Wednesday, 5 July 2017

June Favourites

I've not done a favourites post before, but I really enjoyed writing this. Hopefully next month it'll be a bit more prompt (hellooo 5th July already). Enjoy...


As well as my usual fortnightly copy of the Private Eye which I just about devour in a couple of days (worth a go if you're looking for investigative journalism and political satire all in one) I also had a few books on the go.

Source: Goodreads
My main book this month was One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. This was first published in the Soviet Union in 1962, and describes one day in the life of a man in a soviet forced labour camp. This was both a heartbreaking and uplifting read- that the character, at the end of the book described his day as quite a good one kind of shocked me. But probably, from his perspective and relatively speaking it was. This was one of my best reads of the year so far.

Source: Goodreads
The other book I was really into was The End We Start From by Megan Hunter. This is written in a really spare style- the narrator only ever refers to other characters by their first initial. The main character is living through an unexplained environmental disaster in Britain and also giving birth to her first child. It had some really terribly sad parts, but at least there was some closure at the ending, of sorts. This is a good short read if you're looking for one.


Source: IMDB
I was really excited to see this finally came out on Netflix (apparently Netflix were the ones that made it, in fact)- The Circle was originally a book by Dave Eggars which, incidentally, is a cracking read. Basically Emma Watson's character joins a super awesome social networking/internet company (totally not based on Google, nope nope no way) and things start to get a bit...fishy. They've done a pretty good job of adapting it to film which I'm relieved about as you never know whether they're going to make a hash of it and ruin a book you love. Check it out on Netflix here.


I'm a sucker for a bit of melancholy contemporary classical music, so when I discovered Max Richter's The Blue Notebooks album I was addicted immediately. You might recognise a couple of tracks from a few films, including Shutter Island and Stranger Than Fiction. He's made music that you'll recognise on other things as well, including current weird but wonderful TV epic The Leftovers.

Box of the Month

Which Beauty Box UK Summer Edit

Jaina over at Which Beauty Box UK released her first ever beauty box in June and it was EPIC. If you want to check out my review, the link is here. And there are some boxes still available so hop on over  to her shop if you don't want to miss out.

So that was my month in favourites. How about you- anything stand out for you in June? Let me know below!



  1. I love the originality of this post, and how you dissected it by catergories 😁

    1. Haha thank you, I love a good category and list!

  2. It sounds like you had some excellent reads this month! I definitely wouldn't call these beachy books by any means -- a day in the life of a prisoner in a Soviet work camp is pretty heavy stuff, but it sounds like a really interesting book.

    I really enjoyed this post -- I liked that you included a little bit of everything!


    1. I do read quite heavy non fiction, I think it's time for some lighter stuff maybe!

  3. Loved this post! Such a nice thing to read about all the different things you're loving at the moment! I need to read more! X

    1. Oh so lovely of you to say, thank you!


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