July Monthly TBR

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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!

June Monthly TBR completed

7 out of 10! Not too shabby… I read a total ofΒ 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)Β 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 sawΒ 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.




  1. So I read a Great Illustrated Classics copy of The Three Musketeers when I was 9 or so. I remember loving it, but I can’t give you a recommendation on translation… Because… Well yeah. I mean, Great Illustrated Classics.


    1. LOL yeah, it was the same with Don Quixote. He was like “Oh yeah, I read that! It was good.” And then he saw the massive unabridged version and he was like “Yeaahh… it wasn’t that.”

      It’s weird that I’ve never read or seen anything about the Three Musketeers.


  2. Way to go lady! You did a great job in June πŸ™‚ I admire your ability to plan ahead like that. Is the Walking Dead book THE Walking Dead? I love the heck out of that show and I’ve been considering picking up the book/books.


    1. Thank ya! That The Walking Dead book was The Rise of the Governor, so it’s one of the novels that goes along with the graphic novels / show. I’m bummed I didn’t get to it, but I’m sure I’ll read it eventually. The graphic novels are really good, I’ve read more than half of them I think.


      1. Ohhh, I see. Cool πŸ™‚ I really would like to get to the graphic novels one day. Hmm, maybe if I buy them for my son he’ll let me borrow them, hehe


  3. 7 out of 10 last month, nice job!! Good luck in July. I was a fan of Full Frontal Feminism (love that title) and I’m interested to see your thoughts


    1. Thanks! I follow Jessica Valenti on Twitter and I like the random feminist-y links she posts sometimes, so I’m hoping I’ll dig her book. The Caitlin Moran book just doesn’t match up with my idea of feminism… she was kind of blame-all-the-men-and-society-for-everything and that’s just not really my jam. She WAS funny though. Maybe I should try Moranthology…


      1. Interesting cos I thought Moran was very much not a “blame all the men” type. (Moranthology was awesome and the more I think about it, the more I think I like it better than How To Be A Woman)


      2. I want to read Moranthology and think I’ll like it better because it’s about all the things.

        How to Be a Woman came across like that for me because of things like blaming men/society for her feeling pressured to get waxed down there and buying expensive purses. I guess that when it comes to feminism I care a bit more about things like pay inequality and more equal representation in government and so on, and those other things don’t seem like anti-feminist or even anti-women things to me? I guess. It’s a really extensive topic, lol, and I have allllll the thoughts!


  4. *ignores the things you say about Caitlin* Woooo, 7 books! That’s actually awesome πŸ™‚ I have this pile of 10 books I want to read this summer and I SO BADLY want to have them all read by, like, September. You give me hope, Sarah!

    I am also excited to hear the things you think about Full Frontal Feminism. Cause it’s definitely about time for me to read another feminismy book.


    1. You can TOTALLY read those 10 books by September!!! I have faith in you πŸ™‚

      And I’m excited to try FFF too, and I hope it’s good. AND I’m now determined to check out Moranthology, because she was funny and I want to like at least one of her books, darn it.


  5. I love your monthly book piles! Would be awesome if I had self-discipline to pick out certain books and actually stick to them. Looks like you read some awesome books last month and some really nice months coming this month πŸ™‚


    1. Yeah but I never stick COMPLETELY to the pile, you know? I just pick out books that I’ve bought recently or have from the library and want to read ASAP and BAM! Book pile. I’m really looking forward to the books I picked this month.


  6. Well done 10 books is a great amount as usual, and so many of them were off your pile too. My only plans for July are to finish Bleak House by Charles Dickens. Its a long one! Happy reading in your hectic July πŸ™‚


  7. Full Frontal Feminism sounds interesting. I have a bit of a ‘thing’ for reading books about feminism (I blame my degree) so I may have to check this one out. I would recommend Natasha Walter’s Living Dolls or the Fifty Shades of Feminism anthology if this one doesn’t live up to your expectations.


    1. I think I will check out that Fifty Shades of Feminism anthology, and I’m thinking I might read The Feminine Mystique soon. I just finished Full Frontal Feminism yesterday and it wasn’t quite for me (actually, the more I’m thinking about it the more I’m irritated with it). I’m having an annoying amount of trouble finding a book about feminism that I can actually get behind, and I’m thinking the issue might be these pop-culture feminism books aimed at the younger generation.


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