June 2010 Reading Wrap-Up

June was sort of a slow reading month. I blame Audiobook Week. And LOST, which we are currently working through season by season.

After my list of what I read this month, you’ll find a list of the other reviews I posted this month, as well as an update of how I’m doing in my challenges. Still, I did complete 16 books last month: 13 print books at a total of 4,311 pages and 3 audiobooks for 1.6 days of audio.

What I Read:

Broken Glass Park by Alina Bronsky, translated by Tim Mohr
The Passage by Justin Cronin
Secret Daughter by Shilpi Gowda
Day for Night by Frederick Reiken (review coming July 7th)
My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares
Bad Marie by Marcy Dermansky
The Icing on the Cupcake by Jennifer Ross
The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst
Backseat Saints by Joshilyn Jackson (review pending)
Commuters by Emily Grey Tedrowe

Young Adult/Middle Grades Fiction
Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson, narrated by Jeannie Stith (review pending)

Bury Me Deep by Megan Abbott (review pending)
So Cold the River by Michael Kortya, narrated by Robert Petkoff – audiobook
Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
Feed by Mira Grant, narrated by Paula Christensen and Jesse Bernstein (review pending)

Pick of the Month:

The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst

What I Posted:

Discussion Posts
Oh, D.E.A.R! BEA Edition
By Popular Demand…My Reading Schedule
My Day As An Indie Bookseller
Shilpi Gowda – Author Event At The Bookstore
Hot Summer Reading

Audiobook Week Posts
Why Audiobooks?
How To Write An Audiobook Week Review
Audiobook Week Meme
When Do You Listen To Audiobooks?
Recommended Audiobooks
Other Audiobook Week Discussions

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson, narrated by Paul Altschuler
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
The One That I Want by Allison Winn Scotch

Bad Things Happen by Henry Dolan, narrated by Erik Davies – audiobook
The Whole World by Emily Winslow
Motherhood is Murder by Diana Orgain

Historical Fiction
31 Bond Street by Ellen Horan

My Life in France by Julia Child, narrated by Kimberly Farr – audiobook
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, narrated by Cassandra Campbell and Bahni Turpin – audiobook
Leaving the Saints by Martha Beck, narrated by Martha beck – audiobook
Love in a Time of Homeschooling by Laura Brodie

19 comments to June 2010 Reading Wrap-Up

  • Hello,
    I’m new to your site and am amazed that this is a “slow” reading month for you. I think you have a heck of a list – and so varied.

    I agree with your pick of the month. I just finished The Nobodies Album and like Carolyn Parkhurt’s prior novels (Dogs of Babel, Lost and Found), I loved it. Not only was it well-written and a page-turner, it was such a clever concept. And a true peek into a novelist’s writing and rewriting brain.

    Next from your list for me is So Cold the River.

    Thanks for the eclectic summer reading list,
    Helen Ellis

    • Welcome, Helen, so glad you are here!

      I should have probably said it was just slightly slow, if I’d finished 2 more books than that it would have been right about normal, I like to get to 15 print books and then 3-4 audio.

      I’m glad you agree with me about how fantastic “The Nobodies Album” is! I liked “Lost and Found” but didn’t love it but two grand slams and a base hit out of three attempts is pretty great! (Can you tell I went to a baseball game last night, I’m not usually so big on sports metaphors).

      I hope you enjoy “So Cold The River,” if it hadn’t been for “The Nobodies Album” that might have been my top pick.

  • Well, my evil and very convincing friend, I just bought The Nobodies Album yesterday on my Kindle! I hope to read it while I am in Indiana!!

  • Slow reading month? This month I got to seven books and it was a good month for me. I’m always in awe of you and other book bloggers who can read so much during a given month. I wish I had the time. :(

    • I have a job and a 1-year old, I just maximize reading time with audiobooks, and make sure to set aside dedicated time to read ,even if it means the dishwasher doesn’t get unloaded =)

  • Still looks like a pretty good month to me! You had a lot going on. I bet you’ll be back to your normal reading amounts in July.

  • Looks like a great reading month to me … especially given that The Passage was among your books!

  • You had a great reading month! I’m hoping for one similar to yours this month. Good luck with your reading this month!

  • Your list of books read in June is great. What impresses me most is the fact that you’ve also completed reviews for all of them. Great job.

  • I want to have a slow reading month like that!!

  • 15 books hardly seems like a slow reading month to me, especially considering Audiobook week.

  • Can I please have one of your slow reading months. Thanks.

  • You’ve sold me! I’m totally going to add The Nobodies Album to my TBR pile :)

  • kay

    I think that the fact that you read 16 books, including the brick that is “The Passage” is amazing! I’m looking forward to hearing what you thoughts of “Feed” though; I have have sitting on my desk but as I am currently, slowly getting through “The Passage”, it’s not for now!

  • I have a copy of The Passage but might skip this book. I also want to read My name is Memory but want to make sure it’s good first – I might need to be in the right mood for this book.

    I haven’t heard of The Nobodies Album – just added it to my list!

  • You didn’t have a bad month at all — great quality of books. I really need to finish THE PASSAGE.

  • You are a reading machine! Since I had my little one, my reading has taken a definite dive. I’m guessing, from your recent posts, that part of your secret is audio books. I’m thinking I’ll try to keep a few of those handy for my down times.