This month was a particularly good one for reading for me. However, that meant that quite a lot of other things went by the wayside. Like laundry. What is this laundry thing that people speak of? How often must it get done?
That said, I read quite a few books! I had wanted to read The Lies of Locke Lamora, Lexicon, The One, Hyperion, The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit, and Star Wars Jedi Academy, a total of six books, which I knew would be a stretch for me.
I ended up reading The Lies of Locke Lamora, Hyperion, The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit, and Star Wars Jedi Academy, four of those that I had planned. I’m 50% through with The One though! In addition, I ended up also starting and finishing Ender’s Game and They Do it With Mirrors, two audiobooks I had borrowed from the library. So in the end, I have completed six books! That’s really quite amazing for me. I’m now only two books behind my yearly goal of 50 books!
So in June, Christina, Calvert and I reviewed:
- [3 Jun] Michelle’s Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
- [9 Jun] Christina’s Review: Lexicon by Max Barry
- [12 Jun] Michelle’s Review: The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
- [13 Jun] Christina’s Review: FDR and the Jews by Richard Breitman & Allan J. Lichtman
- [14 Jun] Michelle’s Review: Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
- [18 Jun] Calvert’s Review: Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger
- [28 Jun] Michelle’s Review: Hyperion by Dan Simmons
- [29 Jun] Michelle’s Review: Star Wars Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown
- [30 Jun] Michelle’s Review: Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories edited by Kelly Link and Gavin Grant ★★★★
We also posted some non-reviews (hopefully more non-reviews coming in the future!):
- [1 Jun] One Month’s End is Another Month’s Beginning (May/June)
- [3 Jun] Release Day Launch! Jennifer L. Armentrout’s LUX Beginnings and Consequences
- [14 Jun] Taking a Step Into BookTubing: The First of Many Questions
- [20 Jun] Two Imprints of Angry Robot Close
- [23 Jun] Experimenting with TweetDeck, Pinterest, Instagram & Giveaways
- [29 Jun] Excuse the Mess! Redesign and Learning Underway
- [30 Jun] One Month’s End is Another Month’s Beginning: June/July 2014
In other news, I did find my wedding venue! I’ll post more about it once we book everything, but I’m very excited to be done with that part of wedding planning. And if you follow me on Instagram (deckfullojokers) I posted some pictures of my trip up to Rhode Island. It was a great vacation and even more wonderful to see all my family. I also attended the Vintage Virginia Wine Festival in May and wrote a review for Christina’s awesome website for Virginia Wine: vawineuncorked.com!
For July, I’d like to perhaps achieve a better balance in my life while also reading:
- Finishing The One by Kiera Cass, which really won’t take more than a couple of days
- Finishing “We’re All Infected” Essays on AMC’s The Walking Dead and the Fate of the Human edited by Dawn Keetley a book I won from LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers group
- Listen to Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie, my little guilty pleasure from the library
- The Cuckoo’s Calling by JK Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith for the July book club book
- Half a King by Joe Abercrombie, my first requested and approved Netgalley book in almost a year
- Island of a Thousand Mirrors by Nayomi Munaweera, a book I won from a Goodreads’ giveaway
- Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr, my oldest book on my Goodreads’ TBR
- Solstice by P.J. Hoover, a book I bought almost a year ago and a fitting read for July
Again, likely wayy too many books than what I’ll accomplish, but I like outlining what I’ll read each month. It helps me feel like a more productive reader in the way that I pick books from different groups.
And last, but not least, welcome to the new blog design! Hazel at Stay Bookish designed it! I wanted something fun and different for the summer and to reinvigorate both it and my interest in it. What do you think? There’s still a few things that need tweaking, like changing my pages to match the new color scheme and continuing to play around and figure out the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin, but I think it will all add to Playing Jokers!