Week in Review: June 1


This week on the blog you can check out:

I’m writing this ahead of BEA madness since I know I’ll be tired and may not have time (no worries, a BEA recap will come later).

Final count for my May Reading Challenge: I read 8 books from the list and 1 that I had to read eventually anyway. 9 in a month? Calling it a win.

I also am doing a June Reading Challenge because it’s just been helping me keep track of what I’m doing and it’s nice to have some tangible evidence of progress as I work through my committee work and review work books. I feel like my reading pile hasn’t shrunk at all but at least it isn’t getting bigger yet?

New Job starts Monday. I’m excited but jittery. I think it’s going to be great though. Watch in the near future for a BEA recap. Depending on what books I left with (which I don’t know because I’m cheating and writing this early!) there may be a giveaway coming up. If not: A lot of these books will filter into my big Blog Birthday Giveaway in August (which is going to be epic because Miss Print is turning SEVEN!).

Hope everyone BEA-attending or not had a great time this week :)


June Reading Challenge

Since my May Reading Challenge was such a success, I decided to do it again for June.

This might shuffle a bit as I sift through my BEA finds but we’ll see how it goes. (I really like following stats so it’s also interesting for me to be able to see how much I’m reading in a month–more than I expected to be honest!)

The books:

  1. Whisper the Dead by Alyxandra Harvey
  2. Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan
  3. Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld I want to count this as two books and may well do so before the month is out.
  4. Shift by Jennifer Bradbury
  5. The Space Between Trees by Katie Williams
  6. Death Cloud by Andrew Lane
  7. Conversion by Katherine Howe
  8. Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers
  9. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
  10. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
  11. Faces of the Dead by Suzanne Weyn
  12. Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

With Shiny New Job and post-BEA sorting I only know 6 books I definitely need to read this month. There are more that have pressing concerns but I just can’t sift through what I have to read vs. what I want to read so I’ll probably just update as I go.

I forgot to mention my first post-BEA book was Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld. It was great and astonishingly well-done.

June 8 Update: Starting The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley. This is a library book I must read and I’m feeling guilt about holding up the hold queue as it is also the only copy in the system.

June 10: Finished The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. Not a favorite and probably not one that will be reviewed. Onwards. Starting Love and Other Foreign Words.

June 12: Book three (Love and Other Foreign Words) is done. Very sweet but not exactly what I wanted it to me. Next up is a mystery. Or Vampire Academy. Or something. Not sure yet.

June 12: Next up is The Space Between Trees at the urging of The Book Smugglers.

June 20: Finished (and loved) The Space Between Trees. From there went to Mortal Heart. That’s my 5th  book for the month. So this definitely isn’t my best showing BUT a lot of the books were longer and the month isn’t over yet.

June 22: Mortal Heart was awesome! Followed it with The Body Finder which wasn’t a favorite. Next up: Whisper the Dead.

June 23 Update: Looks like I’ve read six books (seven if you count Afterworlds as two which I do) and am reading my seventh (or eighth). Taking it.

June 27: Finished with Whisper the Dead (liked a lot) and Conversion (not so much). Onto a hopefully fast one: Faces of the Dead.

June 28: Faces of the Dead=Done. Starting Jasper Jones which, unless I’m really on point, will likely be my first read of July.