Another month of eight books! I’m so happy it’s summertime.
- Girl at War … Sara Nović
- Our Endless Numbered Days … Claire Fuller
- Misery (audio) … Stephen King, read by Lindsay Crouse
- Just Mercy (audio) … Bryan Stevenson, read by author
- The Lottery … Shirley Jackson
- We Need New Names (ebook) … NoViolet Bulawayo
- Horrorstör … Grady Hendrix
- Pilgrim’s Wilderness (audio) … Tom Kizzia, read by Fred Sanders
I really enjoyed all these books, especially Our Endless Numbered Days and Just Mercy which ended up in my “best of 2015 so far” list. The #MiseryRAL was a blast! Catch up with the readalong’s wrap-ups at Care’s Online Book Club. Horrorstör and Pilgrim’s Wilderness reviews coming soon. Both were very good! I’ve had them on my radar for a while.
I did DNF two books in June: The Shore (Sara Taylor) and Parasite (Mira Grant). I had trouble with focus in The Shore, how the timeline jumped around, and how it was really more short interconnected stories instead of one novel. Lots of people are loving it though—the cheese stands alone! As for Parasite, I started it off of my ebook challenge list but gave up about 40 pages in. A teenager being the protagonist just didn’t appeal to me.
Checking on my overall progress, I’m more than halfway to my goal of reading 55 books:
But with my challenges I’m still behind: 4 of 12 for both my TBR and Ebook challenges. That’s okay though, I’m still hoping to get at least halfway through (6/12) on each of them this year; I’d count that as a win. Still a lot of year left!
This month, I don’t really have a plan for what I’m going to read. I have a couple of chunksters (City on Fire, A Little Life) on the shelf, and have to pick a couple of audiobooks for my trip to Wisconsin (family reunion time!). And just so many more books. I want to read books 2 and 3 of the Southern Reach Trilogy—that just feels like it would be good summer reading. Otherwise there’s also Fringe Festival here in KC after I get back, which is always a busy week, and I want to go see the Gridiron Glory exhibit at Union Station, highlighting the best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
How was your month for reading? What are you looking forward to reading in July?