Remember when I said I got my blogging groove back in May? Ha. Seeing that it’s *checks notes* July 17 and I’m just now posting my June recap, I think I was a little overly confident.
Since I’m so far behind, I’m going to keep the commentary pretty brief and just get to the good stuff — the books. I don’t think I have a lot to say about June except it was busy and hot. I know I’m in the minority, but summer IS NOT my favorite season. I do not thrive in summer. I stay inside as much as possible and enjoy the air conditioning because I can’t stand the humidity here. It makes me grumpy. But, I digress. Books!
June was a lackluster reading month. Most of what I read was what I would classify as “aggressively fine”. It’s pretty rare for me to only have one five-star read during a month. And it’s rarer still that the five-star read is a nonfiction title. It is what it is though. There were GOOD books, but only one GREAT book in June. Truth be told, I didn’t read a whole lot. I spent most of my downtime sewing, playing Pokemon Go or binge-watching an old favorite show (or two!) on TV.
By the Numbers
- Total number of books read — 7 (+2 DNF)
- Contemporary romance: 5
- Young adult: 3
- Nonfiction: 1
- Format —
- Audiobooks: 6
- Print books: 2
- Ebooks: 1
- Library books: 1
- Review copies: 7
- New-to-me authors: 4
- Re-reads: 0
Reading Challenges Update
The Goodreads Reading Challenge is first up! My screenshot isn’t quite perfect because I didn’t take it near the first part of the month, but close enough.
My goal for the 2022 Tackle My TBR Reading Challenge is four books each month. I read/DNF’d 8 in May.
- The Love Connection (Denise Williams) ★★★ 🎧
- The Missed Connection (Denise Williams) ★★★ 🎧
- Tell Me How You Really Feel (Aminah Mae Safi) DNF 🎧
- The Sweetest Connection (Denise Williams) ★★★★ 🎧
- Places We’ve Never Been (Kasie West) DNF
- I’m Still Here (Austin Channing Brown) ★★★★★ 🎧
- Rival Radio (Kathryn Nolan) ★★★★ 📖
- Starry Eyes (Jenn Bennett) ★★★★ 📖
Since I’ve been paying absolution no attention to #12Reads12Friends (created by @bookwormgram), I’ve decided to give it up. There are still some titles on that TBR that I intend to read, but I’m just too much of a mood reader to do it on a schedule.
While not an official challenge, per se, one of the things I’m doing this year is tracking how much money I’ve saved by using my library cards. I have a feeling my mind is going to be blown when I see the yearly total.
April savings: $11.99
2022 total: $519.55
There’s not much of July left to talk about, but I’ve also not done a lot worth talking about. It’s been so hot and humid and I’ve been so busy with work and overwhelmed with the world that I’ve spent a lot of my time disassociating while scrolling TikTok or watching an old favorite TV show on Netflix/Hulu/Prime/take your pick. It’s been too uncomfortable to spend much time outside, so I’ve mostly retreated to the air conditioning aside from a few mornings on the balcony. I don’t think I have much else going on for the rest of the month, but who knows what I’ll get into.
July releases I’m excited about
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How was your June?
What are some of your favorites you read?
What are you looking forward to this month?