I can’t believe we have already reached the end of July! Where has this summer gone? As you know from my June Month in Review post, I did quite a bit of traveling in July. I started my month in Croatia, which was AMAZING. You can see some details and photos in my …And We’re Back! post. I also traveled home for a week to do some wedding planning, and I went on my first camping trip. Yup– first ever. It was a ton of fun. While this is keeping me super busy you’ll find a couldn’t be happier. I feel like I’m really taking advantage of my summer for the first time in years.
Wedding planning is making steady progress. I’m starting with a lot of my least favorite sorts of tasks, honestly. Why? I hate project management and this should help alleviate stress as we get closer and closer to the wedding date. It’s been stressing me out some, but I think it will be worth it in the end.
My bookish life is starting to overwhelm me a bit. You’ll read more about that below when I talk about my goals. But, I am officially unable to keep up with my book clubs. It makes me sad since they are so important to me, but c’est la vie. It just means it’s time to stop, ask “Why”, and make a change. But, again, more on that below.
List of Reads
I read fewer books in July than any month this year. I’m not surprised! I only slept in my own bed 6 nights this month. Wow– I really have been traveling! But I still feel great about the books I did manage to read. Now, if only I could catch up on my reviews… Anyway. July was all over the place with 1 DNF, two 2-star books, and two 5-star books! Huge kudos to Amanda @ Cover2CoverMom — she recommended both Stella by Starlight and The Crystal Ribbon to me and I loved them both. Reviews to come in the future.
Read – 8 total books
MUST READ this month:
Half a War – It’s really unfair for me to pick this book. Why? It’s the third and final installment in the Shattered Sea trilogy by Joe Abercrombie. Let me just tell you, I haven’t been this emotionally involved in a book in a long time. I cannot remember the last time I almost didn’t finish a book because I didn’t want it to end. I never wanted to leave this world, and now I am super sad. The Crystal Ribbon is also amazing, but it didn’t leave me with quite the same book hangover. Darn you, Joe Abercrombie!
Meh. I wasn’t into it this month:
The Other Einstein– It had been a while since a quality DNF. Sadly, the DNF came back to rear its ugly head with The Other Einstein. I really need to write a DNF review for this book… Basically, the author didn’t convince me to invest my time and effort. The only reason I reached 45% is that I was traveling and had the time to burn. Mistakes were made.
I’m making slow by steady progress on my yearly reading challenges. We’re at the point where only the challenge books are left. Can anyone help me figure out the best way to locate a micropress book? I’d prefer to use a library system, but I’m open to other options.
- Overall Reading Challenge: 82/110 (75%)
- Listopia Challenge: 9/15 (60%)
- PopSugar Reading Challenge: 32/52 (61%)
- Read Harder Challenge: 17/24 (70%)
It wouldn’t be tsundoku if I didn’t have a gigantic pile of books waiting for me!
As most of you know, tsundoku means the act of leaving a book unread after acquiring it, typically piled up together with other unread books on shelves, floors, or nightstands. For the first half of the year, I’ve been focused on shrinking my TBR. This seems like a noble idea, but the effort has been fairly futile. I’m not giving up! But expect to see how I measure Tsundoku to change soon.
In June, my pile was 1,359 books. Now…
I’m still making progress! The question is: Is this something worth celebrating, or not?
- Our Shared Shelf – The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf
- Kids Lit – Any Dear America books by Various Authors
- West Side Stories – The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
- Brunch Books – Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
- VACB Book Club –TBD by TBD (book club Thursday)
- Science Fiction/Fantasy Book Club: TBD by TBD (Book club also Thursday)
- Popsugar Challenge – Stuart Little by E. B. White
- Read Harder Challenge – Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal – the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
- Listopia Challenge – A Visit to William Blake’s Inn by Nancy Willard
This week I’ll have two book clubs simultaneously! It’s a shame I don’t have a time-turner. I read all the books, but I won’t be able to attend both sadly. I am also unable to keep up now, and that means…
2017 Goal Update:
You might have noticed last month that I didn’t get to a goal update. I’ve been prioritizing other things in my life, and I think that those priorities are the right focus for where I am and how busy I am. This doesn’t mean my goals are being thrown away. Not at all; it just means I am going to take some time this coming month and reflect on my goals. Why are they failing? What is preventing me from accomplishing them? And how can I tweak my goals/priorities in order to make this work more meaningful and less stressful? I haven’t allowed myself time to sit and ponder these things lately. Instead, I’ve only berated myself for not accomplishing what I’ve set out to do. Which is unacceptable. I deserve better and I know better.
Which means– Yup: There will be some Death by Tsundoku soul searching this month. Be prepared!
It’s hard to believe we’re closer to the end of the year than the beginning. I hope your summer has been filled with wondrous adventures and amazing books. Tell me all about them below!
What do you think?
- Do you think shrinking the TBR is a good goal or not? Why?
- Can you help me figure out what micropress book to read and perhaps even how to acquire it from a library?
- How are you doing on your blogging/reading goals?
- Have you ever re-evaluated and changed goals? What did you learn through that process?