Monthly Roundup – June 2021


I have found June tough. For all the talk of lifting restrictions it seems conditions may be imposed that I personally regard as untenable – a choice to conform or accept pariah status. I am beginning to think I will not be able to make overnight trips or even go out socially in the foreseeable future. If this is to be my life – confined, repetitive and blamed for not acquiescing to the demands of believers – I find myself questioning its worth.

Day follows day and I put myself through the motions. I cycle, most often ending up at the gym where I lift weights. I run on local tracks and lanes. I deal with dishes and laundry, trying to stay on top of things for my family. I remind myself of our many privileges.

We celebrated younger son’s 21st birthday at home with cake, champagne and a takeaway. He seemed pleased with his presents. His future plans remain uncertain. I still don’t know if he will wish to return to university, especially now campus students may be required to adhere to a plethora of personal interventions. Another year learning from home would be a lonely existence.

Daughter finished her final stint working the wards in London and has now also moved home. She purchased her first car that she may commute to the job she starts in a few weeks. I am so very proud of all she has achieved but can see she finds living with us full time frustrating after her taste of independence.

Husband and elder son seem in a better place, their jobs providing structure and purpose alongside contact with colleagues.

On the blog, at the request of a reader, I started a new series that will feature one of my many teddy bears – Edward Explores. I am thinking this will be a monthly endeavour. It has proved a much needed injection of fun during what feels a particularly bleak period.

Sorry for being so negative – I hope you are doing better.

I posted reviews for eight books in June before going on hiatus. Robyn picked up the slack, posting fifteen reviews.

As ever in these monthly posts, click on the title below to read the review and on the cover to learn more about the book.


ever rest  whereabouts
Ever Rest by Roz Morris
Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri, published by Bloomsbury

Everything Happens
Everything Happens for a Reason by Katie Allen, published by Orenda

Translated Fiction

Yesterday by Juan Emar (translated by Megan McDowell), published by Peirene Press

Short Stories

Intimacies by Lucy Caldwell, published by Faber & Faber


owl unbound the heeding
Owl Unbound by Zoe Brooks, published by Indigo Dreams Publishing
The Heeding by Rob Cowen (illustrated by Nick Hayes), published by Elliott & Thompson

Non Fiction

screaming sky
The Screaming Sky by Charles Foster (illustrated by Jonathan Pomroy), published by Little Toller

Robyn Reviews

1alex  1hann
These Feathered Flames by Alexandra Overy, published by HarperCollins
For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten, published by Orbit

1cari  1sach
Threadneedle by Cari Thomas, published by HarperVoyager
The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty, published by HarperVoyager

1tash  1avar
The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri, published by Orbit
The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid, published by DelRey

1acwi  1juli
Wendy Darling by A. C. Wise, published by Titan Books
Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa, published by HQ

1emmi  1wahe
Memory of Water by Emmi Itaranta, published by Harper Voyager
In the Wars by Dr Waheed Arian, published by Bantam Press

1case  1joan
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston, published by St. Martin’s Griffin
The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He, published by Text Publishing

1mile  1yoko
Artifact Space by Miles Cameron, published by Gollancz
Memoirs of a Polar Bear by Yoko Tawada (translated by Susan Bernofsky), published by Granta

1jorDon’t Breathe a Word by Jordyn Taylor, published by Harper Collins

Sourcing the Books

Robyn is on NetGalley and is grateful for all approvals of titles requested. She also received a good number of enticing titles, gifted from publishers or purchased.

Robyn received june

I received an eclectic selection of books in the post this month and look forward to reading them all.

june books received

As ever I wish to thank the publishers who send me their titles to review – the arrival of a book parcel remains a cheering event in my day.

My thanks also to those who share my words across their social media platforms. Your continuing support is always appreciated.

And to everyone reading this, I wish you and yours good health and as much mental stability as can be mustered in these challenging times. May we strive, at all times, to be kind  xx


10 comments on “Monthly Roundup – June 2021

  1. Rose says:

    Honestly, this month wasn’t the best for me either. But to look on the bright side, i have gotten back into teddy bears. I felt bad for forgetting about my bears for six months, so its good to be doing more things with them again. 🙂

  2. BookerTalk says:

    Sorry to hear you are feeling so low Jackie. The repetitive nature of life is certainly wearing so many people down. It doesn’t help when I see so much inconsistent thinking on the restrictions. I can’t have dinner with 10 family members yet it’s ok form15000 football fans to travel from Scotland to England to watch a football match and thousands to sit together in Wimbledon.

    • Jackie Law says:

      So many of the rules make little sense, especially now exceptions are so widely permitted. Hoping you’re able to get together with your family soon.

      • BookerTalk says:

        Well we’ve just booked a large manor house for a big family Christmas so here’s keeping all fingers and toes crossed that we can go ahead.

  3. I found June relentlessly awful too Jackie. I understand perfectly how you fell and just have to keep telling myself it will pass. I have an exciting appointment this week – a mammogram… Here’s hoping July treats you better x

  4. thetorzorean says:

    Thank you for posting so honestly about yourself and sharing how you are experiencing this life we live under the pandemic. It’s better to acknowledge the reality rather than pretend everything is getting better. It will, I truly hope so, but it will take longer than we like. In the meantime, we try to live as normally as we can but it’s tough. It’s encouraging to read about your determination to stick to your routines as much as you can. Keep riding that bicycle! And thank you also for a great month of book reviews.

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