Saturday, July 1, 2017

My Month in Review: June

The Month in Review meme is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.

I note the non-Macmillan books in this post with a star.

This month was Sales Conference, so I had to read in preparation for that, but also coming out of that I had a lot of books I was really interested in reading. I'm starting to realize that I'm going to have a problem with how I currently list my reviews. Since I'm reading so far in advance, I'm holding most of my reviews until about a week before the book publishes. I don't think it's nice or fair to tease about a book that isn't coming out for six months or longer. Not to mention, you'll have completely forgotten about it by then. But that means that a lot of books I'm reading in 2017, I won't publish the reviews for until 2018. Hmm. Not ideal. Maybe I should change my "Books Read" list to "Books Reviewed?" But I often look up a book on Goodreads to see what year I read it, in order to find t he review on my blog easily, so that will mess things up if I do that. I can post them all to my "Books Read 2017" list retroactively, in 2018. I'll have to ponder this issue a bit. If anyone has suggestions, I'm all ears!

Also, it's now exactly six months into the year. According to Goodreads, not including picture books and the like, I've read 85 books. So I'm on track to set a new record, by a long, long way. My previous record was 103 in 2011. I should pass that in another month or two. Granted, I've been reading a lot more children's books than I have in past years, but I only count them if they're substantial--more than 100 pages, a chapter book with some substance. Middle grade is my cutoff, but I don't even count all of the middle grade books, if it feels too goofy or just doesn't have enough content. Counting the books below that really feels like padding. Now, between all the audiobook (20! A new record! It's weird to set a record so early in the year.) and the children's books, my total number of pages is running closer to par at two-thirds of my previously highest year.

Books completed this month:
Prairie Fires: The Life and Times of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser
Real Friends by Shannon Hale
*The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore (audio)
P.S. I Miss You by Jen Petro-Roy
In Search Of by Ava Dellaira
The Lambs: My Father, a Farm, and the Gift of a Flock of Sheep by Carole George
As She Fades by Abbi Glines
*Killers of the Flower Moon: Oil, Money, Murder and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann (audio)
Achtung Baby: An American Mom on the German Art of Raising Self-Reliant Children by Sara Zaske
Mothers of Sparta: A Memoir by Dawn Davies
*Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) by David Sedaris
A Patron Saint for Junior Bridesmaids by Shelley Tougas
Ellie, Engineer by Jackson Pearce
Stella Diaz Has Something to Say by Angela Dominguez
Snow Lane by Josie Angelini
#Prettyboy Must Die by Kimberly Reid
Plus thirty-two picture books that I've read for work.

Books I am currently reading/listening to:
Zombie Abbey by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup: My Encounters With Extraordinary People by Susan Orlean
Up in the Old Hotel by Joseph Mitchell
You know, I don't know when, if ever, I'll finish these two books given my current work, so I'm going to stop listing the Orlean and the Mitchell every single month. Rest assured they continue to live on my bedside table and haven't been forgotten.

What I acquired this month (non-work books): 
I was thrilled to get these books at BEA!
Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
Pioneer Girl Perspectives: Exploring Laura Ingalls Wilder edited by Nancy Tystad Koupal
Caroline: Little House, Revisited by Sarah Miller
D'Arc by Robert Repino
Don't know when I will ever get to read them, but I have hope!

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