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I had a good reading month, with a total of 6 books finished:
- Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo, nonfiction (India)
- Masterminds: Criminal Destiny by Gordon Korman, middle-grade audio (NM, CO)
- Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson, fiction (WA)
- The Secret Language of Sisters by Luanne Rice, teen/YA audio (CT)
- Isra Isle by Nava Semel, fiction (NY) - reviewed for Publishers Weekly (not yet published)
- The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork, teen/YA audio (TX)
Six books in all, and a nice variety of middle-grade, YA, and adult...and even a nonfiction book (a rarity for me)! Half of my books were audio. My favorite is an easy choice this month: Behind the Beautiful Forevers. It was easily one of my favorites read so far this year and maybe ever. I actually rated it a 10 in my book group, which I very rarely do. It's nonfiction but written like a novel, and I highly recommend it.
Progress on 2016 Reading Challenges:
This is my favorite part of my monthly summary - updating my Reading Challenges! I read 2 more TBR books in July for my Read Your Own Damn Books Challenge - that's a total of 10 so far this year, which is not very good! For the Monthly Motif Reading Challenge, July was LOL month - and I didn't read anything even remotely funny! All serious topics - fail. I added 1 more nonfiction book to my 2016 Nonfiction Reading Challenge for a total of 8 so far this year, but no more classics for the 2016 Classics Challenge. For my Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge, I read a book set in India. I am also tracking the states my books are set in, even though there is no Where Are You Reading challenge this year, and I added 2 new states - NM and CT - this month.
Finally, I filled 12 spaces on my monthly Bookish Bingo hosted by Chapter Break (you can join the fun any month without officially joining a challenge). Here's my Bingo card for July:
My books filled these spaces:
Behind the Beautiful Forevers - Award-winning, Shelf-Love (TBR) book
The Secret Language of Sisters - Siblings, Geek, First kiss
Snow Falling on Cedars - Opposites attract
Masterminds: Criminal Destiny - In a series, Daredevil
Isra Isle - Paperback book, LGBT
The Memory of Light - Cowboy/western
Believe it or not, this is one of THREE book bingo games I am playing this summer - it's getting confusing!
What was your favorite book read in July?