Ok, let’s be totally honest – I am really not very good at sticking to my reading plans (for instance, at the start of the month I selected ten books I wanted to read during May – I only managed to read two of them and eight other books!) BUT in spite of this, I do love pulling together a ‘to be read’ stack each month.
June’s stack is hopefully a bit more realistic (although I didn’t manage to narrow it down from 12!), and is made up of books I planned to read over the past few months, books publishers have sent me, and some sequels to books I have read and loved recently. I’m hoping the winter weather will inspire lots of cosy reading time so that I can get through a bunch of these!
The Power :: Naomi Alderman
I’ve been meaning to read this for ages, and was on my list a few months ago. I have a copy on loan from a friend and I do really want to return it to her soon1
The Buried Ark :: James Bradley (#loveozya)
This is the second book in Bradley’s YA sci-fi (cli-fi) The Change series. I read book one (The Silent Invasion) as part of my mini readathon over the long weekend in May and really enjoyed it, so I bought this one as soon as it came out.
Emergence :: Marita Smith (#loveozya)
This is the second book in a YA sci-fi series (Kindred Ties) by local(ish) author Marita Smith. I read book one (Convergence) in May and absolutely loved it – I’m planning to write a bit about both after I read Emergence. Both of these were sent to me for review by Harbour Publishing.
Thunderhead :: Neal Shusterman
Another sequel – this one is book two in the Arc of a Scythe series. I’d had my eye on book one (Scythe) for a while, and getting Thunderhead in the mail from Walker Books was just the encouragement I needed to finally read it. Like the others, keep an eye out for a review of both books once I read this one.
The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt :: Tracy Farr
I little while ago I got in touch with Fremantle Press about an anthology they have coming out in September of works by authors who are First Nations, People of Colour, LGBTIQA+ or living with disability (Meet Me at the Intersection – it’s available for pre-order here). As well as that book, they kindly offered to send me a few other title which they thought would meet some of the criteria for the Read Harder Challenge – one of which was The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt (a book with a female protagonist over the age of 60).
Terra Nullius :: Claire G. Coleman
This was on my list for either April or May (or maybe both?) and I’m determined to read it this month. From what I have heard I am in for a great read on this one – and I did meet Claire G Coleman at the Sydney Writer’s Festival last month – so I am looking forward to it!
The Lily and the Rose :: Jackie French (#loveozya)
I was sent this one for review by Harper Collins, but didn’t get to it the month that is came out (April, I think?). I did read the first book in this series then though – Miss Lily’s Lovely Ladies, and thought it was gorgeous, so it will be great to see what happen next.
In the Valley of the Blue Gums :: J.H. Fletcher
Burning Fields :: Alli Sinclair
These are both historical fiction books about Australian women, and both new out from Harlequin Books, who sent them to me for review.
The Love that I Have :: James Moloney (#loveozya)
This book about a German girl working in the mail room of a concentration camp was pitched at the Teen Con session of the SWF All Day YA event. I thought it sounded like a must-read, so I was thrilled when Harper Collins sent me a copy. (I’m actually reading this one right now)
The Radical Element :: edited by Jessica Spotswood
This is another one sent to me by Walker Books – Goodreads says: “An an anthology of revolution and resistance, a sisterhood of YA writers shines a light on a century and a half of heroines on the margins and in the intersections.” This sounds super cool, and I think I might start reading a story from it every night or two.
Tempests and Slaughter :: Tamora Pearce
There’s one missing from the photo – I received a review copy of Tempests and Slaughter from Hachette (via NetGalley), but managed to miss the downloading window for the ebook and it was expired by the time I was ready to read it. I’ve finally got a copy from the library, so look out for a review soon.
So, that’s my reading wish list for June! I’d love to know if anyone has read any of these, and which you think I should get to first!