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Friday Reads: Welcome July

First of all, I noticed last month that these wrap-up posts were getting way too long. So this month, I have removed the mini-review blurbs and I am just including the ratings, book cover, author, and title (with a link if I wrote a review) to each book I read this month. I’ll see if I like the post length any better than the last ones. The Blog is always a work in progress.

I also realized that I have never commented on the success rate of my “plans for next month”. However, that was shortly followed by the realization that I don’t care. They’re more a guideline than a rule, anyway.

So, with the administrative notes out of the way, here’s how my June reading went (so far… and any additional progress in the last couple days of this month will be recorded in July).

June 2019

Number of books read: 18
Number of pages read: 2,705
Number of hours listened: 17.08

My Ratings (if there’s a hyperlink in the title, that will take you to my review of the book)


Seanan McGuire’s Middlegame

Seanan McGuire’s Ashes of Honor

Ashley Poston’s Geekerella

Beverly Cleary’s Dear Mr. Henshaw


Simon Tofield’s Simon’s Cat vs. the World

variety of Seanan McGuire’s October Daye short stories (including “Sun Sets Weeping,” “In Sea-Salt Tears,” “No Sooner Met,” and “Rat-Catcher”)

Alyssa Wong’s “All the Time We’ve Left to Spend” (you can read it here)

Colleen Gleason’s The Carnelian Crow

Mark Lawrence’s One Word Kill


Terry Pratchett’s Guards! Guards! (beginning of book: 2 stars; ending of book: 4 stars)

Molly Harper’s Even Tree Nymphs Get the Blues

Kitty Curran & Larissa Zageris’ My Lady’s Choosing

Charlie Jane Anders’ All the Birds in the Sky & “Clover” (short story answering the question of “but what happened to Patricia’s cat?”)


Megan E. O’Keefe’s Velocity Weapon (DNF @ 44%)

Paul Fleischman’s Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices

Richard Bach’s Jonathan Livingston Seagull



James Hynes’ Writing Great Fiction (unfinished & unrated — details on Goodreads)

Plans for July 2019

I’m currently reading:

  • Witches Abroad (Discworld #12) by Terry Prachett (paper) — 49/374 pages
  • Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (paper) — 41/731 pages
  • The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu (audio) — 40.7%

And my plans for July:

  • (Re)read and review some of Edgar Allen Poe’s work. For a recent TTT, Lydia Schoch was lamenting that Poe isn’t talked about much these days. She said she might review some of his works on her blog, and it got me thinking about how long it’s been since I’ve read any Poe. Yet, I love his work, so it’s easily time for a re-read — or perhaps time to read his work that I’ve not read before.
  • Spin yarn for the Tour de Fleece. I know, I usually only put reading plans here, but since I need the reminder to spin some of the lovely fiber I own into lovely yarn that I can knit with, I am feeling the need to add it in to my goals list as often as I can.
  • Read more award winners. I’ve been making progress on my goal of reading 19 each Hugo, Nebula, and Newbery winning books, but I still have a lot to go. (Though I am in the middle of one more, so that’s good.)

Oh — I don’t really think any of you will care, but for the record I am not including DNF books in my “books read” count, though they do get included in the pages read count. I did count these short stories as separate books, since they were released individually. Short stories that I read as part of a compilation only count as one book, the compilation. So now you know. (And knowing is half the battle.)

19 thoughts on “Friday Reads: Welcome July

    1. LOL, I considered including the DNF books, but they aren’t included in my Goodreads total due to the way I’m tracking them there, so I’m not adding them to the total count here. I am listing them with their ratings, though! I hope that makes them feel better. 😉

    1. It was a good reading month! Of course, several of those were short stories, but it was still a lot.

      I have a mini-review of One Word Kill scheduled. I didn’t really feel I had enough to say to do a full review.

        1. It’s odd how some books are like that. For OWK, I liked it, and it was a fun read, but I really only have about one or two paragraph’s worth of review.

    1. Geekerella is awesome! ❤ But the Seagull book… I had a friend in college who raved about it, and it took me until now to read it. Maybe I would have liked it more if I read it in college, but now? Uck.

  1. Great wrap-up! I like having the review links instead of mini-reviews, since it makes it easier to see all your 5-star books at a glance, and so on — and then go to the reviews I particularly want to read.

    I hadn’t thought about Jonathan Livingston Seagull in decades. It didn’t do much for me when I read it back in high school. The movie was slightly better; at least it had nice cinematography.

    Thanks for the heads-up on the Writing Fiction lectures from the Great Courses. I would have considered it for myself or for a gift for Robin, but it sounds like it’s covering pretty basic ground. BTW, are you a fan of the Writing Excuses podcast? (I may have asked that before, and if so, please forgive me for not remembering!)

    1. Thanks! I’m liking the condensed version of the monthly review, and I’m playing with a monthly mini-review post as a way to highlight the books I really want to discuss.

      There’s a Jonathan Seagull movie? Oh dear. That seems unnecessary. Though, as you say, at least it could be pretty. The pictures were my favorite part of the book.

      I don’t think I’ve ever tried the Writing Excuses podcast. It sounds like something I should check out, though. 😉 I definitely end up with a lot of writing excuses.

      1. Robin (our adult child who is a talented writer) has probably learned more from the Writing Excuses podcast than from any other writing resource, except the Alpha Workshop. And it’s just as good for people who don’t write, but do enjoy digging into the nuts and bolts of writing (particularly from a SF/Fantasy perspective, but not limited to that.) I’ve really enjoyed the episodes I’ve listened to. Their tag line is “15 minutes long, because you’re in a hurry, and we’re not that smart” LOL! The hosts include Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Dan Wells, and Mary Robinette Kowal (who joined in the 4th or 5th season, I think.) They are in Season 14; in season 12 they started bringing in some really good guest hosts as well.

        Yes, there’s a Jonathan Livingston Seagull movie. From 1973. With film score by Neil Diamond. I wouldn’t bother, frankly.

        1. Wow, that sounds like a really awesome podcast. It’s on my “to listen” list now. 🙂

          If I feel the need to watch a seagull movie, I think I’ll find a documentary.

  2. Good job on reading 18 books!!! And I count graphic novels as individual books so I definitely think you should count short stories as individual books (especially if they are released individually) I never know if I should count DNF books in my totals or not. I have both counted them and not counted them haha. It depends on my mood and how much of the book I actually read 😂

  3. I wonder if the reason I liked Jonathan Livingston Seagull when I was a preteen is because it was IMPOSSIBLE to miss the 2nd layer of the story (sort of like The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Bach’s Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah in that way).

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