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June 2018 QuickLit

Today I’m linking up with Anne Bogel to share the books that I’ve been reading lately! If you’re looking for some great reading ideas, head over to the Modern Mrs. Darcy and check out the links in her Quick Lit post – I promise you’ll find something!

It’s been a couple of months since I’ve shared any book recommendations because I went through a bit of a reading rut. Late winter/early spring is always a slow reading time for me and this year I had a special reason: I was busy nesting and getting ready for Bronwyn’s birth! But my reading mojo has returned over the last couple of weeks, so I have a few books to share with you today!



The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley – I saw this one on Anne’s daily email list of Kindle deals and thought it would be the best book to get me out of my rut. Victorian London, watch making — it all seemed like the perfect historical fiction read for me.  It was very different from what I was expecting; it was a bit steam punk, which I’ve never read, but I did enjoy it immensely. Nathaniel Steepleton is a young man who decodes secret messages for the government. One day he finds a mysterious but beautiful watch in the room he rents at the boarding house. He has no idea where it came from, but it saves his life. He soon meets the maker of the watch, Keita Mori, a Japanese man who makes the most unusual pieces of clockwork. But who is Keita? And how did the watch appear in Nathaniel’s room? And why? I’ll admit, I was a bit confused and didn’t feel like all of my questions were answered, but the story was fun and this was a quick read. LGBTQ friendly.


Ghosts of Greenglass House by Kate Milford – This was the second book in this series in which we visit Milo and his parents at their amazing inn over Christmas break. Once again, Milo is looking forward to a nice, quiet vacation but quickly discovers that silence isn’t on the agenda! A few old friends from last year return along with a brand new cast of characters from the local asylum and turn the place upside down. While Milo desperately hopes for a return visit from Meddy to help with the rapidly unfolding mystery at the Inn, he revives his old role playing character who helps him tap into the characteristics he’d like to discover within himself. This is a wonderful YA series for kids who need a little confidence boost in who they are.


The Lola Quartet by Emily St. John Mandel – Another recommendation from MMD. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this one because the only other book by this author that I’ve read was Station Eleven, which is a post-apocalyptic story. This was far from that! The Lola Quartet is a group of high school musicians who reunite in their hometown ten years after graduation. They all have some connection to Anna, a girl who disappeared just as they were graduating from high school and who is in a heap of trouble. What happened to her? Some members of the quartet know more of the story than others, but all are doing their best to help Anna. This novel had an interesting structure that I found easy to follow and enjoyable.


The Chalk Man by CJ Tudor – This was deliciously creepy and something I would recommend for anyone who is a fan of Stephen King or his book IT. As children, a group of adolescents meet a series of strange folks just as people in their quiet English village start to turn up dead. Who’s responsible for the murders? The village thinks it knows at the time, but 30 years later some events start happening again. Is the killer back? Or does someone know more than they’re saying? Good fun, easy read, and not TOO scary!


I hope you found something you want to pick up for yourself! Have you read any of these? Do you have any suggestions for me based on what I’ve written here? I’d love to hear from you!

5 thoughts on “June 2018 QuickLit

    1. Yes! They’re very different stories but utilize similar formats – they feature different characters in different chapters and the story lines all eventually converge. Plus, she’s really good at keeping me glued to the page!

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  1. I’m glad you enjoyed The Lola Quartet – I’m currently reading Last Night in Montreal, her first novel. It’s pretty good so far, I’m still a bit undecided but I’m about halfway through. I do still want to read Lola and the other novel because I LOVED Station Eleven so much.

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