We have now reached my least favorite time of year, and it will continue to be my least favorite time of year until September. Heat is bad enough. Add high humidity into the mix, and it’s even worse. Hooray for air conditioning, fans, and iced beverages.
I didn’t finish as many books in June as I usually do, but I was getting through a couple of long, dense texts. You don’t want to rush through a detailed biography or an event-filled work of historical fiction lest you miss something important.
What I Finished Reading in June:
- The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson, audiobook narrated by Kevin Free
- Thomas Cromwell: A Revolutionary Life by Diarmaid MacCulloch
- Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, ARC provided by NetGalley
- The Changeling by Victor LaValle, audiobook narrated by Victor LaValle
- Amberlough (The Amberlough Dossier #1) by Lara Elena Donnelly
- The Game of Kings (The Lymond Chronicles #1) by Dorothy Dunnett
- Kindred by Octavia E. Butler, audiobook narrated by Kim Staunton
- The Bloodprint (The Khorasan Archive #1) by Ausma Zehanat Khan
- Bring up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell trilogy #2) by Hilary Mantel, audiobook read by Simon Vance
- 66.7% of the books I read were written by women, 33.3% were written by men
- 44.4% were by American authors, 22.2% each were by Canadian and English authors, and 11.1% were written by Scottish authors
- 44.4% were physical books, 44.4% were audiobooks, and 11.1% were ebooks
- 55.6% were fantasy, 22.2% were historical fiction, and 11.1% each were gothic or biography
- 55.6% were from my own shelves, 33.3% were from the library, and 11.1% were from NetGalley
- The years of publication ranged from 1961 to 2020
Favorites of the month included Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, The Changeling by Victor LaValle, Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly, and Kindred by Octavia E. Butler. Thomas Cromwell: A Revolutionary Life by Diarmaid McCulloch and The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett were excellent, too, but not at the top of the list.
I didn’t actively dislike anything I read in June, but The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson and The Bloodprint by Ausma Zehanat Khan ended up being so-so for me. Not bad, but not great.
I need to read more works in translation. I have a bunch of them on my shelves, and I plan to read a few in July.
What I Plant to Read in July:
- The Gradual Disappearance of Jane Ashland by Nicolai Houm, translated from the Norwegian by Anna Paterson
- The Midnight Sun by Cecelia Ekbäck (also titled In the Month of the Midnight Sun)
- Samarkand by Amin Maalouf, translated from the French by Russell Harris
- Armistice (The Amberlough Dossier #2) by Lara Elena Donnelly
- Giving up the Ghost by Hilary Mantel
- The Angel of the Crows by Katherine Addison
- Last Song Before Night (The Harp and Ring Saga #1) by Ilana C. Myer
Not pictured are a couple of audiobooks holds that should be arriving soon:
- Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper
- The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth trilogy #1) by N.K. Jemisin
I also want to read some of the nonfiction books I own, but I have no idea which ones. I have two shelves full, so I’ll let mood guide me in that.
What are you reading this month? Do yo have any tips to help me make it through the summer’s heat?