June Reading

Books Read

1. the woman in the window by A.J. Finn ★★★ (Library)
2. the little book of cacti and other succulents by Emma Sibley ★★★ (Library)
3. Bloody Acquisitions by Drew Hayes ★★★★★ (Audible)
4. The Hum and the Shiver by Alex Bledsoe ★★★★★ (Library)

A few things to say about this book. First WOW. What a unique and well crafted story. Second this is book 100 for 2018. In the early hours of June 2, I finished this book with tears in my eyes. I was not ready for it to be over and I was so happy to see that it is a series with six books and four side books to accompany it. I also immediately ordered them from the library. If you take nothing else from this post, it's this - read the Hum and the Shiver.

5. The Fangs of Freelance by Drew Hayes ★★★★★ (Audible)
6. Cat Pictures Please and other stories by Naomi Kritzer ★★★★ (Library)
7. Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores by Jen Campbell ★★★ (Library)
8. Asking for it by Louise O'Neill no rating (Library)
9. Wisp of a Thing by Alex Bledsoe ★★★★★ (Library)
10. Super Powereds by Drew Hayes ★★★★ (Audible)
11. Dread Nation by Justine Ireland ★★★★ (Library)

In general, I do not like anything zombie related. Just not my type of monster, I prefer vampires (not the shiny kind), werewolves, fae. However this is a fantastic story, with horror that is part zombie yuck and part reality. It is told matter of fact, with great writing, and a character you want to win. I am looking forward to the rest of the series. 

12. Black Panther World of Wakanda by Roxanne Gay and Ta-Nehissi Coates ★★★ (OWN)
13. The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan ★★★★ (Library)
14. Super Powereds: Year 2 by Drew Hayes ★★★★ (Audible)
15. The Wrath & The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh ★★★★★ (Library)
16. So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo (Audible and OWN)

As I said here, if you haven't read Ijeoma Oluo's book, do it. My husband and I began listening to the audio book on our Sunday drive April 5 and every weekend following we would listen to one or two chapters and then discuss. This is a book I believe everyone should read. It's powerful. I was lucky enough to find out that my local library and book festival were bring her in to speak. I was also lucky enough to be able to go. I was not brave enough to take her picture up close, but managed this one of the book signing. She signed my book, personalizing it, something a lot of authors won't do. I believe this is an important topic and I believe as a very privilege white woman I have the ability to safely have this discussion and so educating myself is important. 

17. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin ★★★ (Library)
18. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin ★★★★★ (Library)
19. The Rose & The Dagger by Renée Ahdieh ★★★★★ (Library)

Books Not Finished

1. Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn  - just not my thing. 
2. The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson - I tried I really did. I even made it 3/4 of the way, but I was skimming and not really reading, so I decided to read something else. 
3. Orleans by Sherri L. Smith - Dystopian Young Adult novels use to be a thing I enjoyed but I just can't get into them. It's too bad because the cover is pretty awesome. 
4. Three Parts Dear by Max Gladstone - I think I would have read this except for the fact that I lost it and found it five days later and couldn't get back into it. Maybe I'll try again one day. 

What have you read this month?