Thursday, June 30, 2016

#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks - June

June turned out to be another slow reading month. First I was busy getting Z (and myself!) through the end of the school year and then I was catching up on all of the sleep I have lost over the last ten months. It is amazing how different you feel after a full night's sleep from which you wake up naturally. I have been making the most of the extra energy I have with lots of house and yard work and a rekindled interest in making ice cream!

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(Cherry chocolate chip w/cream cheese and roasted apricot sorbet)

For this challenge, my goal is 80 books for the year from my own shelves, whether they're new books from the TBR or rereads.


Among Others by Jo Walton
The Boy Who Lost Fairyland by Catherynne M. Valente
Mendoza in Hollywood by Kage Baker
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (reread)
Mairelon the Magician by Patricia C. Wrede

Monthly Total: 5
Yearly Total: 40

My favorite of these books was probably Among Others but I really loved my reread of Ready Player One as well. I originally listened to it and a lot of the details had already faded away so it was almost like a fresh read. Among Others was amazing though in its world building and emotional weight. I grabbed a copy of Tooth and Claw as my next Jo Walton read. She's quickly becoming a favorite!

So, even after a couple of slow months, I am still in a good position to reach my 80 book goal. July might be a bit slow as well because I am going to have two extra kids for a week (nieces!) but then the dog days of summer will follow and I'm sure I will fill many of them with lazy reading days.

What was your favorite book of June?

Eating ice cream (naturally),


  1. I am hoping to reread Ready Player One this year, too! I love Jo Walton!

    1. This was only my second Jo Walton novel but both were so beautifully written that I'm definitely going to keep going with her! And I was very happy that RPO was just as exciting on reread.

  2. Sounds like a good reading (and eating) month to me. My goal for the year is also 80 books, although I didn't stipulate they had to be mine. According to Goodreads I'm 4 books ahead of schedule. Hopefully that'a a good sign for the rest of the year.

    1. I've read 65 books this year but that includes 12 books for the 100 Chapter Books project I do over at Estella Society and the audiobooks that I listen to while I walk. Those all tend to be books that aren't mine. And being ahead of schedule is great! :)

  3. Wow, that ice cream looks and sounds amazing!

    Nice work on staying on target with the challenge. What did you think of Kage Baker? I keep seeing the name come up.

    1. I am loving making ice cream with things from my CSA box. The last one was cherry sherbet!
      And I am really enjoying Kage Baker's Company series. They are time travel books so each one has been really well researched and the personal plots are interesting. This was the third book which was a little strange because it was quite focused on films (which hadn't been made yet) but was also full of massive amounts of California history. I've also got another non-series book of hers to read which I'm looking forward to. Just know that many of her books are out of print so you have to work a little to find copies!

  4. Man, you are right the hell on track for your TBR-shrinking goal. Way to go, as always! You are an inspiration!

  5. Jo Walton is such an accomplished writer, and Tooth and Claw is a great example of her mastery. Totally different kind of story from Among Others (obviously, 'cause, dragons), but equally convincing.

    Kage Baker has been coming up on my radar lately; haven't read her, but might have to bite the bullet and buy something on kindle (if that's possible?). What would you recommend for a starter?

    I didn't have a favourite book in June, but I'm in the middle of what's going to be my favourite July read: Exit, Pursued by a Bear, by E.K. Johnston.

    1. So far I've only read Kage Baker books from the Company series. The first one is In the Garden of Iden. They're part science fiction, part historical fiction. I actually read a short story of hers first that comes from the series and decided to go for it! I'll be reading one of her non-Company novels soon so I'll be able to see how she is outside of that series.