After a somewhat successful reading month in June, I wanted to continue that into July. I decided I wanted to revisit one of my favourite novels, like Pride and Prejudice, and of course, read some books I haven’t yet. I think my goal for this month is to read as many books as I can. If I’m not mistaken, the BookTubeAthon is in July, and I know there will be a week of nonstop reading for me coming up ahead. So, I’m definitely keeping this in mind with my reading pile for the month. Whatever the prompts are for the readathon, I may have to change, or add, the books I’ll read, but we’ll see what happens! Continue reading
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!
After a little break from my blog, I am back to regular posting again. Woohoo! To start things off, I created my November TBR pile which I really want to complete this month. With only 2 months until the end of the year, I really need to take the time to read if I want to succeed in my reading goal. Continue reading
Now that it’s the final 3 months of the year, I have to really focus on my reading challenge. So far, I have read 40 of the 60 books I wanted to read in 2017. I still have to read 20 before the year ends. I don’t have a lot of time, so I’m making it my mission to read as much as I can these next few months. If I can read 6 to 7 books per month, I’ll be able to meet my goal. So let’s hope I can do this!
When I started reading Books for Living by Will Schwalbe, I immediately knew I was going to love it. The book is about reading, and the books that Schwalbe read that have taught him lessons throughout his life. Amazing concept right? The book was addicting from the start, and made me start to really think about the importance of reading in my life. What books would I consider to be the ones that influenced me?
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch is a book I didn’t expect to leave a lasting impression on me. I picked up this book with the idea it would be a fun scifi novel to read over the weekend at my cottage. I didn’t have any high expectations. I definitely did not expect it to become one of my favourite books. I can almost guarantee you that I’ll be thinking about this books years and years from now.
I didn’t end up reading a lot of books in August, which I am disappointed about. I only managed to read three books, which is a bad month for me in terms of reading. I typically like to read 5 books a month, but August was one of those summer months where I spent more time outside than in. Here are the books I read, and a mini review for each: Continue reading