Monthly Review (June 2011)

Thinking Back

June was the BEST month. I know I say that about basically every month, but I really do mean it– book-wise, at least. Book-wise my months are all great; real-life wise…not so much. (Not that my real life is HORRIBLE. But it’s not as good as my book life is.)

Anyway, June got a little shaky in the middle, true, but I pulled myself out of my reading/blogging slump and I think I’ve gotten recharged now. I think winning five book contests and a LibraryThing Early Reviewer book helped with that, to be honest. I must just be FULL OF LUCK this summer! Yes?

Besides the bump and the contests, I also did some fun blogosphere-y type things. I did my first blog tour! I did another judging stint for Nerds Heart YA! I have a contest going on! Yay! I haven’t really got anything going on in July except for a guest post thing at another blog, but I’m sure something else will pop up that I can join.

And finally, I fiddled with some stuff on the blog. There’s a Google Friend Connect widget at the bottom of the right-hand sidebar. I don’t know how popular it’ll be, but I know some people like it so why not. There’s also some smaller (and thus cheaper) ad spots available in the right sidebar. Check it out if you’re interested– you don’t have to be an author/publisher/whatever to advertise, either! Just something bookish.

Goals for July
In July I’m going to try and keep my bookish spirit up, so I’m going to read one book every day. They’ll probably be short books, obviously, but since I have a ton of YA books from BEA I have to get through I think I can do it. I’m guessing I’ll probably get distracted again by online games somewhere around the halfway mark, but I’m making it my goal to read at least 20 books this month. That’ll leave me some room to occasionally indulge in the internet.

I also want to finish at least one audiobook, as I haven’t gotten one under my belt for…a really long time. Last year? Can’t remember. I got a hold of some Doctor Who audiobooks the other month, so maybe I’ll do them.

Also, as I’m going to California with the folks sometime in the last half of the July, this means two things:
1. I’ll get to pick out vacation books (again). Yay!
2. I’ll probably go on a tiny blogging vacation.

I think going on blog vacations is perfectly fine. Actually, I’d encourage it. I think a blogging/internet break every other month is a great thing to do– you get a break from thinking up new content AND you don’t have to worry about what’s happening in the blogging world.

What are you planning to do in July?

[The beach and the sea, Blankenberghe, Belgium] (LOC)

Reading Stats

9 total books read
9 total books reviewed
2 ebooks
0 audiobooks
8 pbooks

8 were by authors new to me
0 were rereads!

Top 3 Books

52. Tuesdays at the Castle – Jessica Day George [rating: 5] B
55. Toads and Diamonds – Heather Tomlinson [rating: 4.5]
59. Blink & Caution – Tim Wynne-Jones [rating: TBD] R

Books Read

52. Tuesdays at the Castle – Jessica Day George [rating: 5] B
53. The Undertakers: Rise of the Corpses – Ty Drago [rating: 4.5] B
54. The Wizard of Dark Street – Shawn Thomas Odyssey [rating: TBD] R
55. Toads and Diamonds – Heather Tomlinson [rating: 4.5]
56. Finding Family – Tonya Bolden [rating: 4]
57. Wanderlust – Elisabeth Eaves [rating: 4] e T
58. Villain School: Good Curses Evil – Stephanie S. Saunders [rating: TBD] B
59. Blink & Caution – Tim Wynne-Jones [rating: TBD] R
60. Janitors – Tyler Whitesides [rating: TBD] B

Books Reviewed

13. Dust – Elizabeth Bear [rating: Buy it] e
44. Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier [rating: Buy it]
45. First Descent – Pam Withers [rating: 4] B
48. Sparrow Road – Sheila O’Connor [rating: 4] R
51. A Handful of Dust – Evelyn Waugh [rating: 5]
53. The Undertakers: Rise of the Corpses – Ty Drago [rating: 4.5] B
55. Toads and Diamonds – Heather Tomlinson [rating: 4.5]
56. Finding Family – Tonya Bolden [rating: 4]
57. Wanderlust – Elisabeth Eaves [rating: 4] e T

[The beach, Portobello, Scotland] (LOC)

Poll Results

Well…yes. I’m sorry, person who has to work the whole time and not have any fun. May you have a really awesome winter vacation!

Other Stuff

TBR Stuff

4? books added to my TBR pile / ? removed (245 total now). I lost track of my TBR books for a while, but I’m going to try and keep better tabs on it this month!
2 books added to my TBR wishlist (235 total).

Possibly interesting posts:

I hope you’re having a great July so far!

Tourists at the Public Beach near Long Key in the Central Florida Keys.

15 thoughts on “Monthly Review (June 2011)”

    1. I basically did it last summer, so I think I can do it again. The problem is staying focused and off Tumblr/Twitter/email/etc. 😀

    1. Dude, you have school and stuff! Me? I have nothing going on. I have more free time, so I can read more. 🙂

  1. Yay for June being such a great month! I have the same 20 books in one month goal as you. What part of Cali are you coming to? North or South?

    1. The south! My parents want to check out Irvine (which they’ll probably be moving to next year), and then I think we’re going to visit the beach for a day or something. We’re driving over there. 😀 Yay roadtrip!

    1. Thank you! 😀 I hope I do, too. I always start off strong with a new goal, but then I lose momentum halfway through. I’m hoping to get over the speedbump this time around.

    1. Thank you! And good luck to you/your reading~

      It’s weird, but even when I’m doing more stuff in the summer it feels like I’m doing less. The time just draaaags on, while in every other season it seems to race forward.

    1. Thank you! YA is really good for that, but weirdly enough I think I’ve been reading more non-YA at the moment. Or maybe it’s just slightly over half. I’m sure the scales will tip more in YA’s favor later, as I’m running out of short non-YA books.

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