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June 2015 Reading Round-Up

I’ve not had the mind or time to read as much; a mini reading slump and some major musical inspiration took care of that (I’m writing songs again). Still, I liked what I read, loved in some cases, and have A Brief History Of Time on the go, which is proving to be both fascinating and a good memory jogger. As for the news I had to tell you: I have been invited to be a panellist at a literary conference. After picking myself up from the floor, I accepted, and am looking forward to it. More details in due course.

All books are works of fiction.

The Books

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Mary Ann Shaffers and Annie Barrows: The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society – A writer searching for inspiration finds it in the content of letters she is sent by a man who buys an old book of hers from a second-hand shop. Excellent.

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Raymond Jean: Reader For Hire – A woman places an advert, seeking to become a reader for those who would like to be read to, and finds herself with a lot more power than she would ever have expected. There’s a fair amount to this; I’m still processing it.

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Téa Obreht: The Tiger’s Wife – A doctor recounts stories her grandfather told her. Would’ve been better without the doctor, if it had been told by the grandfather.

My favourite was The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society. (As much as I loved it, I’m happy to mention it only rarely given the length of the title.) I found the Obreht to be a slog.

Quotation Report

None this time.

Whilst we may have passed 21st and that’s always a bit sad for me, I’m kind of glad to move to July this year.

What was your favourite read this month?



July 1, 2015, 1:20 am

Congrats on the convention speaking. That sounds exciting.
Happy July reading!

Literary Feline

July 1, 2015, 4:06 pm

How exciting! You are the perfect choice to be on a literary panel. I wish you the best.

I am also glad to hear you are writing songs again.

I hope you have a wonderful, July, Charlie.

Emma @ Words And Peace

July 2, 2015, 5:45 am

mine was a book by Louise Penny.

Tracy Terry

July 2, 2015, 3:45 pm

How exciting to be a panellist like this, I’m sure you’ll do a wonderful job.

I’ve actually read two of the books you feature here. Seemingly one of only a few I didn’t like the The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society but then I don’t generally fare well with the letter/diary format.

As for The Tiger’s Wife? It can’t have particularly struck me one way or the other as I cannot remember much about it let alone what my thoughts on it were.


July 2, 2015, 4:32 pm

Sorry to hear about your mini reading slump, but yay about writing songs and being chosen as a panellist! I had slow but good reading in June. My favourite read would have to be Guy Martin’s autobiography. Happy reading and writing in July :-)


July 5, 2015, 8:00 pm

How exciting! This is brilliant news! When/where is the conference?


July 20, 2015, 7:52 pm

To all: thank you!

Literary Feline: Yes; the songs have been a long time coming, as it were.

Tracy Terry: If you don’t like the letter format that makes sense :) I have a feeling I’ll be forgetting The Tiger’s Wife, too.

Jessica: That sounds a fun autobiography!

Alice: (answered by posts)



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