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Challenge Update, June 2016

5 Jul

Unsurprising, May was a slow month for me. I was in the midst of an intensive class and there wasn’t anything that could push me through reading faster. Even a good book took me some time. You can look at my progress at any time on my challenge page.

Books finished in June:

The Unlikely Disciple // Kevin Roose
27 Days to Midnight // Kristine Kruppa
The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street // Susan Jane Gilman

The best part of all of this is that all of the above were 5 Star reads! I had a great month of books even if it was slower than I would have liked.

When Are You Reading? Challenge

This is my challenge to read a book from 13 different time periods. You can read about it here. Unfortunately, I have no change to report here. None of my current reads will help, either. I do know that my next book will fill in the 1800s and I can always find a dystopian to fill in the future so I’ve really just got the 1600s to worry about. It’s time to start looking at my Philippa Gregory collection to see what I can fill in.

Goodreads Challenge

I’m now only one book ahead. I’m getting a bit nervous here. I thought after finishing the long books last month I would speed ahead, but I’ve slowed down. I’m hoping I can reverse this trend soon and speed back up, but we’ll see. I’m keeping my fingers crossed now.

Book of the Month

IceCreamWith all 5 Star reads, this is harder than usual, but I think there’s a clear winner in my head. I absolutely loved The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street. It was fun, the narrator made me laugh, and I wanted it to never end. The use of voice in this book should be envied, it was incredible. I really recommend it.

Added to my TBR

Read three, added two. It’s not going down fast, but it’s going down. It helps that the ones I’m reading now were all on the list so I haven’t had any add/reads to stalemate it.

  • Slade House by David Mitchell. This will be a book club selection, likely in October/November to line up with Halloween and creepy reads.
  • Stiff by Mary Roach. Another book club pick that we’ll read in the fall. Man, if it weren’t for book clubs, I’d have such a short reading list! It keeps me distracted from my TBR and it also ends up adding to it when I find new authors that I like.

How are your challenges going? I hope you’re killing it. If you love historical fiction, give some thought to my challenge, it’s fun!

Until next time, write on.

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