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June 2012 Reading Round-Up

Half a year gone already, can you believe it? I can’t, but then the horrible weather made it incredibly difficult to appreciate June. We had a couple of weeks where the weather was basically good (though I was on holiday during that time so maybe I just got lucky with the area we’d chosen to be in) but other than that it’s been raining by the bucketful. Wales has been flooded, and who knows when we’ll get any proper summer weather, if there is such a thing as proper summer weather in Britain. Well the sun’s gone away again, but the good news is my exam period is over and I’ve had some great books to read. If the sun refuses to shine, trust a good book to make summer happen.

All books are works of fiction.

The Books

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Ella Drake: Desert Blade – A doctor and her ex-patient find each other after the apocalypse. Could have been longer, otherwise good fare from Drake once again.

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Pia Juul: The Murder Of Halland – Bess doesn’t know who murdered her husband but does she actually care or is there something else in her life that is worse? Yet another feather for Peirene Press’s cap and a solid introduction to Juul’s work for the reader.

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Samantha Sotto: Before Ever After – Shelley’s younger-than-middle-aged husband died and a few years later a boy claiming to be his grandson turns up at her door. Brilliant story combining a mass of different genres.

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Shannon Stacey: Slow Summer Kisses – When Anna arrives back at the camp, after years away and having been made unemployed, Cam remembers how annoying she was when they were children, until he notices how much she’s changed. A good if short addition to Stacey’s contemporary romance back-list.

June has been a good month for books. It would be difficult to say that any other than Before Ever After was my favourite, that book simply rocked (in fact that may have been the problem for the character, you’ll see what I mean if you read it).

Quotation Report

In Slow Summer Kisses Cam has a problem – how can he avoid Anna, and thus avoid kissing her, if she continually puts herself in dangerous situations? Whilst in Before Ever After, Shelley’s problem is that she’s finding it very difficult to eat breakfast while her elderly friend is discussing her great sex life.

Dear summer, as the infamous Carly Rae says, I miss you so bad.



July 2, 2012, 5:39 am

I have a friend from Wales who keeps cribbing about the Wales weather. Right now I would give anything to get out of the heat here :)

Anyway, Im glad the books are keeping you company. Nothing like cold weather to snuggle up with a book…


July 3, 2012, 12:18 pm

I long for summer weather! Not so much the heat (I don’t love that), but 20C and some sun, you know, makes all the difference in making days look more cheerful.

It looks like the books are keeping you good company :) And no more exams for a while, yay!



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