Skip to main content

Month in Review: June 2011

I'm a bit late sharing my recap of June. It's hard to do a lot of blogging on a holiday weekend! But here I am finally. June was a quiet month here in terms of reading and reviewing, but I got a few things done.

Books Read in May: 4
I read just four books in June. They were all adult fiction books:
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
Dead Barchetta by Kathryn Lively
Island Girl by Lynda Simmons
Counting from Zero by Alan B. Johnston

Reviews Written: 5
This month, I wrote five reviews. First, I wrote reviews for two books I read in May:
A Game of Character by Craig Robinson
The Genius Files by Dan Gutman

I also wrote reviews of three of the books I read in June. You can click on the links above to read them.

Spring Reading Thing Challenge
I completed the Spring Reading Thing Challenge that was hosted by Katrina at Callapidder Days.

I didn't read any more books for this challenge in June, so I still need to read three to six more by the end of the year.

This month, I read books that took place in one state, two different countries, and one book took place in multiple locations around the world. Here's where the books I read in June took place:
Virginia
UK
Canada
Multiple (Counting From Zero)
That brings me to 15 out of 50 states covered, plus 6 additional countries. Here's my updated map:

View My Book Retreat in a larger map

Comments

  1. Nice month for reading! Happy July reading!

    http://fredasvoice.blogspot.com/2011/06/june-monthly-news.html

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hi, Julie -

    I'm just back from a 3-week vacation and trying to get caught up - very behind on blogs!

    It sounds like you read some good books in June and are doing well keeping up with your reviews. After this trip, I am WAY behind!

    Good to hear what's been going on with you - I missed my blogging friends while I was away!

    Sue

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Thanks for stopping by! I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Popular posts from this blog

Banned Books Week: Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park

This is the end of Banned Books Week and unfortunately, I haven't had a lot of time to write about banned books this year. But I did want to include at least one post about it, so today I wanted to share one of the book series that it seems most people are surprised to find on the list: Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park.

According to Wikipedia:
The Junie B. Jones series came in at #71 on the American Library Association's list of the Top 100 Banned or Challenged Books from 2000-2009. Reasons cited are poor social values taught by the books and Junie B. Jones not being considered a good role model due to her mouthiness and bad spelling/grammar. This is an interesting example of a banned book. Many times there are serious, controversial topics featured in books that are challenged. Things like homosexuality, drugs, vulgar language, etc. You can actually understand why people may not want their children to read those books, and why they may challenge their inclusion in school libra…

April Reading Review

Where exactly did April go? I swear it was just the middle of March and now it's May. Once again, I'm going to provide a quick review of each of the books I read last month. For the last two weeks of the month, I participated in the Spring Into Horror Readathon hosted by Michelle at Seasons of Reading. The only rule was that you had to read at least one book that was horror, thriller, etc. I read one book that qualified. With the exception of the first book in my list, the books I mention below were read during the readathon


My book club's May selection was Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. I had started reading this nonfiction book about the author's work representing men, women and children who were on death row in March but finished the book in April. This is an eye-opening story that everyone at my book club discussion agreed should be required reading for law schools and police officers and even legislators who are making the laws related to judgements. I learned to…

Getting back to blogging

It seems that blogging has dropped to the bottom of my list for the past year, and was pretty low for the year or two prior to that. I love to read, and am continuing to do so, but as my regular readers know I haven't been around much. My last blog post was almost a year ago!!

There are many things that have taken me away from blogging. Work has been much more challenging and interesting these past few years, but that means I really don't want to get back on the computer when I get home at night - or on the weekends.

Family life has been more busy with kids having multiple activities in the evenings, leaving little time to just hang out and write about the books that I read.

I will admit to a bit of a Facebook addiction, which means way too much time spent scrolling through my newsfeed instead of doing something more productive. This is one of the things I'm working on and hoping that this will free up some time for getting back to the blog.

Overall, life is good. Work is …