And so we arrive at 2017's halfway point! With a General Election on the horizon, we thought it best to provide a little light reading in the form of five (well-worthy) candidates from the worlds of television, tech, and the internet. And with festival season officially kicking off, we've thrown in a guide to the hottest spots in June for good measure - stay tuned for our July edition for part two. The question is, which party will get your vote?

READ: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy

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Possibly the most eagerly awaited book of the year, the second novel from the Indian activist and author arrives a mere two decades after The God of Small Things won the Booker. It follows the stories of various characters, human and animal, who have been "broken by the world we live in and then mended by love". Available June 6 2017.


WATCH: Orange is the New Black (Season 5)

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Cliff-hangers don't come much more intense than the end of Orange is the New Black's fourth season. Across the show's 52 episodes so far, never has this show been on tenterhooks quite like the end of season four. With countless subplots to be resolved and a whole number of potentially deadly outcomes to Litchfield Penitentiary's current state of emergency, OITNB fans, this season is yours for the taking.

Orange is the New Black (Season 5) arrives on June 9 2017. As usual, it'll be available to binge in its entirety via Netflix as soon as it comes out.


TAP INTO: Nokia 3310 (2017)

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Seventeen years after Nokia launched what would become something of a cultural icon - the much-memed 3310 - digital detox phone company HMD has relaunched what was pretty much the first phone for any teenager in the noughties. It's not going to compete with iPhones and Samsungs, but the streamlined relaunch is a low-cost, low-risk piece of nostalgia to take to festivals this summer. It also has Snake.


GO TO: A festival

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Renowned around the world as a festival hub, the UK really does offer something for every music fan. But which one to pick? Check out our guide to all the major dates in June (and look out for lots more in our July edition):

For: THE WHOLE FAMILY
Isle of Wight Festival, Newport, Isle of Wight: 8-11 June 2017
Headliners: Arcade Fire, Rod Stewart, David Guetta, Run DMC

For: HARD ROCK FANS
Download Festival, Donington Park, Derby: 9-11 Jun 2017
Headliners: System of a Down, Biffy Clyro, Aerosmith

For: AN ECLECTIC MIX
Parklife, Heaton Park, Manchester: 10-11 June 2017
Headliners: The 1975, BBK, Frank Ocean, Two Door Cinema Club

For: THE GOOD TIMES
Glastonbury Festival, Pilton, Somerset: 21-25 Jun 2017
Headliners: Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran

Going to festivals can quickly add up. Be sure to do your research beforehand to see what costs could trip you up. OnBuy created a survey to find out university student's average spend and chose their top tips to help you avoid leaving festivals with empty pockets.


DOWNLOAD: iA Writer

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You might shudder at the idea of writing on an iPhone, but iA Writer wants to change your mind. This is a smart, svelte writing tool that gets out of your way, but that's packed full of the features you need for writing on the go.

When tapping away at the keyboard, you get a toolbar with cursor arrows and Markdown formatting buttons (if you want to get more complex your text or use it for HTML).

At the top of the screen sits a word count and reading time prediction. Collapse the keyboard and swipe from the right for a Markdown preview and export options. Swipe the other way to access the iCloud documents list that syncs with iA Writer on other platforms.

There's a night mode and focus-oriented view options, too, and all of this combines to make for a writing experience perhaps unmatched on iPhone. You still won't use the app to write a novel, but a few hundred words on an iPhone seems less painful with iA Writer installed. Available on iOS and Android.


Which will you be ticking off your list? Let us know in the comments section!

Remember: this is a monthly series, so keep your eyes peeled for lots more - oh, and get in touch with your suggestions for July!