Sunday, July 1

The Sunday Salon - June Wrap-Up!

So some how, it is now July, the year is half way done. Is it just me, or is the year flying by? At least it's been a great reading year so far. And a pretty good year in general for me. But, it's been fast. Anyone else having this problem?

This month was another good reading month. I didn't read as many books as I wanted. Yesterday I thought I'd be able to finish two more books, but I got busy running errands, and fixing up my library. Which left less time for reading. The library is getting closer and closer to being finished. All my books are on the shelves, I even have some free space now. But that won't last. I hope to work on it a little more today and the weekend. So soon I'll have some pictures up.

The Books

This month I read 12 books and reviewed 11 of them. One was a re-read which has already been reviewed on the blog. I plan on re-reading the entire Harry Potter Series this year, and I may do a post at the end about thoughts etc. I haven't decided yet. This month I read a few books I normally would't have read. I really stretched my normal comfort zones and tried a lot of new to me authors. My favourite book is Alice Munro's short story collection, Who Do You Think You Are? Followed by The Prestige. My least favourite book was Beatrice and Virgil.

1.       The Historian -Elizabeth Kostova - 7.75/10
2.       Casino Royale - IanFleming (Ebook) - 5/10
4.       Beatrice and Virgil -Yann Martel - 4.5/10
5.       The Prestige -Christopher Priest (Ebook) - 9/10
6.       The Next Episode -Hubert Aquin - 7/10
9.       The Ship of Brides -Jojo Moyes - 7.25/10
10.   Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone - JK Rowling -(Ebook) (Re-Read and previously reviewed)

The Challenges

I finished one challenge this month. I was hoping to finish a couple of them this month, but my reading moods decided other wise. I thought about moving up to the next level for the challenge I did finish, I have no doubt I could have finished it, but I want to finish all my challenges this year, so I want to be able to focus on them. By the end of July I should have a few finished or at least a book a way from being finished. I also joined into another Challenge. The Canadian Book Challenge VI. Since I never stopped for the Canadian Book Challenge V even after I finished, so it isn't much like a new challenge at all. Except my tally is currently zero.

Completed Challenges

The EBook Challenge - 25/25 Books Read - Completed on June 13, 2012

Current Challenges

12 in 12 - 62/144 - 43% Complete
100+ Challenge 2012 - 59/100 - 59% Complete
1001 Books to Read Before Challenge 2012 - 9/15 - 60% Complete
Alphabet Challenge 2012 - 22/26 - 85% Complete
Canadian Book Challenge VI - 0/13 (Starts July 1, 2012)
Finish That Series Challenge 2012 - 0/3 - 0% Complete (2 books read from series one)
Global Reading Challenge 2012 - 9/14 -64% Complete
Ireland Reading Challenge 2012 - 4/6 - 67% Complete
Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2012 - 19/50 - 38% Complete
New Authors Reading Challenge 2012 - 33/50 - 66% Complete
Short Stories Reading Challenge 2012 - 9/12 - 75% Complete
Speculative Reading Challenge 2012 - 10/24 - 42% Complete

Countries Visited

This month I managed to "visit" a lot of different countries in my reading. Some of my books took place in multiple countries, so I was able to visit quite a few! Now if I only could visit some of these places in real life!
This month I visited: Canada, USA, Australia, France, Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Hong Kong, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Netherlands, Switzerland.

Books That Followed Me Home

Well this month I was fairly but not really good. I only allowed 11 books to follow me home.

Spell Bound - Kelley Armstrong
Fanny Hill - John Cleland
The Blithedale Romance - Nathaniel Hawthrone
The Painted Veil - W. Somerset Maugham
All the Pretty Horses - Cormac McCarthy
The Colour - Rose Tremain
The Book of Secrets - M. G. Vassanji
Cool Water - Dianne Warren
Skeleton Women - Mingmei Yip
The Furies - Book Four of the Legacy Series - Jo Graham
Oceans of Dust - Peter J. Evans

Other Sorta but not really Bookish Related Stuff

Two years ago, I got my first cat, Tonks. And I recently moved into a house with an older cat (Mouse). Since Tonks is young, we adopted another cat. He is a rescue cat, but seems to be fitting in perfecting. His name is Lupin. So, now I have Lupin and Tonks. Who are getting along fine. They aren't best friends yet, but things are looking great. I thought I'd share, since they're both named after Harry Potter Characters.

Tonks is the Calico, and Lupin is the Grey one!

Finally, HAPPY CANADA DAY!!! To my fellow Canadians!


  1. I love that you read so many great books this month, and am excited that your library is almost done. I hope that you will post pictures when you can!

    1. Pictures will be posted I hope soon!