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The Month That Was… June 2014
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The Month That Was… June 2014

I knew June was going to be a bit of a write-off reading and blog wise. I’ve been on holiday to Tunisia, in London for work and had my parents staying for a week. There’s a few photos up on my Flickr stream now, but I’m just as behind with them as everything else! I think I’ve only read five books all month.

Camels: Such Graceful Creatures Momo and Ali Baba
Dinner Time Desert Oasis

So Tunisia was full of camels, ponies and crocodiles, with lots of sand in between. We stayed on the island of Djerba, which is featured in the Odyssey (it’s the island they didn’t want to leave) and had a day trip to the Sahara via Matmata which is where Luke Skywalker’s house is. The original Star Wars was filmed all over Tunisia but we didn’t go as far as the real Tataouine.

The rest of the time we relaxed by the pool or on the beach (and watched the camels go by) and ate lots of free food and cake. I read Heir of Fire and Paper Towns whilst I was away, but I didn’t get as much reading in as I expected. I’d really recommend Djerba if you just want a quiet, relaxing holiday somewhere hot and inexpensive (our hotel looked rather swanky considering the amount we paid). Just be wary of getting on a camel for a photo as they’ll take you on a “tour” and ask for quite a lot of money. We got out of it by saying we only had 10 dinar on us and not getting out our wallets.

Then my parents visited and we had lovely weather down here. We went round lots of gardens and houses, went for walks and ate nice lunches out. Quite frankly, I’m exhausted now and looking forward to a break. Although I will be going to YALC on the Saturday, so say hi if you’re there.

Here’s what made it onto the blog…


5 stars awarded to: The Unfinished Symphony of You and Me by Lucy Robinson and Saga by Brian K. Vaughan + Fiona Staples.

Read and awaiting review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas, The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen and The Seventh Miss Hatfield by Anna Caltabiano.

Blogged about:

I have a few giveaways on the blog at the moment; one for Blackbird and another for the highly anticipated Broken Monsters (both open to Europe) and I gave away A Shiver of Light. I also shared my top ten books so far this year and what I’d packed in my beach bag (over optimistic much?).

Incoming! (1st June)
Incoming! (29th June)

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  1. Ula

    Seems like you had a busy but great month! I wish I could go somewhere hot and quiet for a bit, we've had terrible weather lately.
    I'm glad to hear you had fun and relaxed, despite being a bit tired now.
    Happy reading! Enjoy YALC!

  2. Jillian

    Great reading month for you and a very eclectic variety of books!

  3. Ellie

    I didn't get as much read as I thought I would on holiday either. It was just so HOT (not as hot as Tunisia, I'm sure, but I do have a tendency to start melting into a puddle once the mercury hits about 26 degrees!), so I spent quite a bit of time doing krisskross puzzles, taking pictures of giant insects, listening to bookish podcasts and people-watching from the comfort of my sunlounger. Occasionally people-watching WHILE listening to bookish podcasts, in which instances I had a tendency to kind of drift off and look like I was just staring at people in a really creepy way, which was kinda fun. πŸ˜€

  4. Petra

    Great pictures, especially the crocodile one! πŸ™‚

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