June was a slower-than-usual reading month for me, and I am not sure why. I read or listened to only nine books during the entire month, and one of those was a novelette (longer than a short story, but not as long as a novella.) I started several other books and set them aside, but I will return to several of those later. And I am currently reading two books that I should finish in a few days; they will count toward July. On the plus side, I enjoyed all of the books I finished, and gave almost all of them 4 or 4.5 star ratings.
What I Read
- Murder in the East End (Jennifer Ashley)
- The Code of the Woosters (P. G. Wodehouse)
- Death at the Crystal Palace (Jennifer Ashley) 🎧
- “Beekeeping for Beginners” (Laurie R. King) – novelette
- Eclipse (Celia Lake)
- The Bookshop on the Corner (Jenny Colgan) 🎧 and 📘
- A Scot to the Heart (Caroline Linden)
- About a Rogue (Caroline Linden)
- The Anatomist’s Wife (Anna Lee Huber) 🎧
Started But Not Yet Finished
- Project Hail Mary (Andy Weir) – currently reading
- Beauty – currently reading
- Bacchanal (Veronica G. Henry) – paused; will continue
- I Will Judge You By Your Bookshelf (Grant Snider) – reading a few pages a day
- The Menopause Manifesto (Jen Gunter) – paused; will continue
- Unwinding Anxiety (Judson Brewer) – paused; will continue
Challenge Update – January through June 2021
I am 14 books behind schedule for my Goodreads Challenge.
I have not reviewed any of my June books yet. When I do, four of them meet the COYER Seasons – Spring 2021 challenge requirements, and three are eligible for both The Backlist Reader Challenge 2021 and the Audiobook Challenge 2021.
For the year so far, my challenge stats are:
- The Backlist Reader Challenge 2021 – 14 of 15 read; 1 of 15 reviewed
- Audiobook Challenge 2021 – 4 of 5 read; none reviewed
- COYER Seasons – Winter 2021 – 10 of 4 read; 1 of 4 reviewed
- COYER Seasons – Spring 2021 – 14 of 5 read; 5 of 5 reviewed (Yay!)
Additional goals progress:
- Read backlogged review copies. I read one (Jolene.)
- Read more of my own books. I’m doing OK with this one. I have read:
- at least 6 books that I bought or was given before 2021: Knitting Without Tears, Vogue Dictionary of Knitting Stitches, Jackaby, Death Below Stairs, Amendment of Life, and Last Writes.
- quite a few books that I purchased this year: The Tea Dragon Society; A Soupcon of Poison; Murder in the East End; The Games Lovers Play; The Code of the Woosters; “Beekeeping for Beginners”; Eclipse; From Spare Oom to War Drobe; and About a Rogue.
- Two other books might qualify as well; I already owned a Kindle copy of The Anatomist’s Wife, but I bought and listened to the audiobook; and I owned a Kindle copy of The Bookshop on the Corner, but listened to a library audiobook for most of it.
- Be better about reviewing generally. That’s not going so well (to put it mildly.) I only reviewed one book in June. May wasn’t bad, but the rest of the year has been dismal.
- Read more diversely. I haven’t been great about this one, either:
- 3 Books with BIPOC characters: The Windsor Knot (MC); The Tea Dragon Society (MC)
- 3 Books with LGBTQ+ characters: The Tea Dragon Society (MC, 2ndC); The Awakening (2ndC); An Unexpected Peril (2ndC). I reread a lot of Valdemar books by Mercedes Lackey that also had LGBTQ+ main and/or secondary characters (and POC characters also), but I’m not really counting rereads for this goal.
- Books with disabled characters: The Tea Dragon Society (2ndC).
- Books by diverse authors: Bacchanal; The Tea Dragon Society.