From the archives – June

As I gaze at the virtual tower of to-be-read books precariously piled up in my Kindle, threatening to virtually tumble if I don’t keep a virtual eye on them, I found myself wondering: what was I reading this time last year? So, I decided to take a little stroll through my imaginary book palace, and revisit the books that punctuated my June 2016.

Feel free to join me. Just mind you don’t bump your head through this door and watch your step as we go down these slightly dark and steep stairs (I really must get electric lamps installed down here, but candlelight is just so pretty).


I finished reading The Last of Us by Rob Ewing at the end of May 2016 and was delighted when Rob Ewing got in contact with me to thank me for my review. He then agreed to let me interview him. I still have fond feelings towards this book. If you haven’t read it, do it.




Hot off the back of The Last of Us, I burned my way through My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal. Oh, my goodness. It made me cry, and I still mentally hug Leon every time I think of him.



I started reading The Big Picture by Sean Carroll. A brilliant popular science book that explains not just how quantum physics applies to daily life, but how understanding how even the smallest parts of the universe work can inform your philosophy and understanding of life, the universe and everything.



In June 2016, I started working on a theatre production of 1984 by George Orwell. So, I downloaded the audiobook to remind myself of the book so I could compare it to the theatre production. I had originally read 1984 at the age of 13 or 14. Now, in my 30s, I was struck by how bleak it was – I hadn’t remembered it being that bleak. The theatre production was even bleaker. And exactly 101 minutes long.



So, that’s the tour of the June 2016 archives. Feel free to make yourself a cup of tea, find a comfy chair, and rifle through a few books. Hopefully, you’ll leave with a few suggestions for your own to-be-read list.

Let me know what’s on your list for this month – I’m always after suggestions for my own!


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