RTW: Best Read of June


This Week’s Topic: 

What’s the best book you read in June?

I read so many amazing books in June! Here’s a list of my favourites:

Coda by Emma Trevayne

Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett

Arrow of the Mist by Christina Mercer

My Chemical Mountain by Corina Vacco

Infinite Sky by CJ Flood

but the best read of the month has to be the new novel by my all time favourite author, Neil Gaiman.


THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE is a fable that reshapes modern fantasy: moving, terrifying and elegiac – as pure as a dream, as delicate as a butterfly’s wing, as dangerous as a knife in the dark, from storytelling genius Neil Gaiman. 

It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and menace unleashed – within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it. 

His only defense is three women, on a farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.

I’m totally biased when it comes to Gaiman. I love his prose but even more than that, I love his ability to layer stories and weave them together with myth and whimsy. The Ocean at the End of the Lane wasn’t quite what I was expecting. I loved this book none the less and will definitely be reading it again.

What was your favourite read of June?

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  • Melanie

    Confession: I’ve never read a book by Neil Gaiman. Guess I better get on that, eh?!

    • Suzanne_Writer

      Definitely! But then I am biased. If you’re just starting out with Gaiman, I recommend going with Neverwhere first. Brilliant book! 🙂

  • Kendra Leighton

    I haven’t read a Gaiman novel for a while, but this one sounds great. Love the title and cover too. Thanks for the recommendation!

    • Suzanne_Writer

      My pleasure! Hope you enjoy 🙂

  • Christine Monson

    His books are odd like Tim Burton films, and just as good. I’ve read Coraline (I didn’t care for the movie adaption.) and The Graveyard. I really want to read Stardust and The Ocean at the End of the Lane. I like your review of this book and hope to read it soon. 🙂

    • Suzanne_Writer

      All the titles you mentioned are his lighter more child-centric novels. I must admit, I prefer his darker stuff like Neverwhere and The Sandman but anything Gaiman writes, I’ll be reading. Have you seen the movie MirrorMask? Fantastic film!

  • Nickie Anderson

    I’m a fan of Gaiman’s work as well, but I haven’t had a chance to read this. It sounds very interesting. I think I need a month-long beach vacation to get through all the books I want to read this summer 🙂

    • Suzanne_Writer

      Sounds good! I read this in a day over midsummer sitting on rock beside a lake 🙂

  • Rachael Kirkendall

    I must also confess that I’ve never read a book by Neil Gaiman. I love him as a person (and both of the episodes of Doctor Who he wrote) so I should really get on fixing that.

    • Suzanne_Writer

      *gasps* If you enjoyed Doctor Who, then you might like Gaiman’s graphic novel series The Sandman. Happy reading!