Saturday, July 2, 2016

#RW Update 5 and June Report Card

I am reading…
And the Bride Wore White by Dannah Gresh
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Queer Virtue by Rev. Elizabeth M. Edman
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emma Orczy
31/30 books finished
On the platform, reading
Flickr Credit: Mo Riza
I feel like I JUST did a status update for May, and here we are having June already. Time flies when you sacrifice your temporal awareness for the sake of fiction, right?

Let’s recap the goals:

1. Read 30 books by women—31/30 complete!
2. Read ONLY books by women.—Day 63: still staying strong.
3. Read 2 plays—0/2 complete. I’ve still got a month…
4. Read 3 autobiographies—3/3 complete. Memoirs count as autobiographies.
5. Read 1 graphic novel—1/1 complete.
6. Read 1 book of poetry—2/1 complete.
7. Read 1 book in another language—2/1 complete. I had a short picture book in Spanish in stock, just in case.
8. Listen to 2 books on audiobook (preferably #ownvoices)—0/2 complete. But I have one in progress!
9. Read 15 diverse books—14/15 complete. I definitely plan to read beyond this goal. Forrealz.
10. Read at least 10 new books (that is, books I haven’t read before)—20/10 complete. I have no idea how I’ve managed to do this. Wow.
11. Read 10 eBooks—6/10 complete. I can manage four next month, probably.
12. Read 10 books from the TBR list—6/10 complete. And four here, I guess.
13. Review at least 5 of these books on Goodreads—5/5 complete. I just went on a reviewing spree. Now I don’t have to do it again!

TL;DR: I still have thirteen progress points to meet over the next month. And I will totally do it, because even if I’ve read thirty books, the jig is not up until August.

But enough of that drivel. WHAT DID I READ THIS MONTH? Read on, mortals.

via Goodreads
Best book this month? I will succumb to a three-way tie: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynn Jones, and The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black. They were all superb.

Worst book this month? Probably His Revolutionary Love by Lynn Cowell. I felt like it was very condescending.

Book that got you out of your comfort zone? This feels like a scapegoat, but La Casa de los EspĂ­ritus by Isabel Allende. It took a lot of drive for me to read a full-length novel in Spanish.

Most surprising book this month? On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis! I spontaneously grabbed it at the library after reading Ava Jae’s review, not having any particular expectations, and then it was AMAZING. Seriously, I was so impressed.

Most disappointing book this month? I’ll talk about A Journey of Faith by Kristiana Gregory in another post, but that’s the one. I’m most disappointed in myself for liking Shadows of Asphodel by Karen Kincy, because my weakness for cute romance overcame the problematic elements of the story.

Book from this month you’d recommend to anybody? Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, because it was adorable even if I knew who Blue was early on.

Books reviewed from this month? His Revolutionary Love, Shadows of Asphodel, Click Here (to find out how I survived seventh grade), Ash, and Heaven or This

I don’t have any categories to put them in, but I did want to give a shout-out to Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash and The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie because they were both also good. So read them and enjoy.

What was your favorite book you read this month?


  1. I wonder if you've read The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner? God, it's one of my favourite books despite the fact that I'm not the biggest fan of historical fiction. But it's got everything in it! Murder, magic (a lot of that), history, A BEAUTIFUL LITTLE ROMANCE THAT I WILL GO TO MY GRAVE SHIPPING and best of all...Tetu. That's all I'm going to say. You've got to read it to get that ;)

    1. I haven't, but I've been meaning to listen to it! (Also, I hear it's narrated by Tom Hiddleston on Youtube, so joy.) I'll let you know what I think when I finish. XD

  2. I listened to The Darkest Part of the Forest on audiobook last year and really enjoyed it. However, I like The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black better.

    I think my favourite book from June was...Runaway by Alice Munro. It was a really enjoyable book of short stories.

    1. I've heard good things about that one, too. I'll have to add more Holly Black books to my list. :)

      That's awesome! I don't read nearly enough short stories. *sighs*

  3. Oh oh Simon... is so good. And which graphic novel did you read? Yes yes your reading accomplishments are rather awesome and I missed two whole weeks of your blog while I was away (we were camping and not inter netting and basically gallivanting around the himalayas. As you do, you know) Heaven or This was also amazing *nods*

    1. I read Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash. It was good! And that is okay, going to the Himalayas probably beats reading my blog any day, right? XD

  4. Yay for Howl's Moving Castle! Did I ever thank you for recommending that one to me? Such a fun story <3

    And haha, yes, time definitely flies then. ;)



      Tell me about it... *sighs*


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