My June Reading Wrap-Up

20160623_164110_resized (1)So much good reading this month!  June was super busy, although you wouldn’t know it from my reading list.  I spent three days at education conferences in Baltimore.  We traveled to Wisconsin for my niece’s high school graduation, and then we had family visit us in DC last weekend.   Oh, and I turned 45 this month.

While my nieces were here, we went to Ford’s Theater, which is where Lincoln was assassinated, and we saw this really cool tower of books, representing the hundred thousand or so books that have been written about Lincoln.

In a week we’re off on a grand vacation to Hawaii!  We’ll spend a week with my husband’s family in Kauai and then a week on our own in The Big Island.  We’ll also see Pearl Harbor, something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.  Our last visit to Hawaii was our honeymoon, 15 years ago, so this is a return trip we’re really excited about.

I signed up for 20 Books of Summer, and I’ve already read 8!  And that’s before our 11-hour flights to Hawaii and long days on the beach.

Books I finished this month:

  • Some Possible Solutions by Helen Phillips
  • The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan
  • Whom the Gods Love by Kate Ross
  • My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
  • The Big Sheep by Robert Kroese
  • League of Dragons by Naomi Novik
  • Eventide by Kent Haruf
  • Everybody’s Fool by Richard Russo

My favorite read this month?  Impossible choice.  Lucy Barton was fantastic, thoughtful and subtle.  I want to read it again. I loved Helen Phillips’ new book of short stories, even more eerie than The Beautiful Bureaucrat.  Everybody’s Fool was a happy (at times) return to the world of Donald Sullivan.  The Big Sheep was a fun, futuristic detective novel.  And I’m still thinking about The Sunlight Pilgrims.

Least favorite?  I was slightly disappointed by Eventide, but that’s only because I expected to be blown away, and I felt like the book needed to focus on fewer characters.  In truth, it’s a more complex book than Plainsong, but somehow felt a little less rewarding.

This month I reviewed: Rush Oh! by Shirley Barrett, Hero by Belinda Crawford, Eventide, and League of Dragons. I’m way behind on reviews, and with a vacation coming up, I need to be writing furiously.  All of these books merit a solid review.

What’s next?  I’m reading LaRose right now, and while it’s beautifully written, it’s a dark read and one I’m not sure I’m enjoying.  Next up is Kelly Link’s Get in Trouble.

And the year’s half over!  I’ve read 38 books so far.  Not that I’m counting, really.  How about you?

  15 comments for “My June Reading Wrap-Up

  1. July 2, 2016 at 6:37 am

    Sounds like you had a pretty exceptional reading month! Have a wonderful trip to Hawaii – visiting the Big Island is on my bucket list.

    • July 2, 2016 at 9:09 am

      Thanks Lory! I’ll share when I get back. Looking forward to seeing the volcano.

  2. July 2, 2016 at 7:00 am

    Nice pic to start the post with. My initial reaction was “Wow! All those books?!”
    And happy belated birthday too. Have fun in Hawaii.

    • July 2, 2016 at 9:08 am

      Thanks Zezee! The book tower was much more impressive in person… although I felt myself sorely tempted to pull one book out and see what happens. I’m sure they must be fixed together in some way but if so, you couldn’t see it.

      • July 3, 2016 at 12:01 pm

        Haha! I get a similar urge when at art galleries. I always want to touch the paintings.

  3. July 2, 2016 at 11:26 am

    Love the photo (and the concept) of the Lincoln tower of books!

  4. looloolooweez
    July 3, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Wow, that tower of Lincoln books is impressive! It must have been fun for them to build, too. Anyway, I hope you have a lovely time in Hawaii. 🙂

  5. July 8, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Oh, I hope you are having a wonderful time in Hawaii at this very moment! I’ve never been there, and I so want to go someday!

  6. July 9, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Wow that tower of books is really cool!

  7. July 9, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    Sounds like a great month you had – personally and reading wise! A late happy birthday to you, hope you had a great one!! Great selection of books and some I haven’t heard of before so I’ll definitely check them out!

  8. July 10, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    That tower of books is amazing! I could stare at it for hours. Happy 45th Birthday! It sounds like you had a fantastic June!

  9. July 10, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    Happy late birthday – hope you enjoyed your big day!! Loving the photo!! It looks extraordinary I wish I could’ve seen with my own eyes! I hope you enjoy your trip with your hubby.

  10. pavedwithbooks
    July 11, 2016 at 3:42 am

    That tower of book is impressive! I think that’s amazing that hundreds of thousands of books have been written about Lincoln, Hope you have a great time in Hawaii!

  11. July 20, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    I LOVE that book tower!! So cool! Happy belated birthday too!
    I wasn’t feeling The Sunlight Pilgrims. Nope.
    Happy July, what’s left of it any way.

    • July 26, 2016 at 6:01 pm

      Sorry you didn’t like Sunlight Pilgrims. No book is for everyone. Thanks for the birthday wishes!

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