The Year in Books :: June 2015

I didn’t realise how much I read in May!  I have been feeling a bit slumpy in my reading lately again, always feeling like I should be doing something else and then not concentrating on the book I am reading because I am feeling guilty for reading – so I was surprised to look at my reading journal and see that there were another 4 books looking back at me for May, how did that happen?!

The Complete Notes


First up was The Complete Notes by Bill Bryson.  I remember reading Notes from a Small Island a few years ago, but I forgotten some of the gems that this book held, I thoroughly enjoyed giggling and snorting my way through this one.  Notes from a Big Country was a slight let down for me – I didn’t realise that it was a collection of columns rather that one big piece – so I did find myself getting slightly bored by the end of it.  Still Bill Bryson laugh out loud funny in places though, so not to be completely overlooked.

The ABC Murders


Agatha Christie almost never fails to get me reading – I love the silly, fun and very readable stories she wrote, and I can’t help but lap them up.  I love the characters, the names, the premise of the books, everything.  Brilliant!

The Secret Garden


The Secret Garden was a childhood favourite of mine – I have a very funny old copy of it with a very precise date of 28/03/1991 written in the front along with my full name, so I must have liked it!  I really enjoyed rereading this one as an adult.  It is very of its time in places, but it was thoroughly enjoyable.  It really made me want to get out in the garden and try and make things grow myself, so I did plant some seeds while I was reading this one – let’s hope I have the magic touch like the children in this book seem to!

The Mysterious Affair at Styles


I couldn’t help myself, after The ABC Murders I was in an Agatha mood.  I have a mini plan to try and read all of her books in publication order – whether this will come to anything is another thing, but I do have The Secret Adversary on order at the library which is number two.  I had read this one before, but I couldn’t remember who the murderer was – I did remember certain aspects of how it was done, but the denouement at the end was still almost a complete surprise.  Can’t get enough mystery/crime books at the moment!

As always, I am not sure what June holds for me reading wise, so I will just take it as it comes and see where things go.

What have you read this month?  Anything exciting on the horizon for June?

Organdie. x

PS – As always this project was started by Laura over at Circle of Pine Trees– go and say hi, her blog is wonderfully lovely!  You can find more information about The Year in Books project by visiting the page on her blog here.


9 thoughts on “The Year in Books :: June 2015

  1. I seem to be in a reading rut, not just a slump, at the moment. It seems ages ago that I started reading ‘The Silkworm’ (Robert Galbraith) and have not reached 75% through yet! Perhaps other projects have been more on my mind lately 😉

    Loved your choice of books in May, Bill Bryson is definitely a favourite and I too have always loved The Secret Garden. My mother was an Agatha Christie devotee but I have not even read one of her mysteries – that I will have to remedy when I get out of this rut 🙂

    • I would say you have had plenty on your mind just lately!! 😉 I am looking forward to my next Agatha already, something so fun about her books, I think most people would enjoy some aspect of her books. Hope you get back to The Silkworm soon. ☺

      • I’ve had a month like that too Ellie, ploughing through one book, that I have finally finished! I adore Bill Bryson’s writing too, so funny.

      • I’ve read notes from a small island, a short history of nearly everything, and down under! More than I realised actually!

  2. I haven’t read any Agatha Christie of late but I did enjoy the ABC Murders. The Secret Garden is one of my all time favourite childhood reads. I read it at the beginning of the year and it never fails to get my attention and there I am back a young girl again. Timeless. I have challenged myself this year to return to some of my childhood favourites and this month it has been Follyfoot by Monica Dickens.

    • That sounds like a fun challenge. I haven’t read any Monica Dickens, but her books always seem like something I might quite enjoy. I love rereading – almost more than reading something for the first time. It’s amazing how a book can transport you back to a specific time or place.

      • When I told my daughter I was reading The Secret Garden she dug out her copy which she has had since a little girl and she is now in her 20’s. She still loves it just as much.

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