My June Reading Wrap-Up

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?

  6 comments for “My June Reading Wrap-Up

  1. July 2, 2021 at 10:15 am

    Kudos to you for taking the time to take care of yourself. So important, and so easy to forget to do.

    Glad you enjoyed Richard A reading Venetia to you. Such a treat!

    Putting Love and Fury on my TBR list. I have really enjoyed reading about Mary W and her daughter. Such as interesting person, living through incredible times.

    You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey is also going on the list. There are so many books out there, I take recommendations for great reads seriously.

    Keep calm and read on!

    • July 6, 2021 at 7:36 pm

      Thanks Jane, I definitely appreciated your recommendation of Venetia. Any other GH favorites? I’m looking forward to Love and Fury — Wollstonecraft and Shelley are fascinating and I really don’t know enough about them.

  2. July 2, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    Making time for yourself is important but something we tend to forget to do so kudos to you for embarking on these self-caring techniques.
    I have a copy of The Shadow King, bought in a rush on my first visit back to a bookshop after UK lockdown when I was still nervous about being too long indoors in a public space. I think I bought it just on the basis of the cover..It’s still unread

    • July 6, 2021 at 7:35 pm

      I’m moving through Shadow King slowly, though it’s beautifully written. I’m having trouble concentrating on one book right now, I’m not sure why! I need to finish it for my book club. I’ll let you know what I thought.

  3. July 3, 2021 at 10:41 am

    Good for you for making time for self-care: such a hard thing to do.

    I am lagging a bit with my 20 Books of Summer and missed two of my June NetGalley reads; I posted about my unfeasibly ridiculous July reading plans on Thursday but I have got a week off this month, so …

    • July 6, 2021 at 7:33 pm

      Thanks Liz. Good luck with your reading plans in July and enjoy your time off!

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