Bookends: June 2013

The first day of each month, I’m posting a summary of what I read the previous month and what I plan to read in the coming month. I would love if this could become a conversation in the comments about what’s on your reading list, too!

Despite my best intentions, June came and went with the lowest “books read” total to date. I didn’t even have any kid books to report this month.

In my defense, I did start leading weekly hikes within the homeschool community, rehearsed for and played in a community band concert, and hosted my sister and her boyfriend for a week, all of which impinged upon my normal reading time (but all in a good way).

Excuses aside, this is what I’ve finished this month…

Grown-ups’ Books:

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (18th-century novel about an adventurer shipwrecked on a desert island)

Yes, that’s it for books I’ve finished this month. I’m not even sure what to say about that. I enjoyed Robinson Crusoe and finished it on schedule for both my Cavalcade of Classics and Délaissé’s 18th-Century English Literature Event, and I started other books, but this is all I’ve finished during June.

Currently Reading/To-Read for June

David Hume's statements on ethics foreshadowed...

Spending a good bit of my summer with this fellow (David Hume). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After I finished Robinson Crusoe, I moved on to David Hume’s The History of England, Volume V as another selection for Délaissé’s 18th-Century English Literature Event (as well as my Cavalcade of Classics). I’m finding the Hume surprisingly readable, but it’s still not a page-turner. I’m a little more than 100 pages into this 550-page tome.

I’ve not let myself start A Game of Thrones yet, and I might postpone it a bit longer; my sister and I are moving forward with our Sisters Book Club and Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld is our July selection. I’m six chapters into that one, and I’m having trouble holding myself back from reading ahead. But, my sister and I developed a schedule so she and I could touch base weekly and talk about the book without spoiling it for each other, and I’m doing my best to stick with that schedule.

If you would like to join us in reading Sisterland, you can leave a comment stating your intention on our Sisters Book Club post, or  you can join our Goodreads Sisters Book Club Group. Or do both!

For kids books, I’m reading my children The Moffats by Eleanor Estes. We just finished the chapter where the children divvy up the kittens their expert mouser birthed just after Rufus recovered from scarlet fever. We’re all enjoying the book, we’re just having trouble finding time to read it regularly.

In July, the kids book list will get a little boost: We’re driving to the Midwest to visit family, and we have an impressive stack of audiobooks to entertain us for the 35+ hours we’ll spend in our VW Jetta.

The list includes, The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly, Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson, The Trumpet of the Swan and Stuart Little by E.B. White, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming, and The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. Oh, and two of the Harry Potter books. We will almost surely not make it through all of these, but I’m sure we’ll make a sizable dent in the stack.

So, my July reading will consist of The History of England, Volume V, Sisterland, and lots and lots of family-friendly audiobooks. It promises to be a fun reading month!

What have you enjoyed reading in the past month? What’s on your to-read list for July? If you blog your answer, please post a link in the comments (and/or link back to this post, if you’re so inclined).

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