June was a tough month nationally, but a good month for blogging. It was a much quieter month than May, except for the last week, which I spent at a conference in San Diego (not at bad place to be). It felt good to get back to blogging, and it was also my birthday month.
I didn’t read as much this month, but I read some really great books:
My favorite read: I loved The Girl in the Tower, the fantastic sequel to The Bear and the Nightingale. I was so happy it lived up to the first book (I think that’s really rare). What it Means was a very impressive debut, and Killers of the Flower Moon told a really powerful and devastating story. And I learned more about John Lewis and the Civil Rights Movement from the graphic novel March.
Did not finish (DNF): I started but didn’t keep reading Nicole Krauss’ Forest Dark. It got very good reviews from critics but mixed from readers, and it just didn’t seem like a book I’d enjoy reading. I’d love to hear from anyone who’s read it!
Books for challenges:
What I’m reading now: Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey, and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.
What’s coming up: continuing with my 20 Books of Summer List, and I need to read What We Were Promised by Lucy Tan. I just got We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter from the library. Also, I was really excited to score an ARC of Kate Atkinson’s upcoming book, Transcription.
Added to my TBR: I got so many great suggestions from this post about Read Harder 2018, like Stitches by David Small, Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell, and The Secret Life of Pronouns by James W. Pennebaker.
Things that made me happy this month: This is a month we can really use some happiness, right? Life feels pretty horrifying these days. I don’t want to think about politics, but I’m also feeling really guilty about how good my life is and how many people are suffering (and how dark the future looks and how nervous I am about the 2018 elections).
So this all feels a bit superficial, as it has most months, but here are some things that made me happy this month:
That’s my June… but instead of asking you what you’re reading, how are you feeling about the world these days? I realize that outside the U.S., some good things are happening, like the referendum in Ireland. But here it feels like everything is getting worse – and that’s scary since it was already pretty bad. This month we saw the “civility wars”, the separation of immigrant families, and the retirement of a Supreme Court Justice. I’m frankly terrified about the way things are escalating, and I’m even more worried about the motivation of the Trump base come November.
I didn’t get to one of the protest marches on the 30th, because I’m visiting family in Orange County, and marching wasn’t a possibility. And the truth is, I’m feeling very tired. I’m not doing much to help anyone, and at the same time I feel very much like giving up — and that scares me even more.
Sorry to end this on a down note. If you’re feeling the same way, what are you doing to keep your head up?
Note: as a follow up to this post, I wanted to share this link to a list of organizations you can give to that support immigrant rights in the U.S. Just in case, like me, you were wondering where to start.
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