Goodness, how is June already over? That’s nuts! Tomorrow I’ll post a big ole halfway through the year / status of the project post but for today let’s look at what I read in June.
Books read in June
I finished 12 books in June, which is less than my average for the year and fewer than the books I read in May but I’m happy enough with it. The books I read include:
- The Excellent Lombards by Jane Hamilton
- The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
- No One Can Pronounce My Name by Rakesh Satyal
- The Transcriptionist by Amy Rowland
- A Working Theory of Love by Scott Hutchins
- And Then There Was Me by Sadeqa Johnson
- Innocents and Others by Dana Spiotta
- Sunday Sugar by Q. Gibson
- It’s Not Like It’s a Secret by Misa Sugiura
- The Farm in the Green Mountains by Alice Herdan-Zuckmayer
- Wintering by Peter Geye
- The Golden Cockerel & Other Writings by Juan Rulfo
Books written by women: 8/12
Books written by authors of color: 6/12 Much better than last month!
Last month I liked all the books pretty well but none stood out as a favorite. This month I have the opposite problem. Both Innocents and Others and The Transcriptionist were excellent, A+, want to read again.
What I’m reading now and what’s coming up in July
I’m reading The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold and let me tell you, there is a very graphic description of this lady’s mother’s genitals and I could have done without it. I’m also excited to be reading The Golden House, Rushdie’s new book that comes out in September. It’s my nighttime-on-my-Kindle book so it’ll take me awhile to get through it. I’m about 5% into it and it’s great so far.
I’ll be starting another book today: The Danish Expedition of 1761-1767, which is from my NYRB subscription. It sounds horribly dull but hopefully I’m wrong about that!
In July I’ll be posting my halfway through the year post, as mentioned above. Otherwise, I don’t currently have anything in the pipeline to review. I’m all caught up for once!
On a personal note
At some point I’m going to be posting a recap of the day my partner and I spent chasing around chickens and picking flowers. Iowa is beautiful this time of year* and I’m also excited for us to take a little trip this week to the “big city” (Des Moines). We’ll be rocking an amusement park that couldn’t possibly live up to my memories of it as a kid, seeing the Mountain Goats, and going to a water park. Exciting times!
*all times of the year