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June 2017 Book Report (And a Look to July)

Another month is in the books, so I’ve got another look back at the books I managed to finish. I hope people like these posts, because I like writing them. And it’s nice to have a way to look back on my reading in more detail as time passes.

Overall, my June reading was a little bit slow — I blame an increase in TV watching more than anything else. Just about everything I read was excellent, though, which makes the slower pace not much of a problem. Here’s what I finished:

  1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (memoir)
  2. One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul (essays)
  3. The Last Castle by Denise Kiernan (September 2017 from Touchstone) (nonfiction)
  4. Portage by Sue Leaf (nonfiction)
  5. Rolling Blackouts by Sarah Gliden (comics, nonfiction)
  6. Startup by Doree Shafrir (fiction)
  7. Wonder Woman Unbound by Tim Hanley (nonfiction)
  8. Wonder Woman, Volume 1: The Lies by Greg Rucka, Liam Sharp, Laura Martin (comics)
  9. Wonder Woman, Volume 2: Year One by Greg Rucka, Nicola Scott, and Romulo Fajardo Jr. (comics)

I ended up reviewing all of these on Instagram, so those mini-reviews will make it here to the blog sometime in the next couple of weeks. Portage was probably my favorite of the month, a collection of essays about canoeing and nature was an unexpected surprise. I’m also really glad I finally read The Glass Castle — it’s a classic memoir for good reason. One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter was also a treat, a funny collection about growing up as the child of immigrants.

A Look to July

When this post goes up, I’ll be at my family’s cabin for a long Fourth of July weekend. I packed way too many books, of course, but isn’t that what vacations are for? Here’s what I’ve got in my beach bag:

  • Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud by Anne Helen Petersen — Nonfiction about the rise of unruly women and what we find so threatening about them.
  • Chemistry by Weike Wang — “A luminous coming-of-age novel about a young female scientist who must recalibrate her life when her academic career goes off track.”
  • Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld — Fiction about the complicated relationship between identical twins, one who becomes and psychic and one who just wants to be normal.
  • Sun Moon Earth by Tyler Nordgren — A history of solar eclipses and how they went from terrifying omens to tourist events.
  • The Skeleton Crew by Deborah Halber — A look at “the gritty and tumultuous world of Sherlock Holmes–wannabes who race to beat out law enforcement — and one another — at matching missing persons with unidentified remains.”

I wish I could say that I know I’ll get to all of those books in the next few weeks, but who really knows. Reading lists are meant to be written and ignored, right? I do know I will also be reading Evicted by Matthew Desmond, because it’s my book club’s pick for July. Other than that… the skies the limit.

What books are you reading over Independence Day? What are you looking forward to reading in July? Inquiring minds want to know!

{ 13 comments… add one }
  • Beth July 3, 2017, 5:57 am

    Portage sounds like it would be right up my alley–will be adding that one to my TBR list. I have a lot of books in the queue at the moment but will probably spend this weekend with a couple of memoirs by Trevor Noah and Lauren Graham.

    • Kim July 5, 2017, 7:17 pm

      Portage was so unexpectedly wonderful, I just adored it.

  • bermudaonion (Kathy) July 3, 2017, 9:06 am

    It sounds like I need to read One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter.

    Enjoy your holiday!

  • Drew July 3, 2017, 9:55 am

    I’m really enjoying these book overviews and reviews. On your suggestion, last week I read “StartUp” and really enjoyed it. And I just added “One Day We’ll All . . .” Thank you!

    I’m now reading “Hunger” by Roxane Gay.

    • Kim July 5, 2017, 7:18 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad people are enjoying them! And yay about StartUp, I thought that one was a good summery read.

  • Isi July 3, 2017, 10:54 am

    I read The glass castle some years ago and I loved it, but I liked a little bit more the other book by the author, “Wild horses”, about the life of her grandmother: so inspirational.
    In my case I’m trying to read my books from Netgalley this month, because I’ve been neglecting them lately, so summer is the time for this.
    Happy summer!

    • Kim July 5, 2017, 7:18 pm

      Good to know about Wild Horses, I will have to look for that one the next time I’m out and about.

  • Julie @ Smiling Shelves July 4, 2017, 8:44 am

    Sun Moon Earth sounds really interesting. Enjoy your weekend away!

    • Kim July 5, 2017, 7:19 pm

      Sadly, I didn’t get to that one this weekend. But I am planning to soon!

  • Bryan G. Robinson July 5, 2017, 9:31 pm

    TV hasn’t been helping my reading either, sadly. I want to read too, just nothing grabbing my attention right now.

    • Kim July 10, 2017, 12:26 pm

      I seriously need to pull back on the tv, it’s sucking up a ton of time when I could be reading instead. For an unemployed person, I am not reading much at all, which is sad!

  • Jenny @ Reading the End July 7, 2017, 9:05 pm

    BUT WAIT I need to also know what you’ve been watching and whether any of it is the greatest show of our time, BLACK SAILS.

    • Kim July 10, 2017, 12:27 pm

      It is not, sadly, but that’s going on my list! Let’s see… Prison Break, Jane the Virgin, Fresh off the Boat, Speechless, iZombie, Veep and Silicon Valley. I think that’s all? That’s so much!

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