The weather has been beautiful and conducive to sitting outside reading for hours, so I’ve already made a dent on my 20 Books of Summer list. Yeah, I started a week early because it definitely felt like summer. I’m starting to catch up on reviews too, I’d appreciate like a couple of hours of rain to water the garden and give me some indoor time, OK?

The guardians of the water meadow made some changes to its management last year to encourage more wildflowers and it is bursting with cow parsley and buttercups, as well as other, less recognisable, blooms. It’s so lovely on a sunny evening.

The water meadow in evening light, showing a purple flower in the foreground and buttercups in the background. Additional artsy lens flare.

Scully’s on reduced rations for a bit after her post-winter weigh-in. The vet didn’t say anything but she didn’t get as many treats as usual, which I took as a sign. It’s a slippery slope with greedy guts Labradors, and I don’t want The Talk at the next visit. Hopefully it won’t take long to lose her winter podge, especially with summer on the way and less couch-potatoing going on. She obviously thinks she’s being starved and brings out the sad eyebrows at every opportunity.

Labrador dog in meadow surrounded by buttercups.

So I usually have a look through the UK kindle monthly deals for myself and I realised I have an Amazon shop page thing that I can share the good ones on, which I will try and remember to do from now on. It’s affiliate so I will earn a few pennies if you purchase any of them.

On the blog:

20 Books of Summer

Review: Ink Blood Sister Scribe by Emma Tรถrzs

Review: My Murder by Katie Williams

On My Radar: June

Books read:

Nothing But the Truth by The Secret Barrister

This was interesting to hear about their path in life. If you’ve enjoyed the other books, it’s much of the same, but nearly all my knowledge of the legal system here comes from SB so I’m grateful to have my eyes opened.

  • Popsugar # 29 A book your friend recommended

Cursed Crowns by Catherine Doyle + Katherine Webber

I liked this more than the first! It was exactly what I needed at the time, a good mix of danger without feeling despair for any of them. I don’t need my characters hopelessly imperilled right now like some fantasy does.

  • ATY # 30. A book related to a chess piece

[ARC] After That Night by Karin Slaughter

The 11th Will Trent book sees Sara’s past revisited in a case that looks to be linked to her rape of 15 years ago. The characters are getting softer but the crimes are still horrific.

  • ATY # 45. A book whose author has published more than 7 books

A House With Good Bones by T. Kingfisher

T. Kingfisher is fats becoming a new favourite author. I loved the archeo-entomologist character, who doesn’t find bugs scary, actually it’s the absence of bugs that unnerves her at first…

  • ATY # 28. A book that is dark
  • SFF Titles # 14. bone(s)

Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

I picked this up for the octopus content, which was the best bit. If you like up-lit you’ll like this, but I tend to find it a bit overly sentimental for my tastes. I did really enjoy the parts from Marcellus the octopus’s perspective though.

  • ATY # 17. Three books, each of which is set in a different century: Book 3

Books acquired:

Bought โ€“ Physical:

Yellowface by Rebecca F. Kuang

Bought โ€“ Digital:

The Night in Question by Kathleen Glasgow + Liz Lawson

More Perfect by Temi Oh (audiobook)

Found in a Bookshop by Stephanie Butland

The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna

Marple: Twelve New Stories