June 2020 TBR

I seem to only have the time and concentration to get through around 16 books a month at the moment, but intend to pick them from this list below:


Finishing Off

Vickery’s Folk Flora – Roy Vickery

Hollow Places – Christopher Hadley

Lotharingia – Simon Winder

Farsighted – Steven Johnson


Blog Tour

Just the one this month from the Wolfson History Writing Prize

Cricket Country – Prashant Kidambi


Review Copies

Amazingly I have read all of the 2020 books that I have been sent / request bar one! So will be trying to work my way through some of the older ones that I have had for far too long:

American Dirt – Jeanie Cummins (still wavering on this one a little with all the publicity about this)

The Dictatorship Syndrome – Alaa Al Aswany

The Many Lives of Carbon – Dag Olav Hessen, Tr. Kerri Pierce

30-Second Elements – Eric Scerri

Elementary – James M. Russell

The House of Islam – Ed Husain

Blue Mind: How Water Makes You Happier, More Connected and Better at What You Do – Wallace J. Nichols

When the Rivers Run Dry: Water – The Defining Crisis of the Twenty-first Century – Fred Pearce

The Glass Woman – Caroline Lea

Sunfall – Jim Al-Khalili


Library Books

Ended up reading a couple of other library books instead in May, so still aiming to read these:

Lone Rider – Elspeth Beard

Sea People – Christina Thompson

The Way To The Sea – Caroline Crampton

A Beginner’s Guide To Japan – Pico Iyer

Pie Fidelity – Pete Brown

The Bells of Old Tokyo – Anna Sherman


Challenge Books

As well as a dusty shelf challenge that I am running on Good Reads, I am joining in with #20BooksOfSummer run by Cathy at 746 books.  Will be posting my list for that tomorrow

Unseen Academicals – Terry Pratchett

Gathering Carrageen – Monica Connell

Against a Peacock Sky – Monica Connell

#20BooksOfSummer – TBC

#20BooksOfSummer – TBC

#20BooksOfSummer – TBC


Own Books

Wanderland – Jini Reddy

Greenery – Tim Dee

The Frayed Atlantic Edge – David Gange

Water and Sky – Neil Sentance

Ridge and Furrow – Neil Sentance



Equal Rights – Edward Ragg

Depth Charge – Chris Emery


Science Fiction

Didn’t read any last month so this is still on the list:

One Way – S.J. Morden


Spread the love


  1. Zoe

    You must read American Dirt – I had some misgivings and despite them found it to be an incredible book. I think if you ignore all the controversy and focus on the story you will be completely engrossed in the narrative.

    • Paul

      I understand that was an awful lot of controversy too!

  2. Liz Dexter

    I’m almost caught up on review books myself – I have read my Wolfson Prize one and half way through my last Thames & Hudson one. Well done us and have a good reading month!

    • Paul

      Excellent. Well done, Liz. I hope you do too.

Leave a Reply to Paul Cancel reply

© 2022 Halfman, Halfbook

Theme by Anders NorénUp ↑

%d bloggers like this: