June Summary and July Preview

Half the year is gone. Where did it go? I want to know, because I feel like I haven’t gotten nearly enough done. Take my Read the World Challenge, for example. In January, I planned to read 75 books by authors who were not from the US or the UK. I wanted to get a better understanding of the wonderful literature the world has to offer. But how far have I gotten now that half the year has passed? I’ve read a whole 23 titles. I’ll have to read 52 more to achieve my goal. It’s not completely beyond my reading abilities (I’ve read 82 titles so far this year), but it would mean I would have to put off reading a LOT of books I’m excited to read until 2019. That’s not the most exciting of prospects.

But I’ll keep chipping away at my goal, and we’ll see how far I get. Even if I don’t make it to 75, I’ve found a lot of books that I have truly enjoyed that I probably would never have found if I hadn’t gone a little out of my way to expand my literary horizons.

Thanks to a heat wave and the subsequent loss of sleep, some procrastination, and my discovery of BookTube, I didn’t get as much reading done in June as I would have liked, in spite of the thirteen titles on my bullet journal’s ‘June Reads’ list. A few novellas and a (long) short story helped me add to my title list without adding much to my page count.

Books I read in June:

  1. Traitor’s Blade (Greatcoats #1) by Sebastien de Castell
  2. Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life by Helen Czerski
  3. The Last Days of New Paris by China Mieville
  4. The Flowers of Vashnoi by Lois McMaster Bujold
  5. Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of English by John McWhorter
  6. Too Loud a Solitude by Bohumil Hrabal, translated from Czech by Michael Henry Heim
  7. Touch by Adania Shibli, translated from Arabic by Paula Haydar
  8. Dance of Death by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
  9. The Book of the Dead by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
  10. How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why it Happens by Benedict Carey
  11. blud by Rachel McKibbens
  12. The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  13. Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks

Of these books, five of them were written by women, so I’ve broken my streak of reading more books by women than by men, but that’s okay. I enjoyed all of these books in one way or another, and it’s not like I didn’t read any books by women.

Anyway. I read four books by non US/UK authors this month, which hardly helped me get to my goal (*sighs*).

  1. Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell (Canada) [It’s not the US or the UK, so it counts, darn it!]
  2. Too Loud a Solitude by Bohumil Hrabal (Czech Republic)
  3. Touch by Adania Shibli (Palestine)
  4. The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (India)

Thanks to a couple of coupons and a fundraiser at one of the indie bookshops downtown, I bought more books than I intended to. But at least I saved money on them, right?

  1. The Knight’s Shadow (Greatcoats #2) by Sebastien de Castell
  2. The Queen of Blood (Queens of Renthia #1) by Sarah Beth Durst
  3. Palimpsest by Catherynne M. Valente
  4. Burial Rites Hannah Kent
  5. Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
  6. The Hum and the Shiver (Tufa, #1) by Alex Bledsoe

I completed a couple of tags and was nominated for the Liebster Award by Danielle at Books, Vertigo & Tea, as well as writing a few other fun posts in June:

What’s Up For July?

Well, I’m going to try to read the books I meant to read in June but didn’t, along with a couple of other books that have been staring at me from the shelf. I’m also going to try to not buy any new books this month.

That’s the goal. We’ll see if I accomplish it.

July TBR:

  • The Knight’s Shadow (Greatcoats #2) by Sebastien de Castell
  • Portrait in Sepia by Isabel Allende
  • Iza’s Ballad by Magda Szabo
  • Samarkand by Amin Maalouf
  • Black Sun Rising (The Coldfire Trilogy) by C.S. Friedman

I have two books I started reading in June that I need to finish in July:

  • The Gods of Tango by Carolina de Robertis
  • My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk


I’ve got a busy month ahead of me, thanks to work and a brief trip to my hometown at the end of the month, so hopefully I will get to all of these books. Or at the very least, I hope I won’t be such a mood reader like I was in June. July tends to be the hottest month of the year, though, so I may be a grouchy reader, not just a moody one.

In other news, I’ve made some new cat friends!

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