I decided to take part in 20 Books of Summer this year (with a modest goal of 10 books) and it gave a terrific jump start to my summer reading. I have already read 4 books from my list and most of them were outstanding. I’ve added some extra books as well as some alternates in case some of my picks don’t work out so well. I am also very pleased that I made significant progress in my goal to read books from or about different parts of the world.
This month I posted some thoughts about my reading so far for the #LoveHain readalong, and a new Make Me Read It poll. The winner, by a landslide, was Sweet Bean Paste, so I’m adding that to my summer reading list.
What I read in June:
- Aunty Lee’s Deadly Specials by Ovidia Yu – Around the World, Singapore
- The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby – Spiritual Memoir Challenge; Around the World, France
- Thomasina by Paul Gallico – Reading the Meow
- Forget the Alamo: The Rise and Fall of an American Myth by Jason Stanford, Bryan Burrough, Chris Tomlinson – Around the World, Texas (it was a country at one point!)
- The Salt Path by Raynor Wynn – Spiritual Memoir Challenge
- My Side of the River by Elizabeth Camarillo Gutierrez
- Nervous by Jen Soriano – Around the World, Philippines
My main language goal at the moment is to read books in French and German during the summer, slowly working on my comprehension skills. I read the first part of Krabat in June and I’m planning to read the next two parts in July and August, taking it slowly. And I’m in the midst of a chapter-a-day readalong of Voyage au centre de la terre, which I am really enjoying, although the first two weeks have been spent traveling only on the surface of the earth and we have not gotten anywhere near the center. I have learned a lot about 19th-century Iceland, though.
I just found out about a 7-week book club hosted by the wonderful folks at Easy German and I’ve signed up for that. The book is Kindergeschichte by Peter Bichsel, which I actually already own! I cannot pass up this opportunity to read from my own shelves AND connect with other German learners. You can find out more here if you should also be interested.
This month’s most exciting event was going to Paris for a two-day visit while my sister and her family were also there on vacation. I’ll post more about this soon.
I wrote about what I loved, learned, saw and ate this month (pre-Paris) in Share Four Somethings.
Otherwise, summer is here and we’re enjoying the warmth and outdoor time. Our vacation in July will probably be a staycation, but that’s OK when we live in such a lovely place.
Let me know how your summer is going!