June Round Up

A Modern Family by Helga Flatland

June has seen an extract, a couple of Q and A sessions with authors, a giveaway and of course, book reviews.

June Round Up of reading

Our first book read this month was a Blog Tour for the very excellent Victoria Hislop. Those Who Are Loved is a stella performance by Hislop. If you loved The Island or The Return you won’t be disappointed.

Next up was The Space Between Time by Charlie Laidlaw. A troubled teenage girl with a Hollywood movie star for a father and an Italian astrophysics genius for a grandfather made for an original combination. Yet amongst the back drop of North Berwick it worked.

Sister of Mine by Laurie Petrou was a scorcher of a book. Quick to read yet plenty to talk about. It would make the perfect addition to your summer suitcase or your book club.

The award for the most complex book I have read this year goes to The Unauthorised Biography of Ezra Maas by local lad Daniel James. Just who exactly is Ezra Maas?

A Modern Family by Helga Flatland was a stunning piece of contemporary Norwegian fiction detailing the quietly devastating effects of a couples divorce on their adult children. It was fantastic to read something translated from Norwegian that wasn’t Scandi and is the best book from publisher Orenda this year.

We also featured our first graphic novel this month – Horizontal Collaboration. The illustrations were just stunning, and there was a strong female turn out (writer, illustrator and characters). It would sit perfectly on anyone’s coffee table, book shelf, bedside table…..

Questions please

This month also saw not one but two author interviews (What Lies Around Us and Without a Trace) and an extract (This Queer Angel). Don’t say we don’t spoil you! If you would like to see more of this on Book Social let us know and we will oblige.

June’s Books of the Month

Something In The Water by Catherine Steadman was our Book Club book about a honeymooning couple who find….something in the water. If you haven’t already then have a go at answering our book club questions.

Something In The Water

Our Children’s Book of the Month was The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q Rauf. We totally loved this uplifting, positive story and awarded it 5 out of 5 Tintin pencil cases.

The Boy at the Back of the Class
The Boy at the Back of the Class

Read of the Month

Two books stood head and shoulders above the rest this month. A Modern Family was spot on with its observations of family life whereas The Boy at the Back of the Class radiated kindness and friendship. If you’re a child read the latter. If you’re an adult, read them both!

June Round Up of books added to the shelf

The Scribe by A.A Chaudhuri is our first Blog Tour for July, Check out our review of this thriller, the first featuring plucky solicitor Kramer and single parent Detective Carver, on 10th.

We’ve heard nothing but good about Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid and can’t wait to get stuck in…..

We also managed to sneak The Rosie Result, book number three from Graeme Simsion, on to the shelf. If you haven’t come across Simsion yet and you loved Eleanor Oliphant or The Cactus then give The Rosie Project, the first in the series, a whirl.

Well that is our June Round Up. What have you loved reading in June? What are your reading plans for July. Let us know.