My June Reading Wrap-up

June is always one of my favorite months.  It’s the start of summer and the weather is usually perfect, right in between May which is too wet and July which gets pretty steamy.  Plus it’s my birthday month.

It was a good month, if a quiet one.  Summer reading, seeing friends, and an outdoor concert (Sheryl Crow) topped the month.  Also my migraines nearly disappeared this month, which was awfully nice.  I’m hoping it’s the low-sugar diet I’ve been on, although if it is, that means I need to keep giving up dessert!  But the thing about migraines is, it could just as easily be the weather.  My garden is struggling; so far it’s barely produced a salad for all my efforts.  But my eggplants and cukes are coming in, so we’ll see.

Here’s what I read in June:

  • Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
  • A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
  • The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare
  • Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
  • A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
  • Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo
  • Bloodchild by Octavia Butler

My favorite read? A lot of good reads this month!  The Sympathizer and Hillbilly Elegy gave me a lot to think about, and A Gathering of Shadows was every bit as good as the first book in the trilogy.  Maybe it’s because I read these most recently, or because I wasn’t sure what to expect of them, but I loved Stay With Me and Bloodchild.  I’ve only read one book by Butler, Kindred, and these short stories were really different.  Plus, in the version I have, she’s added an explanation after each one about how she wrote the story.

Most disappointing read?  They were all good, but I will say this: knowing how much people love, love, love Good Omens, it didn’t quite live up to expectations for me.  Clever and funny, yes.  But not a book I fell in love with. More to come.  Also I started reading Dark Money but found it made me so angry I put it down for a bit.  Actually it kind of made me feel sick.  I mean to go back to it.

Books for challenges:

  • 20 Books of Summer: 7 read, none reviewed
  • Reading All Around the World: The Sympathizer (Vietnam), Stay With Me (Nigeria)
  • Six Books to Help Understand Trump’s Win: Hillbilly Elegy
  • Read Diverse: The Sympathizer, Stay With Me, Bloodchild
  • Discussion Challenge: I wrote about the power of first novels, my progress on 2017 goals, and the top ten (11) books I’ve read so far this year.

What I’m reading now: I’m getting on a plane to Wisconsin this afternoon, and I haven’t decided yet!  I’m loading up the Kindle and we’ll see what sounds good.

What’s coming up: I need to read a book about Spain, both for the Readers Room Around the World challenge and because I’ll be traveling there in September!  I’ve chosen The Infatuations by Javier Marias.  I also have an ARC of Natasha Pulley’s The Bedlam Stacks, but I’m frustrated by the format.  It’s a digital copy (acsm), but it seems I can only read it on my laptop, which is not the way I read, so I’ll probably have to give it a pass.

New on my TBR this month:

  • Awkward: the Science of Why We’re Socially Awkward and Why That’s Awesome (this book sounds tailor made for me)
  • Al Franken, Giant of the Senate (because Al Franken)
  • How to Be Human (because Elizabeth McKenzie raved about it in the NYTimes)
  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (because I saw this on Top Ten lists this month)

And finally, here are a few things that made me happy this month:

  • Wonder Woman (so, so good!)
  • On TV: new show Glow and finale of I Zombie
  • The new cookbooks I got from my husband on my birthday (Salt Fat Acid Heat and The Food Lab)
  • My new Warby Parker sunglasses (I love this store — good glasses for cheap)
  • Fewer migraines!

So on to July!  Happy July 4th for my U.S. friends (and of course everyone else should have a happy July 4th as well).  I’m excited to see my sister and her family tonight. Happy reading!

13 Responses to “My June Reading Wrap-up”

  1. glowofmind

    Firstly, happy birthday 🙂
    Thank you for the list of books up there; it would have been really great had you given a glimpse, two liner maybe about the book….. so we could pick one to read.

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  2. Lory @ Emerald City Book Review

    I also had to take Dark Money in small doses. But it’s so important for us all to know this story. As one of the Kochs says in the book, “The whale that spouts gets harpooned” — that’s why it’s been important for them to keep us in the dark.

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  3. BookerTalk

    You’ve done really well with the 20booksofsummer challenge. I’m on book 6 or 5.5 strictly speaking since I couldnt finish the 5th book I began. Hope you have better luck with The Infatuations. It had a lot of promise but it was so so slow I lost patience.

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    • curlygeek04

      Thanks, I haven’t reviewed any of them yet, though. Sorry to hear about The Infatuations — if you have any other Spain recommendations I’d love to hear them!

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      • BookerTalk

        I wish I could help re Spain but other than Shadow of the Wind and Angels Game, both by Carlos Zufon I haven’t found a Spanish author to suit my tastes yet. Here’s my review of Angels Game if you want to get the idea of it http://wp.me/p2dBYt-4bt

  4. Terri @ Alexia's Books and Such

    Sorry to hear that Good Omens didn’t live up to your expectations, as it’s one of my favorites! It’s been awhile since I’ve read it though, so maybe it’s time for a reread?

    I’ve got Al Franken’s new book on my nook and am really looking forward to reading it! Because yeah, Al Franken. 😉

    Happy belated birthday!

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    • curlygeek04

      I still really enjoyed it — I know it’s a favorite for many, it just didn’t stick with me. Thanks for the birthday wishes!

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  5. Emma

    Good news on less migraines, I imagine they can be debilitating if you get a lot. i saw Wonder Woman too last week and thought it was excellent.

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  6. John Smith

    I’ll have to look up “Hillbilly Elegy.” Thanks for the post!

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  7. Danielle Hammelef

    You definitely had a diverse selection of books read in June. I have also experienced a book the made me angry, and then too sick emotionally to continue. Not a great feeling. i hope you had a lovely family visit in WI!

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