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June 2016 TBR

June TBR

“In early June the world of leaf and blade and flowers explodes, and every sunset is different.” ― John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent

June is such a beautiful time a year and I hope that I get to complete this month’s TBR by reading outside in the sunshine.

All links and images take you to Goodreads.


Books I want/need to read:

echo burningEcho Burning by Lee Child

What it’s about:

Jack Reacher, adrift in the hellish heat of a Texas summer.

Looking for a lift through the vast empty landscape. A woman stops, and offers a ride. She is young, rich and beautiful.

But her husband’s in jail. When he comes out, he’s going to kill her.

Her family’s hostile, she can’t trust the cops, and the lawyers won’t help. She is entangled in a web of lies and prejudice, hatred and murder.

Jack Reacher never could resist a lady in distress.

I have already started reading this book.


Tipping the Velvet coverTipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters

What it’s about:

This delicious, steamy debut novel chronicles the adventures of Nan King, who begins life as an oyster girl in the provincial seaside town of Whitstable and whose fortunes are forever changed when she falls in love with a cross-dressing music-hall singer named Miss Kitty Butler.

When Kitty is called up to London for an engagement on “Grease Paint Avenue”, Nan follows as her dresser and secret lover, and, soon after, dons trousers herself and joins the act. In time, Kitty breaks her heart, and Nan assumes the guise of butch roue to commence her own thrilling and varied sexual education – a sort of Moll Flanders in drag – finally finding friendship and true love in the most unexpected places.


High-RiseHigh-Rise by J. G. Ballard

What it’s about:

Within the concealing walls of an elegant forty-storey tower block, the affluent tenants are hell-bent on an orgy of destruction. Cocktail parties degenerate into marauding attacks on ‘enemy’ floors and the once-luxurious amenities become an arena for riots and technological mayhem.

In this visionary tale of urban disillusionment society slips into a violent reverse as the isolated inhabitants of the high-rise, driven by primal urges, create a dystopian world ruled by the laws of the jungle.


the knife of never letting goThe Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

What it’s about:

Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee – whose thoughts Todd can hear, too, whether he wants to or not – stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden – a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.

But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?


brave new worldBrave New World by Aldous Huxley

What it’s about:

Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs, all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone harbouring an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations, where the old, imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his distress…

Huxley’s ingenious fantasy of the future sheds a blazing light on the present and is considered to be his most enduring masterpiece.


HP 6This month’s challenge: Read a book with more than 500 pages

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling

What it’s about: 

It’s Harry Potter’s sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As Voldemort’s sinister forces amass and a spirit of gloom and fear sweeps the land, it becomes clear to Harry that he will soon have no choice but to confront his destiny. Can Harry succeed in the death-defying tasks ahead?

This book is 608 pages long. This book is also part of my 2016 re-read challenge.


HP 7Re-read challenge:

As well as reading Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince I’ll be reading…

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling

What it’s about:

Harry Potter is preparing to leave the Dursleys and Privet Drive for the last time. The future that awaits him is full of danger, not only for him, but for anyone close to him – and Harry has already lost so much. Only by destroying Voldemort’s remaining Horcruxes can Harry free himself and overcome the Dark Lord’s forces of evil. In a final and perilous journey, Harry must find the strength and the will to face a deadly confrontation that is his alone to fight.


As always, there are some books from previous months that I haven’t completed yet. They are:

  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling
  • The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
  • Kraken by China Mieville
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz

 

What are you planning to read in June?

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4 thoughts on “June 2016 TBR

  1. YAY Harry Potter – especially those two books, the last ones in the series. FEELS! I still need to read The Knife of Never Letting Go as well but I was gifted a copy over the Holidays so hopefully I’ll get to it soon 🙂 Good luck and happy reading! x

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    1. Half-Blood Prince is just perfection. THE FEELS. Amazing. I’ve heard good things about The Knife of Never Letting Go so I’m looking forward to starting it. When I get the chance… 🙂

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