Jenn created Monthly TBR to show up the books you hope to get to within the upcoming month, and I love it. Feel free to visit her blog and join in! You know you wanna.
Alrighty then, let’s see how I did in June!
7 out of 10! Not too shabby… I read a total of 10 books in June – the others were East of Eden (just finished last night!), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and Recorded Attacks (Zombie Survival Guide), which was just a short graphic novel. There was also another novel that I got about halfway through it before I DNF-ed it. I started You but didn’t get far before I lost interest, and somehow I never got around to that Walking Dead book or A Natural History of Dragons, which is a shame indeed.
Oh well. Onwards! Here’s the pile for July.
From the top…
- Summer by Edith Wharton – I’m determined to give Wharton another shot. And this is July-appropriate (summer tiiiiiime) AND would count for my Classics Club list.
- Dead Harvest by Chris F. Holm – Fantasy pick. I was initially intrigued by this because Angry Robot is the publisher and I’ve liked a lot of their books lately, and then I saw SJ talk about how awesome this series is, so yeah. That’s happening.
- The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas – Classic Club pick I’ve been wanting to get to. Does anyone have a preferred translation that they’d recommend? I have two different ones, not sure which to go with.
- The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathon Stroud – This is the start of The Bartimaeus Trilogy, a popular kids/YA fantasy series and I’ve been meaning to start it for YEARS. Well, I finally have! I’m reading this one now, about 120 pages in.
- The Last Camellia by Sarah Jio – Fiction pick, by an author I like. Should be a good, quick read.
- Death by Black Hole by Neil deGrasse Tyson – Non-fiction science pick! Woo-hoo.
- Full-Frontal Feminism by Jessica Valenti – More non-fiction. I’ve been meaning to read a different book (Why Have Kids?) by this author, but I thought this looked good too. Still trying to find a book about feminism that I can actually identify and get along with.
- The Pleasure of Finding Things Out by Richard Feynman – I believe this is a colletion of works by Feynman, and this will be my first experience with him. As much as I’ve gotten into physics in the past year I haven’t read anything by him yet, but a friend gave me this (Thanks, Tom!) so now I get to check him out. I’m excited.
- The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith – YA pick, because I have two classics and three non-fiction picks and let’s face it, this pile could use some lighter reads.
- Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson – I’ve been wanting to read this ever since reading Riv’s review. Can’t wait to start it!
- The Lost Art of Mixing by Erica Bauermeister – This is a follow-up to The School of Essential Ingredients, which was a really good book. And you know how I love fiction that involves lots of food.
BAM! There we have it. Let’s be real though – the chances of me reading 11 books this month aren’t great. Normally I’d be more optimistic, but July is a hectic month – the honeyman and I will have our 6-year anniversary, there’s 3 different birthdays to celebrate, and I’ll probably start packing since we’re moving at the end of August. Sooooo yeah. I’m going to try though!
What are you looking forward to reading in the coming weeks? And seriously, if you have a recommendation for a good translation for The Three Musketeers, let me know. I might end up just starting to read both of the ones I have until I decide which one I’m liking better.