Thursday, July 1

June Wrap-Up !

June. It's June. The half way mark, and although I'm not exactly where I would like to be (I was hopping to have read at least 10 - 12 more books than I have read by this point), I am fairly happy with my progress. June was good and bad.

Bad in that I didn't read nearly as many books as I wanted, and I failed er.... didn't finish two challenges. The 3rd Canadian Challenge and All About the Brontes - although I was close to finishing the latter, I'm halfway through the last book choice, last night I realized while reading it was that I'd likely not be able to finish it, and if I tried, I might not enjoy the book as much. So I chose to fail the challenge. Le sigh. Also, I'd like to know why I can't seem to finish the Canadian Challenge - I'm Canadian, I own a large amount of books by Canadian Authors/Canadian Lit - but for what ever reason, I can't finish this challenge. I've been a blogger for almost two years, although because the challenge goes from July to July, I've participated in all three of the challenges, I still can't finish it. One reason I think I fail every time is creating a list - sometimes I'm just not in the mood for the book, but when you see that list you feel you need to read that book. Another reason, well I think because I have so many Canadian Books etc, I know they'll always be there, unlike books for other challenges that are hard to find, so when they fall into your hands, I read them right away and push back the others. So this year it will be different. I am participating in the Canadian Challenge (IV) and I am finishing this challenge! I will...... And since it's Canada Day I'm going to try to finish the current book I'm reading set in and written by a Canadian Author and perhaps start and finish another. :) (Or so I say for now)

Okay so I got a little sidetracked the good. Even though I only read five books, a lot less than I wanted, all these books were read between June 19 - June 28 or something like that. Yes, I'm slightly insane. So I'm proud I managed that, this month I'll space out my reading more and get more reading in and less procrastinating.

Favourite Book this month was Yellowknife, closely followed by Villette. My least favourite was Mistress of Rome.

Books Read:

1) Yellowknife by Steve Zipp 8.5
2) The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories - Ernest Hemingway - 8.25
3) The Mistress of Rome - Kate Quinn - 6.75
4) Villette - Charlotte Bronte - 8.5
5) The Sisters from Hardscrabble Bay - Beverly Jensen - 8/10


So this month I did fail two challenges as I said above. The 3rd Canadian Challenge, reading only 8/13 books. And All About the Brotnes reading 2/3 books. DOH!

But, I did manage to finish one challenge, which was What's in a Name? III all 6 books. Total challenges I've completed so far are: 7/37 + failed 4/4.

Oh, I also failed two mini challenges, because I forgot I was participating in them. Opps.

Challenge Progress

Read 'n' Review - 41 Books
Pages Read - 11, 834/50,000

2nd's Challenge - 4/6
10/10 Challenge - 41/100
18th and 19th Century Women Writers - 2/3
100+ Challenge - 41/100
451 Reading Challenge - 0/7
A - Z Challenge - 31/52
Bibilophilic Challenge - 2/6
Centuries Challenge - 2/?
Chick Lit Challenge - 0/8
Chunkster Challenge - 1/4
Countdown Challenge - 28/55
Decades Challenge - 3/10
Ebook Challenge - 0/6
Fantasy Challenge - 1/6
Flashback Challenge - 0/6(+?)
Finish that Series Challenge - 0/3 Series
Global Reading Challenge - 11/12
Jane Austen Challenge - 0/4
The Marple Poitot Holmes Challenge - 3/6
Reading Through the Seasons Challenge - 1/4
Reading Western Europe Challenge - 5/12
RYOB Challenge - 15/50
Support Your Local Library Challenge - 26/50
TBR Lite Challenge - 0/6
A Tournament of Reading - 0/3
War Through the Generations: Vietnam - 1/5
Women Unbound Challenge - 3/8

Mini Challenges:
Leo Tolsty Mini Challenge - 0/2
French Revolution Challenge - 0/2
Wilkie Collins Challenge - 1/2

Countries Visited:

This month I managed to visit a new country, although briefly, which was Tanzania. Also visited, Canada, USA, Belgium, and Italy/Rome.

visited 33 states (14.6%)
Create your own visited map of The World

Books added to my collection

Chapters is partially to blame for this and there awesome sales.

Books for Review:
Sisters from Hardscrabble Bay
The Book of Human Sking

Prelude to Foundation
Second Foundation

Books that Followed Me Home
The Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton
Half a Yellow Sun - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War: Max Brooks
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel - Michael Scott
Death with Interruptions - Jose Saramango
The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet - Jamie Ford
The Unvanquished - William Faulkner
The Boy in Stripped Panamas - John Boyne
The Heroines Eileen Favorite
The Help - Kathryn Stockett
The Witch Doctor's Wife - Tamar Myers
City of Thieves - David Benioff
Three Day Road - Joseph Boyden
Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
Mr. Timonthy - Louis Bayard
The Bookshop - Penelope Firzgeral
The Graceling - Kristen Cashore
2666: A Novel - Robert Balano
Foucault's Pendulum - Umberto Eco
Across the River and into Trees - Ernest Hemingway
The Passage - Justin Croin
The Scarlet Letter - Nathanial Hawthrone (Already owned, but lent to a friend 5 years ago, and it was never returned)
Wasp Factory - Ian Banks
The Various Flavours of Coffee - Anthony Capella
Forgotten Garden - Kate Morton
The People of Book - Gerldine Brooks

Alot more books added. Sigh.

Also, on a final note



  1. That's a lot of challenges!! My challenge is trying not to enter any challenge! So far, so good! Happy Canada Day to you too!

    I'm also a Jules but a French Canadian one!! :)

  2. Oh wow you do so much!

  3. Jules - Hi, Jules, nice to meet you and thanks for stopping by. It is a lot of challenges, but so many of them take little effort to complete. Happy (belated) Canada Day.

    Pam - I suppose I do to much, and I'm itching to join another challenge or two. Sigh.