What I Read in July, and Why I Failed

What I Read in July
July is officially over, and with that, comes another July wrap up. July was a pathetic reading month for me. It probably was one of the worst reading months I’ve had in years. Before the BookTubeAThon started, I only read 2 books this month. That is unacceptable in my eyes. I think July was just not a good month for me overall, and it really showed in my reading. As of right now, I was able to read 3 books in the past two days because of the readathon, but without that, this month of reading was just laughable.

Here is what I read in July:
1. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey: 3.5/5
2. Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson: 4/5
3. Nostalgia by M. G. Vassanji: 4/5
4. Ariel by Sylvia Plath: 5/5
5. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf: 5/5

I’m glad I was still able to finish 5 books this month, but the fact I didn’t gravitate towards reading most of the month is sad to me. I can already tell that the readathon is helping me a lot in my reading. I have been behind on my reading goal, and I needed this challenge to refocus on my love of reading. I’m also in a better mood recently, so I’m hoping after such a disastrous reading month, I can have an excellent one in August.

What did you read this month? Let me know in the comments!

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What I Read in May and June 2018

what i read in may/june 2018
Since I didn’t share what I read last month, I thought I would include it into my June wrap up. May was an alright reading month compared to June. After reading Mexico in May, I lost all motivation to read. The book was awful to say the least, so I just wanted to avoid reading another terrible book. I was definitely able to read more books in June because I had more time to focus on reading. And thank goodness I did. I read some amazing books this month, some of which are now favourites of mine.

Here is what I read in May:
Mexico by Josh Barkan: 1/5
I am Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout: 4/5
A Room with a View by E. M. Forster: 3/5

Out of all the books I read in May, Mexico by Josh Barkan was the worst. It characterizes Mexican people in a derogatory way, and heavily relies on hurtful stereotypes. I literally threw my book down after only two stories in. I didn’t finish it, and I never will. The other two books I read were actually really pleasant reads, but they weren’t the best books I have ever read, and I think that’s why my reading slumped continued for the rest of the month of May.

Here is what I read in June:
Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan: 5/5
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay: 5/5
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki: 5/5
The Widow by Fiona Barton: 3/5

June was a fantastic reading month for me, and I read some amazing books. My favourites were definitely Brain on Fire, Bad Feminist, and A Tale for the Time Being. I really hope I can continue this motivation, and eagerness, to read for the rest of the year. I hate being in reading slumps, but they do happen. If I do end up hating a book in the future, I hope it doesn’t turn me away from reading for a long time.

What did you read in May and June? Let me know in the comments!

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April Wrap Up

April 2018 Wrap Up
April is done, and with it, the warm weather has finally arrived. I’m able to read outside again! It’s wonderful knowing the weather is not cold and dreary anymore. Another great thing about April was that I was able to finish 5 books this month. I wanted to make sure I spent a lot of time to read this month, and I ended up reading almost 2 hours a day everyday. It was really relaxing, and stopped me from mindlessly looking on my laptop or phone. I definitely want to continue this in May as well.

Here is what I read in April:

Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thein 5/5
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green 3/5
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara5/5
Dubliners by James Joyce 3/5
The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff 4/5

I enjoyed all the books I read this month, but I would recommend A Little Life and Do Not Say We Have Nothing the most. These two books were AMAZING. I couldn’t put them down in April, and I think they’ll be books a lot of people will enjoy.

What did you read this month?

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