My Favourite Reads of June 2018

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Welcome to the bookish joy that is My Favourite Reads. I didn’t get much reading done in June. We had visitors and lots of stuff going on, and that left little time for couch-potatoing or bed-lazing with a book.

The books I did complete were all beauties and, as is so often the case, choosing a favourite proved tricky. In the end, it was the old master who came out on top.

The Outsider by Stephen King

The Outsider by Stephen KingThe Outsider is one of the best King books I’ve read for a while, and that’s saying something because I pretty much enjoy all his books (except Duma Key – that one didn’t do it for me).

The suspense of the opening made my heart race, only for a shock plot twist to stop it completely and leave me wondering how the hell he was going to make the book work.

He did, of course. King’s a master storyteller.

Great premise, wonderful characters, plenty of tension and mystery, and a nice amount of icky horror. The pages (and there were a lot) flew by. Loved it.


Defy the Worlds by Claudia GrayDefy the Worlds by Claudia Gray

I adored Defy the Stars (which I talked about here) and have been hanging out for the second in the series. Defy the Worlds didn’t disappoint.

I love how Gray keeps raising the stakes. Just when you think our plucky heroine Noemi might catch a break, she’s put in even more peril. And Abel is so cleverly written. I’m amazed I believe in these two when one is basically a robot, but I can’t help it.

Ends on a doozy of a cliffhanger but I kind of expected that. Bring on book three!


Maggie's Run by Kelly HunterMaggie’s Run by Kelly Hunter, Belle’s Secret by Victoria Purman

Of course I’m going to be hugely biased about my Outback Brides buddies’ books, but it’s no lie to say these were terrific reads and you should all go buy the entire series right now.

Maggie’s Run proved a wonderful start to the series. It had all the emotion and snappy dialogue I expect from a Kelly Hunter book and don’t get me Belle's Secret by Victoria Purmanstarted on how sexy our hero Max is. My fingers are still itching to smooth his hair. I’m a terrible sucker for a hero who’s known the heroine for years and always shown protectiveness. It’s so romantic and Kelly pulls this off perfectly. Sighworthy.

Which is what Belle’s Secret was too. I loved the premise of this one – a runaway bride. But not any old runaway bride. Our Isabella just happens to be a marriage celebrant and skipping out on your new husband is not a good look. She has her reasons though. Except she married a special man, and Harry isn’t one to let go easily.

Yep, I have a vested interest but these books have all the feels. Grab your copies today!


What reads have you enjoyed lately?


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8 thoughts on “My Favourite Reads of June 2018

  1. AvatarAnna Campbell

    Great selection, Cathryn. I’ll check them all out – although the Outback Bride books are already on my radar as must reads. Looking forward to yours! I love books about popular culture and I read a beauty last week. Dreaming the Beatles by Rob Sheffield was a wonderful multi-faceted take on the Fab Four – and I learned some things I didn’t know which is always nice! Currently on an unexpurgated take on Byron’s women which would make your hair curl. I’m ALSO learning some things I didn’t know!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Goodness, that Byron book must be spicy. You read such interesting sounding non-fiction, Anna. I can’t begin to imagine the weird and wonderful things that your brain’s collected from all those books. I bet it gives you great fodder for writing, especially when it comes to characters.
      Thanks for sharing and I hope you enjoy our brides. Only three sleeps to go!

  2. AvatarClaire Holderness

    I love the Outback Brides series, I’m also enjoying the new Mindalby Outback series. I must look for the Claudia Gray series as I loved her last series.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Wonderful to hear you’re enjoying our Brides, Claire! Thank you so much for reading. The Mindalby series looks terrific too and it’s racing up the charts. So cool to see our Australian romances being loved.
      I really must finish that previous Claudia Gray series. I enjoyed A Thousand Pieces of You hugely but for some reason never started the second. I think I got distracted by all the other fabulous sci-fi and fantasy reads that were coming out. Another case of too many books and not enough reading time.
      Thanks so much for visiting!

  3. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    I can’t wait until I have all four Brides books in my possession.

    I loved all my last months reads, which were:
    All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
    This Red Earth by Kim Kelly
    Sister by Rosamund Lupton
    Girl Online by Zoe Sugg
    The Tea Chest by Josephine Moon
    The Children Act by Ian McEwan
    Finding Home by Roxanne Snopek
    Every Note Played by Lisa Genova
    and two more WeirDo instalments
    Each one was excellent in their own way!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Wow, you had a big reading month, Sue. Fab collection.

      What did you think of Sister? I loved that book. I know you read The Quality of Silence but have you read Afterwards by the same author? That was amaaaaaazing. Highly recommend it.

      1. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

        Thanks Cathryn! I too loved Sister, so sad and what a twist. I’ll be reading Afterwards very soon. I have fallen in love with her writing style, what a brilliant author. So far The Quality of Silence is still my favourite read by her. Will see if I still feel the same after I’ve read Afterwards.

        1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

          I’ve read all of them (need more!) and I think my favourite is Afterwards, but that could be because it was the first I read and it blew me away. Like you, I fell in love with her writing. Amazing stuff.

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