRICE OF SALVATION?

I recently finished reading…

DisclaimerDisclaimer by Renee Knight

I felt that the majority of this book lived up to the hype despite being quite slow in places however I was a little dissatisfied with the ending; it didn’t ring right for me but the on the whole delivers.

The blurb

When an intriguing novel appears on Catherine’s bedside table, she curls up in bed and begins to read.

But as she turns the pages she is sickened to realize the story will reveal her darkest secret.

A secret she thought no one else knew…

What’s up next?

IMG_0595My next read will be picked from my TBR jar as part of #PaperbackSummer

 

 

What are you all reading this week?