Welcome to another Monthly Summary on Pages and Tea.
It’s that time again. Another month of reading has gone by and I’ve managed to read a lot more than I have in previous months. So, where has my reading taken me this June?
It started with a magical adventure with a spirited young woman and a Mayan god as I read Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. I loved the escapism of this story, and the two main characters were both very engaging.
Next was a journey on the high seas where murder and potentially supernatural mayhem were afoot aboard the Sardaam, a ship bound on an 8 month journey back to Amsterdam and populated by a varied group, most of whom had something to hide. Yes, I finally read The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton and it was as good as I hoped it would be based on how much I’d enjoyed his previous book, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle.
From the high seas to the woodlands of Montana In The Naturalist by Andrew Mayne. A professor finds himself potentially in the frame for the murder of one of his former students, until the crime is declared as a bear attack and the case dropped. Theo Cray has been looking at the evidence for himself and isn’t at all happy with the outcome, which leads him to begin searching for a possible serial killer that few but him believe even exists. This was a real page-turner with a great conclusion. It’s the first in a series of books featuring Theo Cray too, so perhaps I’ll read some more sometime.
And finally, for something completely different I picked up This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone. I hardly know where to begin with this one. I was totally engrossed in this story of two agents on different sides of a long and complex war through time who take up a correspondence that spans years and sees them go from rivals to friends to falling for each other despite all the things that should keep them apart. I need to read more books like this.
Away from the books Top Ten Tuesday saw me writing about Books that Made Me Want to Read More Books Like Them. If I’d read Time War before I wrote that post you can guarantee it would have had a place on my list too.
The Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag also made another appearance on the blog. I’ve done this tag a couple of times before and thought it would be nice to do a 2021 update as I’ve read quite a few good books so far and it’s fun to look back on them.
Here’s what happened in June on Pages and Tea…
The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower #3) by Stephen King
Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia