July 1, 2015

Monthly Wrap-Up: June 2015



Look at all of the gorgeousness I read in June. Impressive! (Even if I do say so myself.) 


Dietland by Sarai Walker

Safekeeping by Jessamyn Hope

Misery by Stephen King


Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal


Cardboard by Doug TenNapel

The Seven Good Years by Etgar Keret

Circling the Sun by Paula McClain


Ms. Marvel Volume 3: Crushed by G. Willow Wilson

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

I would normally choose a favorite book of the month but that is simply impossible this time around. June contained two great blasts from the past, two beautiful graphic novels, a stunning memoir, and some of the finest fiction I've read all year. Favorites?? Ha. No way it can be done.

What did you read this month? Were you able to pick a favorite? I'd love to hear about it:

32 comments:

  1. I really enjoy the hard-hitting nature of Edgar Keret's writing, especially since it gives a different cultural perspective. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret is such a visceral novel that I think speaks to girls of all generations, even though some of the technical stuff of how to take care of herself when she does get her first period is different today (no garters!).

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    1. This was my first experience with Keret and I was entirely impressed, so good!

      In the newer versions of Are You There God? they have changed the belt/garter scene a little bit, to reflect the current times ;)

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  2. Glad you had a good reading month! My favorites I read in June were "Our Endless Numbered Days" and "Just Mercy." The MiseryRAL was so much fun, too. Looking forward to July... when I'll be in Wisconsin for five days!!!

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    1. I think I'm the only nerd on earth who hasn't read Our Endless Numbered Days. I have it, just need to get to it! :D

      Hooray for a Wisconsin vacation! Eat a lot of cheese ;)

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  3. I think I wrote off The Library at Mout Char as a little too outside my wheelhouse, but I can't resist all the talk about it lately!

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    1. It's a total mind bender, for real. I think you'd dig it? I wouldn't have thought it would be the book for me either, but damn. I can't stop thinking about it.

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  4. You've been playing with backgrounds again, haven't you? I like the purple!

    Also, you are seriously bad for my TBR pile. Looking at this list, I have almost half of them you read in June on their way to me this week. I'm REALLY excited about The Library at Mount Char. I feel it has my name written ALL over it.

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    1. I have! Well, not I. I asked my designer to freshen things up for me ;)

      Mount Char is amazingly wacko. I think you'll dig it!

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  5. So many cool books read. I LOVED Misery!
    Happy July reading!

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    1. Misery is just the best! :D Same to you!

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  6. Looks like a great month! I'll finally be reading Dietland this month and eventually want to get to The Library at Mount Char.

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    1. It really was :D

      Dietland is great fun, it will definitely make you think!

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  7. Wow, great month! My June favorite was The Story of a New Name, book 2 of Elena Ferrante's Neopolitan novels.

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    1. That series is all over the place lately. People are buying them up like crazy at the bookstore where I work, too. Have a great July, JoAnn!

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  8. I really need to read your last one. my favorite was a book by Louse Penny. more details here: http://wordsandpeace.com/2015/07/01/2015-june-wrap-up/

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    1. The Library at Mount Char is almost indescribable. I hope you're able to get your hands on a copy soon!

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  9. Wow, great pics! Most of these are on my TBR list still!

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    1. Great minds think alike, Natalie ;) Ha ha!

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  10. I'm not sure about picking a favorite this month, and I only read 4 books! ;) You certainly had a fabulous June!!

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    1. There are times when the best book of the month jumps out but not this time. I read way too many awesome books! :D

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  11. I have Dietland and Circling the Sun waiting to be read. My favorite of my reads in June was A Hundred Summers (yes, I finally got around to reading this one, and what a treat!).

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    1. Ah, don't feel bad, I've never read it, lol ;) Glad you enjoyed it!

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  12. Yay!! Great month!!! And I'm loving the new purple!

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    1. Thanks, Heather! I thought it was time for a little sprucing up :D

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  13. Wow, great month! Crooked Heart sounds like one I might need to look into.

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    1. Ohhh yessss, I think you should! It's a great one, I promise :D

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  14. Wow - that's a great crop of books! I'm planning to read Circling the Sun soon and am interested in Kitchens of the Great Midwest as well...especially after your comments. And - I've relented and added Dietland to my "must try before the end of the year list"...despite not really being psyched about the premise (but, can't ignore all the raves!).

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    1. Kitchens! Oh wow, did I love that one. It spoke to me, as a Midwesterner AND as a little bit of a foodie :D Dietland is so different from anything I'd ever read. It's definitely a discussion worthy book and I'll be looking forward to hearing what you think.

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  15. That are some great looking books you read there. I love the look of The Library at Mount Char. Have a great July!

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    1. Thanks, Ciska! Mount Char is at the top of the list for the month, no doubt about that. It was a wild ride!

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  16. You had a fantastic month of reading! Cardboard is a book my kids and I have enjoyed before in the past. I read a ton of children's books last month and so many have made my "best of" list.

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    1. I thought Cardboard was really well done :D I really ought to seek out more by the same author!

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