June 2024 Review

June was a strange month, I had the first week off in-between jobs and then started my new position as a production engineer. It is going well so far. Did get a little more read than normal, including six from the #20BooksOfSummer challenge. I always think I will read more but other things going on prevented that…

Books Read

Stubborn Archivist – Yara Rodrigues Fowler – 2.5 Stars

The Tobacconist – Robert Seethaler – 2.5 Stars

Our Man In Havana – Graham Greene – 2.5 Stars

Phosphate Rocks: A Death in Ten Objects – Fiona Erskine – 3.5 Stars

The Quarry – Iain Banks – 4 Stars

After Dark – Haruki Murakami – 4 Stars

Chasing the Dram: Finding the Spirit of Whisky – Rachel McCormack – 4 Stars

Footmarks: A Journey Into Our Restless Past – Jim Leary – 4 Stars

Minor Monuments – Ian Maleney – 4 Stars

Anorexia Nervosa: The Broken Circle – Anne Erichsen – 2.5 Stars

The Skin Spinners: Poems – Joan Aiken – 3 Stars

Muscat & Oman – Ian Skeet – 3.5 Stars


Book(s) Of The Month

The Lost Paths: A History Of How We Walk From Here To There – Jack Cornish – 4.5 Stars

Cairn – Kathleen Jamie – 5 Stars


Top Genres

Travel – 19

Fiction – 17

Natural History – 10

Poetry – 6

Memoir – 6

Science Fiction – 5

History – 3

Science – 2

Humour – 2

Food & Drink – 1


Top Publishers

Bloomsbury – 6

Eland – 3

Canongate – 3

Vintage – 3

Picador – 3

Unbound – 2

Sort Of Books – 2

Harper North – 2

Faber & Faber – 2

Little Toller – 2


Review Copies Received

Empordan Scafarlata – Adrià Pujol Cruells Tr. Douglas Suttle


Library Books Checked Out

Wild Service: A Culture Of Connection And Care – Nick Hayes (Ed)

Adrift: The Curious Tale Of The LEGO Lost At Sea – Tracey Williams


Books Bought

H is for Hawk – Helen MacDonald (Signed)

Waterlog – Roger Deakin

The Pebbles on the Beach – Clarence Ellis

In the Hot Unconscious: An Indian Journey – Charles Foster (Signed)

Down the River – H.E. Bates

Wanderers in the New Forest – Juliette De Bairacli Levy

The Unofficial Countryside – Richard Mabey

Beechcombings – Richard Mabey

Backwards Out of the Big World: Voyage into Portugal – Paul Hyland

Twenty Wessex Walks: Exploring Prehistoric Paths – Jane Whittle

The Hard Way: Discovering the Women Who Walked Before Us – Susannah Walker (Signed)

Return to Akenfield: Portrait of an English Village in the Twenty-first Century – Craig Taylor

Conundrum – Jan Morris

Words Made Stone: The Craft and Philosophy of Letter Cutting – Lida Lopes Cardozo Kindersley & Marcus Waithe

The Atlas of Unusual Borders: Discover Intriguing Boundaries, Territories and Geographical Curiosities – Zoran Nikolić

Between Two Seas: A Walk Down the Appian Way – Charles Lister

The Wind Off The Island: A Portrait of Sicily and Life at Sea – Ernle Bradford

By The Ionian Sea – George Gissing

A Valley in Italy: Confessions of a House Addict – Lisa St. Aubin de Teran

An Englishman In The Midi – John P. Harris

How to Be a Craftivist: The Art of Gentle Protest – Sarah P. Corbett

River Journey: Searching For Wild Beavers And Finding Freedom – Bevis Watts

I Can’t Stay Long – Laurie Lee

The Next Fifty Things that Made the Modern Economy – Tim Harford

Into The Crocodile’s Nest: A Journey Inside New Guinea – Benedict Allen (Signed)

Basilicata: Authentic Italy – Karen Haid

Desert Soul – Isabelle Eberhardt

A Visit To Don Otavio – Sybille Bedford

Congo Journey – Redmond O’Hanlon


So are there any from that huge list that you have read, or now seeing them, now want to read? Let me know in the comments below.


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  1. Walking Away

    I have ‘Cairn’ sitting on my table. Can’t wait, it’s just been promoted to next up!

    • Paul

      Sensible decision!!

  2. Liz Dexter

    What a lovely long list of incomings! I really need the Cornish but am going to wait till it’s in PB.

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