Better late than never, right? Due to my hiatus, I didn’t get to this until mid-month. Oops! As you can see from both my On Hiatus! and the …And We’re Back! post I had some adventures at the end of June. Croatia was amazing – great food, amazing friends, wonderful vistas, stunning ruins, tons of education, and a beautiful wedding. I couldn’t have asked for more. Check out my ..And We’re Back! post for more photos and details about the trip.
This photo? It’s real. #NoFilter. Just the Adriatic Sea doing it’s thing. Man, is that gorgeous! …But it’s time to get back in the grind. My bookish life took a bit of a hit thanks to the vacation, but I couldn’t be more excited to dig in and get blogging!
June was an interesting month for posts. Almost all of my posts were for #AnneReadAlong2017! I’m glad I was able to stick with it as my time was limited in early June. I also published reviews for the entire Falconer trilogy. I’ve never published reviews for an entire trilogy, so that feels pretty good. Expect to see more diverse posts in July. I have so much planned. We’ll see how far I get. 😉
List of Reads
June had fewer reads than the last few months. As I was gearing up for the 2.5-week long trip I worked more and blogged less. I wasn’t super attentive on my friend’s blogs, but I still got a good amount of reading done thanks to my vacation. Nailed it!
Read – 12 total books
MUST READ this month:
Anne of the Island – After Anne of Avonlea, I had less than stellar expectations for Anne of the Island. But wow– it blew me away. I really connected to a lot of Anne’s experiences as she progressed through young adulthood towards womanhood. She had high highs and low lows illustrated for me with beautiful prose. This is my favorite Anne of Green Gables book thus far. With Anne of Green Gables a VERY close second.
Meh. I wasn’t into it this month:
The Other Einstein – This book was chosen as the most recent Big Library Read. I have often enjoyed these books, but The Other Einstein was a big DNF for me. This historical fiction tale about Albert Einstein’s first wife wasn’t particularly engaging. The pacing dragged for me and the characters were grating. It was well written, I’ll give it that! But… it wasn’t enough to keep my interest.
I’m making slow by steady progress on my yearly reading challenges. I’m finally starting to be concerned that I won’t complete some of these. For example, I’m just not interested in reading an 800+ page book this year. Any suggestions for a quick read I might enjoy? Ha.
- Overall Reading Challenge: 78/110 (70%)
- Listopia Challenge: 8/15 (53%)
- PopSugar Reading Challenge: 23/52 (42%)
- Read Harder Challenge: 16/24 (66%)
It wouldn’t be tsundoku if I didn’t have a gigantic pile of books waiting for me!
No TBR update this month because it’s too embarrassing. Let’s see if I can improve my culling for next month. Maybe?
- Our Shared Shelf – The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf
- Kids Lit – Any Dear America books by Various Authors – specific books TBD
- West Side Stories – Snow Crash by Neil Stephenson
- Brunch Books – Golden Son by Pierce Brown
- VACB Book Club – Janesville: An American Story by Amy Goldstein
- Science Fiction/Fantasy Book Club: Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
- 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 – Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
All my reading challenge books are the same from last month… O_o I really should dig deeper into those, shouldn’t I?
2017 Goal Update:
Wait! Jackie! Where is your goal update? After a few months of watching some goals just fall apart around me, and now that I’m in a job where I get paid to help people develop achievable goals and plans to achieve those goals, I’ve finally seen that I need to stop and reevaluate my goals. Expect a future post to focus on this — it’s time to refresh what success looks like.
All in all, a fairly successful month. I hope you all had a great start to your summer! I look forward to hearing how your own reading is going.
What do you think?
- What are your summer plans? What books are on your summer TBR?
- What sort of books do you enjoy reading in the summer? Does it vary from other times of the year?
- Any recommendations for an 800+ page book I would get through quickly?
- How do you feel about reading and blogging goals? Do you have some of your own? Are you sticking to them? Are you meeting them? Do you hate them? Let’s chat!