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).
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.)