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June Reading Wrap-up:

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Another month, another reading wrap-up. June was a pretty good month, and I managed to read a total of eight books. Not as much as my previous reading wrap-ups, but still a good amount.

As always, there will be reviews for the majority of books mentioned. If the titles are highlighted in red or blue (depending on where you’re reading this), then the review is already published for you read!

Enjoy…

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Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell:

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Spoiler free | Rating: 3 out of 5 stars | Read: 31 May –  9 June, 2018

I’ve had Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell sitting on my shelf for a few years now, and I kept putting it off due to its size. I used to be a timid reader, and 1,005 pages was too much for me. Now, for some reason, I don’t mind large novels anymore. I devour them, just like I did with this one. If you’re unfamiliar with the story, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is set during the Napoleonic Wars, and details the rebirth of English magic. Strange and Norrell are said to be England’s greatest, and only ‘true’, magicians. The novel follows them on their adventure, investigating the nature of “Englishness”, the boundaries between reason and unreason, and Northern and Southern English cultural stereotypes.

For the most part, I did really enjoy this novel. I only had one real issue with it. For a novel that is already a thousand pages long, the surplus footnotes were a little unnecessary. I understand that they added greater context to the narrative, but it would have read the exact same without them. They didn’t add anything to the actual story, just background information. If they were important, then there wouldn’t have been footnotes at all. Eventually, I gave up reading them altogether. It started to feel like I was reading a history book. This was both a good and bad thing. I question if I had, would I have enjoyed the story more? I don’t know. I would have made the effort if the novel wasn’t already massive.

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Summer TBR:

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June is only two days away, and with it comes summer. In my opinion, summer is the worst season of them all. I turn into a literal vampire for three months. Honestly, you won’t see me outside unless it’s unusually cold, windy, or raining. I cannot handle the heat, even British heat. It’s just a big no from me. However, though, this does mean I have more time for reading. So, I wanted to share with you the four books I’m desperate to read this summer.

Let’s get into it

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