Monday, July 01, 2013

It's Monday, a June Recap

Holy hippopotamus! I read 9 books this month, and that hasn't happened in, like, years? Maybe. I haven't read much over 30 books per year for the last two years, so 9 books in a month is monumental for me. Let's recap, shall we?


Confessions of a Sociopath by M.E. Thomas
The Last Girlfriend on Earth and Other Love Stories by Simon Rich
Soonchild by Russell Hoban



The Whole Fromage by Kathe Lison
Glaciers by Alexis M. Smith
Naked by David Sedaris


The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
The Suicide Shop by Jean Teule

Note: Reviews for the other books are locked and loaded!

It's really hard to choose a favorite, but Ocean and Crimson Petal really wowed me. Confessions of a Sociopath, on the other hand, was my least favorite. This month's numbers are a testament to my new reading groove. I can go ahead read that big ole chunkster, as long as I keep reading small books at intervals to keep my mojo truckin'. I can't believe I managed to finish all 830-some-odd pages of Crimson Petal and the other books too. You could knock me over with a feather.

What am I reading now, you ask?



It's time to be off and running with A Prayer For Owen Meany! I'm excited to try this one and see how it stacks up to my experience reading Cider House Rules.

Addendum! Because I forgot stuff!

I finished one more book on Saturday, so that takes me to TEN books read in June!


The Illusion of Separateness, by Simon Van Booy, was utterly gorgeous. I cannot wait to review this one!

Today also marks the beginning of the Summer Lovin' Readathon! It's not too late to join if you need a little extra boost!



Today is also the beginning of the #Estellagram July photo-a-day challenge!




What have you finished lately and what are you itching to start? 


This awesome meme is hosted by BookJourney



36 comments:

  1. Wooohooo. Cheering you on. I still turning pages at my usual snail's pace.

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    1. Thanks, Barbara! I'm not sure I can do it two months in a row, but I'm hoping!

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  2. Yay for excellent reading months - they always leave you feeling so pumped, right? Here's hoping to a terrific July! For the first time EVER, I'm on track to read over 100 books this year. That blows my mind.

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    1. Thanks Brooke! They do fill you with good mojo and leave ya feeling pumped. And GO YOU with your 100+ books. That's amazing.

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  3. That's great! I love productive reading months!

    I think you are going to adore Owen Meany. I loved it and was only ambivalent towards Cider House. Enjoy!

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    1. Me too! I hope I love Owen. I so spectacularly struck out reading it many years ago. But hopefully with some space between it and Cider House, I'll like it more. Or maybe my experience will be just backwards from yours. We'll see!

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  4. Oooh I might have to play along with the photo challenge this month. I spy PENGUIN!

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  5. Amazing reading getting done. The Confessions book at me intrigued for a second.

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    1. It's a really interesting book. It has its problems, but it's probably worth a try if you're interested in psychology and sociopathy.

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  6. Way to go lady, what a great month! I need to look into that EstellaGram business. I haven't participated. It might be time to get myself hooked up on Instagram!

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    1. Thank youuu! Dude, you need Instagram. You need to Estellagram!

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  7. Awesome reading month for you! I want to read The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

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    1. Thank you! The Ocean at the End of the Lane was so so so lovely and involving. I hope you can get to it soon!

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  8. You've provided me with great motivation to read The Crimson Petal - I've had to move it from the back of the bookcase in Hugh's room to my desk so I can try and fit it into my reading schedule!

    I'd love to do an instagram challenge, one day, but you have to have a smart phone for that and all I have is a manual digital camera! So not fair. Have a great week!

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    1. Yayyy! It was really a great book, even though it was pretty disgusting. It took me about 21 days of reading, but I think I probably only read hard for about 7-10 days (100 pages per day or so).

      If you ever decide to join in for Estellagram, you can post photos anywhere (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook). I know it's a pain to get them off of the digital cam sometimes, though.

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  9. Wow, that was a great month of books!!

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    1. Wasn't it??? I was shocked!

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  10. Simon Van Booy!! Oh I have to get my hands on that soon!

    Great month!

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    1. Yes you do! It was my fave book of his yet.

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  11. 10 books in one month?! You are so awesome! I hope July is another great reading month for you.

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    1. Thanks!!! At first I felt like a cheater because 2/3 of them were short, but I read Crimson Petal too! 800+ pages! That made me feel better. lol

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  12. Wow - way to rock it out!!! Sadly, I haven't read any of the books you mentioned - but Gaiman is my MUST read before the summer is over book :-)

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    1. Thanks!! Most of the books were awesome, so if you get a book buying itch, here are some recs. lol Enjoy the Gaiman book! It's awesome.

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  13. Wow, it takes me months to read that many books!

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    1. Stacy, it usually takes me months, too. I've been motivated! And the books have been shortish.

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  14. Confessions of a Sociopath sounds interesting! And I love Neil Gaiman, I really want to read The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

    I am looking forward to the Owen Meany readalong! I love that book!

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    1. It was really interesting, if a bit frustrating. I hope you enjoy Ocean as much as I did!

      Me too! I started already, but only about 50 pages in. It's a little slow to start, but things are picking up.

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  15. I have tons of books coming up. It is so difficult to choose which one to read next.

    ENJOY your week....it looks like a good one.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My It's Monday, What Are You Reading

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    1. Isn't it?? I tend to get overwhelmed when I want to read ALL the books, so that may be coming on soon. lol

      Enjoy your week as well!

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  16. Holy cow - 10 books that is great! Not to mention you had that chunkster in there. Looking forward to the rest of your reviews. I definitely want to read the Ocean book.

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    1. I know! I was really proud of myself! Here's hoping July rocks, too. Ocean was so so so so good!

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  17. congratulations for your 10 books! I want to read the one on cheese, the Gailman and Van Booy, one of my favorite authors. I'm currently reading a cozy mystery: Treachery in Bordeaux, abut dying to read The Consolations of the Forest

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    1. Thanks! I was shocked. Shocked I tell you. The Consolations of the Forest?? Haven't heard of that one, but I feel a Goodreads search coming on.

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  18. Ten books?! And one of those was a chunk? That is impressive, I'm so glad you've had an excellent reading month :)

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    1. Thanks! I was shocked and amazed at myself!

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