It was a busy four-day work week, and that’s my excuse for not getting my June-in-review post up until July 3rd. I’m on staycation for 3 days now, so let the blogging begin!
June was a big month for me as far as devouring books is concerned. Here are the numbers I find interesting:
Total books finished: 24
That’s a lot for me, but when I break it down, almost all were audiobooks, so I didn’t have as much time to sit and read as I would have liked. 20/24 were audiobooks, and only 4 were read with my eyeballs. 👀
I read 7 books for my various reading challenges, and 9 books from my Mount TBR of existing owned books, but I only managed 3 galleys this month, and only 1 book from the #1001books list. I am pleased that I read 6 nonfiction books this month, since I primarily read fiction.
I finished 3 series in June, and that’s always a good feeling—I like closure. I loved the way Holly Black’s The Folk of the Air series ended in The Queen of Nothing. I truly appreciate that Renée Ahdieh was able to finish her fantastic The Wrath & the Dawn series in only two books, and The Rose & the Dagger was an excellent conclusion. I also finished Jane Harper’s Aaron Falk series backwards. I read the second and last book before it came out, and only just now read the first book, The Dry. I loved them both.
A whole lot of Austen
I love Jane Austen. I will read or watch almost anything Austen-related. Two months ago, I started a JA book club on Litsy (which has also spread out to a Goodreads group, a Slack channel, and a Facebook group). As a group, we are slowly reading all of Jane’s novels in the order written, then reading other related books and watching adaptations.
June was a big Austen month for me: we finished Sense & Sensibility after reading it one chapter per day starting in May. I also listened to the fantastic The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner and reviewed it on the blog here. I listened to the equally wonderful Miss Austen by Gill Hornby and reviewed it on Litsy. I listened to a modern retelling of S&S, Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton Lodge and reviewed it on Litsy. AND we had our first Zoom watch party for the club, watching the 2008 BBC version of Sense & Sensibility. So much fun.
I am enjoying this group and all of the Austen talk so much!
My favorite books from June
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson: loved the book, loved the movie. I blogged about it.
Once More Unto the Breach by Meghan Holloway. I blogged about this one, too!
The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman, which I gushed about on Litsy.
And finally, The Jane Austen Society, which I already mentioned above, but look at this cover! Also, did I mention that the audio is read by Richard Armitage? 😍
Here’s hoping for another great month of reading in July!