Reading the Year – June

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Winter really is the reading season isn’t it? I’m all for great summer reads, reading by the pool and the beach but nothing beats a cup of tea, a cosy location in front of some heating device and a great book in my opinion! Having said that, unfortunately winter is also a big working season for me this year so most of my reading has been in the form of academic articles and reports but I have still managed to squeeze in a few “for pleasure” reads over June…

The Wolf Border – Sarah Hall – I had heard/read some good things about this book but once again my dislike of all topics “nature” had me steering away from it. I’m not sure what finally convinced me to give it a go but I am SO glad I did. I can fairly convincingly state that this will be one of my top reads of the year. The main character, Rachel, is lured back to her home in the UK from the USA to work on a project that is attempting to slowly introduce wolves back in to the English landscape. The strong portrayal of characterisation and place makes this book so memorable and unable to put down. I felt so connected to the main character and her story and the depictions of the wolves were amazing. I really have to stop judging books by their nature content!!

After Birth – Elisa Albert –  I ordered this book purely on its description – “After Birth” cuts open the body of literature on mothering, birth, feminism, female friendship, female hateship — whether academic treatise or poem or novel — and wrenches out something so new we barely recognize it. Wet, red, slimy, alive: a truth baby. I will read anything that promises to offer up the “truth” about motherhood. I’m not sure that After Birth gives the definitive account of those early days and months of being a mother but it definitely provided one I could relate to in so many ways. A really raw, nerve shattering read.

Bad Behaviour – Rebecca Starford – A memoir from an Australian woman about her year as a teenager spent in an exclusive boarding school environment in the Victorian bush. The book explores her experiences of bullying and being bullied and the cruel and ritualistic ways in which adolescent girls can treat each other. This book was so engaging and honest – I really felt as though the author was trying her best to objectively reflect on this time in her life and how it had shaped her development. It brought back some painful memories of my own and made me realise just how much I need to foster my own daughter’s self esteem before she embarks into her life of female friendships…

What about you? What great books have you been reading lately?


3 Comments on Reading the Year – June

  1. Lisbeth @ The Content Reader
    July 9, 2015 at 4:23 pm (2 years ago)

    The Wolf Border is a book that pops up frequently these days. Seems I have to read it as well! One of the best books I read this year is “All The Light We Cannot See” ny Anthony Doerer. He won a well deserved Pulitzer prize for it. A wonderful book.

  2. Tamara
    July 27, 2015 at 12:42 pm (2 years ago)

    Well, this is a diverse list of books. I haven’t read any of these, however Bad Behaviour appeals to me – probably more because I was not that type of adolescent. I have heard about the theories (I think Richard Attenborough?) that speak about reintroducing Wolves and their role in stopping the effects of water errosion or something. Interesting concepts. anyway, I totally agree with you about winter being a time to sit infront of some heating device and reading… sadly this doesn’t happen often enough for any of us.


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