June was a busy month — I saw my niece graduate high school, I went to Harry Potter World in Orlando, I joined a new book club, I presented at a national conference, I saw two of my sisters, and I turned 48. Okay, that last thing isn’t all that noteworthy, but the older I get the more I feel it’s important to be comfortable with the age I am. I’m trying, at least. We’ll see how I do in two years when I’m 50.
I traveled a lot in June so I had extra time for reading. I liked what I read, but there wasn’t much that I loved. Mostly my June reads were interesting books that I’m glad I read, but none I’m raving about. Here’s what I read this month:
Favorite read: A standout was Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree, which is told from the perspective of a girl in Nigeria kidnapped by Boko Haram. It’s a beautifully written and intense read. I also really enjoyed Daisy Jones and the Six. There’s nothing terribly new in this story about a successful but conflicted band, but the book had strong character development and I really liked reading about the process of writing and recording songs.
Disappointing read or DNF: I struggled this month with audiobooks. I didn’t care for the audiobook for Leigh Bardugo’s Wonder Woman (or maybe I’m just not loving the book). I started a few nonfiction titles only to find I can’t really concentrate on complicated nonfiction by listening to it. Same with Daisy Jones and the Six, and people say that one’s perfect as an audiobook, with a great cast of voice actors. I still preferred to read it. On the other hand, I’m loving The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware. A lot of you said that mysteries and thrillers tend to work best by audiobook, and maybe that’s true for me too.
Books for challenges:
What I’m reading now: I’m in the middle of quite a few books, including The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle and The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea.
What’s coming up: I’ll be working on my 20 Books of Summer list, including The Calculating Stars and The Weight of Ink. Plus I just got Katherine Arden’s Winter of the Witch from the library wait list.
Things that made me happy this month:
That’s my June! I’m looking forward to a much mellower July. We’ve got a few concerts and outdoor movies on the calendar, but otherwise July will be about grilling and sipping wine on the deck.
How’s your summer going, and what are you reading?
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