The year in books: June

My first #yearinbooks post! I hadn't planned on doing one this month, but then I saw Laura's post on Circle of Pine Trees and couldn't resist joining in.

Plus, I did start a new book on the 1st June. Perfect!

The Fault in our Stars

So my book for this month is The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.

I've been meaning to read it for so long, and I've finally got around to it now that the movie is coming out soon.

I'd tried to avoid spoliers - it seems like everyone has already read this book! - and have been warned that I will probably need tissues.

So far I'm two chapters in and really enjoying it.

I'd like to say I'll read more than one book this month, but with so much travelling going on, I'm not sure if that will happen.

A Farewell to Arms

Last month I finished A Farewell to Arms, which I'd been reading on-off for a while. 

I love Hemingway and I enjoyed this, but not as much as I love The Sun Also Rises.

The story follows American Lieutenant (Tenente, in Italian) Frederic Henry in the Italian army in the first world war. It's part war story, part love story as Henry meets English nurse Catherine Barkley.

The majority is set in Northern Italy, from Milan right over to the Slovenian border, and ends in Switzerland.

Hemingway is amazing for making me want to travel to places. After reading The Sun Also Rises, I was nearly booking tickets to Pamplona to sit at the Cafe Iruña (I'm not so mad on bullfighting, though!) - and this book made me want to haul up in snowy Switzerland for winter. Not bad, for someone who hates snow.

I found myself rooting for Jake Barnes in The Sun Also Rises more than Tenente Frederic Henry, but it's still written so beautifully that you get completed sucked in and feel everything. If anyone reading this has read A Farewell to Arms, I'd be interested to hear what you think.

One thing's for sure, I ended this book with tears and I'm sure I'll do the same with June's.

Check out Laura's and others' #theyearinbooks here.