June began with the close of a very long project I was working on and ended with a road trip to Acadia National Park and Prince Edward Island. The month was marked by a restlessness on my part, which manifested itself as a difficulty sitting still combined with a near total disinterest in doing much of anything. Not a great combination for reading. Luckily, this was also the month when I began listening to audiobooks while walking through the neighborhood or while making dinner or doing dishes, which helped increase my “books read” total for the month.
I’m not completely certain I like listening to audiobooks, at least as compared to reading the books myself. I worry that my opinion of the book is colored more than I’d like by the quality of the narration. But then, even when I read books myself, my opinion is colored by the ambient temperature, my level of fatigue, the snacks I have on hand, and whether I’m being interrupted by young humans or not. Objective rating of literature is probably not a realistic goal for me whether I have it read to me or read it myself.
At any rate, here’s what I read subjectively during June:
SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard (stopped reading. I liked this one, I just wasn’t in the mood for nonfiction)
Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg (audiobook)
Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson (the May SBC selection)
Life of Pi by Yann Martel (audiobook)
The Martian by Andy Weir
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (audiobook re-re-re-re-read as we explored PEI)
Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink (audiobook re-read as we explored Maine and New Brunswick)
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald (read-aloud with my kids)
- The Histories by Herodotus (for my Cavalcade of Classics, as a never-ending read-aloud with my daughter)
- The Last Days of Socrates by Plato (read-aloud with my daughter)
- Greenwitch by Susan Cooper (audiobook, third book in the Dark is Rising series)
- Atlas of Unknowns by Tania James (SBC June selection)
- Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff (audiobook; I suspect this is going to be a “stopped-reading” book)
My To-Read List for July:
- The Parasites by Daphne du Maurier (SBC July selection—Read along with us at our Goodreads Group!)
What have you enjoyed reading in the past month? What’s on your to-read list for July? Do you look pissed off when you’re actually happy? 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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