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June Monthly Recap


It’s time for our monthly recap. Find out which books were favorites, which were duds, and which ones we plan to read the following month. We’ll end our wrap up with a calendar of book-related events/facts from the Month of June and we’ll highlight our upcoming July content. We also want to hear from you so let us know what you read in June and what you look forward to reading in July.

Book Worm
I had a good month for reading and I had three 4 star books. My June goal was to read The Goldfinch Donna Tartt and I achieved this, so yay me!

Favorite book read in June:  After Dark by Haruki Murakami. Honorable mentions: Falling Man by Don Delillo and Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga.

Least favorite book read in JunePricksongs & Descantsby Robert Coover.

July Goals: Like Jen, I have been taking part in various challenges for the 1001 Books to be Read group on Shelfari. This has left me with very little time for reading the books I have been purchasing like mad when they are on special offer. So I have challenged myself to read at least one book from my own list each month. My selected book for July will be Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. I have heard lots of good things about this and now that there is a sequel out (A God in Ruins), I feel it really is time to make time and read this. I have also requested Go Set a Watchman Harper Lee from my local library. I am 18th in the queue — no fair 😦

I had a bit of a reading slump this month and only completed half my June goals. I finished (just barely) Americanah by Adichie and I read Falling Man by DeLillo, but I failed to fit in Open City by Cole or any discworld books.

Favorite book read in June: Americanah by Adichie (4 stars). Honorable Mentions: Pricksongs & Descants by Coover (4 stars). While Book Worm and I often agree in our ratings, this month one of her worst books was one of my favorites.

Least favorite book read in June: Arcanum 17 by Andre Breton (3 stars, 2 for enjoyment and 1 for prose and intelligence). I didn’t enjoy this read but I could appreciate the author’s intelligence and skill.

July Goals:  I feel a little overwhelmed by my every growing TBR pile. Scroll down to the bottom and see my immediate TBR (I have various levels of TBR stacks around the house and on my kindle). Help me pick out what I should be reading next from the photo and you may win a book prize! Some possibilities for me next month include: Open City by Cole, Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky, The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, and a few from that crazy stack (below).

And now for a look back at June….

june calendar

What can you look forward to on our blog in July? In July we will feature our recurring posts: Love it or Hate it, Read Around the World (Zimbabwe), Featured Author (TBD), and Kid’s Corner (Rosie Revere, Engineer). We’ll also feature reviews of the the following books: Falling Man by DeLillo, Nervous Conditions by Dangarembga, Pricksongs and Descants by Coover, Americanah by Adichie, and more. We will also have an author interview, guest post (with book giveaway), and a few of our Life in Book segments where we feature literature that impacted us as readers.

For more on upcoming content you can always check out our event calendar — featured on our sidebar.

We want to hear from you. What books did you read in June? Which your favorites? Least favorites? Is there anything you are looking forward to in July?

Help! What should I read next? Convince me why I should read one and if I pick it based on your reasons, you may win a book prize!

Help! What should I read next? Convince me why I should read one and if I pick it based on your reasons, you may win a book prize!

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Tracy #

    Open City. I want to hear your take on it!


    June 30, 2015
  2. Tessa #

    Oh my .. quiet a choice there. I immediately saw Tess of the D’Urbervilles – one of my favorite reads. Hardy’s prose is simply glorious. And then I actually read your remarks and noticed that Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment is also a choice … one of my all-time favorite books. I first read it when I was about 16 and the psychological profile completely fascinated me…. a major influence in my decision to major in psychology in college. I’ve read each of these masterpieces three times over the past 50 years and picking one is like asking a me to pick my favorite child (okay … I don’t have children, so that’s not a good example).

    AAAGH … okay … Tess of the D’Urbervilles gets my vote.


    July 6, 2015

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