And that’s a wrap for … June!

June. Ugh.

Between a very busy auction week at the other half’s job and a business trip by that same other half, I spent quite a lot of the month alone. Then the other half very kindly brought back a gift from his trip in the form of a very bad cold and awful throat infection, which rendered me utterly useless for a whole week. And boom, bye bye June.

Things are rather stressful at Casa Novel Deelights for the moment. Unfortunately, the other half’s new job isn’t working out as well as we’d hoped and the hunt for a new house is proving to be a real struggle. On top of that, the lovely warm summer days are wreaking havoc on our sleeping patterns (holy cow so tired!) and poor Millie is having a horrid time with Mother Nature.

Mostly she’s been sleeping …

Hmmm … let’s quickly move on 😳.


Considering I didn’t read for an entire week, I’m okay with this. Some excellent books as well. What is not okay, is that only 5 count towards my 20 Books of Summer challenge, 3 of which I read this past week in a desperate attempt to catch up. Because I apparently always like to make things difficult for myself πŸ™„.


Incredibly close call between The Dark and Madwoman but in the end Sharon Bolton got it.


Only 6. I know, you’re impressed. I just had a look at my wish-list for the next few months, though. It’s all downhill from here.


Gah. Bad. Very, very bad!

The one without the cover is The Simple Truth by James Buckler, in case you wondered.

As always, huge thanks to the publishers.


Review : Sabine Durrant – Sun Damage
Review : Dan Malakin – The Box
Review : Jack Jordan – Do No Harm
Review : Louisa Treger – Madwoman
Review : Hayley Scrivenor – Dirt Town

Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Shortlist revealed

Yeah. The blogging is going well this year, innit? 😬


July 13th : Blog tour | Review | The Woman on the Bridge by Holly Seddon
July 22nd : Blog tour | Review | The Museum of Ordinary People by Mike Gayle

Those are the only two dates set in stone. Maybe I should go back to doing more blog tours? πŸ€” (not going to happen!)

There WILL be other reviews! Honestly!

And that’s it for June. I’m kicking off July with a whole weekend of socialising and I couldn’t be more ecstatic about it. That was sarcasm, folks. I’m kind of hoping that by squeezing it all into one weekend, I won’t have to see people again until Christmas or thereabouts. Preferably not even this year. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, cleaning to be done so all those people traipsing through my house can make everything dirty again. And Wimbledon to watch while I can. So all that remains is for me to wish you all a most excellent July. May it be all warm and sunny. Except if you’re in the Southern hemisphere because that would make for a truly weird winter. I’m going now.

Until next time! Happy reading! xx

  10 comments for “And that’s a wrap for … June!

  1. July 1, 2022 at 8:36 am

    I feel your pain! I read 9 books in June but only 5 were #20booksofsummer picks. Starting to get a little jittery….πŸ˜¨πŸ˜‚

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  2. July 1, 2022 at 10:59 am

    Sorry June was a horrid month for you 😦 Fingers crossed for a better July.

    I had to laugh at the picture of Millie…some of the sleeping positions…πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  3. July 1, 2022 at 4:21 pm

    Oh Dear, I sure hope July is a better month for both you and your other half. I loved that pic of Millie. You did get some great books read in June and I need to check out some of your reviews. Have a wonderful July and enjoy that weekend socialising, even if it is not your favourite thing to do.

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  4. Jo
    July 1, 2022 at 4:26 pm

    Sorry to hear that June wasn’t a great month – here’s hoping that things pick up in July! x

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  5. July 1, 2022 at 6:11 pm

    Fingers crossed for a happier, less stressful July xx

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  6. July 1, 2022 at 6:13 pm

    Sorry June was so rubbish – wishing you a better July!

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  7. July 2, 2022 at 6:19 pm

    I hope July will treat you better! I can send over some of our winter weather your way if you like? Millie does look comfy though haha. Maybe hide with her and let the other people do the socialising? πŸ˜‰ Seriously, since the pandemic it’s been even harder to pretend I actually care about being around people and don’t much prefer them leaving me alone instead. xD

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