Okay, so I’ve been pretty busy this month and at times it’s felt like my brain just won’t stop going over and over all the things I should be doing. But I just haven’t had the time. Alongside heading to Valencia for a hen do and then attending my brother’s wedding on the 15th, I also started a new job as a bookseller! As a result of all of these factors, as well as my frequent nervous breakdowns, I’ve spent most of my free time feeling completely exhausted. Which is why my June reading update is being posted at the end of July. I know. I hate myself for it too.
I have to say though, June was a weird reading month for me. I’ve been focusing a lot on reading some graphic novels (which I’d like to discuss in a separate post) as well as a lot of art books (which I won’t mention here) because I want to try out reading lots of different styles. As a result, the only fiction novel I read in its entirety in June was The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides. Now don’t get me wrong, The Virgin Suicides was a great book. It’s a book I’ve always read bits of but never fully, despite owning the book for at least 10 years, but I don’t really want to focus this entire post on it. If you haven’t heard of this book, in summary it tells the story of the Lisbon sisters, five teenage girls who, one by one, commit suicide. It’s told from the perspective of the teenage boys across the street who have been obssessing over the girls throughout their lives and, years later, try to understand why the sisters did what they did. It’s gorgeous, heartbreaking, darkly funny and a relatively quick read. But as I said, this book isn’t the main focus today. Instead, I’ve decided to turn this post into a mid-year reading update, instead of just a June update, where I can talk about my progress.