My Month in Reviews: June 2018

Month in review

I might have to start calling this post my month in three-monthly reviews as I haven’t posted an update on what I’ve been reading since April but life keeps getting in the way.  I am – hopefully – back now though, with life being a bit calmer and a bit more sorted so, here goes, back in monthly update posts – and what a month.  I got a new contract for work – making me feel like an official freelancer – and I got to read some great books, mostly review books I was behind on. Plus the sun has shone and England has been doing well in the football – could life get much better?

Anyway, without further review, here’s what I read….


The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware, which was a great return to form for me for an author who I have really enjoyed (bar her last book!).

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart, not my usual fare as it’s a young adult book but I really enjoyed it anyway because it was full of twists and turns and was right up my street.

Suffragette by David Roberts, a book for my daughter more than me as it’s aimed at children 12+ but it took a wonderful look at the wonderful men and women without whom I wouldn’t have the right to vote.

Fire on the Fens by Joy Ellis, another visit to the Lincolnshire Fens and one of my favourite detectives, Nikki Galena, who is on the trail of an arsonist.



This is What Happened by Mick Herron, a story about a lonely young woman who makes the mistake of trusting a lonely older man.

Unofficial Guide To by Nancy Hendrickson, which is designed to help people navigate the genealogy site and find out a little bit more about their family tree.

The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh, a strange dystopian tale that I still am not sure about as three sisters cope with the loss of their father.

The Skincare Bible by Dr Anjali Mahto, a look at how you can take better care of your skin and avoid fads.

Eating Well Everyday by Peter Gordon, an attractive cookbook full of interesting recipes – though not as many veggie ones as I’d like.

The Happy Pear: Recipes for Happiness by David & Stephen Flynn, a much more veggie friendly cookbook that includes not just great recipes but a great philosophy for eating.

And that’s it – not only bad book in the lot – I’m not sure the last time that happened.  What about you – how did your month go – reading and otherwise?

Emma x


  1. I keep meaning to read Genuine Fraud! I actually read one page, but then another book grabbed me. I also plan to read The Death of Mrs. Westaway sooner rather than later. Thanks for sharing.


  2. This is a great month’s reading and reviewing, Emma! I am always impressed with the breadth of your reading – all those non-fiction books, as well as the cracking stories… I hope you find July is also a great month.


  3. I need to find more tasty vegetarian recipes here. I’ve assembled a few, mostly spurred on by my daughter choosing to not eat meat anymore, but I also want more plant-based protein in my diet. I think you had a great reading month.


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