Erin’s June Reading Wrap Up

In the normal disbelief at the start of a new month, I can’t believe it is already July and we are HALFWAY through 2017. I continue to set a 6-8 books per month reading pace, and here’s what I read in June!

Finished in June:
Penance // Kanae Minato
–Rating: 4/5 stars
Then We Came to the End // Joshua Ferris
–Rating: 2/5 stars
A Doll’s House // Henrik Ibsen
–Rating: 4/5 stars
A Thousand Acres // Jane Smiley
–Rating: 4/5 stars
Universal Harvester // John Darnielle
–Rating: 3/5 stars
Down Among the Sticks and Bones // Seanan McGuire
–Rating: 4/5 stars
Black Mad Wheel // Josh Malerman
–Rating: 3/5 stars

Currently Reading:
Borne // Jeff VanderMeer

2017 Goodreads Challenge:
49/115 (added 7 books in June) – Goodreads tells me I am 8 books behind schedule in order to meet my 115 book goal, but I think I can make that up. I always read a ton during the summer readathons and the holidays…and I have hope that I’ll hit that magic number 115 before the end of 2017.

2017 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge:
I checked off “Read a book set more than 5,000 miles from you” with Penance, which is set in Japan. In keeping with the common theme this year, I am still far behind on my Read Harder tasks. I just haven’t had the motivation to seek out books that fit the different tasks, so I don’t know if I’ll get it all done. I think the bigger issue is that I forget the Read Harder Challenge is happening until I write these monthly wrap ups and I realize I haven’t looked at the task list since the previous month…perhaps I’ll print it out and it will be a bit more in my face.

Erin & Kirsten’s Year of Pulitzers, 2017:
We picked A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley for the month of June, and it was a bit of a roller coaster. My mom and I agreed that the pacing of the story was off, and none of the characters were particularly agreeable. As I talked about in a recent podcast episode, I felt like the last third of the book was a shit show of trauma, and totally unnecessary. Smiley tried to cram a bit too much into the family in a way that did not feel realistic at all. Overall, we seem to be a bit hit or miss with these Pulitzer picks. Our July book is Elbow Room by James Alan McPherson. Elbow Room won the Pulitzer in 1978 and is a collection of short stories.

As always, I am a fairly active Goodreads user and you can find me at goodreads.com/emurch (though I will admit I’ve fallen a little behind on reviews). If you have any thoughts about any of the books I’ve read this month leave a comment or tweet me @GameandRead.

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Until next time, happy reading!

–Erin

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