Total Books and Current Status
Since January 1, I've read 53 books and left 2 books unfinished. I have posted 52 full reviews and 5 mini-reviews. I'm currently reading Every Last Cuckoo by Kate Maloy and I'm listening to the first in an urban fantasy series: A Kiss of Shadows by Laurell K. Hamilton.
What Did I Read?
Here's what I read in June. Click on the link to see my review; the letter in parentheses is my rating.
Starfinder by John Marco (B)
Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder (B-)
In the Sanctuary of Outcasts by Neil White (B+)
Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea (B)
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt (A)
Home Game by Michael Lewis (B+)
The Painter from Shanghai by Jennifer Cody Epstein (B+)
Magickeepers by Erica Kirov (B)
Game On Diet by Krista Vernoff and Az Fercuson (B)
The Rossetti Letter by Christi Phillips (B)
A World I Never Made by James LePore (B-)
I read some solid books this month, and there is not a loser among them. Lizzie Bright, a middle reader book, was my only A, but I don't think you'd go wrong giving any of these books a try. Home Game is particularly charming, and I highly recommend it for new fathers.
I posted two mini reviews of books I read before I started blogging.
Ceepak Mysteries by Chris Grabenstein
About Alice by Calvin Trillin
I conducted one "Three Questions with . . ." in June. If you missed it, see what I asked James LePore about his debut novel A World I Never Made.
Did I Complete Any Challenges? Join Any New Ones?
June was an interesting month for challenges.
I completed The Young Adult Challenge and The New Authors Challenge. I also completed two categories in The Library Thing 999 Challenge.
I failed the Spring Reading Thing: Actually I read more than the 10 books I signed up for, but I read only half the books on my list, so I'm calling it incomplete.
I joined two new challenges. One is the first challenge I've ever hosted: The Sookie Stackhouse Reading Challenge (you can still join!) and the other is The Everything Austen Challenge.
I also hosted a mini-challenge for the Maw Books Blog Bloggiestea.
What's New and What's Coming in July
I don't think I made any major changes to my blogging routine or my blog itself in June. I have cut back on my Weekly Link Round-Up because I'm finding it difficult to come up with unique links. The feature is not gone forever, but I'm backing off for the time being.
June was a month full of blog tours. It was fun, but I didn't seem to have much time for the books I really wanted to read, both backlist and new. I've scheduled only two blog tours for July, so I'm looking forward to a fun reading month.
I am going to be seriously examining the challenges I've signed up for and will be silently dropping some of them. I love challenges, but I signed up for too many last fall. Now I know better!
I also plan to review the Sony eReader that I won at BEA! I've been so busy with work and blog tours that I haven't even read my first book on it. I checked a book out from the library, but it already expired. So I'll start again this month. Sad isn't?
How did you do in June? Did you meet your reading goals? Did you complete a challenge? Are you caught up on your reviews? Are you making changes?