June was a month where I concentrated on taking care of myself — I’m doing yoga, meditation, and generally trying to keep anxiety levels at a manageable level. I’m working on appreciating my life more and worrying less about things I can’t control. Easier said than done, but I’m learning some good approaches.
Here’s what I read in June:
- You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey by Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamarr (audio)
- Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur
- Venetia by Georgette Heyer (audio)
- Elatsoe by Darcy Little Badger
- People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry (audio)
- The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk
- The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths
- Thin Girls by Diana Clarke (audio)
My favorite reads: I loved Venetia; much thanks to Jane for recommending the audio version with Richard Armitage. I highly recommend You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey, a book that addresses racism with humor but is at the same time really disturbing and very relevant. Thin Girls is a haunting read about two sisters struggling with body image and eating disorders. The Body Keeps the Score gave me a lot to think about, especially as I’m exploring mindfulness and my reactions to stress (this book was relevant on a personal level and for work).
Disappointing reads: Written in the Stars and The Crossing Places were entertaining, though not groundbreaking, and both suffered from weak/annoying endings. And why do I keep starting new mystery series when I can’t keep up with the ones I already read?
Books for challenges:
- Beat the Backlist: Venetia
- 20 Books of Summer: 8 books read
What I’m reading now: I’m working slowly through Caste, which is excellent. I’m also reading a novella by Becky Chambers called A Psalm for the Wild-Built. And I’m listening to Crying in H-Mart.
What’s coming up: You can find my 20 Books of Summer list here. I have an ARC of She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan, a book that’s billed as Mulan meets The Song of Achilles. For Book Club this month I’m reading The Shadow King.
Added to my TBR: I added a lot of books from the Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Summer Reading Guide. I also added Love and Fury: A Novel of Mary Wollstonecraft, a historical fiction recommendation from What Cathy Read Next.
Things that made me happy this month: My garden is growing like crazy, and next month I’ll have cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplants and banana peppers. Things that also made me happy: seeing friends, my husband cooking a favorite meal for my birthday, and my new Bedhead pajamas. And finally, thanks to Stephanie of SGW Design for designing the new header on my blog and some other graphics I hope to use soon.
Non-bookish recommendations: I really enjoyed the documentary The Donut King, about a Cambodian refugee who created an empire of donut shops in Southern California and ultimately helped other Cambodian families thrive in the U.S. I also think Top Chef had its best season yet, and really enjoyed Best Home Cook Celebrity Edition.
That’s a wrap on June. How are you doing with your summer reading list?