Bookish: July 2018 TBR & June Wrap Up

This post will be short and sweet (like me, te he he he he – ahem, sorry) as I am in fact recovering from my hen do. It was incredibly good fun but I had (too) many espresso martini’s and it’s not that I’m over dramatic or anything but I am now suffering greatly.

It was a 1920’s murder mystery dinner and I can’t even remember who the murderer was. Or who was murdered.

Here is a picture of me last night. I do not look like this now.


Now onto the books! This is why you’re here after all!

I didn’t do so well in May, having read a grand total of two books. This meant that my TBR for June was less ambitious than usual and I set myself a goal of four books to read.

What was on my list for June and how did they do?

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

This was purchased by me last year and it took me an incredibly long time to get round to it especially as I seemed to roll it from one month to the next. This was on my April TBR and my May TBR and I finally read it in June. It isn’t my favourite Neil Gaiman and I gave it two stars. I can see why people would love it but I suppose it just wasn’t for me. Review is here.

Dare by Natalia Jaster 

I’ve mentioned before that I’ve read a few of Natalia Jaster’s books and I do support those who self-publish. Review is pending but unfortunately I liked this one less than her previous book ‘Trick’ and I gave ‘Dare’ two stars.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

This is very much a five star rating from me as I loved it. Read the review on THUG here as that says everything that I felt I needed to say!

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

It’s not quite what I expected but I enjoyed it well enough. Review is here and because I liked the aesthetic ‘feel’ of the book I have created an edit for it. I do love an aesthetic book edit, they are so fun!

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

This wasn’t on my June TBR but because I was doing so well I managed to exceed the four on my list and went for five. This is a collection of short stories based on the characters of The Lunar Chronicles – the Chronicles were a series that I really enjoyed and gave solid ‘three’s’ to. This gets a lower rating of two stars from me. Review pending.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeymoon

I was doing so well that I went for six! This is a much lauded debut book and is a Sunday Times Bestseller. I can see why it is both lauded and a bestseller and I did like it but I didn’t love it as much as others seem to. Review is, as usual, pending and this gets three stars from me.

So four books to read and six achieved. Stats look like this:-

  • 1 book with a 5 star rating
  • 2 books with a 3 star rating
  • 3 books with a 2 star rating

June averages out at 2.8 which is a little less than the solid 3 of last month. It’s THUG which manages to pull the overall average up as though I seem to have read more books this month than expected I didn’t necessarily love what was read. But hey, you won’t know until you give them a go.

For July I am going to aim for four again. Here we go.


the memory shop

This was one that I picked up without knowing a thing about it but I like to take a chance. This is lined up for me to read next so wish me luck!



This is an incredibly hyped book which is going to go one of two ways. Badly or well. I find hyped books tend to do that with me. This is one that I am looking forward to and I follow Tomi Adeyemi’s online writing course and she seems absolutely delightful and helpful and so I am really wanting this to go well.



This looks like a delightfully creepy read and I am here for it. I was wanting to hold out and read this in October to be deliberately atmospheric but I just don’t have the patience.


travelling cat

I tried to give this one a go but didn’t get very far in June so I will make more of an effort to have this in my July TBR. This isn’t my usual type of book but was a gift to me because it is about a kitty cat and I love kitty cats.

Here’s how life rocked on for me in June – it was very quiet which is probably why I managed to read so much!

Gerry Goes Gandering


  • From a wedding perspective we have got lots of stuff done including groomsmen suit fittings, venue planning meeting, another wedding hair appointment (because I’m fussy!), my first dress fitting and the table plan! Getting there! Just under six weeks to go now!
  • Went to a friends for our ‘Dine With Me’ rotation. In the UK there is a programme called ‘Come Dine With Me’ where people (who have never met before) take it in turns to host dinner. Me and a group of friends do a ‘Dine With Me’ rotation and the friend whose turn it was happens to be a good cook and baker so we always get good food at hers! It can’t be said that its the same when they come to mine!
  • My hen do was last night as I have already mentioned. I am in dire need of more sleep.

How was everyone’s June? In terms of personal times and book reading times? What do you think of my July TBR and what’s on yours? Anything suitably seasonal?

Look forward to hearing from you!

Happy Reading

14 thoughts on “Bookish: July 2018 TBR & June Wrap Up

  1. Oooh Gerry, fancy much! It’s awesome that you did a 1920s murder mystery! Even if you don’t remember it. 😀 I adore cluedo and have always wanted to do a murder mystery event! You look lovely. 🙂 ❤ Nice that you read more than you've set, I always set a too high goal and then get disappointed haha. 😀 I'm reading The Silent Companions in July too! Let me know if you want to buddy read it heehee. 🙂

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    1. It was such good fun! I’ve always wanted to do a murder mystery dinner so I can tick that off the bucket list now! I’m not competitive in any shape of form aside from Cluedo oddly enough! Everyone else gets fired up over Monopoly but Cluedo is where the drama is at for me. You’ll have to forgive my absolute stupidity but what’s a buddy read?! That sounds interesting!

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      1. Yay, sounds so cool! 😀 Haha me too, I mastered it so much over the years so I win every time. 😂 Hahaha you’re not stupid woman, I didn’t know myself until recently! 😂 It’s like we read the book together, at the same time, and consult with each other several times to see what the other one thinks and to discuss. 😀 Like in a book club I guess, since I’ve never been in one. 😀

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  2. Nice wrap-up! I’m glad Hate U give was a 5-star read for you as I hadn’t heard negative about it, and don’t want to spoil that record as I really want to read it soon. 😊 Also, COBAB I’ve heard a few mixed things of regarding the romance (which isn’t too unexpected tbh; YA is frequently marred by the romance 😂) but apparently the plot and writing is very good, so I hope to hear your thoughts on it. Excellent post!

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    1. I really enjoyed THUG – I went into it not really knowing what to expect and found myself pleasantly surprised! I’ve just finished a book today and so have Children of Blood and Bone lined up next. I’m nervous (because of the hype) but massively looking forward to it too!

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