July 2, 2014

Monthly Wrap-Up: June 2014


So, June ended when I wasn't looking. That means that 2014 is half over?! When did time decide to start moving so damn fast? Probably when I turned 40. 

Things aren't looking so good for me in the challenge area:

2014 Reading Challenge
You have read 63 of 150 books
42%
42%
11 books behind schedule
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I'm happy to report that what I'm lacking in quantity I'm making up for in quality. That's really the most important thing isn't it? (But let me admit right now that I'll be padding these numbers with a graphic novel marathon someday soon. Ha!)

I thoroughly enjoyed each of the books that I read this month. Will I review more than one of them? Time will tell. (I'm not very much into writing reviews anymore as you may have noticed.)

Goat Mountain by David Vann

The Map Thief by Michael Blanding

California by Edan Lepucki

My review of The Tilted World by Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly

The Conditions of Love by Dale M. Kushner

Closed Doors by Lisa O'Donnell


How was June for you? Did you read anything amazing? Did you read something I should avoid like the plague? Let me know in the comments. 

17 comments:

  1. So glad to hear you're loving what you're reading (and tossing what you aren't!). I really want to hear more about Goat Mountain - was it as gruesome as everyone said?

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  2. Quality really is the most important thing, but I'm reading graphic novels as we speak! :D

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  3. Good month! A couple of those I wanna read!
    Happy July reading!

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  4. Interesting list you have there. Is it sad that I haven't heard of any of these books?

    I read one amazing book called Five Glass Slippers. It's a new favorite of mine :)

    My Wrap Up

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  5. Well if you ask me your quantity is just fine, as my June is even less quantifiable. I want to read California. And I feel like time is passing quickly, too. I'm 34, my bf is 48 and he says hold on because you blink and it's been half a year. I'm like oh no.

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  6. Your quantity is my entire year ;) But yeah, quality counts. I've got Summer House and Map Thief on my TBR.

    Amazing? I keep saying Belle Cora by Phillip Margulies. I think I said it here before? Or maybe not. I'll say it again then -- it's an awesome historical fiction piece about a high class prostitute.

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  7. Quality definitely trumps quantity! I'm interested in the new Koch. My sister is reading The Dinner and loving it so I've told her there is a new one coming. Much excitement all round!

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  8. I would love to read a review on California! I've seen it around a bunch, but haven't seen that many actual reviews. I also read Summer House with Swimming Pool this month and will be posting my review next week. It was hit or miss for me, but I'm still planning to read The Dinner.

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  9. Woo hoo! You had a great month! Quality is aways better than quantity! I can't wait to hear what you thought of The Map Thief. I just finished it myself.

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  10. I also received Summer House for review, we'll see. here is my wrap up: http://wordsandpeace.com/2014/07/03/2014-june-wrap-up/

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  11. Screw the challenge. Sorry but I let it get to me last year and now, not so much.

    On a much happier note in June I had one of those months where I thought I should stop reading forever because the odds on finding such amazing books again are...none. They are: Mambo in Chinatown, Everything I Never Told You and Above the East China Sea. Loved them to pieces.

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  12. Stupid challenge. You've got THINGS GOING ON. And, shoot, you're still reading a crap ton compared to mere mortals.

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  13. I'm intrigued by California.... I really liked The Conditions of Love. June was a pretty good reading month for me. I liked all of the books I read, loved some of them, and most of them were over 400 pages....

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  14. Looks like you had a great reading month! Quality over quantity always wins out :)

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  15. Awwww you've only read 63 books so far this year? So awful!! ((wink))
    Seriously though, you're doing great, and yes, quality matters! :)

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  16. Congrats on doing well with your challenge!

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