A couple months ago I started putting together monthly book lists to keep track of the books I wanted to try at read that month. It seems a little obsessive, but having the list is nice because it reminds me of any review commitments or just books I’m excited about for some reason.
My list for May was pretty ambitious, and, unfortunately, I didn’t have a great reading month. I blame distraction getting ready for BEA (irony?) as well as the end of the TV season. I love, love, love to watch TV sometimes. But anyway, here’s what I finished in May, with books from my original list in bold:
- The Paper Garden by Molly Peacock
- The Broom of the System by David Foster Wallace
- Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckhoff
- Scenes from an Impending Marriage by Adrian Tomine
- The Convert by Deborah Baker
- Train to Nowhere by Colleen Bradford Krantz
- In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
I missed reading a lot of books – no progress in War and Peace, plus just not getting to Storming the Tulips by Hannie J. Voyle, How Shakespeare Changed Everything by Stephen Marche (although I may skip this one after it got a couple of not-so-great reviews), and Marriage Confidential by Pamela Haag. I am glad to have spent more time in May reading what I want rather than being married to the list, but was bummed about the books I missed
Too many books, too little time, again! Is that a refrain every book lover sings each month?
My list for June is just as ambitious. In addition to trying some of the books I missed in May, I also want to try and read:
- War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (Volume II, Parts 4 and 5 — thru page 600).
- Broke USA by Gary Rivlin, a review copy I received sometime last year that’s coming out in paperback this month.
- Unfinished Business by Lee Kravitz for a TLC Book Tour.
- Election by Tom Perotta for my book club.
- Tolstoy and the Purple Chair by Nina Sankovitch, a review copy from Harper.
- Sugar in My Bowl, edited by Erica Jong, a review copy from Ecco.
- Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100 by Michio Kaku, which I checked out from the library and can’t renew again.
- The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth: Popularity, Quirk Theory, and Why Outsiders Thrive After High School by Alexandra Robbins, another library book I am dying to get to.
And then I have all of the finished books I picked up at BEA to start thinking about trying to read. After June, I’ll start getting into some of the ARCs I got from BEA – many have July, August, and September release dates. I cannot wait for some of those!
What books are you especially excited to read in June?