Here are the books I’d Quite Like to Read in June. QLTR is my version of TBR (To Be Read). If you’d like to know more, see my fuller (and rather rambling) explanation here.
So, on to the books, in order from top left to bottom right:
1 RED SISTER by Mark Lawrence.
Yes, well spotted, this was also on my QLTR for May. And in my defence, I did start it in May. But I was loving it so much that I didn’t want to rush through it, meaning I didn’t finish it, so here it is again. This is the first in Lawrence’s Book Of the Ancestor trilogy. Fantasy? Check. Magic school? Check. Warrior nuns? Yes please. And I can now add, it’s beautifully written.
2 THE AGE OF ARTHUR by John Morris
A massive tome, this one. But I’m not intending to read the entire thing this month, just to keep dipping into it as the mood takes me. It does cover a whole three hundred years of British history, after all, from 350 to 650. So no need to rush. Morris is an acknowledged expert on this period. I am not. I know very little about it but it interests me strangely. So when I saw this secondhand copy, I snapped it up.
3 INTO THE WATER by Paula Hawkins
I had such a great experience with a thriller this month (The Chalk Man, review here ) that I wanted to read another. This was on my shelf, so I’m going to try it. It has mixed reviews, but it’s another story that blends the present with mysterious happenings in the past, so it could be good.
4 LIMITED WISH by Mark Lawrence
Frankly, I’m expecting to love this. It’s the sequel to One Word Kill (glowing review here) but now Nick is all grown up. Should be epic. Honestly, I’m in awe of Mark Lawrence. His fantasy and science fiction work are so diverse in style, tone, voice, pacing, everything. Sometimes I have to stop reading because his skill undermines my belief that I am any kind of fiction writer at all. Nevertheless, I am definitely reading this in June.
5 THE COLOUR OF BEE LARKHAM’S MURDER By Sarah J Harris
This is special because it was a Mothers Day gift from my daughter this month. And it sounds perfect:
Jasper is not ordinary. In fact, he would say he is extraordinary…Synaesthesia paints the sounds of his world in a kaleidoscope of colours that no one else can see. But on Friday, he discovered a new colour – the colour of murder.He’s sure something has happened to his neighbour, Bee Larkham, but no-one else seems to be taking it as seriously as they should be. The knife and the screams are all mixed up in his head and he’s scared that he can’t quite remember anything clearly.
Honestly, I can’t wait to get into this one.
6 MEMORY By Lois McMaster Bujold
I am working my way through the Vorkosigan novels and saw this one in a charity shop. It sounds like a lot of fun:
Forced to abandon his undercover role as leader of the Dendarii Mercenaries, Miles Vorkosigan persuades Emperor Gregor to appoint him Imperial Auditor so he can penetrate Barrayar’s intelligence and security operations (ImpSec).
Miles as Imperial Auditor? I can’t resist that.
7 THE FIRST FIVE PAGES By Noah Lukeman
Another charity shop bargain. This is a guide for fiction writers by a literary agent, subtitiled: A Writer’s Guide to Staying out of the Rejection Pile. I’m always on the lookout for books on the craft of writing. And as I’m currently revising the first few chapters of my own novel, this seemed timely. It’s quite short so I should get to it this month.
8 THE OTHER HALF OF AUGUSTA HOPE By Joanna Glen
I have this as an ARC from Netgalley. It’s coming out on June 13, so I want to review it this month. It sounds good and the few reviews I’ve seen have been positive. It sounds like a nice change from all the genre fiction I’ve been reading:
Meet Augusta Hope, from Hedley Green, and Parfait, from Burundi: two extraordinary people who dream of escaping their very different lives. Through Augusta and Parfait’s intertwining stories, this astonishingly moving debut explores the meaning of home and the different places we find love, how we cope when we lose it and the role of fate in helping us find it again.
I’ve never read a story about someone from Burundi, so that alone piques my interest.
9 A CARIBBEAN MYSTERY By Agatha Christie
Finally, the only re-read on my list this month. It’s the next book in Mission Marple and it’s a quick, easy read, so I’ll save it for some time when I’m too tired to be bothered with anything more taxing.
So, nine books. I didn’t manage to read that many in May, but June is winter here in Australia and it’s already cold and grey. Perfect reading weather.
What are you hoping to read in June?