June 2018 | Reading Wrap-Up

What happened this month:

  • This month my oldest finished preschool! I was not emotional for the beginning of the year, but on that last day I couldn’t stop crying. I don’t think I realized the impact a teacher could make on a student until I saw how much my son changed – for the good! – over the past 2 years with this teacher. She was amazing and taught him so much more than I ever could and I’m so sad that he won’t be with her anymore. But it’s time to move on, right? Thankfully, my littlest will be starting preschool in the fall and she’ll be with this same teacher, which makes me very happy!
  • I took the kids on a little vacation! My husband has been working this gruelling shutdown this month and has barely been home, so I took the kids out to my parent’s house after the last day of school. It was fun, but I do like having an extra adult in the car because my littlest is ridiculously high maintenance on car trips.
  • I had a bit of a reading slump towards the end of the month. I know it looks like I read a decent amount, but at least 2 of the books I read were under 60 pages, and another was only around 150 pages. I got really into looking up activities for me and the kids to do this summer, so I was on Pinterest a lot, AND I was sick for pretty much the whole month and just not in the right headspace to read. Thankfully I started to get my mojo back at the end of the month!

What I read:

  1. How To Walk Away by Katherine Center (Review Book)
  2. Chocky by John Wyndham
  3. Listen To Your Heart by Kasie West
  4. The Family Gathering (Sullivan’s Crossing, #3) by Robyn Carr
  5. Green Tea by J. Sheridan le Fanu
  6. The Breakthrough by Daphne du Maurier
  7. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  8. Educated by Tara Westover
  9. All the Little Lights by Jaime McGuire (Review Book)

What’s happening in July?

  • The Bronte200 Read-Along – The next selection for the Bronte200 Read-Along is The Complete Poems of Emily Bronte! I actually don’t own a copy of this one so I’m not sure when I’ll get to it. If I can get a copy of it I’d like to get to it either this month or next, or break it up over the two months since I like my poetry in small doses. I’m also still reading Jane Eyre since I didn’t give myself a lot of time to read it in June.
  • Ange over at Beyond The Pages hosts read-alongs all year and July’s pick is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, so I’ll be participating in that! I started reading this last year and then it got put aside and lost in my book shuffle (a common occurrence) and I’d really like to pick it up again – it was really good while I was reading it!
  • And if two read-alongs wasn’t enough, I’m hoping to be participating in Laura’s read-along for The Count of Monte Cristo starting in July! I’m not sure if I’ll be able to stay on track with this one since it’s 200 pages a week and I usually have quite a few books on the go, but I did start this last year and put it aside so I could read it during the read-along – I was loving the 200 pages I had already read! Hopefully I can get to it this month.
  • More of reading my own books! I’m actually doing quite good with this – and with buying less books. I’ll share what I’m doing to get my TBR down in August!

What have you been reading lately? Any recommendations? How was your month in reading? What was your favourite read? What do you plan to read in July?


6 thoughts on “June 2018 | Reading Wrap-Up”

  1. It’s so nice to hear when people appreciate the effort a teacher goes through. 🙂 I do feel like teachers don’t get the credit they deserve a lot of the time so it’s lovely to see you write that about your son’s.

    John Wyndham, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Daphne Du Maurier – so many authors I want to try!! Have you read Carmilla by Le Fanu? And The Midwich Cuckoos by Wyndham? 9 books in a month is still a great number!

    1. I am so, so happy about his preschool years so far! It’ll be interesting to see what my daughter thinks when she starts next year – and my oldest is moving on to a new teacher, which is hard for me!

  2. I would love that read along for the Count of Monte Cristo but I couldn’t commit to 200 pages a week at this time. I’m still working on my 100 books for my personal BBC Culture challenge!
    Great that your oldest has graduated preschool and many positive experiences for him upcoming!

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