What Elimy Read in June

I can't believe another month is over.  After the nightmare (okay, so it wasn't that bad) that was May, June was like a dream, and it flew by.

I got lots of reading done, most of it in the last two weeks.  For the last week of June I was enjoying a lovely home holiday, during which I managed to pass 50 000 words on my work in progress and make some important decisions about where this draft has to differ from the previous one.  While I'm not the biggest fan of doing strict research, I am getting a lot better at it, and I took pride this month in straightening out some of the anachronisms I'd accidentally introduced into my work.  I have to say, I am really enjoying overcoming the many, many hurdles that keep popping up as I work on this manuscript.

But this isn't a post about my writing... perhaps if anyone has writing related questions they can pop those in the comments below and I can do a writing update based on things you want to know.

Without much further ado, here it is: another video.

Books mentioned;

The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks (did not like!)
The War of the Roses: Stormbird by Conn Iggulden (loved!)
Eliza Rose by Lucy Worsley (loved!)
A Feast for Crows by George R R Martin
The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis
My Year of Meats by Ruth Ozeki
The Woman Next Door by Liz Byrski
The Paper House by Anna Spargo- Ryan

You can see longer reviews for some of those titles on my blog if you are interested.

In the meantime, let me know what you've been reading and loving.

Happy reading, writing or whatever.


  1. Hi Emily,
    I'll definitely be chasing up The Paper House by Anna Spargo-Ryan.
    A book I read recently was A Small Life by Hanya Yanaghara. It was a riveting yet deeply affecting work. Have you read it? If so, what did you make of it?
    P.S. Really pleased to hear that work on your novel is going well.

    1. Hi Marlish! Nice to hear from you. I haven't read the Yanigahara book yet, but I'll be buddy-reading it with a friend very soon so I'll let you know how I go.

      xo Emily


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