Favourite Reads of June

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I had a fab reading run in June, devouring some really fat ‘n juicy books, and discovering the Temeraire series by Naomi Novik.

As for my favourite read of the month, geez. I honestly don’t know. They were all wonderful in their different ways and no matter how I look at the list I can’t seem to decide on a stand out. But decide I must and for the sheer escapist, romantic fun of it my favourite read has to be…

Animal Magnetism by Jill Shalvis

Animal Magnetism by Jill ShalvisI truly thought this book wouldn’t be my thing. I tend not to go for US set romances featuring alpha males but once I’d started the sample I couldn’t stop. I bought and then devoured Animal Magnetism in a couple of days, and had to hold myself back from buying the next in the series immediately on completion. If it weren’t for my scary to-be-read pile I would have gobbled down Animal Attraction as well.

Sexy vets, a helicopter pilot, cute and naughty animals, a sassy, likeable heroine, gorgeous setting, great humour, witty dialogue, funny sidekicks, and most of all a heartwarming, sighworthy romance. It’s a book with everything. Loved it.


Temeraire by Naomi NovikTemeraire by Naomi Novik & Temeraire: Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik

Dragons! The Napoleonic Wars! A brave hero! Much derring-do and adventure!

I’m hooked. So hooked that even though I’m not meant to be buying any new books until my to-be-read pile gets more under control I just had to grab the second in this series as soon as I finished the first. Justifiable because after all my squeals of excitement and dragon love my other half is also now reading the series, which means I can assign any purchase to his to-be-read pile instead of mine. Genius!

I picked this one up purely on the basis of Novik’s stand-alone book Uprooted, which was one of my favourite reads of last year (just thinking about that book makes me want to read it again—loved it). Totally different in premise, but she sure knows how to write an adventure.

A Desperate Fortune by Susanna KearsleyA Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley

Susanna Kearsley never lets me down. With its split timeline, A Desperate Fortune was exactly what I expect and love from this auto-buy author. I really enjoyed the contemporary heroine in this one. She’s unusual and extremely clever, and I was barracking so hard for her to reach her happily ever after. The historical heroine’s romance was just as wonderful. As for the heroes … be still my heart!

77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz

A horror-thriller creepy page-turner from a master of the genre, featuring a weird house with an even weirder history. Admittedly not my favourite Koontz (which is Watchers—adore that book—and, of course, Odd Thomas) but a solid read nonetheless.

The Dry by Jane HarperThe Dry by Jane Harper

You’re probably seeing this book everywhere at the moment. It’s being pushed hard by the publishers and with good reason—the story is a cracker. A murder mystery set in a desiccated town with lots of twists and turns and a fantastically well-evoked atmosphere, it kept me engrossed from start to end. I’ll be keen to read the next from this author.

The Lake House by Kate MortonThe Lake House by Kate Morton

How can anyone resist an English country house with a dark mystery? I know I can’t and Morton does them brilliantly. Loved the novelist character in this one—Alice was fab. As always, the setting was so vividly rendered it felt alive.


What were your favourite reads?


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9 thoughts on “Favourite Reads of June

  1. AvatarFi

    Have to say, Cathryn. I really enjoy your monthly round up of books. I aspire to read that many, maybe when I retire I can go to Cathryn’s webpage and download the list of books and browse them that way :)))
    Thanks my dear, awesome xx Fi

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Ha ha ha! My secret is my new treadmill, Fi! I walk and read and the books just fly by and it takes the pain out of exercise. Well, mostly.
      Great to hear you’re enjoying the round ups. I have fun doing them too and it’s a great way to keep on top of what I’ve read.

  2. AvatarMargaret

    Light between oceans by Stedman is a wonderful read and also Burial Rites by Hannah Kent.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      I’ve read both of those, Margaret, and wholeheartedly agree. Both beautiful books. Hannah Kent’s new one is out in October. Really looking forward to learning more about it. I loved Burial Rites, even if I did bawl at the end!
      Have you read All The Light We Cannot See? Stunning!

  3. AvatarDiane McKewin

    I have had a lovely ireading month for June…two books by Karly Lane Tallowood Bound and Bridie’s Choice; The Parish Secret by Karen Swan; The House by the Lake and Paris Time Capsule by Ella Carey; The Peppercorn Project by Nicki Edwards; and The Bookshop on the Corner by Rebecca Raisin. I am currently reading Rebecca Raisin’s The Little Bookshop on the Seine and, on a very different theme, The Killing Season Uncut by Sarah Ferguson. I have All The Light We Cannot See on my ‘to read’ list…along with many, many more!! I see that the movie The Light Between Oceans will be out later in the year…so I should get to re-read the book before the movie.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Karly’s books are fabulous, aren’t they, Diane? I love her stories. They’re so heartwarming. I’ve been eyeing off The Paris Secret too. It sounds really cool. You’re having it very French time at the moment with those books! Just in time for Bastille Day.
      I loved All the Light We Cannot See. The writing was beautiful and it was a fascinating story.

  4. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    Cathryn, I too love your round-up of books. It’s always exciting to read your reviews of each book you’ve read. I’ve only read one book of Kate Morton’s, The Shifting Fog, it was brilliant, I really need to read another one of hers. She really is masterful storyteller.

    Only read four books last month but each one was a beauty. Claiming the Courtesan by Anna Campbell, 12 Days at Silver Bells House by Jennie Jones, The Nearly-weds by Jane Costello and Cats, Scarves and Liars by Kathryn White. I adored Kathryn White’s book so much I immediately went to Amazon and bought another one.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Lovely to know you enjoy the roundup, Sue. I have fun doing it too. The Shifting Fog is one of Morton’s best. I’ve read them all but I think my favourite is The Distant Hours. Loved that one.

      Rah on reading Anna’s Claiming the Courtesan. Such fun! Which is what the Kathryn White book looks too.

      Thanks so much for sharing. I love hearing what others are reading.

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