01 July 2010

Monthly Wrap Up: June 2010

Total Books and Current Status

Since January 1, I've finished 59 books, and abandoned 3. In June, I posted 15 full reviews. I also posted 2 recipes. I am behind on 1 review. I am currently reading The Opposite of Me by Sarah Pekkanen and listening to The Maytrees by Annie Dillard.

What I Read and Reviewed

Here's what I reviewed in June. Click on the link to see my review; the letter in parentheses is my rating.

Full Reviews

Read / Not Reviewed Yet
  • Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan (click for spotlight; review next week)
Holy cow. I can't believe I read 16 books this month. And there is a good chance I'll have finished my current audiobook before this is posted. Of course, if you look, you'll see that this month was a bit YA heavy. Still that's a lot of books for me. Solitude of Prime Numbers (adult, literary fiction) and Bog Child (young adult, coming of age) were both excellent and I highly recommend them.

Other Posts and Activities

Guest Posts
Beth Fish around the Internet
  • Yesterday marked the end of my Sookie Stackhouse Reading challenge. I learned a lot about hosting challenges from it, and I also totally failed it! Or as Michele from A Reader's Respite said (and I paraphrase), how could it be a failure when I introduced so many people to Sookie? Almost 175 people signed up and we had almost 250 reviews.
  • It is never too late to join the What's in a Name? 3 challenge, several people (including me: yay!) have finished but you still have a 6 months to read 6 books.
  • The Amy Einhorn Books Perpetual Challenge is very active. New people took up the challenge last month, and you can do so this month! I am thrilled that 49 people have joined me in my quest to read through the imprint. You can be part of the fun even if you're not sure you'll read every book.
  • Despite having failed a couple or three challenges, I have already completed 11!
What's New, What's Coming Up

I don't plan on making any changes to my blogging schedule or my blog at this point.

I do want to alert you to the new tab (right under my header photo) that will be going up later today. It will lead to a page with a Mr. Linky for linking up reviews of Harper Perennial books. I am not hosting an official challenge, but I am so excited about the imprint, that I'd like to collect the reviews so we can all find them in a single place. I hope you feel free to link up any older Harper Perennial reviews that may be published on your blog.

Also I want to stress that I will be spotlighting all new Amy Einhorn books as they are released and you can now expect to see a steady stream of Amy Einhorn Book reviews.

Talk to Me

Hope your reading month was fabulous. But before you click away, here are two things I'm always curious about:
  • What was your favorite book in June?
  • Are you caught up with your reviews?


Julie P. 7/1/10, 6:18 AM  

I think my favorite book in June was A FIERCE RADIANCE by Lauren Belfer, but I also read some other great ones so it's hard to say.

Lenore Appelhans 7/1/10, 6:26 AM  

I'm not that into Lippman's earlier books. Her more recent ones are much better.

bermudaonion 7/1/10, 6:53 AM  

I was a miserable failure at the Sookie challenge, but I only need to read one more for the What's in a Name Challenge, so I feel confident I'll finish it.

Molly 7/1/10, 7:35 AM  

I just want you to know that I am in awe of your June accomplishments!! I feel like such a slackard :)

My favorite book in June would have to be my successful "read" of the audiobook, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid. I have had difficulty with audiobooks for a long time, but I am so glad that the blogging community helped me to persevere.

christina 7/1/10, 7:40 AM  

I first read about Solitude in the Bookmarks magazine. I have wanted to read it ever since. One of these days!

Great numbers, btw.

Jess 7/1/10, 8:37 AM  

Wow -- you had a fantastic month! I had an okay month, am caught up with reviews but am in the middle of three chunksters and progress is slow!

Beth 7/1/10, 8:40 AM  

Wow you've read a lot!

My favorite this month was The Cookbook Collector. I didn't want that one to end!

Anonymous,  7/1/10, 9:42 AM  

Really a good month for you. I'm caught up on everything but will have a couple of reviews for next week. My favorite June read was SO COLD THE RIVER by Michael Koryta. Really an absorbing book.

Nise' 7/1/10, 9:52 AM  

Because of your bringing it to my attention, I am taking notice of imprints now! I have two reviews to write to be up-to-date. My favortie books this month were Saving Cee Cee Honeybutt (AF) and Mockingbird (YA).

Anonymous,  7/1/10, 9:58 AM  

I read 23 books in June (was there something in the NY water that gave us a reading bug?), which makes picking a favorite a bit difficult. But Cutting for Stone was pretty awesome. For non-fiction, I'd choose The Woman Who Fell From the Sky.

And I'm only 4 or 5 reviews behind, which isn't too bad for me.

Helen Ellis 7/1/10, 10:56 AM  

Thanks so much for hosting me last month! I love your site and am a super Sookie fan. I'm also crazy for the Lippman and Spencer-Fleming mysteries. You have such a broad varied taste. I really appreciate it!

I thought you might like to see today's vlog, "Write What You Know: Domestics Rule Philadelphia" (http://bit.ly/cvG0wJ).
The Turning is real,
Helen Ellis

Sandy Nawrot 7/1/10, 11:20 AM  

You had an amazing month, you busy little bee. I am posting my mid-year update this Saturday. I think I am in the high 70's for books read. I only have one book not yet reviewed, so I guess that is close to being caught up. I leave for Indiana next week, and while I know I will be reading and reviewing alot, I want to go with a clean slate!

BTW, I am pained that you are ineligible for awards at BBAW. You are one of the best.

Beth Hoffman 7/1/10, 11:35 AM  

16 books in one month, and 59 since Jan! That's a LOT of books. I enjoyed reading your wrap-up.

Jenny Girl 7/1/10, 4:55 PM  

You had one busy month! Good for you. Lots of good books and interesting posts. Looking forward to July.

Michele 7/1/10, 6:34 PM  

Looks like you had a really good month...all of your books got very high grades! That's a happy reading month!

Jen - devourer of books 7/2/10, 1:47 PM  

Okay, so I would swear I commented on this yesterday, but evidently it didn't take. Anyway, great reading month!

Jenners 7/2/10, 2:25 PM  

You always have so much going on here. And I think I picked up the Sookie books because of your challenge intitally ... even though I didn't join in!

Jules 7/4/10, 9:54 AM  

Looks like you had a good month. 59 books so far is great, I was hoping to be around there by this time, but I'm behind. Ah well. I did manage to finish the What's in the name challenge this month so I'm very happy about that. What a fun challenge.

I was caught up in my reviews, by July came, now I'm behind again. My favourite book was Yellowknife, which oddly enough helped me finish my last category for the W.I.N? challenge.

Unknown 7/7/10, 1:58 PM  

Great month! I don't think I'm the best challenge host either..yet I keep hosting one. lol!

Anonymous,  7/7/10, 3:01 PM  

My favorite book in June was The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King, my review of which can be found here: http://unfinishedperson.com/2010/07/01/the-beekeepers-apprentice-vs-a-slight-trick-of-the-mind/

As for being caught up on reviews, even with only 31 books this year, that answer would be no. I've been horrible with reviews.

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks 7/7/10, 10:33 PM  

June was a very good month for you ... I can't believe the year is halfway over ...

Oh, I can't choose a favorite book from my June reads!

Caught up on my reviews?!? Oh, you're FUNNY!

Alice 7/11/10, 3:15 PM  

You did GREAT in June, Beth!

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