With the start of my MA in Writing for Children course starting in September, I’m setting myself a target to read as many books as I can in preparation. My head has mostly been stuck in a fantasy cloud the past year, I’ve just managed to finish the A Song of Ice and Fire series and I absolutely loved it. I can’t wait for Winds of Winter to be released! The idea now is to broaden my horizons and delve into new territory. The books I’ll read will consist of different genres and a fair amount of young adult. My intention is to read anything from 4-8 books a month, time permitting.
Below you’ll find my June reads along with a very short synopsis.
Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs
Library of Souls is the third and final book in the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series by Ransom Riggs, of which the first two books I absolutely loved! Due to other commitments it had taken me a while to get around to reading this, but I actually finished it yesterday (one book down!) and it didn’t disappoint. For those who haven’t heard of the series and without giving too much away, the book series centres around a boy named Jacob Portman who discovers a building on a remote island off the coast of Wales, inhabited by a lady named Miss Peregrine and children with ‘peculiar’ talents. What sets this series apart from others is the use of vintage photographs that help you visualise the story and its characters as it progresses. Check out books one and two below:
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
I’m behind the game on this one, but a friend of mine who recently read it recommended it to me. I started reading it as soon as I put down Library of Souls and I am already 200 pages into it and can’t wait to carry on. The main character Claire Randall, a former combat nurse from 1945 is transported in time to 1743, where she becomes a Sassenach – an “outlander” amongst lairds and spies. The story is based in Scotland and will interest those into historical fantasy with a time travel element.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
I discovered A Court of Thorns and Roses after hearing about its sequel, A Court of Mist and Fury. This book series, I’m told, is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast with mythical faerie lore and romance and I believe is marketed as Young Adult. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this series so I’m looking forward to picking it up.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
I very rarely read contemporary/romance/chick lit, but I hope to read at least one novel per month, either adult or young adult. The book centralises on Lou Clark who after losing her job at a tea shop, starts caring for Will Traynor, a man who becomes injured after a motorcycle accident. This is definitely not my usual type of ‘go to’ novel, but I’ve heard many good reviews and with the release of the Me Before You film I’m compelled to read the book before watching it.
Sister by Rosamund Lupton
I bought this book a long time ago and it has been sitting on my shelf ever since, unread along with a whole bunch of other unread impulse buys. A friend borrowed this off me last week and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I thought why not read it this month. Sister is a thriller/mystery and follows Beatrice as she learns about the circumstances surrounding her sister’s disappearance.
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
I’ve heard a lot about this book online and I’ve noticed it appearing in a lot of TBR lists for the month of June. The book is set in two locations: the desert nation of Miraji where mystical beasts still roam and magic is practiced, and Dustwalk, a town where the main character Amani is desperate to escape from.
So that’s my reading list for June. Have you read any of the above? What will you be reading this month?