Sunday, July 7

June Wrap-Up!

How is the year half over? Anyone? I'm not sure where the time has gone, but it seems to be disappearing quickly. And right now I am starting to be a little bit worried about my reading goals. I've been in a reading rut lately, and I can't seem to focus on what to read next. I'm hoping this changes in the second half of the year. At least with it being summer, things in job and real life have slowed down a little, but still, this side of the calendar, the end of the year looks a lot closer.

The Books

I'm still in a bit of a reading rut, I did read  couple of good books this month, but I just can't get out of this rut  I'm in. Maybe July will be my month. One book worth mentioning is The Memory Man by Lisa Appignanesi, which was easily my favourite book this month. And I'd highly recommend this one. My least favourite was The Turncoat.

1. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie - Ayana Mathis - 7.75/10
2. The Painted Girls - Cathy Marie Buchanan - 7.5/10
3. The Blondes - Emily Schultz - 4.75/10
4. The Turncoat: Renegades of the Revolution - Donna Thorland - 3/10
5. The Kingdom of Gods - N. K. Jemisin - 7/10
6. The Garden of Evening Mists - Tan Twan Eng - 8.25/10
7. Ink - Amanda Sun - 7.5/10
8. The Memory Man - Lisa Appignanesi - 9.5/10
9. Eight Girls Taking Pictures - Whitney Otto - 6/10

The Challenges

Okay, now I'm slightly worried. While most challenges are looking good, there are a few that I need to concentrate on, like some of my categories for the category challenge, and my Mount TBR Challenge.  But I do still have six months. I will be joining a new challenge in July, The Canadian Book Challenge VII. But that is one I know I can finish. We'll see about the others.

1. 100 Books in 2013 Challenge - 60/100 -60%
2. 2013 Category Challenge - 54/131 - 41%
3. 777 Challenge - 4/7 - 57%
4. Alphabet Challenge 2013 - 29/52 - 56%

5. E-Book Challenge 2013 - 28/50 - 56%
6. Finish That Series Challenge 2013 - 1/4 (Series), 2/7 (Books) - 25%
7. Ireland Reading Challenge 2013 - 4/10 - 40%
8. Mental Illness Advocacy Challenge - 4/12 - 25%
9. Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2013 - 29/75 - 38%
10. Mystery/Crime Reading Challenge 2013 - 4/5 - 80%
11. New Author Challenge 2013 - 39/50 - 78%
12. Sookie Stackhouse Reading Challenge 2013 - 1/5 - 20%
13. War Through the Generations Challenge 2013 (American Revolutionary War) - 2/3 - 66%
14. 50 Book Pledge - 60/100 - 60%

Countries Visited

This month during my bookish adventures I travelled to: Canada, USA, France, Malaysia, Japan and Austria.

Create your own travel map - TravBuddy

Books That Followed Me Home

The Last Storyteller - Frank Delany


Dead a a Doornail - Charlaine Harris
The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow - Rita Leganski
Degrees of Nakedness - Lisa Moore
Before I Go To Sleep - S. J. Watson 

And that's it for June! Enjoy the summer and hopefully some great books come your way.


  1. I share some of your categories in that challenge (not that I've joined, but I track some of the same categories annually myself) and am not reading as many in some of them myself either. The one that I'm really struggling with is my MRE authors category, which I struggled with last year too, so what did I do but increase my total for this year. I was hoping that would keep them top-of-mind for this year, but I am still regularly seduced by new works and new-to-me writers, so that it's hard to go back to old favourites, even when I truly love their writing. Good luck with it're right...there is still half a year ahead, so no reason to despair just yet!

    1. My MRE category is lacking but for that one, I think it's because I have a lot of those books physically (or electronically) sitting on my shelves. So I know they're always there - so I put them off. I've also been seduced by new works, but perhaps an MRE book is what I need.....

    2. That's part of the challenge for me too, in that they are close at hand and, so, I guess I take them for granted. But I don't WANT to be that kind of reader. Heheh. I'd best go grab one now, and reassure it that it's loved.