Friday, July 06, 2018

Books Read in June

Oh, yeah - summarizing June, and it's only July 6! This is definitely a record for me. My Big Book Summer Challenge makes it easier, since I have been reading the same book for 2 weeks now so that means fewer reviews to write.

June was a good reading month for me - here's what I finished last month:
  • The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (OH) - YA post-apocalyptic fiction
  • The Lightkeeper's Daughter by Jean E. Pendziwol (Canada) - adult fiction on audio
  • Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding (WA) - adult fiction (reviewed for Shelf Awareness)

So, that's a total of six books in June, all fiction, with four adult novels and 2 YA novels. I listened to three books on audio (and all very good - an excellent audio month!). For pure blow-me-away literary power, The Reason You're Alive takes the prize (as Quick's novels always do for me), but I also loved Delia Owen's debut novel Where the Crawdads Sing - I both reviewed the book and interviewed the author and will share the link when both are published on Shelf Awareness next month.

Progress in 2018 Reading Challenges:
This is my favorite part of my monthly summary - updating my Reading Challenges, though I didn't make much progress this month. I once again read only 1 book from my own shelves for my Mount TBR Reading Challenge, bringing my total-to-date to only 11. Since my annual goal this year is 36, I have a long way to go! For the Monthly Motif Reading Challenge, June was Crack the Case, so I counted Her Pretty Face, which is suspense. Nothing new for the Back to the Classics Challenge, but I added one more to the 2018 Badass Books Challenge: a Book that You've Put Off Reading - The 5th Wave fits that category (along with all my other Big Books planned for this summer!). I added Canada to my Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge. For my 2018 Literary Escapes Challenge, I added three new states - Ohio, North Carolina, and Washington - bringing my 6-month total to 17 states, which is well on the way to surpassing my 2017 total of 25. And for my own Big Book Summer Challenge, I finished my first Big Book for 2018 - The 5th Wave (and am well into my 2nd one). There is still plenty of time to join the summer fun - click the link for details!
Finally, Bookish Bingo hosted by Chapter Break - not really a challenge per se, but a fun game that I play each month. I filled in 16 squares in June:

Spaces filled in:
The 5th Wave - Missing/disappeared, not a new release, shelf love (TBR), in a series
The Lightkeeper's Daughter - Summer fling, apprentice
Her Pretty Face - Road trip, read a physical book
Where the Crawdads Sing - Free book, accent, jewelry
The Reason You're Alive - Father, anxiety/depression
The Both Die at the End - Audio book, not in a series
Free Space
What was your favorite book read in June? 


  1. June looks like a good month for you reading-wise! I hope July is just as good.

  2. 16 squares good job and some good reading!